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



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RATINGS: 74   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4062) - 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 (5076) - Brownstown, 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 (10220) - 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 (5712) - 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 (942) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6785) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 17, 2013
On tap at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a vanilla aroma. There is a sweet vanilla and chocolate flavor that turns bitter at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2013
22oz bottle. Cola dark-brown body with large tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, vanilla, some cocoa, cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, cinnamon, some vanilla, caramel, light booziness. Medium-full body, some stickiness. Had the Terrapin version on draft last night, and am surprised by how much more I enjoyed that one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Forza826 (1) - - NOV 8, 2013 does not count
Pours a dark brown/black with ample fine white bubbles. Nose of mild bourbon and coffee. Soft, pleasant mouthfeel; not astringent considering the strong coffee tones. The addition of chocolate nubs come through equal to the java on the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (1854) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Pours a murky mahogany into the glass, with an initially fizzy eggshell head that reduces to a thin cap, leaving sparse lacing. The nose is of coffee, with a watery cinnamon note. Flavors of freshly-ground roasted coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, Allspice and a vanilla finish collide on a medium-full body, with a semi-rich texture that is smooth on the palate. The mouthfeel is active with both spices and carbonation, making for a nice aperitif. Well-integrated, this happens to be a slightly "less" Reunion Ale than last year’s offering. Maybe integrating the coffee (which is one of my personal favorite style choices) was aiming a bit too high for such a strong contender before it. Last year, it tasted like a "Snickerdoodle".... This year, it has some similar qualities, just unfortunately dunked in Sanka Instant Coffee.

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