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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (7115) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bomber. A dark brown pour with red. A nice thick beige head. Rich chocolate malts are smelled with some nice dark fruit and vanilla. The flavor is bold with chocolate and vanilla out front. Vanilla is tasted. Fruit is tasted but is almost buried by the bolder flavors. Bitterness is not big and is just a little different. Some spiciness shows up late and it is from the hops. The feel is thick and a bit fizzy. This might try to do a little too much but is flavorful and interesting. It scores a little higher for me but not really for the right reasons.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle to narrow chalice. Dark brown pour with a khaki head that thins but doesnt totally vanish. Above average lacing on the glass. Aroma of brown sugar, molasses, rum, and faint cinnamon. Mmm, interesting flavor. First impression on the tongue is vanilla, big vanilla. Next is heat from cinnamon and combination of the hops which reminds of ancho chiles. Finish is black cinnamon vanilla flavored coffee with lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth. This beer is unique in a good way. Kind of curious to age one for a year or so and see what it does.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3370) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Super beer! Poured at a good temperature with a collassal, foamy, frothy, fluffy, light tan head that settled very slowly and lots of lace. Color is a dark mahoganey with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is great - vanilla, roast, malt, hint of cinnamon. Flavors like nose and has very good balance all the way around, sweet, carbonic tang, and bitter. The rich flavors are tamed just right. Body & carbonation are just right. Finish is like flavor although theres a medicinal component that detracts. Finish is also long. I had a piece of habanero jack cheese and it messed up my mouth, so this review is provisional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (5976) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2013
New Beer Distributors, NY 650ml ($7): Pours dark brown with a brownish head. Aroma is pretty much just chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. I think chocolate is pretty much the main draw here. Taste is slightly bitter and much less sweet than was expected. Basically, the taste has a load of bittersweet chocolate with some spicy tinges on top. Vanilla is present in the long lingering aftertaste. Alcohol is well covered. Not exactly my preferred style but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (558) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Dark brown with thin layer of white head. Really nice original aroma of Mexican chocolate with cinnamon as the first think to hit the nose. Complex layers of flavors going here: milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, and hazelnut

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of fiulijn. Pours a deep dark brown with a vague tint of orange and a creamy beige head. Cloyingly sweet vanillaish milk chocolate aroma. Medium body, dry and dusty cocoa powder with a rather bitter, roasty finish. Not really a favourite. 230213

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (27039) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle at Alex. Dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dark chocolate. Sweet and light roasted flavour of caramel and dark chocolate with notes of hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (42642) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2013
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is vanilla and chocolate malt. Toasted toffee caramelish and vanilla. Medium sweet, toasted malty and caramelish, vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (20046) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Dark brown color, the head reduces quickly. The aroma is like perfume, talc, artificial vanilla. Dry mouthfeel, highly carbonated; cheap chocolate flavor and artificial vanilla; some roasted malt, and accentuated bitterness.
Odd. Not my kind.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (2478) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2013
A finger of head on a black body. The aroma is roasted malt and milk, pretty nice. The taste is great. Chocolate, spice, roasted malt; lots of borderline sweetness but maintains a good balance. The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

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