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



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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 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 (1893) - 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 (5879) - 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 (2452) - 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 (744) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (976) - USA - OCT 29, 2013
Black with a thin white head. Aroma is strong vanilla and cocoa with a hint of cinnamon. Flavor is big roasted cocoa with a good dose of vanilla. Cinnamon isn’t quite as noticeable in the taste. A bit bitter in the finish, this would benefit a bit from a rounder body. I think it would work well as a porter or stout, but it still packs a good bit of flavor. Makes for a good dessert beer, not overly sweet but a lot of complementary flavors. Wife: 3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1957) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2013
A brown ale but so much more, considering it was brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon and coffee. All of those are present and nicely balanced. Quite tasty, indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a mahogany body that supports a thin mocha head of foam. The aroma offers up plenty of chili pepper notes and then some light cinnamon spices and baker’s chocolate. The taste has chili pepper right up front but there’s just chili flavors and really no heat that I can tell. Just behind that are pleasing notes of chocolate bar like goodness, some cinnamon spices and dark roasted malts. It stays firmly with chili pepper flavor and then just a mild degree of heat well into the finish. Really tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (7684) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2013
9oz on tap at Yard House, a month or two ago. Mostly clear dark brown / red color. Good thin tan head. Good rows of lace. Nice big cocoa nib in the aroma. A lot of coffee in the flavor. Bigger body. Smooth, soft, sort of crisp lighter carbonation, more dry in the finish. Moderate to stronger sweet taste, lighter bitterness. Light bit of spice. I love the big coffee and cocoa nib in the nose, but overall the flavor is very sweet, which is a little biting in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7224) - 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.

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