Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2011 (Shmaltz Brewing)

RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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 (

This years 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 Virginias memory.

Cheers - Pete & Alan

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottled. Poured coffee colored, compact head that stayed around. Some lacing from the thin head. Aroma was chocolate and coffee, roasted malt. Maybe some vague vanilla. Not strong. Flavor was sweet coffee leaning to mocha, toasty and smoke, a little cinnamon and nice hit of chili pepper at the end that lingers and brings a sweetness out. Body was medium, thought the carbonation was OK. Overall liked the taste and it was enjoyable enough. The pepper tingle is pretty long lasting and I like that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (7353) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2016
22oz bottle. Pours out brown with some ruby highlights topped with a tan head. Nose is toast malts vanilla cinnamon molasses and spice. Taste is more of the vanilla roast malts spice and a nice sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (6171) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Clear dark brown liquid, with an umber hint when held to the light. Moderate, but stable dark beige head. Toasted malt, light chocolate, dark caramel and a hint of grassy hops in the aromas. Thick flavors of dark malts and licorice. A touch of bourbon vanilla. Hints of pepper on the tongue in the finish and linger. Somewhat complex, but in a disjointed incongruent way. 6/11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sulawang (1148) - - MAR 25, 2016
Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours dark brown with a smallish lasting 2mm foamy head, clusters of fast activity. Nose: cocoa nib, background barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency Attack: creamy-thick, smooth bite Mid-palate: background light acidity, roasted cocoa nib nutty, (lvl-7-sweetness), caramel brown sugar barley malt, vanilla, licorice Finish: subtle chili heat, bitter dark chocolate exhale, residual caramelized barley malt sweetness, subtle hops. Summary: Lots of flavours going on working in unison for a delicious cause. Interesting taste profile thought just a tad sweet. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 5, 2014
22oz bottle - The thing that I really enjoy about American strong ales, is the freedom of brewers to stretch their legs and do someting kind of out of the lines with brewing ingredients, techniques, and so on. This beers just a really nice blend of vanilla, coffee, raisins, chiles, and brown sugar in both palate and aroma. A little bit more residual sweetness might have made a good beer a great beer. I enjoyed this one so much, its inspired me to create a homebrewed clone. HeBrew continues to make really tasty beer. Note: This beer was brewed for Schmaltz Brewing, not at Terrapin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (5111) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Rated on 7-22-2012 (Bottle from Sicilianos Market-Grand Rapids, MI) The appearance is a large tan head with a long retention, semi-opaque reddish brown body, fizzy carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is malt, cocoa, vanilla and spicy. The flavor is chocolate, semi-roasty and light vanilla. The mouthfeel is semi-lively and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer did not leave a big impression as the flavor was a little odd as it just did not come together all that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Espo1 (35) - - AUG 14, 2014
A - three year old poured from a bottle dark mahogany with a one finger tan head. A - deep vanilla with a hint of cocoa and age T - dark fruits initially with a hint of vanilla on the back of the palate M - well carbonated for three years of age O - good beer that has held over well with age. Would have liked to drank this beer fresh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (1712) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 9, 2014
Aroma is roasty malts, cinnamon, cocoa and caramel. Taste is rich malts, caramel and cinnamon. The cinnamon and sweet malts lingers nicely to finish. Appearance is a dark amber with a creamy fluffy beighe head that retains well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
nlderricks (16) - Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2013
So this was gross. I've had chocolate stouts/porters and chili beers from dogfish head that were all okay or even great. This reunion ale is a bomb IMO at incorporating those flavors. Gross haha. Get a bottle though, just to check my work. The Derricks ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (10012) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Randalls. Pours a deep brown with reddish amber highlights and a finger of beige head. Aroma of toast, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, earth, and only a bit of chili spice. Flavor follows the same lines. Sweet, dry, and toasty malts, and only minor vanilla and chili. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. Good ale, and I imagine the spice has faded over 2 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigaddie (75) - - MAY 22, 2013
Dark ale aroma of stewed bananas and vanilla hits you right off with a strong (predictably) molasses aroma to the bottom. Milk chocolate aromas also stand out a bit. Pours a dark ale with vanishing head and a bit of lacing. The color is nice. Great mouthfeel with nice coating on taking the first sip. Bananas again hit me in the front with a quick sweet release. The middle of the palate feels warm, with the high alcohol content. A smooth and bitter finish. Chillies play a prominent role in the middle of the palate giving good heat and substance to this drink. Good stuff that I am enjoying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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