Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2011 (Terrapin Beer Company)

 
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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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Teaming up with Schmaltz Brewing for the first time, Terrapin Beer Co. returns for a third year as a production partner for Reunion ’11. 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 finds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org).

This year’s beer is a dark, complex ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers. 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 spicy aroma. The flavor begins with complex malt overtones and quickly gives way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss. Just when you thought it was over, the heat from the chilies sneaks in and coats your tongue with tantalizing heat.

Many thanks to all who have supported this project and have helped us honor Virginia’s memory.

Cheers - Pete & Alan

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3.4
LilBeerDoctor (4215) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, mint, raisin and dark fruit. Flavor of some cocoa with sweet fruits, tootsie rolls, molasses. I don’t get any heat or maybe just a touch. An odd beer, very sweet malt, and plenty of that chocolate/tootsie roll quality. Of course, I wish it was a bit more complex and the chiles were more prominent. Overall, it’s ok, could work on the drinkability component as well.
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3.4
drowland (9160) - Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2011
2nd to rate? Aight. 8/24/11. On tap. Very dark brown pour with a small tan head that sticks around and laces a little bit. Surprisingly mild aroma that reminds of chocolate, caramel, and not much else. Also a surprisingly light flavor - mild caramel and malt flavors with just barely a touch of chocolate and a lingering tingle from the chiles. There could be more of every added aspect, especially the vanilla.

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gorditoabd (637) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
1st rating??!! Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours a clean dark brown, decent finger or two of tan foam, not too dense. Aroma is oddly muted. Some hints of toasty malt and vanilla but nothing too striking. Taste is also a bit muted in the early palate especially. Eventually some vanilla and mocha kick in, and maybe there’s a hint of cayenne at the end (it picks a bit at the tongue) but it’s all a bit more muddled than I had hoped. Maybe as it warms it will pick up some continuity. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt, but even thn it’s an average beer among the craft brew crowds.


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