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



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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrettTaylor (669) - 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 (3567) - 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 (2567) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5068) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
650ml bottle pours a dark brown color with a 2 finger light brown head that leaves some really nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate with some roasted grains and hints of vanilla. Taste is a bold chocolate malty sweetness with a light roasted grain and coffee bitterness, with hints of vanilla and a touch of cinnamon in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A very interesting brew which I enjoyed sampling immensely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swanmann (684) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Coffee color with ruby tones and generous tan foam, lively and subsiding gradually. Aromas of soy, cocoa, vanilla, and a bit of boozy vapor. The flavor is sweet, like a porter, some chocolate and vanilla, very mild bitterness,with some warmth and just a bit of sour, fruit finish. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel with soft, smooth carbonation. Very delicious brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle from variety pack Dec 2013. Pours hazy chestnut colored with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is huge hot peppers, coffee, some cacao. Tastes of coffee, roasty dark malt mild nuts, molasses, cacao, and jalapeno flavor late. Medium in palate heft and complexity, with more sticky caramel and cacao notes late.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle from the holiday mix pack. Pours dark brown, tan head. Nose is coffee, sweet chocolate, vanilla. Flavour is sweetish vanilla mocha, tobacco, vanilla really works here, first time I’ve said that I believe. Smooth silk. Delivers as promised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2800) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Poured from 22oz bomber. pours a clear dark brown with a red hue in the light with a light brown head about 2 fingers thick worth, aroma has quite a bit of chocolate and roast with a hint of cinnamon and spices, the flavor has a chocolate front end with the spics in the finish, nice thick mouthnfeel, chocolate is pretty pronounced through out, not bad.

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