He’Brew Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2013 (Shmaltz Brewing)



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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Teaming up with Terrapin Beer Co. for the third time, Schmaltz Brewing returns as a production partner for Reunion ’13. 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 funds and awareness on behalf of the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org).

This year’s beer is a dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon, and coffee from NYC and Upstate New York. It was originally inspired by a fantastic dessert that we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Poured from 22oz bomber. pours a clear dark brown with a red hue in the light with a light brown head about 2 fingers thick worth, aroma has quite a bit of chocolate and roast with a hint of cinnamon and spices, the flavor has a chocolate front end with the spics in the finish, nice thick mouthnfeel, chocolate is pretty pronounced through out, not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
libertine (433) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2014
pours dark brown with a thick tan head. some lacing left on my glass. aroma is very stout like. aroma is of fresh roasted coffee beans, cocoa, cinnamon and dark malts. when you smell this you know what your about to taste because they are spot on. medium body(seems thin because i still think im drinking a stout.). medium carbonation. has a slick mouthfeel and finishes with a bitter afterbite of fresh coffee beans. got this in a holiday pack so i cant say im disappointed. its pretty good actually. i would never have thought this was 8 percent abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured into tulip. Deep brown with a generous frothy tan head and impressive carbonation and excellent head retention. Medium intensity aromas of coffee and cocoa nibs. Nicely balanced malty brown ale flavor with plenty of roasty coffee flavor and a long bitter finish and a bit of heat. The carbonation contributes to a lively mouthfeel. A worthwhile collaboration, IMO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (3016) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Wife brought back from Texas. She liked this one. I didn’t so much. This is pretty much all cinnamon and clove. Don’t taste much lease as those are so overpowering

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (6346) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours dark brown with a soapy beige head. The aroma has cocoa nib bitterness, cream, coffee, roasted malt and hints of vanilla. Medium rich body with lots of flowing carbonation. The flavor starts off with bitterness that has earthiness, cocoa, coffee and roasted malts. The finish adds some red berries along with the varying versions of bitterness. Decent beer, but more coffee than I’d like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
seymour (1961) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Shared at GregFest 2013 from a brown bomber bottle into a nonic half pint glass. It poured a nice clear reddish brown colour. Aromas and flavours of a bland dark ale plus faint cacao nibs and coffee. Not deeply flawed, but unimpressive.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (2413) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2013
really good Amber ale. ok overall beer. Had at a beer tasting at my house. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a splotchy head. Nose is cocoa, coffee, cinnamon and vanilla. Creamy medium body with a brisk buzz. Taste is coffee bean then dark roast. The cinnamon and vanilla add a nice sweetness finishing with earthy cocoa nibs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Shmaltz / Terrapin collaboration 'Reunion Ale '13' @ 8.0% , served from 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50 , a beer for hope A-pour is a light brown from the bottle to a dark brown in the glass with a lot of ruby red along the glass edge peeking thru , a small tan/off white head that is dissapating quickly leaving no lace along the pint S-coffee , hint of cinnamon in the background T-so similar to an English Porter , with a sweet vanilla start to the swallow MF-ok carbonation , bit strong ABV leads to the full body Ov-ok beer , has that Brown ale bitterness well hidden prost LampertLand ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bomber. Deep amber with a beige head. Coca nibs and hot pepper aromas. Similar flavors.

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