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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2013
Pours a dark brown color with a thick fluffy khaki head that leaves pretty good lacing. Smells of chocolate and vanilla and roasted malt. Tastes of all the same things in the smell and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and silky with medium carbonation. This is the definition of a great desert beer. The use of cocoa nibs, vanilla, and cinnamon work perfectly. Slightly better than last years version in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13020) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2016
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, nougat, caramel, grass, and vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, sassafras, cola, tootsie roll, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (20648) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle shared late night in the hotel lobby during RBWG 2015. Pours Clear brown with a frothy beige head. Lots of toasty grains, dusty cinnamon, toffee. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Finishes with lots of chalky cinnamon, earthy hops, toasty grains, mild alcohol. So so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
Pours very dark brown bordering along opaque with a small off white head and a small amount of lace. Aroma is vanilla, cocoa nibs, chocolate, cinnamon, overall decently sweet, malty and nutty. Flavour is cocoa, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malt, mild alcohol when it warms up, mild bitterness, a little grainy, nutty and a mildly dry finish. Really tasty brew I wish I would see every years collaboration here...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
Pours an almost opaque black with a red hue. Aroma of vanilla, sweet cinnamon sugar, light cocoa, chocolate and some mild nutty overtones. Taste is bitter cocoa chocolate, vanilla, nuts and a nice smooth sweet cinnamon on the finish. Medium carbonation with a full body thats well balanced and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
a_sully (457) - - OCT 5, 2014
Beautiful dark brown colour with a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet and full of hints of chocolate. Taste is a sweet milk chocolate with hints of nuts and cereal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2763) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Pours a dark brown almost black color with tan head. Cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more roasted malt and a little sweet note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle @ home via rotbox. Pours a deep brown appearance with a thin brown head. Aroma is bursting with chocolate, caramel, light smoke, vanilla, and candy bar. Theres some ginger and cinnamon in the aroma as well. Medium bodied. A ton of vanilla, toasty burnt bread, chocolate, and toffee in the flavor. Moderately sweet. Booze held in check. Not a horrible beer but theres just too much going on and they added just too much junk.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottled and served in snifter: Pours a deep amber, near brown with a fading head and spotty lace. Really nice cinnamon and cocoa overtones with some vanilla bean and toasted bread. The finish seems watered down but that is my only major complaint. Drink now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
[5374-20130524] 650mL bottle. Chocolatey floral pine-infused roasted malt aroma has a hint of toilet cleaner. Clear, dark brown red body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head. Roasted chocolatey malt flavour. Full body. Quite tasty. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
Overheard: "Describe your body type." "Awesome."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2014
bottle on 4/30/14 - Pours dark brown with a small tan head. It smells of cocoa, cinnamon, and plenty of malt. The taste is very sweet with chocolate and spice. The 8% abv is not noticeable. Very good.

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