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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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An Imperial Brown Ale with chocolate, cocoa nibs, vanilla & chili peppers.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-13-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Licorice, yeast and chocolate. Pours a reddish brown and possesses a big soapy head. Malty, some vanilla, the chili kicks in at the end.A tad of sourness. a good chocolate. A bit above average mouthfeel. Besides the subdued flavors, its like an English brown.Decent drinkability.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap. Random patterns of dots form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, chocolate syrup, and vanilla aromas. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa powder, vanilla flavors, and a distinct cinnamon flavor with the aftertaste. I am not getting any chili in either the smell or taste of this one. However, this beer does have a warming in the back of the throat with each sip which I assume is from the chili. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat and watery mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice smells and flavors but the mouthfeel is a bit lacking.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle indicates 7.3% abv.

Pours black with a thin tan/khaki head.

Brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chile peppers, the nose is interestingly sweet plum/cinnamon in character with some light undertones sweet black chocolate. There is almost some "Belgian Ale esters" in the nose and more and more vanilla comes forth with air and as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy and rich and while the flavor profile is "conroversial," the mouthfeel leaves you wanting more.

Flavors are complex and initially bumbling but become integrated with air and as it warms. Roasted grains, coffee, chocolate with nice undertones of vanilla and a pretty solid chile flavored backbone. I can't say that I really enjoyed the flavor profile, yet I was compelled to keep going back for more.

Finish is a chile/coffee/roasted black chocolate character. A complex and interesting effort.

Designated a "dark imperial ale" on the label, I'd call it more of a chile beer than anything else.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank the Terrapin Reunion offering earlier and did notice a few subtle differences between the two brown ales.First off this is 7.3% abv.Second this poures a deeper more of a mahogany brown with a large blooming beige colored head,aromas are alike in both have a real caramel toffee element to them.This is more carbonated and sharper in the mouth,not quite as smooth as the other.This is a little more dry on the palate with the vanilla/caramel toffee a little more subdued and the chili much more subdued in the finish.This is a good brown ale,not as good as its partner but still no slouch.

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

22oz bomber.

This beer pours a clear dark brassy cola hue, with two fingers of thin foamy, puffy tan head, which settles evenly, leaving a twisted chain of lace around the glass. It smells rather lightly of vanilla, chocolate, caramel malt, and a slight edgy twinge. The taste is bittersweet caramel, a bit of toffee, baker’s chocolate, and a nice subtle, evolving singular spiciness, which has no real concurrent vegetable flavour to go with it. The carbonation is present, and restrained seeming, the body medium-light in weight, although a bit too sharp and zippy to be considered all that smooth. It finishes with a nice, gently rising spiciness, over a generally sturdy choco-vanil-toffee maltiness.

A nicely balanced chili and confection beer, enjoyable to drink, and for a worthy cause.

Photo of emerge077
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black body with mahogany edges. Sticky tan foam, long lasting head that hangs around for the duration of the glass in some form or another.

Sweet vanilla aroma, slightly artificial like sarsaparilla or cream soda. Mild powdered cocoa.

Thin body, sweet cocoa and vanilla flavors. Slight astringency, vaguely chocolatey with a feeble bitterness on the back end. Seems like one of those vanilla mocha creamer flavorings you'd put into coffee. Where are the chiles? Not even a tingle. Kinda meh overall, but fairly drinkable. Needs more roast and bitterness to balance the sweet artificial flavors.

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a two-finger, light brown head of thick bubbly foam. It left sticky, thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and malty notes with a touch of vanilla.

T - It tasted of cocoa. Really strong chocolate flavors with subtle vanilla flavors. I could barely detect some heat from the peppers as the beer warmed up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice beer, but the chocolate was too dominant for a 22 oz beer.

Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two and a half fingers of light brown foam on top of a black body with some clear, amber highlights. The head settles fairly slowly and leaves nice rings of lace on the glass.

S - Dark, sweet malt with notes of caramel, toffee, and lots of molasses. There is also a spicy quality in the background with cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.

T - Dark caramel and molasses up front with a little bit of cinnamon. Some bittersweet chocolate comes out in the middle with a surprisingly strong note of vanilla. The brown, sugary malt intensifies in the finish with more molasses and some dark, rye bread character. Lingering toasted malt and dark caramel coat the palate in the aftertaste with vanilla, allspice, and nutmeg notes.

M - A somewhat thick body, moderate carbonation, and a surprisingly well balanced finish.

D - I was a bit skeptical going into this; dark, spiced beers are not usually my cup of tea. However, this is surprisingly pleasant for what it is. The spices and dark malt are on the edge of overwhelming the palate and becoming cloying, but they manage to just barely avoid getting there. The vanilla is a nice touch that seems to help brighten things up a bit. Very nice, overall; I might even consider cellaring this if I come across another bottle.

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a larger 2 finger head that fades fairly quickly at first then slows, over dark molasses brown almost black colored beer.

Nose has darker malts, molasses and brown sugar, toasty brown malts, slight creamy brown black malts and hints of chocolate, some vanilla starts to come through more and more, then a bit of hop character.

Taste starts with lots of chocolate, cocoa nibs galore, fresh chocolate flavors and cocoa! With that is some vanilla, lots of vanilla flavors come through following the cocoa, with a touch of spicy pepper taste. Some malts follow all that, darker malts with lots of caramel flavors, dark crystal malts, then some slight syrup like caramel flavors. A slight hop character comes through with a little bitterness and slight earthy hops. Finishes with a spicy hot pepper flavor, then some lingering vanilla and light chocolate, as well as hint of syrupy caramel, and a touch of warming booze.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carbonation, and hint of warming booze.

Overall it's pretty good, nice tasty flavors with chocolate and vanilla, but I think the vanilla is a bit overboard. some nice malts but I also think the malts were a bit too light overall, and it should have had a bit more body and been creamier as well. The hot pepper spice was a nice addition as well.

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ebony tinged brown with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Cocoa & woody note, some sarsaparilla as well

T: Follows the nose, leafy hops & vanilla notes, some sarsaparilla as well up front. A touch of cream soda flavor lurks in the background as this warms along with bitterness from the cocoa nibs, some heat from the chilies is evident as well, along with dryness. Fairly big powdery cocoa finish, some peppery heat & woody notes as well

MF: Medium bodied, somewhat over carbonated, love the malt backbone of this

Liked this, didn't love it. Nice big brown ale, my bottle indicates 7.3% abv

Photo of mactrail
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich near-black beer with a brown edge. Very fine lacing and foam. The malt is well-roasted and rather dry for the fullness of barleyness. I wonder what kind of peppers? They start out faint but the warmth is fanned a little as you sip. They do add a little depth as well as a hint to the nose. Fortunately the advertised cocoa and vanilla are even more subtle. Fine highly drinkable stuff. Less pretension, more filling. After a glass I love the warm peppery aftertaste with the whiff of curry.

Call it an American Strong Ale. Interesting that the Shmaltz news release from September called it a "Dark Imperial Brown Ale" while the actual label just says "Dark Imperial Ale."

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with dark red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted and chocolate malt, with not too much else coming through. The flavor is more complex. I get some milk chocolate and roasted malt, as well a a little bit of spice from the chili peppers. All three characteristics work well together and give the beer a unique flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a murky dark brown with a firm off-white head offering up some good lace.

S: Heavy dry chile smell with some chocolate.

T: Chocolate heavy, some dark malt, with a spicy chile character that comes in towards the back. A nice mix of flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, quite chalky which I wasn't too fond of. Spicy, soft carbonation.

O: A nice beer overall, I like what the chiles brought to the table. Well made.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle

Dark dark brown, large khaki head, slowly goes to a fine film and thin collar.

Nose of dark malts and dark chocolate.

More chocolate, dark burnt malts, chili quite faintly shimmering late in the finish. Dense flavors, sweet up front, dry and grainy in the finish. Brown ale with better then average complexity, interest and balls. And for a good cause. Glad I could help out-I enjoyed it

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a light tan foam that is thick and last a good bit. There is a gentle tiny bubble carbonation that appears through the murky body.

S- The brown malt aroma has a nougat and vanilla extract note with some cardboard caramel notes. There is an odd vanilla cream note that grows in the finish with an earthy imitation quality to it.

T- The brown malt flavor is a little flat tasting with a nougat quality. There is a powdery characteristic in the finish with a Tootsie roll note to it. Then there is a bitter heat that hits the back of the throat without any other chili flavors for support.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has lots of odd flavors with the strange vanilla and the coco is more tootsie roll that chocolate and the chili is only heat. This is a bit of a mess but none of the flavors are really strong so it is not obnoxious.

Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown colored ale with a tall tan colored head. No real way to make it look better without special effects.

Smell is spicy with strong chocolate and brown sugar. Sweet caramel and I can smell the chili peppers in this. This irritates my nose a little bit probably the chilies.

Starts out semi dry with a spicy and woody flavor, vanilla and chocolate in the aftertaste. Tastes spicy almost like a Winter Warmer. Absolutely no indication that this is a strong beer, alcohol is completely hidden. Beer seems to have no real flavor beyond the chilies, chocolate and vanilla. This would be a good Christmas beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is tasty but nothing out of the ballpark. I could see buying this again as a Christmas Beer.

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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