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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass, from notes. A: Pours a dark ruby color with a one finger mocha-colored head. The latter has a nice creaminess, which allows it to leave some nice lacing on the glass. S: Wow. Nice. Tons of vanilla and chocolate make itself known immediately, with an underlying tone of brown sugar. The coffee really comes out strong when allowed to warm up. T: At first, it’s slightly chocolaty. Then BOOM! Coffee hits the palate hard. Normally, this would be great, but the coffee here is stale and vegetal. There are also hoppy and vanilla hints hanging around the finish. Shame about the stale coffee, because this is pretty decent otherwise. M: Light and fairly crisp, and quite dry. The coffee’s really going to work on the palate, giving this beer nice drinkability, even without the presence of assertive carbonation. O: Not bad, but it could have been so much more if the coffee here was ’fresher’. Incidentally, my friend who I drank this with enjoys stale coffee, meaning he loved it. YMMV, natch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2016
Pours a medium dark amber color. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and maybe a hint of fruit. Flavors of nut, sweet malts, and some mild hop bitterness towards the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (6230) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2015
22 oz bottle from State Line (a while ago) that I have pulled from the back of the fridge, 10/18/15. It pours a dark brown color with a thick, creamy froth of tan head on top. The coffee and chocolate come through in the aroma and the taste. There’s a bit of a raisin/dark fruit thing as well. Oak shows up here and there, but isn’t predominant. Smooth mouthfeel, rather creamy. I’m not sure exactly what affect the age has had on this one, but it shows nothing that I can see would have been obviously hurt by the time. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (2157) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 9, 2015
Bomber. Clear deep copper, firm fine tan foam lasts. Aroma of cocoa, coffee and sweet vanilla. Taste is bitter dark roast, cocoa and coffee, cinnamon and sweet vanilla. Average carbonation, medium-full bodied, lightly hopped. Seems to have aged well, almost stout-ish. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (16812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2015
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma brings out spicy peppers and cinnamon. Flavour is quite nasty, with stale spicy cinnamon upfront, with some spicy peppers. No hint of cocoa. Really quite stale and weak. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (7906) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2015
Draft at the DC Beer Festival in Nationals Stadium. Poured a dark ruby color with a small off-white head. Aroma was incredibly sweet, dried fruits. Lots of booze comes through, some roasted malts. Flavor was some light roast, sweet dark fruits, tart fruits. Light red wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ttroha (516) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle from a fridge. Pours dark ruby with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, nuts, and dark chocolate. Taste is very strong of vanilla, with coffee and chocolate and caramel. Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. It’s okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (6318) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Shared bottle. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, malt, and spice. Taste is malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and spice. Interesting in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (1143) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours a clear, deep ruby with a thin, khaki head. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, vanilla, nuts, and dark chocolate. Something I can?t place. Taste is balanced. Slight vanilla with roasted malts, peanuts, chocolate, caramel, and a short finish. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a semi-dry finish. Overall interesting. Vanilla, roast, caramel, nuts. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (1949) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2014
A nice beer overall. Pours a thick dark brown with a milky tan head. Smells of cinnamon and cocoa. Taste is cinnamon all around, with some vanilla at the start and lots of bitter chocolate coming in the finish. Good, but we have had better examples of this style, like campfire stout or imperial tanilla. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Homer321 (4838) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle. Really weird nose. almost spicy, but I don’t think they put peppers in this beer anymore. Pour is brown with a medium sized off white to light khaki head. Taste is pretty flat. lightly spicy, but chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla are all very muted. pretty mediocre.

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