Terrapin Reunion Beer 2011 - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CampusCrew on 08-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A collaboration beer to benefit cancer research brewed by Terrapin and Schmaltz Brewing. Two versions of this beer brewed- this one by Terrapin, with gold foil over a Terrapin cap, and a Schmaltz Brewing version with silver foil.
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Reviews by Proteus93:
Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogony, somewhat hazy.. a full bodied and long-lasting creamy head. Great retenton, nice and sticky lacing.

S: Vanilla and chocolate blend together nicely... Soft malts, and a touch of the peppery notes on the back.

T: Chilis are quite apparent and offer quite a bite to the experience. Again, the vanilla and chocolate flavours blend together fabulously... As far as balance, it doesn't get much more perfect.

M + D: It might be a TINY bit on the thin side, but there's absolutely no love lost. This is a fantastically balanced, intriguing, and outstanding beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say I liked this years Reunion beer better than last years from Terrapin.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep roasted chesnut brown with a thiiner lacy tannish colored head atop.Vanilla/caramel aromas,light nuttiness,and some molasses in the nose,quite rich.Caramel toffee and vanilla flavors at the onset,mild chocolate comes into play melding inot quite a hefty shot of chili in the finish,it can catch you a little off guard.Everything in the beer comes into play wich is great,very easy to drink as well.A real winner here.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in the glass with mahogany edges through light. Nice solid 1 finger khaki head with nice retention and spotty lacing.

Nose for me starts a little leathery. Then like a dark dopplebock with that dark euro malt. Mild dark chocolate, bitter fruit and vanilla.

Flavor is similar but a little brighter and more depth. Still dark euro-like malt flavor. Decent range of flavor. Balance isnt the best. Notes of nuttiness, bitter chocolate and mild vanilla and chili as the beer warms.

Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall it's a pretty good brown ale. Its works for me but I could see how others might think the flavors aren't working together well together.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reunion Ale '11 joins Terrapin with Shmaltz, and it's the "brown" and "Shmaltz" parts of the equation I'm most excited about, as they do unique browns very well all by themselves. (This is the gold foil Terrapin bottling.)

Pours as advertised: brown brown brown, with a dirty white head that sits on top like puffed brown rice, thin but long lasting and leaving tiny strings of lace on the glass.

Aroma isn't exactly neutral, just a little less busy/complex than expected, considering this was brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers. It's the peppers I smell most of those three, mingling with lightly mineral and largely nutty, sweet malty aromas.

Wow. There are two things happening here that I have never tasted mingled together so nicely, whether in a beer, a dessert, or elsewhere. Big fluffy vanilla flavors merge seamlessly with the chili peppers, and while I get the cocoa flavor way back, along with the nutty malt base you expect in a brown ale of any size, it's really the vanilla/pepper mixture that rocks my world. Overall there's a very s'mores-ish type thing happening here. The smooth, creamy, rounded texture helps. The chili pepper lingers longest into the finish, and while it might be too much for some people, it's just right for me, and it's thankfully not the only thing going on here. The bed of chocolate/cocoa/nut/vanilla adds some depth.

This beer was based on a dessert, according to the label, and I wonder if that dessert was as aggressive with the heat as this one is. I'm sure it was just as delicious, if not more so. As long as you like chili pepper in your beer, and if only used tastefully, as it is here, how can you not like this?

Photo of zaphodchak
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark brown with a thin, frothy cream-colored head. Very nice lacing.

Nose is inviting. Cocoa, but mellowed in a way I can't put words to. Like fine tobacco-- does that even make sense? Trace of licorice, that might be it. Really nice.

Taste is fantastic-- sweetness is balanced by spice rather than bitterness or hops. Huge wave of cocoa accompanied by a healthy anise kick and a potent chili aftertaste. Unexpectedly, some marshmallow. Spicier than, say, Mole Ocho, and impressively good.

Smooth, textured, spicy-- mostly spicy.

I didn't know what to expect with this one. I am impressed.

Photo of hefehead12
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber with gold foil covering the cap.

Pours a very dark brown color with a tan colored milky head. Light only comes though around the edges. The smell is a little subdued. I can smell milk chocolate and vanilla but i thought that the chilis would add some smokiness to the smell that I am not getting. The taste is very smooth and rich. Initially you get the chocolate and vanilla flavor that make it taste almost like a milk stout. As it warms the chili becomes more apparent and add a slight tingle on the tongue and contribute slightly to a smokey flavor. This is a pretty good beer that I am glad I picked up. Terrapin is one of my favorite breweries and they do not disappoint here.

Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Quite malty, chocolate danish, some dark fruit, candied orange, pumpernickle breadiness.

L: Dark brown, some ruby highlights. Light tan creamy head with ok retention. Great lacing.

T: Cocoa nibs up front with a light bready maltiness. Medium low bitterness with additional cocoa and just a touch of earthiness. Faint chili heat. Finishes with a touch of toffee and dry cocoa.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, fairly light. Alcohol barely noticeable.

Not bad, heat barely detectable. Liked how not heavy it is, considering the alcohol.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chilli peppers.

A: Cola pour is dark burgundy when backlighted. A healthy, rocky bronze-tan tinted head sits well atop with a stubborn rate of retention. The head is thick with a whipped cream structure that comes along with a glass defying cling of lace. Dense showering of micro-beads rise to the occassion along the inner vessel walls.

S: Rich chocolate nose, filled with cocoa powder, sweetened coffee, marshmellow, creamer and a soft chilli presence.

T: Rich brown ale malt defines the flavor, sweet cocoa, roasty coffee beans with a burnt sugar sweetness from the grains arrives upfront. Vanilla creamer highlights with a smooth fresh coffee flavor. Soft chilli heat brings up the rear with just the right amount of balance and warmth, not overvly done and played out so many other examples, but spicy, complimentary with just the right amount of ending flair without having to grab for a glass of chaser water.

M: Creamy mouthful, nice consistency with a bit of chilli heat on the tongue providing a gentle spicy warmth.

O: Overall a nicely crafted beer, balanced very well with cocoa and chilli each complimenting each other with highlights that don't drown each other out or is obnoxious like other examples. Not a marketing gimmick but one that truely focuses on a beers flavor and a good example and cause to utilize chilli peppers in more examples. Balanced just right.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear, deep brown with some red. Over a finger of thick, foamy light tan head.

Smell. Sweet chocolate, vanilla and a little roasty coffee.

Taste. Chocolate, roasty malts, sweet caramel and molasses with a little vanilla. Someone else mentioned a tootsie roll and I would have to agree. A little spicy pepper comes through after a few sips. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. This one is different, but quite tasty. I enjoyed it.

Photo of jsanford
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola-brown with a fluffy khaki head that settles to a soapy haze. Malty aromas of brown sugar, caramel malt, cocoa, and vanilla. Sweet. Taste is similarly sweet, definitely getting more of the cocoa nibs and vanilla beans along with a fairly standard Brown Ale malt backbone. Not getting much cayenne flavors necessarily, but definitely getting a warming sensation in the back of my tongue and throat that's fairly pleasant. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately creamy, with a medium body and ample carbonation. A neat beer overall, looking forward to trying the tweaked 2012 version now!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark russet brown with loads of hints of reddish tones around the sides and bottom of the glass. Very dark and opaque, essentially no light was shining through on this baby, except for the slightest little bit on the bottom of the glass. A very nice large tannish head of foam rose up over the top

A very deep and rich sweet smell graced my nose the second I poured it. Huge aromas of caramel and sugar were easily the most evident thins found in here. It really was much sweeter than I thought it would be, and this was a good thing. I was picking up some light notes of chocolate and a touch of nuttiness as well. There were definitely some hops way down deep in the profile as well, providing a touch of promising bitterness in the end. Such a rich full profile, I did not know where to begin, but let's give this a try. The first flavor to come washing through was a rich caramel sweetness. Very nice and big and very evident from the very first sip. Really a malt bomb here for sure. Some notes of the roasted nuts then following it along and really pulling it together quite well

Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours an almost completely opaque black with a 1/2 inch of head that shrivels down to a 1/4 inch ring around the edge of the glass. Has sticky lacing as well as a couple clusters of bubbles on the surface.

S- Chocolaty but in a spicy way. Also some mint that creates a mint chocolate chip aroma hybrid. Mild notes of vanilla.

T- Well then! Sweet, nutty chocolate in the beginning leads to a burst of chilies. Still getting a bit of mint but it's overpowered by the spiciness of the chilies. A capsaicin burn is very apparent and lingering, yet relatively mild compared to some other brews I've had. Still, the chilies are the dominant flavor by far. Also some black pepper notes.

M- Hot and somewhat dry. Medium carbonation.

O- In a class all its own. Like nothing I've ever had before. Well done.

Photo of Beersofthenight
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer. Pours a nice coco brown with a decent brown head. Nose is chocolate and vanilla. The Spiciness kept surprising me with every sip, because it is well masked up front by the chocolate and vanilla. Very well done in my opinion and definitely the spiciest beer I have ever had. Lingering heat.

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: When held up to the light, this beer is clear but very dark reddish brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high tan colored head that died down but has good retention properties, consistently leaving a thick coating of bubbles on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cocoa nibs are present in the nose along with some hints of chili peppers.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts off with flavors of cocoa nibs and notes of vanilla beans and is quickly followed by notes of spicy chili peppers that persist through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I picked this beer up because I saw it had cocoa nibs and vanilla beans but didn't notice that it also had chili peppers. Although this combination seemed a little awkward on paper, the spiciness of the chili peppers really seemed to work with this beer as they weren't overpowering and masked any apparent sweetness from the cocoa nibs.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a muddy, light brown with two fingered light tan head. Head is lasting, leaves some solid lacing.

Aromas of cocoa and vanilla. Brown malt, no hop aroma to speak of.

Flavors of cocoa, vanilla, and some spicy, peppery heat at the back of the throat. Heat is evident, but not overpowering or harsh. Reminds me of a fine mole`. Some brown and caramel malt is there, but it doesn't poke its head out of the shell for very long. Finish is long, with vanilla, milk chocolate, and chili pepper heat lingering long into a slow fade.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, with spicy heat. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a fine beer. Combination of flavors works very well. Seek this one out.

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with a finger of creamy off white head. Good retention and mild lacing.

Smell: Quite sweet with strong notes of caramel and vanilla. Very mild chili pepper and some dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet malt with strong dark fruit notes. Very mild vanilla notes, not really picking up the chocolate. The chili peppers show up after a bit, a nice slow burn. It gets quite hot in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Big fan of this beer. Only thing that would have been better is more vanilla.

Photo of Kromes
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a belgian glass. Pitch black with a thick tan colored head. Good lacing.

S: Chocolate and crystal malt aromas, vanilla and a touch of oak.

T: A nice chocolate flavor that mellows out to an oak/vanilla and finishes a little bitter and peppery.

M: Very good feel to it. Not to thick, just about right and very smooth.

O: A nice, unique beer. Easy drinking. Well done.

Photo of claspada
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark translucent brown colors with ruby highlights along the edges with a nice 1 1/2 inches of light brown fluffy head that lingers along the side of the glass leaving a nice froth of lacing.

Aromas begin with a lot of dark caramelized malts with some light cocoa powder in the background. As it warms I get this nice Milky Way smell of vanilla and nougat and toffee. Some roasted notes in the background, some breadiness. Vanilla and caramelized malts are the majority here.

The tastes begin with light roasted notes, brown sugar, nutty caramel, thick breadiness and light chocolate flavors. As it warms I can slowly begin to detect the chile peppers but the vanilla and the baker's cocoa flavors are dominant here. The chile peppers act as almost a hop, in that they balance the sweet malts flavors to help keep the sugary flavors at bay.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is neither dry or sticky but right in the middle as far as lingering tastes go.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It wasn't spectacular or mind blowing by any means but just a good example of what 2 breweries can create for a good cause. My only complaint is the lack of the chile peppers, only because they are advertised as a main ingredient. If I didn't know they were added, I would not detect them at all. I would prefer a little more of one of the flavors to make this a standout beer but it's fine for what it is. Do I need to revisit, no. Is it better than last year's Reunion for Hope Beer, DEF yes. Do I recommend, yes because I like both of the breweries and the fact that this was created for a good cause and the beer is pretty dark tasty and drinkable.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black with a touch of brown on the bottom of the glass 1 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Cocoa nibs are definitely upfront with just a whiff of vanilla but not much else. The scent is a bit muted and could be a lot better

Taste: The cocoa nibs vanilla and chili peppers blend together and create a candy like sweetness that is a bit unique but none of the ingredients really stand out. The spice from the chili peppers does show up on the back end and finishes nicely

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a fair amount of carbonation and just a slight head from the peppers

Overall: A pretty nice beer for a good cause so based on that I say buy some up damn it. The flavor could be a touch better but it is very drinkable

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how this is considered a "brown ale" since it's brewed with Chile's it should be a chilli beer.

Warmed for 10 minutes before cracking and pouring.

A - Pours very dark for a brown ale with a nice ruby tone throughout. My pour did produce a inch of head but quickly turns to a faint ring of lace.

S - I smell some brown malt, a bit of coffee, but no real chilli smell in the beer.

T - Starts pretty sweet the flavors of chocolate and coffee are kind of mixed resulting in a blast that overrides the spiciness of the beer. The only detectable bite is in the finish which only lasts for a bit after sipping but a nice bite indeed.

M - I get a nice medium body out of this so maybe it is a brown ale. Not very thick but chillies make it hard to sip.

Overall I liked this more than Theobroma since it has more chocolate tones and less overall burn but I can't imagine having more than a bottle a sitting.

Photo of shand
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

This beer was quite surprising! It's very much chili dominated, with a nice amount of heat on it going down. The vanilla is noticeable, but only before the burn kicks in. Then, it's all chilis, baby! The mouthfeel is the finest part of this brew, it pairs perfectly with the chili burn. Get this as fresh as possible for the most delicious chili assault.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a two finger tan head. Lacing is decent

S- getting a lot of chocolate and vanilla in the aroma...smells more like a stout than a brown

T- OK, I'm getting a lot here....it starts off a little sweet from the vanilla. The finish is flush with the bitter cocoa nibs. Getting a little bit of heat from the chilis as well. I think I'm going to say that I really like this. Very, very complex beer

M- it has the flavors of a stout, but the body of a brown. Interesting dichotomy there

O- very ambitious beer, and I think it's done very well.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep opaque black with 2 fingers of tan head.

Aroma of dark berries, brown sugar, cocoa and vanilla cream.

The taste has a bitter bite of unsweetened cocoa, black coffee and toasted malts. The tingle of the chilis appears in the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

Not a favorite but a fairly interesting brown from Terrapin and Shmaltz.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Neutral brown that pours a little hazy. Nice thick off-white head that lasts and leaves pretty decent lacing. No visible carbonation.

S - Big vanilla aroma up front that dominates the smell. Hints of bittering chocolate are incorporated and theres a spicy hint of heat from the chilies in the background.

T - Beginning of each sip starts off a little roasted with a creamy vanilla and subtle chocolate smoothness. Quickly turns spicy from the chilies and remains hot through each sip. The heat lingers on the tongue forever it seems, like biting into a spicy chili. Very interesting combo and transition but it works.

M - A little thin for me and average amount of carbonation. Finishes very spicy on the palate.

O - A very interesting combination of ingredients and probably the spiciest beer I've ever tasted. The transitions are quick and dynamic. A very bold beer meant for the adventurous beer drinker.

Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: nice amount of vanilla and some spiciness is detctable.

Taste: light chocolate, big vanilla, some dark fruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness is followed up by a sharp bite of chili peppers as you swallow. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp throughout. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a unique beer where the vanilla is big up front but the spiciness follows. Slow sipping beer, and one glass is more than enough in a session.

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Terrapin Reunion Beer 2011 from Terrapin Beer Company
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