Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shmaltz / Terrapin collaboration 'Reunion Ale '13' @ 8.0% , served from 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50 , a beer for hope A-pour is a light brown from the bottle to a dark brown in the glass with a lot of ruby red along the glass edge peeking thru , a small tan/off white head that is dissapating quickly leaving no lace along the pint S-coffee , hint of cinnamon in the background T-so similar to an English Porter , with a sweet vanilla start to the swallow MF-ok carbonation , bit strong ABV leads to the full body Ov-ok beer , has that Brown ale bitterness well hidden prost LampertLand
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Homer321 (2128) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Really weird nose. almost spicy, but I donít think they put peppers in this beer anymore. Pour is brown with a medium sized off white to light khaki head. Taste is pretty flat. lightly spicy, but chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla are all very muted. pretty mediocre.
elbernays (621) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint Bottle from local liquor store orlando. Pours brown with wispy tan head. Nose is cocoa, vanilla, coffee, little lactose. Flavour is dark chocolate 70 percent. Very dry palate, with a ash, lactose dark fruit aftertaste. The body is light very light. Probably my issue with it along with high carbonation. Plenty of complexity. Nice.
zach8270 (3583) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Coffee and cocoa instantly in the aroma with a light touch of cinnamon underneath. Flavor is a smooth cold coffee beginning with lots of the chocolate and cinnamon coming up in the middle. Coffee and vanilla blend together at the end. Really nice and really smooth.
fiulijn (15260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Taproom at Bayview Corner, Langley, WA
Dark color, almost black, with beige compact head. Smell of old wood. Somehow also the flavor recalls old furniture, old sofa, some cocoa, leather; there is some chocolate malt and spices.
Weird but not bad.
onceblind (4532) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown, nearly black, with a foamy light tan head. Very lovely nose of vanilla bean and cocoa nibbs and earthy fresh coffee, almost like a tiramisu. The flavor unfortunately falls apart a wee bit with some sort of flavor like chilli heat and bitter cocoa, with a bitter earthy woody vanilla tone and slightly acrid coffee. Overall its okay and somewhat tasty but itís such a disappointment from the nose that itís nearly hard to bear. More bitter and spicey than it ought to be.
Chad9976 (1245) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date (my friend at the brewery tells me it was released in August of 2013). I bought it at the brewery for $7 ($0.32 per ounce).
Appearance: Seemingly opaque black but actually a deep blood/ruby red hue. Pours to a large, tan, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Definitely the brown malts plus sweet flavors of coconut, chocolate and coffee.
Taste: Everyoneís making imperial stouts these days, but why not imperial brown ales? Itís a style thatís under-utilized and overlooked, so itís nice to see it given some proper respect in the form of ďReunion Ale Ď13Ē Ė a collaboration brew between Shmaltz and Terrapin. Though the bottle Iím reviewing is nearly a year old, itís held up extremely well. Big bold flavors of toasted malts, milk chocolate and coffee. Itís definitely not a hop-forward beer so it hasnít lost much by aging. If anything, itís become more sweet, and thatís something Iím okay with.
Right away thereís a strong sweetness of dark toasted malt. It doesnít have the intense bitterness or burnt-like flavor of deeply roasted malt, so the variation is quite interesting. Thereís a taste akin to toasted coconut or bakerís chocolate, though that could be the cocoa nibs and cinnamon (thereís no coconut in this beer). Mild bitterness at the apex and on the back end, though not so much from hops (which donít really stand out) but from coffee. A medium roast blend thatís lasted surprisingly well after a year in the bottle (coffee tends to fade quickly). Some bitter dark chocolate on the finish with just a minor alcohol warmth that ties up everything nicely. A great dessert beer, and a beer thatís commendable for its originality.
Drinkability: Judging by the label, Shmaltz/Terrapin Reunion Ale í13 would seem to be the type of beer you have to prep for. However, after just a sip or two itís clear that this is not intimidating at all. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and more of a medium body with no cloying characteristics at all. Itís calm and comfortable in the mouth with just the slightest warming sensation. Even at 8% ABV, I had no trouble drinking the entire bottle myself (and rather quickly, too).
Thisis12ptfont (863) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma brings immense notes of nuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, toffee, charred cocoa nibs, coffee bean oil and roasted malts. Darker shade of brown with a thin foam rim and decent lace. Taste follows nose as it is very nutty upfront with strong toffee, dark coffee roast, prominent cinnamon, herbs, toasted caramel and cocoa oils. Finish is rather dry with a lingering coffee bitterness and subtle booze. Overall, really impressive stuff. They really found a good balance where all the flavors are detectable yet, I feel the vanilla got drowned out. Really solid brew. A+ rating.
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Smells like cigarette butts. Ashy. Tastes the same. Thin ashy unappealing.
monk191 (1087) - California, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice beer overall. Pours a thick dark brown with a milky tan head. Smells of cinnamon and cocoa. Taste is cinnamon all around, with some vanilla at the start and lots of bitter chocolate coming in the finish. Good, but we have had better examples of this style, like campfire stout or imperial tanilla. Had in the bottle.
dmac (4208) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bomber from Spirits Point. Poured a nice looking flat pitch black body with a smaller to average creamy beige head. Aroma is loads of fresh green pepper, coffee, dark toast. Medium body, softer carbonation thst builds and a milky finish. Flavor is coffee, milk, light pepper, dsrk toast. Sadly all the cinnamon, cocoa and vanilla is gone. Need a 2014 to compare.