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Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An Imperial Brown Ale with chocolate, cocoa nibs, vanilla & chili peppers.
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Smell is great sweet faintly spicy really setting up for what is to come. First taste is cleaner then I would've thought the vanilla comes through as sweet slight pepper on the finish. Carbonation isperfect helps the beer finish clean makes u want to take another sip.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled,into Sams glass. Poured coffee colored, compact head that stayed around. Some lacing from the thin head. Aroma was chocolate and coffee, roasted malt. Maybe some vague vanilla. Not strong. Flavor was sweet coffee leaning to mocha, toasty and smoke, a little cinnamon and nice hit of chili pepper at the end that lingers and brings a sweetness out. Did get a slight metallic taste on first sip, not repeated. Body was medium, thought the carbonation was OK. Overall liked the taste and it was enjoyable enough. The little peppery tingle lingers and I like that.

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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served at around 55F.

Pours clear dark brown to black with red highlights and a one finger light tan head that leaves some sheets of lacing and recedes to a light wispy cap.

Aroma is chocolate/cocoa, roasted malts, grain, hint of vanilla and chillies, some mild oxidation. Good strength.

Flavor starts with nice chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malts, and coffee, the chilies move in with a touch of heat, some vanilla, moderate sweetness, mild bitterness, chilies come back on the finish with some warmth and spice, but not overly hot. As the beer warms the chili finish diminishes and is replaced by more chocolate instead. Flavor is much more robust than the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat creamy and sticky, light to moderate carbonation.

Took me longer than I anticipated to try this...had it stuck away in the cellar and forgot about it. Pretty good. Never tried the Terrapin version, but I heard this one was better anyway. The chocolate is the star here, with the chilies and vanilla playing just minor supporting roles.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Chocolate brown pour. Tan foam settles quickly and with minimal lacing. Very little carbonation.

S - Nice smell of milk chocolate and vanilla. Over time the cinnamon came through nicely. I really did not get much from the chili peppers at all.

T - Rich chocolate flavor; very malty. Sweet flavor of vanilla rounds this one out well. Finish has a spicy feel.

M - Very flavorful brown ale. I'd have loved ot try this again, though I doubt its possible. Plenty of flavor, and smooth feel.

O - This was a highlight of my tasting event. I'd look for future colaborations from these two.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of weird that this started showing up in MA recently. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown/red body with a two finger light mocha head. Pretty tame lacing,

S - Lightly charred malts, vanilla sweetness, and a touch of chocolate.

T - Sweet malts, vanilla, and milk chocolate. The finish has the slightest hint of warmth. Maybe its due to the age, but zero pepper flavor here. Mouth feel is light to medium and well carbonated.

O - An average brown ale for an excellent cause. Quite drinkable with a hint of greatness in the form of some chili heat, but it never really pans out to very much.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown with ruby hues at the edges. Two fingers of sandy-colored head settle into a thin crown shortly. Lacing is patchy and spotty.

S: Milk chocolate with a backing of chili pepper spice. Faint vanilla bean. Malt scents of bread, molasses, and a touch of caramel and toffee.

T: Bread crust and a touch of smoke up front. Rich flavors of molasses, caramel, and toffee on the mid-palate. Strong punch of black cocoa and then vanilla bean. Chili pepper heat is noticeable on the tongue, and the spiciness is felt on the swallow as well. Finishes with milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and spicy chili pepper.

M: Moderate thickness in the body. Chewy and a little viscous. Full and slightly mouth-coating. Moderate carbonation.

O: There's a lot of bold and distinct flavors going on in this beer. They're not really at odds with each other, but then they don't really seem to mesh either. The experience of drinking this beer is more a progression of shifting flavors. Almost like a flavor-changing jaw breaker or something. As a whole the beer is good, and rather tasty too. It just lacks some cohesiveness.

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Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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