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



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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Shmaltz makes their name from producing creative, complex and ultimately tasty beers and this is no different. Definitely has some vanilla aroma and the cocoa and cinnamon comes through in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1413) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours dark brown with a nice layer of light tan head. Aroma of coffee and spice. Taste of dankness and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12310) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark ruddy copper (against strong light) with a foamy tan head. Aroma is primarily coffee/chocolate. Med + body. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, cinnamon. Hint of vanilla. Pretty tasty drink. Finishing towards dry, and coffee bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1554) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Not bad at all, even quite good. There's a lot going on here, but the complexity sways between symphony and cacophony. That said I like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4539) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Aroma is chocolate, malts and strong spices/cinnamon, almost bordering on curry. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, malts, mild spice/heat and an acidic/slightly sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5588) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, molasses, cinnamon, vanilla, and light roasted coffee. As it warms, the coffee notes increase quite a bit. It pours a dark brown with some orange transparency when held to the light. It has a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film. There is a good amount of thin webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate roasted coffee, light vanilla, and cinnamon. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, initially it smelled like it was going to be way too sweet, but as it warmed the coffee became more prominent and I enjoyed it much more. It has the flavor profile of a coffee Stout more than an American Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (11100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2013
\Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of coffee, tobacco, cinnamon, vanilla and light cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, tobacco, light cinnamon and light cocoa with a smooth lingering coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6144) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 22 oz bomber, Deep, dark brown viscous pour with a thick khaki colored head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma has some licorice and pipe tobacco accents and a touch of anise seed. Flavor is warming and bold with some licorice, pipe tobacco, a touch of the cocoa nibs coming through, a touch of peppers and some earthy green notes in the back end. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Azand222 (171) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottled. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head, good retention. The aroma is of cinnamon and cocoa. The taste is mostly coffee and vanilla, some notes of cinnamon. Overall a decent "strong ale".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (957) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle thanks to Alemax. Pours a (filtered) dark red brown with light khaki head. Decent retention with thin lacing. Aroma is strong coffee, caramel, toffee, cappucino, dark fruit. Flavor is malty, nutty, toffee, coffee, roasted with a sweet, fruity finish. Toffee, roasted aftertaste. Better as it warms. Coffee flavor is true and bitter. Moderate carbonation, medium body, crisp texture. Taste more like a stout or porter due to the heavy roast. Overall pretty good, sweet dessert beer.

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