Reunion Ale '12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.86/5 rDev -1.8%
Poured into a snifter. Glad to finally sample this cool collaboration.
A: A rich, dark brown with a one finger tan head that dissipates slowly. Curtain-y sticky lacing.
S: Coffee strong, followed by dark chocolate and cinnamon. Picking up a hint of vanilla, too.
T: Follows nose with a sweet, robust feel. Coffee really dominates. Spices work in nicely.
M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.
O: A great brown ale. Goes down easy.
02-06-2014 20:00:34 | More by brewskifan55
3.81/5 rDev -3.1%
a fun collaboration for charity with terrapin, and the 2012 has held up well. looks awesome in a beer mug, churning tan head tops a turbulent clear brown liquid with just a smattering of yeast particulate settling out. creamy rich nose like a milk stout, sweet, and retaining a lot of vanilla and cocoa, while the cinnamon is relaxed and just a complimentary addition. sweet brown malt is the base for a very flavorful ale. vanilla all the way through, but it doesn't add any unneeded sweetness. again, the cinnamon is soft, and the cocoa sort of fleshes out the beer with a bitter earthy bakers chocolate complexion. there is a lot going on here, but I admire the balance as well as the cause here. full bodied and candy sweet at the start but finishing a lot more reasonable. enough carbonation to keep it moving too. a nice winter beer that can definitely handle a year in the cellar.
12-12-2013 16:00:59 | More by StonedTrippin
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
A pretty medium-dark brown, this beer has a dark purple-red hue to it. It grows a tan head at about a finger in height. It holds together very well, and offers some stick as plenty of patching clings to the glass.
There's plenty going on in the nose. It's clearly a brown ale base, into which is integrated some dark fruits, dark bready notes, coffee, and some light and creamy vanilla-like sweetness. With such a nice aroma, I wish I could pick up more.
While plenty is going on in the taste, it's primarily like drinking a smooth black iced coffee; there's more of a clean coffee grounds note, but that's the main impression. Malts are strong, and a little sweetness complements, while it remains lightly earthy throughout.
Nicely robust for a brown, the malts base lays it down on the tongue. Carbonation is moderate, providing a light nip of crispness keeping it lively while it flows smoothly with a firm creaminess.
10-05-2013 21:58:24 | More by Brenden
Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.