Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2011 (Terrapin Beer Company)

 
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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Teaming up with Schmaltz Brewing for the first time, Terrapin Beer Co. returns for a third year 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9993) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle. Medium mahogany brown with a robust tan head that shows good retention. Aroma is very reminiscent of Kahlua, lots of chocolate, vanilla, treacle. There is a vegetal, fresh-cut-pepper kind of edge to the aroma too. Palate displays beautiful malt structure, with rich cocoa flavour, creamy vanilla, dark rye breadcrusts, and a distinct capsicum vegetal note in the mildly bitter finish. Very mild peppery heat at the back of the throat, subtle and unobtrusive. Loved it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3559) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Dark brown pour with a tall, long lasting, thick tan head. Malty caramel aroma. The flavor is sweet and rich. Malt and nuts, this heads into Scotch Ale territory a little. The additives dont stand out on their own; they just sort of add their complexities here and there where they are hard to pick out. Enjoyable beer. Oh, and did I mention that about ten minutes after you think youve got this beer figured out, you notice a pleasant, slightly fiery tingle in your mouth from the peppers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2012
Bottle at Papss - Thanks. Clear brown - light brown head. Spicy, toffee, wooden notes, nutty, caramel, roasted malts, peppery, sweet malty, burned bread.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11998) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2012
bottle at paps clear brown, small light brown head. malty aroma, sweet dark fruits and licorice.flavor is malts, dark fruits, toffee, caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
Pours a deep mahogany with a thick beige head. Aromas of burnt sugar, molasses, raisins, vanilla, and butterscotch. Medium bodied with a slick mouth feel. Nice roasted malt body with a touch of sweetness. Finish is slightly bitter and a little bit of spiciness. I liked the combo of ingredients and found this beer very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (27011) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle at Paps. Clear red-brown coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits and bread. Fruity flavour of caramel, bread and hops with notes of liquorice. Hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (6100) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 2/3/12

Aroma: The nose is toffee, caramel, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a little roast
Appearance: This one pours a cloudy brownish-orange color with a small beige head
Flavor: The taste is mid-sweet, heavy malty, brown sugar, and a little bit of pepper on the finish
Palate: The body is medium, it has an average carbonation, a slightly stick feel, and a touch of heat
Overall Impression: This is a nice combination offering from Terrapin and HeBrew, and a pretty interesting beer, that I found it to be fairly enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11648) - Sborg, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
Bottled. burgundy coloured. Dense off white head. Aroma of sweertness, chocolate, cocoa, roast, vanilla. flaovur of vanilla, sweetness, oak, cocoa, chocolate. medium bodied. Ends on a sweet and light roasted note. Light alcohol bite

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (42610) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and caramelish. Vanilla and caramelish. Sweet, light bodied and toffee caramelish. Sweet and caramelish into the finish. Bitter and sweet toffee malty finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle at Papsoes. Clear redbrown beer with a nice tan head. Aroma is caramel-malty, some chocolate notes. Fruity taste, medium sweet, dark roasted, quite hoppy, some vanilla, medium bitter finish.


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