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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Draft at the Sybarite Pig in Boca Raton, Fl. Snifter. Dark pour with thin white head. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts and spices. Taste is similar with a thick, malty presence. Cocoa, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla and a spices. Thick body. Creamy mouth and a pleasant spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3593) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle; poured a dark cola brown with a khaki head. Aroma of cocoa, caramel and cinnamon. Strong cinnamon and vanilla; veggies, cocoa and caramel. Good stuff

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (10923) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Brown pour, small beige head. Flavors are quite weird. Cough syrup, herbs and a strong chocolate flavor. Not very good. Too weird for me..,sweet, vegetal...meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (3790) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a large beige head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, hints of cinnamon and great vanilla. Taste is cocoa nibs, and roast. Thick-bodied with a smooth texture and light prickly mouth-carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, but warming. Schmaltz Reunion 12 finishes with some cocoa bitterness. Truely a desert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (23681) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
7th November 2012
Opaque black - brown beer. Good head but an odd muted off tan colour. Dry palate, a little crisp. Mild minerals. Bitterish chocolate and a trace of coffee. Sweetish vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon. The dominant taste here is bitterish chocolate. Finishes fresh and semi dry. Nice list of ingredients on this beer but overall they not brought together in a cohesive whole. Getting to be hard work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (46664) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear dark brown colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, vanilla, chocolate, peppery. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130223]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5579) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2013
On tap at the bocktown. Dark pour with a tan head. Barely any aroma but there is a tad of this mild beery thing hitting my olfactory. First taste is stronger but has lots of chocolate or malt in there. Chocolately feel fer sure. This stuff was way too expensive for what it is. Finish is lots like choco flavored medicine. wew. Not impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Tap: brown pour with medium-sized light-tan head. Aroma is sweet with vanilla, cola, chocolate and maybe a touch of brown sugar. Flavor is surprisingly drier than expected with lots of vanilla, unsweetened cola, cocoa, a dusty bitterness, and a slight cinnamon spice tickle at the finish. The body seems thin for the spice and abv. Decent flavors and the spices are not overdone, worth a try on occasion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (15596) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with white head. Nose and taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, roasted chocolate and roasted nuts. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (5310) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Tap. Brown with small head. Brown ale with spice. Seems nice for the holidays. Very pleasant mix of flavors.

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