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He’Brew Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2013 (Shmaltz Brewing)



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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Teaming up with Terrapin Beer Co. for the third time, Schmaltz Brewing returns as a production partner for Reunion ’13. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in this venture - Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise funds and awareness on behalf of the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org).

This year’s beer is a dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon, and coffee from NYC and Upstate New York. It was originally inspired by a fantastic dessert that we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1563) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Bomber, with Zach, of course. Pours a deep dark reddish brown color with a very small head. Nose is strikingly cocoa, mocha, vanilla bean and some background allspice. Taste is sweet chocolate espresso, mocha and cinnamon. Full of flavor with a nice complexity and mix of ingredients. Finishes on sweet chocolate notes. Delicious. Kudos to the brewers, and to the end of myeloma and breast cancer ! Quaff Score 8 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1502) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Pours a red brown with a tan head and aroma of spices, cinnamon, and chocolate. Taste is of cinnamon and spices up front with cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt into the sweet, roasted finish. Delicious brew

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GSH1976 (213) - Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2014
This is the last beer from the Shmaltz holiday gift pack. It is similar to several of the other beers in that it is very unique and hard to describe. Pours a very murky dark brown with a hint of ruby with a little khaki colored head. Aroma is different than I can remember having with a little cinnamon, some roast, and some odd fruitiness. Taste is tart with a mild coffee flavor, some dark fruit notes, and a little roasted malt. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a dry finish. This beer tastes like a bunch of ingredients were put together and the resulting flavors do not complement each other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass, from notes. A: Pours a dark ruby color with a one finger mocha-colored head. The latter has a nice creaminess, which allows it to leave some nice lacing on the glass. S: Wow. Nice. Tons of vanilla and chocolate make itself known immediately, with an underlying tone of brown sugar. The coffee really comes out strong when allowed to warm up. T: At first, it’s slightly chocolaty. Then BOOM! Coffee hits the palate hard. Normally, this would be great, but the coffee here is stale and vegetal. There are also hoppy and vanilla hints hanging around the finish. Shame about the stale coffee, because this is pretty decent otherwise. M: Light and fairly crisp, and quite dry. The coffee’s really going to work on the palate, giving this beer nice drinkability, even without the presence of assertive carbonation. O: Not bad, but it could have been so much more if the coffee here was ’fresher’. Incidentally, my friend who I drank this with enjoys stale coffee, meaning he loved it. YMMV, natch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6051) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
from bottle in sugarland on the steps of city hall .. . dark chestnut amber .. strong head, mild lacing .. . fruit, instant coffee, and mild mexican vanilla milk .. . pretty good but a bit plain .. . . i’ve never seen a pigeon...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrettTaylor (575) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Poured from bottle in cellar (52F) into snifter. Pours a moderately dark brown, with khaki head. Head is fairly resilient and leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma - in one word, I’d say confused - coffee (old), dark red fruits, a touch of cinnamon - the nose is somewhat off-putting immediately after opening. Taste - really complex, dark fruits, smoke, coffee, something a little tart. There’s almost a flavor of roasted hot peppers mid-palate and during the finish. The finish is long and really dark and you can taste a bit of the cocoa nibs and it’s still a bit spicy. I really don’t know what to think of this but I wouldn’t go out of my way to taste this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2817) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
14 feb 2014, bottle. Murky brown. Nose is coffee and rather acidic. Sugary coffee/mocha, dry coffee grounds finish. Something slightly unusual here. I wonder if it's the cinnamon. Maybe it's a bit stale. Ok. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2014
(StLCoB tasting) deep brown with off white head. Aroma of vanilla and cocoa. Flavor is coffee, cocoa, some vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle. Reddish brown. Lots of different flavors trying to come through here and it doesn’t really work that well. Maybe cinnamon chocolate? Not crazy about this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (2039) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany with light head. Spicy aromas of chicory, cinnamon, and raisin bread. Flavors of cinnamon, coffee, tobacco, and roasted malts. Quite spicy up front but mellows towards the end. Interesting.

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