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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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (1012) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Tap. Brown with cream head and light lacing. I can smell the cocoa- almost has a bourbon quality. Tastes sweet but not syrupy. Nice.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2146) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2014
22oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Specific classification: Spiced Imperial Brown Ale. A - Pours very dark brown with a rather fragile and frothy tan head. Aroma: A spicy mix of roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla with a hint of raisins. T - A cascade of flavors, but cinnamon and vanilla are prominent throughout. Dark chocolate appears mid-taste and, joined by milkly coffee, lingers in the aftertaste. Mildly sweet although, ultimately, balanced by some bitterness. M - Medium/full bodied with moderate+ carbonation. O - A fine sipping ale. Sweet enough to work better after than during a meal. While I liked the substantial vanilla and cinnamon, these are prominent enough to partially mask the underlying malts and may be too prominent for some. {from Feb. 2014 notes}

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Dark brown pour with a medium thick foamy beige head that recedes gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla and chocolate. Medium-bodied with flavors of sweet chocolate, vanilla, roast malt and slight cinnamon. The finish is sweet with a vanilla mocha aftertaste. Above average overall.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Dark brown pour with a light beige head. Aromas of cinnamon, vanilla, sweet malt, and notes of cocoa. As it warms up, it begins to smell like German roasted nuts, very delicious. Flavor is very similar. A perfect balance between all of the flavors. Tasty and drinkable; a very well-made brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dawit1969 (29) - SPAIN - FEB 28, 2014
Botella -De color marrón oscuro con espesor medio en espuma y cabeza blanca. Aromas a vainilla, cacao y maltas. En gusto se aprecia una mezcla entre la malta dulce y la vainilla, pero contrarrestado por el chocolate amargo y la canela. Final seco. No está mal.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Nice aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla, with perhaps a hint of cinnamon. Dark pour with slim white head. Medium mouthfeel, with a nice array of flavors including cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate. Finishes with a nice cinnamon heat. Flavors are well integrated, but also distinct. Was waiting for a bit of a let down, but this is quite solid!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwalking05 (3939) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2014
On tap at WOB in Arlington. Deep brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is very sweet...vanilla bean, cocoa, cinnamon, malty, pitted fruit. Taste is super sweet too; vanilla, cocoa, wildflower honey, malt, spices. Very sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2014
This collaboration between Terrapin and Schmaltz has a very dark brown, slightly dark red, almost ruby-colored ale with a very dense, off-white head. It’s a really nice looking beer. I’ll give it that. The aroma is really nice and smells red, of deeply caramelized malts and alcohol with hints of cherries or some other concentrated, sweet pit fruit. A little nutty in the mouth, the flavor really works well in conjuction with the aroma. It has a soft, malty mouthfeel that’s a little dull and slightly thin for what I was expecting. I mean, with that much residual sweetness you’d expect a thicker body. The alcohol presence gives the beer a nice, subtle kick in the finish. Overall, it’s actually really awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jethro6191 (465) - Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Pours a ruby-brown with a dense tan head. Cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, prune juice, and raisin notes. Smooth mouthfeel. Finishes slightly sweet. Complex and intersting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (4643) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Tap at Freshcraft--felt pretty lucky to find a year old draft. Heavy dark clear brown with a thin foamy light tan head. The nose is deep and dark, with a bit of floral and herbal tobacco, earthy toffee, and a wee touch of molasses. The flavor has a sweet earthy tobacco flavor from the nose, with deep earthy toffee, molasses-like sweetness, a touch of sweet smoke, and a semi-sweet herbal malty finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2013
22oz bottle pours a hazy brown with a thin tan head with a cinnamon spice aroma. Taste is the same with a bit of a vanilla and sweet chocolate.


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