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%
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 (

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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Pours light brown and a white head. Nose is dusty chocolate, slight roasted malts, hint of vanilla and chilli peppers. Flavor is sweet chocolate malt with vanilla and lots a pepper in the back end and finish. Kind of bland and boring with no body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GMCC2181 (1606) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bottle picked up at SL.... Dark pour decent little mocha colored head.... Funky aroma of some hot spices, chilly and chocolate. Kind of a unique taste.. Sweet chocolate, little malt, some spices... Medium body: Decent but very forgetable. Meh.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a very deep brown colored body with an inch thick, dense, foamy and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is grainy toffees and a solid amount of cocoa nibs with a moderate sweetness accompanied by a nice, light vanilla. A touch of toast, some dark fruits, and maybe just a hint of pepper. Flavor is cocoa nibs with a bit of a cocoa powder up front with some toffees, grains, and vanilla. Gets fairly earthy in the middle with a few dark fruits as the cocoa picks up towards the end. There is a light chile pepper flavor in the finish alongside the cocoa, vanilla, toast, and earth. Pretty dry with just a hint of chile heat coming in during a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. Well balanced with a good amount of cocoa nibs, vanilla, toffee, and earth. I was hoping for a bit more chile pepper, but it is noticeable in the aftertaste. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (661) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2011
(bottle) Dark, opaque brown body with a big brown head that clings to the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and traces of vanilla. A nice mild peppery flavor to the beer--pretty unique. The vanilla also comes through, particularly in the finish, and some cocoa as well. Its sweet with some mild bitterness in the finish. Medium body. A little unusual but well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2566) - USA - NOV 15, 2011
Looks promising, and it is always nice to imbibe for a good cause. Dark and foamy pour, with a sizzling head. Smells like chocolate and yeast - yeasty chocolate? It tastes malty and earthy, with plenty of chocolate and a mildly astringent finish. Pretty dry and well-balanced - goes down easy for a big beer. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (5731) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 15, 2011
Beer of the month, pours like coke with a decent beige head, aroma of wood, vanilla, nuts and milk chocolate, flavor of coffee, mocha, roasted coffee beans, some smoke, bitter towards the end, silky mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (6029) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2011
22 oz bomber from Spirits CBR, good call. This was a good beer. Poured a mediumdensity black body underneath a smaller to average sized size frothy off white head. Aroma is dominated by chocolate pudding skins, vanilla extract, brown bread, wet toast, bad citrus, Flavor is loaded with peppers, followed by burnt dark toast, hint of dark toast, more peppers, touch of vanilla and a hint of chocolate. This is one hot beer, better like spice for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewBoxer (2624) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle. Reminded me a little of the Jewbalations but not as strong. Dark purple/black color smells of raisins, toffee and cocoa nibs. Taste is the same. Nothing specially out of the ordinary, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Foil wrapped, 22oz bottle. Collaboration with Shmaltz Brewing. Vintage 2011. ABV 7.6%.
Dark brown color, thin rocky off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit sugars, date sugar; alcohol, raisin, vanilla extract, cacao. Tastes of dark malts, some chocolate malt. Then there is a peppery tingle. Chili tingle down the back of my throat. Mild heart burn sensation, chili pepper burn in my esophagus, very light heat. Heat is just not my thing. This could have been a pleasant offering, I just dont dig chili beers. Ill stick with heat in my food. Very memorable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1425) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Purchased while on vacation in North Carolina. Shmaltz seems to have more influence on this beer than Terrapin. I tend to get some of the same malty flavors I get in some of the Hebrew beers, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The chili heat is well done. Not too overpowering, yet still noticeable. A good beer that might benefit slightly if were a little bit more on the hoppy side.

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