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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5401) - Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Comes out of the bottle a clear dark cola brown with a thick, fine-bubbled and rather persistent light tan head that leaves some respectable lacing. Strong aroma is spicy with malty, nutty, earthy and caramel notes. Malty flavor has spicy, nutty, caramel and molasses notes as well as a peppery zing. Average-bodied texture is fairly fizzy with needle-sharp jabs from the pepper. Fortunately, the chili zing is just another player in this delightful beer rather than trying to dominate both taste and texture - they make it feel as if small fireworks are going off on ones tongue. If you are adventurous when it comes to beer, grab a bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4658) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Pours murky dark brown with ruby highlights and one finger of creamy tan head. Nose is lightly sweet with caramel and java notes, hints of vanilla beans and spicy chiles. Flavor is a bit more dichotomous, vanilla and chile heat. Some light coffee roast. Spicy palate and dry and light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Black pour from bottle. small brownish head...aroma of chocolate, vanilla bean, and some spice and poutpurri..flavor of some spice, chocolate, mild pepper, and some lactose. vanilla comes through in the finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3118) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2011
The aroma is chocolate, nuts, vanilla. The appearance is brown, white head. The flavor is malty, chocolate, brown sugar, resiny hops, hot peppers (just enough to be enjoyable). The finish is peppers, resiny hops. Again, the peppers are pleasantly subtle. Medium/thick in body. Prety good, unusual and unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Mahogany in color, lacking in lacing and head retention. Aroma not huge, but flavor profile. Cocoa nibs first, then vanilla, then the head from the peppers. Nice chocolate notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Draft. Caramelly malts on the nose with brown sugar aromas. Pours a rich brown color. Caramel malts up front with chocolate notes after about the 3rd sip you get a tingle in the throat. Nice spice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4055) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Muddy dark brown with a small white head. Nose of cocoa, peppers, light vanilla, spices, pumpkin. Peppers are more noticeable in the flavor, cocoa and vanilla are more faint. A little one-demensional, but drinkable. Doubt Id drink this again though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bomber from Whole Foods, Raleigh. Woo-ha this fucker is not shy about the chilis. Im not saying its like pure habanero salsa, but its more than the modest Chocolate Yeti thing I was expecting (and more along the lines of that Danish chili tripel whose name I cant remember). Dark ruby pour with a moderate head and carbonation, leaving sticky lacing. Nose is mild bourbon and sweet malts. Body is medium, but the taste is pretty aggressive. The vanilla and oak in the nose are more or less scorched here, and the chilis run riot. Decent but 22oz seems pretty imposing for such a one-dimensional beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
This one had a deep amber body with a sudsy thick head. Aromas were light yet floral of yeast, vanilla and peppers with some roasted notes as well. Tasted pretty malty upfront, but settled into a mellow cocoa and vanilla aftertaste. Sip by sip revealed a nice spiciness from the peppers. Light drinkable and unique is all I can say here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zizzybalubba (1844) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2011
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Muddy brown pour with a foamy khaki head. Cola-like aroma with sweet caramel malts dominating the nose and hints of floral hops faintly in the background. The flavor is hard to pinpoint although I guess vanilla is the easiest flavor to recognize. It almost comes off as a strong brown ale in trying to compare it to anything. Nothing really jumps out at first but the heat from the chilies does make itself known eventually. Overall drinkable but very forgettable.

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