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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Dark Ale Brewed with Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla and Cinnamon Collaboration with Shmaltz Brewing Company This year’s beer is a similar dark ale to the one we brewed for Reunion ’11. It’s  brewed with cocoa nibs from our friends at Olive and Sinclair in Nashville, vanilla, and this year cinnamon. The flavor begins with complex malt overtones and quickly gives way to the chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. Inspired by rich mugs of Mexican hot chocolate this is going to be especially good with BBQ, Mole and Churro…maybe from your favorite local food truck?


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4568) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2012
22oz bottle. Deep brown black body, thinnish beige head. Pleasant vanilla-cinnamon-chocolate aroma. Rich, but quite drinkable, with a pronounced vanilla and cocoa nib edge. Smooth on the palate, quite a well executed offering. Big flavors, lots of depth, but not a mess at all, well balanced and concise. Good stuff!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maxwelldeux (3698) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Draught. Pours a clear amber color with a small head on it. I found it to be a little bit spicy, like something you would get in gingerbread. Was fairly smooth, I though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1371) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown without much of a head and very light lacing. Overall more subdued, in a good way, than the Schmaltz version. Very mild, stark, but well-blended blend of cinnamon, vanilla, and cocoa. Very sweet and malty that makes it very stout like.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (916) - USA - DEC 7, 2012
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is nutty, cocoa with a strong whiff of cinnamon. Flavor is roast chocolate with a small bite of cinnamon. It’s kind of like a light hot chocolate with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. In beer form of course. Pretty enjoyable, though I think it could use a little more body to round out the flavors, finish it just a little thin. Still, nice take on last year’s spicier version.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2414) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2012
I liked this one best from Terrapin. Their description is spot on. Cocoa and vanilla with notes of roast and connamon. The finish was dry and sweet and well blended. I enjoyed it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle... Clear, dark, dirty-orange ale with a small, creamy, taupe head. Cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa, along with a suggestion of sarsaparilla, are easily picked up in the nose. Light to medium-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and buzzing carbonation. The perfectly-balanced flavor provides notes of vanilla and sassafras, but also hints at beef broth, and is thin and uninspiring overall. Finishes minerally and mildly tongue-numbing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricyclist (792) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Sample pour. Deep amber/brown with khaki head. Nose is cedar? Super chocolatey, dry, smooth malt, roasted. Flavor is somewhat sweeter, very chocolatey again with plenty of malt backbone. Moderate lacing for a lighter body. Not bad, not my favorite.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1328) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pours a clear deep amber with no head. Strong aromas of chocolate powder, vanilla bean, some light roast. Taste is similar... Very powdery, chocolatey, slightly minerally. Actually, quite nice. This has all the characteristics of a great Baltic Porter, even though this one is an ale. Still good though. I love beers that surprise you, like this one. No hint of the ABV. Very powdery, light on the mouthfeel. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4973) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Sampled on draft at the Zeno’s in State College this beer poured a very dark brown color - almost black with nutty highlights and a medium sized foamy tan head that faded quickly and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was vanilla, Dr Pepper, nut and cinnamon toast. The flavor was nutty cocoa, licorice, cola, strong vanilla and faint cinnamon toast. Very long finish of vanilla, cola and cinnamon toast. Moderately full bodied. Odd but interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sjohnny (383) - - NOV 24, 2012
Malty sweet aroma with just a hint of cinnamon. Pours a very dark brown with a medium light tan head. Lots of lacing. Bitter cocoa, cinnamon. Very dry. Not bad.


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