Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2012 (Shmaltz Brewing)

RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Teaming up with Terrapin Brewing Co. for the second time, Shmaltz Brewing returns as a production partner for Reunion 12. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in the venture - Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle to Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise funds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (

This years beer is a dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and cinnamon. 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 cinnamon aroma. Complex malt overtones quickly give way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss.

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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (7940) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Draft at sb. Pours a hazy and very dark brown with a gigantic dense and creamy tan head. Sweet malty cinnamony nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Caramel cinnamon and malt sugar mid palate. Mild sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1762) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours brown with ruby highlights and a medium pillowy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate with some cinnamon and sweet floral vanilla.

The flavor is nutty roasted malts with lots of cinnamon and slight chocolate and a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, interesting but the flavors didnt really come together for me - a bit of an acidic mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Doing a side by side tasting with the Terrapin version. Appearance - T: dark caramel color with thin tan head. S: a little darker brown than the Terrapin version with a larger tan head. Aroma - T: mostly chocolate, vanilla and toasted malts with some caramel and cinnamon. S: similar aromas to the Terrapin but with cinnamon being more dominant. Flavor: T: toasted malts, chocolate and caramel with some vanilla, cinnamon and nuttiness. S: cinnamon, toasted malts and chocolate with some vanilla and nuttiness. Mouthfeel - T: medium body with average carbonation. S: medium body with softer carbonation and creamier mouthfeel than the Terrapin. Overall I liked the Terrapin version better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with solid brown foam. Interesting arom could be noodles, coul d be desert could be a casserole. Hint is spice, and uniqueness. Flavour is similarly weird and tasty. Building heat, cocoa. Tasty but in a way a bit of a weird thick slurry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (5300) - Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2012
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malt, nuttiness, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of toffee, vanilla, caramel, toast, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malt, clove, and light pepper. Lingering notes of vanilla, toffee, chocolate, toast, cinnamon, and light pepper on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors with a good amount of robustness. No cloying sweetness at all after the finish. Flavor was not as robust as I expected for 8%. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial brown ale. Nice flavor balance and complexity; very smooth to drink with no cloying sweetness. Seemed a bit weak for 8%, but was still very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (13660) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy beige head leaving good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong cinnamon, toast, and dark fruits. Thin mouthfeel with a rich chocolate malt with cocoa, vanilla, and light spice. Alcohol hidden well with a nice light bitter finish. A good spice from Shmaltz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14881) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with garnet glints and a 2 finger creamy/fluffy beige head. Primary aroma is chocolate. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, a good dose of cinnamon, and a suggestion of something else - which might be vanilla, but theres so much cinnamon Id be willing to consider chile. Its very flavorful. Finishes very spicy in a cinnamon bark way.Quite an ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6579) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Bottle. Deep ruby red, brown, the head big and frothy like an ice cream float. The aroma is big and chewy ... rife with caramel, malt balls, cocoa. The beer drinks with a chocolate milk character up front, a bit thinner than that but otherwise good enough for a Saturday breakfast. (#4785, 9/19/2012)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3616) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick well retained beige head, with some lacing, over a clear brown (SRM 25) body.....nose is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, toffee/caramel, cinnamon hints......taste is vanilla, chocolate, toffee/caramel, finishing with a harsh coffee hop bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation adds a foamy quality. There are too many ingredients fighting for attention in this beer. The result is interesting aromas but a melange of flavors that just does not work. The finishing taste was particularly off putting. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
DYCSoccer17 (3683) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
22 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo in Natomas. The aroma has a good deal of sweet chocolate character. Lightly peppery, too. Vanilla extract is also detected. Mildly transparent mahogany body with a creamy, medium off-white head present. Decent lacing. Starts sweet and sugary with hints of chocolate, before the mouth gets blasted with vanilla extract. Holy fuck, this is out of balance. Lightly vinous and roasted late. Just awful, awful shit.

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