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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4.4
Cybercat (6212) - Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Comes out of the bottle a clear dark cola brown with a thick, fine-bubbled and rather persistent light tan head that leaves some respectable lacing. Strong aroma is spicy with malty, nutty, earthy and caramel notes. Malty flavor has spicy, nutty, caramel and molasses notes as well as a peppery zing. Average-bodied texture is fairly fizzy with needle-sharp jabs from the pepper. Fortunately, the chili zing is just another player in this delightful beer rather than trying to dominate both taste and texture - they make it feel as if small fireworks are going off on one’s tongue. If you are adventurous when it comes to beer, grab a bottle!

4.3
freekyp (2428) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2011
This is one hellofa reunion. Skor bars reunite with mild milky coffee resulting in a massive strong armed off spring rife with dessert beer potential. Watch it. Those chili peppers aren’t apparent in the flavor, but they’ll creep up on you 3/4 through the glass. A juggernaut. May I have another SIR!

4.2
Thewade (340) - USA - OCT 2, 2013
My favorite reunion ale from terrapin. Cocoa on the front, and a little heat on the back.

4.1
paultheguru (662) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Mahogany in color, lacking in lacing and head retention. Aroma not huge, but flavor profile. Cocoa nibs first, then vanilla, then the head from the peppers. Nice chocolate notes.

4.1
jcwattsrugger (12549) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2011
22oz bottle-Natifest courtesy Dutch’s owners Jay & Pam-pours a tight tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is dark malt-cocoa. Taste is dark malt-cocoa, vanilla, hint of hops. Chile is slight in there, in the after taste and then slightly builds over the next few minutes.

4.1
blipp (9784) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Draft. Pours brown, getting close to black, with a big head. The aroma has sweet and roasted malts, vanilla, herbal hops, and light dark fruity notes. Te flavor has sweet malts and dark fruits, vanilla, an odd hint of pumpkin that I think I’m just making up, and light herbal hoppy notes. Unique, and well put together.

4
tmoreau (4677) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bomber shared with Jack at Lunar Brewing Co., and decided on Duvel glasses for presentation. Poured a dark brown with some ruby highlighting, tan, silk & cream head foam, and clingy waves of lacing. This brew experience started with a mellow, peppery dryness and finished that way. In between were nicely layered notes of smooth malt, roastiness, brown sugar sweetness, molasses, caramel, and toffee. Loved the variety that the yeast instigated, and intensified nicely as it warmed. Full bodied, but not syrupy or cloying, with subtle alcohol warmth. An interesting take on a Strong Ale that was highly appreciated!

4
pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out a dark brown color with a small white head. Aroma is of lots of chocolate, cocoa, and light roasty notes. Taste is very rich chocolate, sweet vanilla, some spice, roast and a building lingering chili pepper note on the finish, which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Very tasty!


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