Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2012 (Shmaltz Brewing)

 
RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Teaming up with Terrapin Brewing Co. for the second time, Shmaltz Brewing returns as a production partner for Reunion ’12. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in the venture - Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle to 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 and cinnamon. 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 cinnamon aroma. Complex malt overtones quickly give way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss.

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

Cheers - Pete & Alan

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badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
On tap. Dark brown with a creamy off white head. Chocolate roasted grain caramel and cinnamon aroma and taste with a clean sweet cereal grain and strong vanilla finish and hints of cocoa powder. Nice full bodied velvety palate.

3.8
Thisis12ptfont (1225) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Sweet cinnamon, caramel, biscuit and brown sugar aromas. Dark brown in color with a decent foam. Extremely sweet cinnamon, brown sugar and nuts flavors with a lingering biscuit on the finish. Medium bodied, somewhat smokey. Overall, this is a very sweet ale with massive brown sugar and cinnamon notes. A unique take on a brown ale. I’d give this an A- rating.

3.7
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2012
The pour is very deep garnet with a moderately full, fluffy, beige head which is mostly diminishing and leaves scattered lace rings. The nose is full of the additions, mostly vanilla, some cocoa and milk chocolate, subtle cinnamon bread, and some toasted caramel. The flavor is similar with more vanilla than I think is necessary, subtle cinnamon, toasted caramel, a slight roasted acidity, and dry dark chocolate. The palate is nearly full, silky, drying, and soft to lively. The finish is long and rich but a decent acidity is present, more cocoa and subtle cinnamon. The beer was fairly nice to drink even with the vanilla being a bit overbearing at times. The acidity seemed to be more than it should have been but it was a nice balance to the sweetness and richness. Fairly decent strong brown ale.

3.9
brokensail (16678) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Pours a dark brown color with a finger of khaki head. Lots of cocoa, vanilla, and milk chocolate in the nose. There’s a slight chili pepper aroma and heat along with a touch of raisins. Just a mild earthy note on the nose, too. Maybe a hint of roast and coffee. The flavor is full of sweet molasses, marshmallow, cocoa, and fudge. There’s a touch of raisin fruitiness, a light pepper/spice note, and a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is really nice and creamy, too.

3.8
dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Pours dark brown with a big frothy tan head. Big cinnamon aroma over chocolate and malt. The cinnamon is a bit strong on the tongue, overpowering the other flavors. Still mighty fine, though!

3.9
Ratman197 (15474) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cinnamon, vanilla, carmel, cocoa and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa and light maple with a smooth lingering cinnamon finish.

3.7
TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
650 mL bottle. A dark beer, with a small, sticky, brown head. The aroma is fantastic and fantastically original. There is molasses and chocolate and spice and an herbal note as well. Reminds me a little of Jacobite Ale, but only a little. More spice. The flavour is interesting as well, and the spice is more distinguishable as cinnamon. It is the dominant flavour, although there are clear undertones of chocolate as well. Not one I could drink a lot of, but an interesting beer.

3.6
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2012 22oz bottle. Vintage 2012. Same match up with Terrapin as last year. This year is different, cinnamon as opposed to chili pepper, but again this one brewed at HeBrew (the other, same recipe, at Terrapin). Dark brown, black pour. Darker than the Terrapin version. Tan head, more than Terrapin’s. Aroma of chocolate liquor, vanilla bean, and some spice. Smells like alcoholic cake batter. Taste is of toasted malt powder, very sweet flavor, alcohol, dark fruit, chocolate, and spice. Thin bodied , very full flavored. Overall, very sweet, and spicy. Its like Chocolate-Big Red. Definitely like a spiced Hebrew Anni. $7.99 @ Bruisin Ales.
(3429)

3.9
rougeau13 (3237) - Richmond, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Dark, clear, ruby brown with a big beige head and thick lacing. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, holly, and cocoa. The taste is a huge dose of cocoa, with a healthy amount of spice and bittering hops. Medium bodied and dry. Dessert in a bottle.

3.6
TheBeerGod (6263) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle. Can’t believe this was not already in the database. Dark brown pour with a tall, dense, frothy tan head. Aroma is cinnamon and chocolate notes with soft coffee and caramel. Taste is dark chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malt, coffee cake, and vanilla. Body is medium with a strong, dense, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee notes and cream cake. Damn tasty!


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