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Reunion Ale '12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reunion Ale '12Reunion Ale '12

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88
very good

57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 242
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 4.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 08-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pkalix
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful foamy, frothy, malty head. dark brown.
the smell is divine. cocoa, vanilla, pure nectar. sure, i'm buzzed already, but my standards get higher when i am....
taste.... is cocoa. guess they put some cocoa in this, eh? they mention other things they put in on the bottle, but this is what i'm getting dominantly. at 8%, i think they're doing a fine job.
it's a bit heavier than others, but that would be expected for a brew like this.
excellent head retention, excellent lacing. overall, this is a great brew. it's beautiful to look at and behold. and it's a very nice tatsing product. at 8%, this is a labor of love. someone turned this into a candy bar, almost. i love the way it looks; i love the way it smells. the overall score was torn as i dont want to give a 5 too freely, so a 4.5 it is. but it's a beautiful brew and it smells delightful. this one really surprised me. i like all the he'brew products i have tried so far. (938 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinkin this with my corn dog. Pours up nice dark browny colored with a radical khaki dome piece. Not too much lacing. No worries mate! I smell crazy fragrances of cocoa up front, vanilla bean, subtle coffee and toffee, caramel. Very dessert-like. Tastes spicy. Not like a pepper but like Christmas...er.... I mean Chanukah. Same flavors as the aroma. Just with that lil hazelnut pop. Muttled cinnamon. A lil low on the carbo. Pretty smoothe. No trace of booze. L'chaim!! (471 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, robust brown/black with a great head. A dark reddish glows in there as i struggled to find bright enough light to hold this up to. Bubbles visible only as they crept up the concave sides of my Chimay chalice.
Smells chocolaty, cherries with some fig maybe. Walnut.
Wow I sip this and it's different now because I taste creamy vanilla that I couldn't smell in the glass. Is that the cinnamon that's coming off as almond/ walnut? The initial taste I really dig, the way the vanilla fills my mouth with a creamy burn. I never tried a beer like this. I'm glad this is for a good cause as well.  
With spices and a bitter but nice finish. Creamy, great carbonation. Slightly metallic, or something, on the back end.
I liked this very much, and as a brown ale I'd say easily the best I've tried. Next to the vanilla, I enjoyed most how the cinnamon translates in this brew. The linger in the aftertaste (cinnamon that turns metallic/ mineral-like) is the only thing that keeps me from having a higher overall liking of this beer. I'll also add that for being listed as 8% abv., it seems as if these guys had a lowball reading on the hydrometer. (1,154 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8% ABV, '12

A - Clarity shines through the inky black beer while it's poured, but certainly not after. This dark beer creates a tall tan head rather quickly, and as the loud bubbles pop, the foam leaves residual lacing draped down the glass.

S - Robust, warm, and inviting, this unique aroma captures many different aspects and gently blends them together for seamless interaction. Roasted malt, along with the cocoa nibs give the brown ale an upfront chocolaty presence with milk chocolate-like smoothness. Caramel drizzled toast is sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar with just a hint of vanilla coming through the finish. Earthy, musty undertones give the beer it's uniqueness, separating it from other spiced brews and very light alcohol warmth enters as the beer warms up.

T - While the nose seemingly showcases chocolaty sweetness, the flavor takes an abrupt turn and compliments the aroma with the bitter side. Roasted malt and dark, bitter chocolate are completely welcome throughout the beer, though a rather stark comparison. Natural vanilla compliments the chocolate notes well as does the dash of cinnamon in the beer. Finishing with the earthiness found in the aroma, Shmaltz and Terrapin have come together for quite a unique beer!

M - Reunion Ale '12 is a medium-full bodied beer that features enough carbonation to keep the flavors and feel running together to develop a thick, throat coating texture. This dark ale is predominantly roasted with bitterness largely overtaking the sweetness that opens through the aroma but finishes dry and very nicely.

O - Beer brewed for a good cause always wins, no matter the outcome, but it's particularly the case with Shmaltz and Terrapin's Reunion Ale collaboration. This strong, dark brown ale piles a unique collection of ingredients onto an already big malt base for a bold-yet-delicate beer that changes with every sip. This is a perfect treat for those cold fall and winter days when a spiced and chocolaty beer with a little oomph is necessary. (2,047 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super beer! Poured at a good temperature with a collassal, foamy, frothy, fluffy, light tan head that settled very slowly and lots of lace. Color is a dark mahoganey with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is great - vanilla, roast, malt, hint of cinnamon. Flavor's like nose and has very good balance all the way around, sweet, carbonic tang, and bitter. The rich flavors are tamed just right. Body & carbonation are just right. Finish is like flavor although there's a medicinal component that detracts. Finish is also long. I had a piece of habanero jack cheese and it messed up my mouth, so this review is provisional. (618 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Chilled 22 oz bomber into a 33 cl snifter. No visible bottling or best-by date.

Look- Deep chestnut with two fingers of frothy parchment-hued head that falls quickly. Very nice ropy lace.

Smell- Milk chocolate, golden raisin, treacle, warm autumn spice- nutmeg, mellow cinnamon, molasses cookies.

Taste- Similar to the aroma with a cold-brewed coffee twist. Warm, soft spice, ovaltine-like, decidedly malty but not unwelcomely so. Very chocolaty, but it works well - not too sweet and the spices aren't overdone and mesh well. Something slightly tannic - almost a woody character. Hops are in the background but present, black tea flavor rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel- Full, soft feel suits it well. Low-medium carbonation, silky. Very mellow for 8% - booze is well under wraps. Very nice.

Overall- Not a beer to blow you away, but well integrated and flavorful. The spice and cocoa additions and balance are exceptional and play off the rich malty backbone quite well.. This is definitely a beer I'd revisit, too bad it's a one-off. (1,041 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a He'Brew shaker pint glass. 2012 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some hints of amber and ruby red. Lots of bubbles and a big four finger beige head that holds up for a while then fades into a small creamy layer. Good amount of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is very roasty and sweet. Dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate from the cocoa nibs. Also some hints of roasted coffee, nuts, milk, cream, and dark bread. Nice hints of vanilla and the cinnamon spicing is very noticeable. Also a light hint of smoke in the aroma. Light earthy hops in the background.

Taste: Like the aroma indicates, a very dark and roasty taste with a big kick of cinnamon. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of cocoa nibs, coffee beans, vanilla beans, milk chocolate, nuts, cream, dark bread, and burnt sugar. Also some burnt caramel and toffee. The roasty taste is actually fairly bitter and not as sweet as you might expect. The cinnamon spice is big and blends with the chocolate pretty well. Light notes of earthy hops towards the finish. A good and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and roasty feel. Has a fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good dark beer. Great roast flavors and the cinnamon adds an interesting kick. Could of had a little more body, but this was very good anyways. (1,415 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark brown with cola highlights at the edges, fine two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Inviting aroma of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon with mild dark fruits and a hint of coffee. Flavor follows, chocolate, dark dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon with toasted and caramel malt barely detectable under the well integrated flavors. Finishes with toasted malt, a hint of charred coffee, spices and hop bitterness. Very pleasant and fun to drink. The spicing is quite forward, but the underlying flavors are more than able to support them. Medium bodied with some creaminess. I really enjoyed this spicy brown ale. (674 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My mouth is watering just looking at the extremely dark brown, almost black, liquid in the snifter. Umm, opaque to say the least. Up top is a finger of beige creaminess, in a combination of large and small bubbles. Moderate retention.

It smells like a Heath Bar. Toffee, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. For a dark beer lover, it really doesn't get better.

It's obviously a malt-forward beer, but the chocolate really dominates in a couple aspects. First, there is a faint cocoa taste, but also it provides some bitterness as the beer works its way to the back of the mouth to keep things in balance. Vanilla and cinnamon tag team the taste buds throughout.

Screams 'CREAMY' the second it touches the lips. Faint sweetness before giving way to an ocean of spicy, hoppy bitterness and a prickly, carbonated finish. Also, a bit of heat in the finish thanks to 8% ABV.

This is a helluva collaboration. It's an easy drink for dark beer fans, but some may be turned off because it is bitter. Regardless, I'm happy I bought this bomber. (1,044 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful dark red body is topped off with a thick, creamy head. Aroma swims with toffee, muted roast grains, caramel, and vanilla; richly sweet. Taste presents creamy caramel tones, roasted hazel nuts, lightly burn sugars, cinnamon (which I at first attributed as some strange alcohol heat) with a hint of bitterness as the taste fades out. Sweet and heavy body.

Different and delicious. Malt sweetness dominates with plenty of depth and variety of flavors to tease the palate. The cinnamon addition initially might come across as a little odd, but the overall taste and aroma are top-notch and tame the cinnamon taste making for a very pleasant dark beer experience. (671 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally opaque dark brown almost black pour with a two and a half dinner light beige head. Lacing is excellent.

Cinnamon right off the bat. Vanilla and dark coffee. There is a touch of chocolate in the end but quite minimal at this temperature.

Decadent chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and what tastes like a bit of mint. It tastes like a liquid brownie. Very good, very rich.

Medium to full body, good carbonation. Slightly sticky on the lips. (444 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, cinnamon, and vanilla with some black licorice and molasses.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some vanilla. Through the middle, the cinnamon comes through with some black licorice, molasses, and a touch of roasted coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, cinnamon, and black licorice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with some good flavors mixed in. Cinnamon is a nice touch. (743 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of chestnuts, caramel and chocolate cake. Light mahogany color...small lingering bubbles. Taste is of cocoa, roasted malts, burnt roasted malts, cinnamon. Initial reaction is to the sweetness, which is dominant. With time it opens up the malts...like a malted milk ball! Would work well with food pairing...certainly desserts, but also Mexican pollo con mole or BBQ. Similar in some ways to Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, or their Chili Bock, or similar to the first batches of Copper Kettle's GABF winning Mexican Chocolate. Anyway, a tasty beer but I might prefer to share a 22 oz with someone as one of the later beers of the evening or with food. (651 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Pours a dark brown color with a finger of khaki head. Lots of cocoa, vanilla, and milk chocolate in the nose. There’s a slight chili pepper aroma and heat along with a touch of raisins. Just a mild earthy note on the nose, too. Maybe a hint of roast and coffee. The flavor is full of sweet molasses, marshmallow, cocoa, and fudge. There’s a touch of raisin fruitiness, a light pepper/spice note, and a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is really nice and creamy, too. (498 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark cola brown, one finger tan head with little to no lacing.

S - A lot of vanilla through the nose along with some dry chocolate.

T - Bitter chocolate to start off. Cinnamon abounds and melds with sweet cocoa. The finish is chocolatey goodness.

M - Body is medium along with low carbonation.

O - Much better than last year's. I'm loving this collaboration. The flavors meld together wonderfully. (416 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark swampy red-brown, some light getting through along the edges, two solid fingers of creamy tan head, very nice retention
S - big smack of cinnamon right away, followed by some boozy sweetness, rich caramel and candied fruit, light but building aroma of cocoa
T - big cocoa and coffee flavours start it off, brown sugar and cinnamon much lighter than the nose, mild cherry and booze for a bit of a brandy background, a little disjointed but still tasty
M - on the bigger side of medium, fairly creamy, little bit of dusty cocoa feel meets with alcohol to produce a sweet and drying finish
O - big on flavours all around, and while I don't think it quite comes together in harmony as it should, it is still very tasty and enjoyable treat worth a purchase (760 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Draft to Stemmed Goblet (Kinda)
12oz

@Haven Gastropub, Orange, CA

Paired with a lamb burger and truffle fries

App- Its a brown ale but more creamy. Like a brown and a stout blended with a little bit of a lighter color. Not sure how that works but sure. Had a small 1/2 finger quick receding head and very little cling.

Smell- I believe the lines were a tad too cold but smelled good. Malty, roasty, a good dose of the vanilla and spices were in there as well.

Taste- So that creamy color...Yeah that came out on the flavors and melded seamlessly with the vanilla and cocoa and the malty roast notes of the brown ale. Very good flavors and depth of flavors.

Mouth- A bit too thin for me. Needed to be a bit thicker and more full. The carbonation was pretty spot on though. Residual vanilla and a little creme.

Drink- It's a good brown. The taste is better than the sum of the parts. But very good none the less. (937 characters)

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a cola brown with a red hue on the edges. Three fingers of pillow-like sand-colored head. Very respectable lacing remains on the glass as the head lowers to a nice crown on the beer.

The nose consists of rich desert flavors: cinnamon, vanilla, fudge, chocolate, caramel. Hot fudge Sunday in a glass or a coke float.

Taste is more of the above, although the sweetness is somewhat tempered by some hop bitterness. Nice dose of vanilla with some bittersweet chocolate. Some cinnamon and sweet malt flavors linger on the tongue. Very little, if any, alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with enough carbonation to make this easy drinking.

Overall, a delicious desert beer. Would love to try with slice of cake, etc. Flavors meld together successfully. (786 characters)

Photo of IrishHockey
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into my Founders snifter

The pour of this one is a dark brown almost black liquid with a nice off white foam 2 finger head that sticks around for a minute or two

Smell.... Damn. It's a bouquet of dessert smells. Chocolate, vanilla, cinnemmon, maybe some coffee in there too

Taste: I get a lot of chocolate then a cinnemmon kick at the end. No vanilla in the taste.

Mouthfeel: thick and creamy. I think this is the best part of the beer, hands down

Overall: I like this brew. It's not an everyday beer, but as a dessert beer it's pretty damn good. I'd buy it again. Very well done (608 characters)

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

22oz bomber. I had the '11 when I was in Detroit this time last year, so nice to see it make it a bit further northward now.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish amber hue, with a teeming amount of slick rocky beige head, which leaves some broad mushroom cloud instances of lace around the glass as it slowly yet surely abates.

It smells of medium-dark, powdery cocoa, sweet, somewhat biscuity caramel/toffee malt, sugary vanilla wafer, and some earthy cinnamon spiciness. The taste is much tamer that the aroma let on - a sharp, thin cinnamon note right up front, soft pale grainy, kind of black bready malt, a lessened, but still sturdy blend of corner-store chocolate and lightly boozy natural vanilla, with a subtle earthiness that one might actually be forgiven for mistaking as hops.

The bubbles are a tad frothy, which plays well enough with the guest ingredients, I suppose, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the flintiness of the spice marring things a bit. It finishes off-dry, the lingering chocolate-vanilla sweetness still co-opting the biscuit malt backbone, and the cinnamon thankfully tailing off on its own. No real sign of the 8% ABV as of yet, so kudos on that.

A decent grown-up brown ale, nicely augmented with the coffeehouse favourites, and the spice maybe a wee bit mishandled, but overall, I enjoyed this, especially considering the deft booze integration - barely an iota of heat to be found. An appropriately well-made memorial. (1,486 characters)

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

Appearance- Pours a dark chocolate brown with a finger width of creamy mocha head.

Smell- Cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, roasted malts.

Taste- Starts off with dark cocoa/chocolate taste followed by vanilla, a bourbon-esque flavour and roasted malts. This has an excellent balance between bitter and sweet notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and rich.

Overall- A rich American Brown Ale with well balanced flavours and a hearty body. A nice twist to the brown ale style that makes it like a dessert. Perfect sharing beer for the fall weather. (608 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a half-finger off-white head. Looks nice. Scents of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. Very appealing scent. Flavors of rich malt sweetness, cinnamon, some cocoa and slight vanilla on the finish. A nice combination of dessert flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, and not too heavy. This is a pretty good beer, nice flavor, good nose, glad I got a bottle. (418 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-chestnut with slight ruby highlights and almost a fingers worth of cream head

S-getting lots of vanilla, milk chocolate, malt, and some spicy cinnamon

T-getting a lot more of the cinnamon in the taste than I did in the smell, sweet vanilla and chocolate, and light roasted malt

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, getting kind of a dry spicy aftertaste

Overall, this is kind of a different beer. I appreciate the flavors, the cinnamon might be a bit too strong in the taste, but it's still pretty good and a nice change from beers I typically drink. (556 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours dark brown to black with very little head. The aroma is strongly of dark chocolate, vanilla, and some cinnamon. I get some alcohol sweetness in the aroma as well. The taste follows the nose. I get plenty of dark bittersweet chocolate with some vanilla and plenty of cinnamon. I got plenty of dark malt that doesn't come across as too roasty, but brings some nice toffee notes. The body is medium with light carbonation. There's some spiciness that remains in the aftertaste and makes you crave more of this beer. It's dangerously easy to drink. This is a very good beer. (614 characters)

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, clear, with a full, thick, lightly-tan head. The aroma is of nutty, brown malt and grain. At first I didn't get the vanilla that is claimed to be in this beer (on the label). However, it pokes out very faintly after half a glass. The taste is brown and a little sugary...brown sugar...with some chocolate and a little underlying spice. Full in body with a little herbal hops in the background. Wonderful. (416 characters)

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Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.