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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1258) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Nose of sour raisins, cocoa, red wine tannins, dirt, cola. Very boozy aroma. Pours a cloudy brick red-brown color. Taste is pungent raisins, dusty mocha, grape skins, potting soil. Again, supremely boozy. Feels dry and earthy. This is a superior beer, period.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3198) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9454) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1075) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Not bad at all, even quite good. There's a lot going on here, but the complexity sways between symphony and cacophony. That said I like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (946) - 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?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1359) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Bomber, with Zach, of course. Pours a deep dark reddish brown color with a very small head. Nose is strikingly cocoa, mocha, vanilla bean and some background allspice. Taste is sweet chocolate espresso, mocha and cinnamon. Full of flavor with a nice complexity and mix of ingredients. Finishes on sweet chocolate notes. Delicious. Kudos to the brewers, and to the end of myeloma and breast cancer ! Quaff Score 8 / 10

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (810) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (793) - - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours dark brown with a nice layer of light tan head. Aroma of coffee and spice. Taste of dankness and coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
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 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1316) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Pours a red brown with a tan head and aroma of spices, cinnamon, and chocolate. Taste is of cinnamon and spices up front with cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt into the sweet, roasted finish. Delicious brew


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