Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2011 (Shmaltz Brewing)

 
RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Teaming up with Terrapin Beer Co. for the first time, Shmaltz Brewing joins the tribe as a production partner for Reunion ’11. 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 finds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org).

This year’s beer is a dark, complex ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers. It was inspired by a fantastic dessert that we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant. This brown ale leads with a sweet and subtle spicy aroma. The flavor begins with complex malt overtones and quickly gives way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss. Just when you thought it was over, the heat from the chilies sneaks in and coats your tongue with tantalizing heat.

Many thanks to all who have supported this project and have helped us honor Virginia’s memory.

Cheers - Pete & Alan

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3.5
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Draught at Craft Ale House: Aroma is malt, slight chili, slight roasting, slight chocolate, and a hint of tootsie roll. Poured brown/deep amber/ruby in color with a large, creamy, dense, rocky, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, cocoa, slight baker’s chocolate, slight vanilla, and a hint of chili in the end. Medium body. Slightly thin, then lightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, cocoa, chocolate finish is dry. 7.6%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.5
presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown    Thin head. Big brown scent with alcohol, brown sugar, molasses. Almost fizzy body with chocolate and brown sugar sweetness. Not having read the description the chili bite in the finish took me by surprise.

3.7
Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Pours a dark brown color that turns a rich ruby color when held to the light. Ring of white head. Aroma is dry malts, se chocolate and a bit of peppery spice. Flavor is dry malts with a lingering sweetness, dry hops, perfume and other fresh spices. Almost has a chocolate finish. Interesting, and pretty good.

3.2
thegreenrooster (4626) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and heavy malts with a bit of chocolate. Flavor is at first a nice chocolate with a little vanilla aftertaste. I don’t get and chili pepper but I’m Ok with that. Finish has some creamy chocolate covered vanilla ice cream. Decent beer for a low price and a good cause.

3.6
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Foil wrapped, 22oz bottle. $7.00(cheaper than the Terrapin edition). Collaboration with Terrapin Brewing. Vintage 2011. ABV 7.3%.
Black pour, thick, creamy, light tan head. Aroma of dates and figs, roasted grains, burnt malt powder. Loads of roast flavor, very much like a Porter. Not much of a peppery tingle at all. In fact, there is no detection of chili pepper. I taste a distant vanilla bean character, not much sweetness. Far away cocoa as well. Mostly just the roasted character. Although there is not much to this special release, as far as unique ingredients, I enjoyed it more than the chili-pepper’ed Terrapin version. Medium-heavy bodied, Porter like brew.

3.4
nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2011
The aroma is full of chocolate, paste, caramel malt, and grass. The appearance is brown with an average head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. The overall beer has a very good aroma and a better than average taste.

3.5
IrishBoy (4252) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bomber from TheEpeeist. Nose is light chili, dark chocolate, and a little vanilla. Clear dark cherry brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is a lot of chocolaty cocoa, moderate vanilla, and a hint of peppery heat but not much, the chocolate dominates. Good beer but would probably be better with a little more of the peppers.

3.4
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle... Poured dark brown with a huge head. Sweet with lots of chocolate flavors. Vanilla bean, oats, malts, nutty. Couldn’t detect much from the chilies. Came off like a suped up brown ale.

3.9
probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2012
17NO12. Bomber from Finger Lakes Beverage Centre, shared with Billy, cold, tulip. Deep brown-black with a so-so tan head. Nice dark chocolate with green hop notes, some vanilla, big chocolate and coffee, a bit fruity, molasses, nice stuff. Huge chocolate and molasses, pleasant vanilla, really rich and lovely; dry? With fair bitterness and a huge chocolate and vanilla finish. Dang. Beautiful.

3.7
Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Sampled at the Richmond 17th Gathering. Sampled with side by side with the Terrapin version. This one was much more chocolatey, almost tootsie roll, and much less chili pepper. Vanilla, honey, and milk chocolate. Medium chewy body. Pretty good, but I prefer the terrapin. And the mix of the two, is not as good as the Terrapin.


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