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 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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aracauna (3680) - Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Hazy mahogany brown is topped by a very dense and long-lasting head. Chile is a note in the aroma, but more about the sweet malts. The chile really comes through in the burn in the back of the throat at the swallow.

freekyp (2410) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2011
This is one hellofa reunion. Skor bars reunite with mild milky coffee resulting in a massive strong armed off spring rife with dessert beer potential. Watch it. Those chili peppers aren’t apparent in the flavor, but they’ll creep up on you 3/4 through the glass. A juggernaut. May I have another SIR!

jcweaver (770) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Not much aroma, maybe a hint of spice and vanilla. Flavor comes in distinct phases that don’t really gel and is very light on the palate. Starts off tasting like a cream soda followed by a light chocolate flavor. Ending and finish is pepper, pepper and more pepper that dominates the flavor of the first half of the beer. Interesting but not a great beer.

PorterPounder (8288) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Fermentation Lounge - on tap. Dark black pour, khaki colored head, light lacing. Aroma has some spicy peppery notes, a hint of vanilla. Flavor is interesting and complex. Initially it is sweet and subtle with some vanilla notes and a touch of cherries. Spicy pepper notes come through in the back end and dominate. Flavor fades a bit near the end of the glass. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the flavor. Enjoyable.

MmmcKay (1053) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Had both the Terrapin and Shmaltz versions back to back the other night at John’s Apt. Thanks Ryan Dank for sharing. I’ll start off by saying that I’m not a big fan of either. They’re just not my style at all. The Terrapin is hot. It’s spicy as can be. Not much balance here. The palaate isn’t as terrible but the flavor and aromas are lacking. Especially the nose. It was borderline gross. Somebody will love these beers. Not me though.

Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Just like everything else from schmaltz, this beer tastes muddy, old, dusty, and unfocused. I donttaste any of the listedingredients, I taste prunes. I couldn’t’t finish my pour, sorry.

Gachupines (1252) - USA - SEP 24, 2011
Muddy brown with an off white head. Aroma is vanilla and chilies which makes for an odd but not unpleasant combination. Flavor is a bit more muddled. Strong cocoa with vanilla overtones followed by a heavy spiciness which almost burns. Reminiscent of dark chocolate bars with chilies but oddly less complex. This beer could benefit from a fuller body, I think it would have worked better as a porter. It’s wildly inventive and very interesting, but I can’t say it works overall.

TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a medium, frothy tan head. Aroma is caramel, toasted malt, cocoa and light toffee. Taste is toasted malt, cocoa, light chocolate notes, light chili pepper heat, and caramel. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation and a lingering peppery heat. Ends with more caramel, chocolate, cocoa, peppers, and light toffee.

tmoreau (4637) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bomber shared with Jack at Lunar Brewing Co., and decided on Duvel glasses for presentation. Poured a dark brown with some ruby highlighting, tan, silk & cream head foam, and clingy waves of lacing. This brew experience started with a mellow, peppery dryness and finished that way. In between were nicely layered notes of smooth malt, roastiness, brown sugar sweetness, molasses, caramel, and toffee. Loved the variety that the yeast instigated, and intensified nicely as it warmed. Full bodied, but not syrupy or cloying, with subtle alcohol warmth. An interesting take on a Strong Ale that was highly appreciated!

GTAEgeek (2414) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a large tan head with lots of lacing. The aroma is coffee and chocolate, caramel, and hay. The flavor is sweet up front, mellow through the middle and burning spiciness in the finish. The palate is light to medium, smooth and clean. The spiciness is powerful and lingers for a long time. Overall, this beer defies style. Like a baltic porter with chiles.

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