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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7330) - 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 (959) - 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 (9133) - 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 (13233) - 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 (2159) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Brown with a tan head. The aroma and flavor are quite strong. I get a lot of coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma, with the addition of strong cinnamon and peppers in the flavor. There is also some toffee and caramel as well as a bit of nuttiness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2960) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Dark brown pour. Small off-white head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Smell is distinctly coffee grounds. Taste is the same. Nice brown ale underneath it, but the coffee is the star in this. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2013
22oz bottle. My bottle is Reunion Ale ’12. Dark brown pour with a lite tan head. Cola like nose with cinnamon and brown sugar. Cocoa and cinnamon followed with coffee and nutty flavors. The flavors are more separated than I care for, needs time? And more cinnamon than I like.

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