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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7126) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bomber. Poured clear mahogany with a toasted beige head. The aroma picked up roasted cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla bean with a bit of coffee backing.. became quite coffee-focused when it warmed up. The flavor found lightly tart coffee, cinnamon, and oaky notes throughout.. dry-roasted coffee and cocoa on the middle.. tangy and not that pleasant on the finish. Medium-bodied at most on the palate.. this just didn’t come together very well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (952) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
I had the Terrapin version of this beer last night, so tonight was selected for the Schmaltz version. The color of the beer was reddish brown, a lot darker than what I recall from yesterday, and the body looked a bit more cloudy today as well. The head on the other hand was much bigger than yesterday, at two finger thick, and was much more durable. The smell of the beer today was a lot less chocolate laden, and actually featured coffee and cinnamon much more prominently. The vanilla was quite hidden in the nose. The taste was more coffee driven as well, although the chocolate was quite noticeable as a second flavor. Cinnamon was much more aggressive here than the Terrapin version, and the vanilla much more muted. The body felt a little thinner than the beer from yesterday. There was astringency, but it was more of a steady feel from the beginning to the end, rather than a turn from sweetness to it, as was the case yesterday. I commented yesterday that the beer felt more like a Schmaltz offering than a Terrapin release. Oddly the one today, that was actually from Schmaltz, felt closer to the Terrapin Wake N’ Bake beer. Isn’t collaboration great?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3300) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2013
22oz bottle 10/20/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-44° in Mug-Pours dark brown with big tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and peppers. Taste of peppers, chocolate, malt, and coffee. This medium bodied brew has so much going on but in a good way. This beer Rocks.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Westchesterco (908) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Poured from a bottle it is cola floored beer with a flight head. The aroma is lot sherry and the taste picks up that flavor and lingers sweetly on the palate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3281) - Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Strong aroma has notes of powdery semi-sweet chocolate, roast malt, coffee and licorice. Pours a clear sienna with a fairly thick, though not overly persistent, light tan head. Delightful flavor has caramel, chocolate, roast coffee, earthy, nutty and subtle licorice notes. It is also a little sweet, but has an almost peppery tone that balances the sweetness. Smooth texture is firm, thick, and fairly fizzy. Dear Terrapin: Please do more collabs!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4167) - Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2013
22oz bottle. Very dark brown. Good lacing. Smells of spicy pepper tingle. Coffee nose, peppers, dark chocolate/cocoa. Loads of cold brewed coffee flavor, some chocolate. Finishes with hints of cinnamon & coffee beans. Thicker bodied than the Terrapin, more coffee, less vanilla. (3853)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9904) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2013
A clear mahogany brown ale with a thick lacing brown head. In aroma, sweet nutty coffee malt with caramel notes, chocolate, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet chocolate malt with coffee, nuts, very nice and interesting. Bottle at Brooklyn Pour 2013.


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