Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011 - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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2.68/5 rDev -29.7%
Thanks to Bilco for sharing the bottle.
Appearance: Brown and decidedly so. Head is a dark tan and drops pretty quickly. Clear.
Smell: Hints of vanilla amidst an otherwise neutral malt profile. Some roasted notes coupled with a touch of caramel sweetness. Almost vegetal quality to the pepper addition. Definitely unique. Lingering cocoa notes come through the back, but have a hard time punching through.
Taste: More of what the nose gives you. Vanilla feels artificial and doesn't blend with the mild sweetness from the malts. A touch of biscuit, but just a touch. Cocoa makes a more assertive effort here, but ultimately falls short and comes across a little syrupy sweet. Chili peppers add a drop of heat, but if I didn't know to look for it, I'd probably miss it. Some roasted malts. Very mild overall.
Mouthfeel: Almost drinks like water, but a touch heavier. Carbonation is good though. Nice moderate carbonation.
Overall: I feel bad for this beer. It has a lot of potential, but falls short in the long run. The flavors could use a bit more aggression. Amp it up a couple notches and it would be worth it.
04-09-2012 20:14:32 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
I did not plan to drink this on Passover, it just worked out that way.
Brown, not black, body. Ruby highlights. Medium tan baseball size head. Minimal lacing.
Inviting but not assertive chocolate aroma. Hint of vanilla.
Taste is brown ale with Hershey's syrup. Vanilla hit at the swallow. Then after the liquid is safely settled in your belly, a warming wave from the chili pepper rises on the tongue.
Big smooth mouthfeel. Good richness.
An interesting beer, but I would like to try it with more vanilla and without the chili pepper.
04-08-2012 05:25:39 | More by RonfromJersey
3.58/5 rDev -6%
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.
03-30-2012 22:48:43 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
Dark brown with ruby highlights and a filmy ecru head that leaves thin sheets of lace on the glass. Rich roasty malt, vanilla and mole sauce in the nose with a touch of honeycomb. Vanilla is the first flavor I taste with a touch of the cocoa and the peppery heat in the finish. All the flavors really meld together well and don't overpower each other. Medium light bodied with mild carbonation, a little more heft would have bumped my score up a tad but I'm nitpicking. This beer really exceeded my expectations. I tip my hat to the brewers of this beer as I really enjoyed it.
03-20-2012 01:43:13 | More by biggred1
4.73/5 rDev +24.1%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an extremely dark red brown, appearing black. Two finger light fine light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma very malty with a hint of chocolate. Wow, interesting taste. A chocolate with chili flavor like mexican chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, a hint of chocolate, malt is present but very secondary to the other flavors very smooth and integrated. Finishes with a spicy hop bite. Creamy like a chocolate milk shake. This is very tasty and different. I love it!
02-28-2012 05:07:34 | More by LiquidAmber
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out a medium brown color. When you hold it up to the light, you can see highlights of brown, light brown, and red. Where the highlights are the lightest you can see that the beer has good clarity to it. Nice tan to off white colored head that has a lot of different sized bubbles and rises nice from a reasonably agressive pour. Good looking beer.
The smell on this beer is both wonderful and truly unique. Big malt backbone here, nothing weak about it. Vanilla is potent, but mellowed out nicely by the cocoa nibs. I know it says chili pepper is in there too, but it's not very strong. It could be because the pepper balances out the sweetness. As it warms up there are some slight floral and even earthy hop aromas. Overall it smells awesome!
Taste is also very good and equally unique. Very sweet malty, good, but not exactly the same complexity as the smell. Initial sweetness from the vanilla (tastes natural, not extract to me, then the cocoa nibs come out a little stronger in the flavor than in the smell. Chili peppers provide a little spicy kick that is pretty nice. Interesting and very flavorful.
Mouthfeel is really good. Good carbonation level. Pretty smooth, but not the whole way through. Starts sweet, stays that way most of the way, then there's some heat from the chili pepper, then finishes sweet. Overall this is really a great, yet underrated beer. Pretty unique all around.
Great beer, but my only knock is that it doesn't hold up all that great in time. I've had it both fresh and with a little time, it's better fresh, but that's to be said about many a beer.
02-28-2012 03:11:20 | More by AndyAvalanche
3.05/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
02-14-2012 13:46:49 | More by emerge077
2.8/5 rDev -26.5%
12oz. bottle courtesy of EBF 2012. Poured into a Southampton oversize snifter. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a off-white cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, dark brown-purple. Lace is stringy with decent stick. Pretty good for the style.
Cocoa powder, chili, moderate nuttiness. Some caramel and brown sugar too. Decent.
Cocoa nib graininess. Chili peppers are tart and with a moderate kick. Sweet with a roasted malt balance. Finishes cocoa powder and chili sweet/fruitiness. Awkward.
Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Prickly, lively in the mouth and aggressive going down. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty standard.
While this beer's not bad by any means, something with the flavor profile just doesn't sit well with me. The chili is prominent but so are the grainy cocoa nibs. Worth a try since its certainly interesting, but again, not for me.
02-11-2012 21:22:12 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
12 fl oz brown bottle served in a nonic.
Slightly opaque, chocolate in color beneath a creamy, light coffee colored head with good retention as an intact sheet. Condensed lacing with not much strength.
Semi-sweet, rich milk chocolate aroma; light toffee. Peanut brittle and almond add a slight musty, airy quality. Faint, vinous fruit: cherry, plum.
Rich, milk chocolate and vanilla notes that are very pronounced, but not overpowering or too sweet. Once the richness subsides a bit, a dry herb and saffron spice make for a bland finish. Floral hops provide a hefty bitterness followed by an herb and vanilla aftertaste.
Full bodied. Initially, smooth and creamy on the palate; however, by mid sip it turns dry and airy.
A very interesting beer. Unique and flavorful, yet not one that really hits the mark as a session beer.
02-11-2012 01:36:55 | More by NEhophead
3.45/5 rDev -9.4%
22 oz. bottle tried 7 Oct 2011. Served in the 0.3 L Herren Pils snifter.
Small light brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear dark brown in color. Aroma of dark chocolate, some vanilla, faint whiff of chili. Tastes of cocoa, oats, and vanilla. Cocoa is dominant. A slight bit of chili is evident as heat in the back of the throat. Medium to light body. Moderate alcohol. Finish and aftertaste are dominated by chocolate with a hint of chili.
A says a slightly acrid aftertaste. But she liked it a bit more.
02-04-2012 04:51:09 | More by htomsirveaux
3.43/5 rDev -10%
[Best served in a Lager glass]
The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight mahogany hue and a thick frothy light brown head that dissipated slowly down to a layer of fluffy residue that puddled on top and lasted throughout, which created some really excellent sheeting of lace on the glass.
The aroma was upfront with a strong alcohol scent followed by a dark roasted malt and a sweaty doughy yeast with notes of chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, some dark fruit and a peppery spice (probably from the chili's).
The taste was mildly sweet and very malty with hints of chocolate and vanilla at first and then had a nice dose of coffee and dark fruit take hold with a pronounced peppery finish. The flavor lasted a short while after the swallow leaving behind a chili pepper bite to linger on well after everything else faded.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and a bit oily and quite creamy in texture with a soft carbonation.
Overall definitely a different twist on a brew, bold tasting with a surprising spicy finish.
01-21-2012 17:28:26 | More by KajII
2.85/5 rDev -25.2%
A - Pours rich brown into a tulip with 3 full fingers of frothy head. When held to the light, almost takes on a cranberry red color.
S - Hints of Dutch Cocoa powder and dried chilies.
T - WOW!! Alot of chili there. I was thinking this was going to be a brown ale equivalent of Hunahpu, but damn am I wrong. The chili is overwhelming. Very dry finish, with just a hint of the cocoa nib. Vanilla is a fleeting essence right before the swallow. .
M - Very vigorously carbonated, but the creamy head mellows it out.
O - I'm not a chili head, but I do like some heat. This is over peppered. Almost to the point of being unappealing. The cocoa nibs and vanilla take second fiddle to the chili and that's a real disappointment.
01-20-2012 00:56:22 | More by RocPorterFanatic
2.9/5 rDev -23.9%
Reviewed from notes. Split 3 ways at dinner last week.
Pours dark brown with a thin brown head.
Aroma is faint chocolate and vanilla. Don't get much chile from the nose and all smells are kind of muted and bland.
Rich chocolate flavor hits at first. Not as much vanilla as the nose would indicate, but the chiles are more noticable especially as it warms. Always just a complement though, they never take on too much heat. A little astringency in the aftertaste.
A touch light bodied for the style with medium carbonation.
A little bit of a harsh finish and not overwhelmingly great flavors or combinations. Not horrible, but probably won't seek out again.
01-18-2012 13:32:31 | More by jmarsh123
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
Tasted On: 01-10-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Dogfish Head signature glass
Purchased: Received in a trade
Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black, with garnet highlights when held to the light. Head is tan, with small tight bubbles about 2 and a half fingers high. Good head retention and very good lacing.
Smell: Rich aromas of dark toasted malts, with chocolates, chili peppers, and some alcohol.
Taste: Up front has chili spices and some heat. Also taste sweet chocolate and vanilla. I like the balance here of chili and chocolate, sweet and heat. Some alcohol warmth as well.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with a creamy texture. Carbonation is medium to high. Finish is lightly sweet with some lingering heat and a hint of the vanilla.
Overall: Very interesting and well-constructed brew. I think this one compares well with the Terrapin version.
Thanks to DrewShal9 for this one!
01-11-2012 04:53:25 | More by sommersb
Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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