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%
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 (

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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fonefan (51574) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear dark brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate, dark chocolate, cacao. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120202]

yespr (48091) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and caramelish. Vanilla and caramelish. Sweet, light bodied and toffee caramelish. Sweet and caramelish into the finish. Bitter and sweet toffee malty finish.

joergen (29353) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle at Papsø.
Clear red-brown coloured with a medium sized off-white head.
Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits and bread.
Fruity flavour of caramel, bread and hops with notes of liquorice.
Hoppy finish.

Papsoe (25055) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of bu11zeye. Pours a clear brown with a reddish hue and a rough beige. Sweet caramel nose with some sweet milk chocolate. Medium body, very sweet cocoa with a slightly fruity edge. A little malt bitterness. 020212

saxo (19531) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle @ Papsoe tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are nuts, caramel, roast malt, fruits, hops, chocolate and notes of cookies.

mcberko (19175) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split 3 ways, pours a dark brown / black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, chili peppers, and sour funk. Flavour of vanilla upfront, chocolate, some roasted malt, and some subtle chili peppers. Medium-bodied, with a slightly sour finish. Decent.

Scopey (15877) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
Tap at the ColLAboration Winterfest 2012, as "Schmaltz Reunion, 7.3%". It pours very dark brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is spice, cocoa, sweet, sticky fruit, alcohol and molasses. The taste is spice, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, some alcohol warmth, wood, sweet sticky fruit, molasses and fiery gingerbread. Good balance of flavours. Full body and moderate carbonation. An interesting and well put together brew.

Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2012
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear brown - light brown head. Spicy, toffee, wooden notes, nutty, caramel, roasted malts, peppery, sweet malty, burned bread.

Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bomber shared by Butters at the 17th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 1/28/12. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of dates, dark fruits, chocolate and citrus. The taste is chocolate, cocoa powder, chili peppers and dark fruits. Medium bodied. Decent but I prefer the Schmaltz version.

hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2017
22oz bottle. Old forgotten bottle from the back of one of my shelves. I did note down - old but that terrible.

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