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Reunion Ale '12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reunion Ale '12Reunion Ale '12

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BA SCORE
88
very good

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 08-12-2012)
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malt, nuttiness, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of toffee, vanilla, caramel, toast, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malt, clove, and light pepper. Lingering notes of vanilla, toffee, chocolate, toast, cinnamon, and light pepper on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors with a good amount of robustness. No cloying sweetness at all after the finish. Flavor was not as robust as I expected for 8%. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial brown ale. Nice flavor balance and complexity; very smooth to drink with no cloying sweetness. Seemed a bit weak for 8%, but was still very enjoyable.

superspak, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a murky mahogany with a large off-white head.

S: Heavy cinnamon in the nose, but it's pleasant and not overpowering. A tiny bit of maltiness detectable underneath.

T: Cinnamon, dry and slightly bitter roasted malt, mild caramel, slight vanilla. The nibs and vanilla become more palpable as the beer warms.

M: Light-bodied with active carbonation.

O: I liked the cinnamon quite a bit, but more body and balance would have benefited the beer.

Etan, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Reappropriated
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall this was a pleasant beer, one that I would never turn down, but probably not one that I am going to go out of my way to find either. Poured from 22oz bottle.

The appearance was a nice dark brown, with off white head. The immediate aroma of chocolate and malt, with hints of spice. Appearance and smell were both very good.

Taste was good, with immediate cocoa and chocolate, which lingered to the detriment of other flavors. I enjoyed the immediate chocolate, and at the very end the vanilla would push through, but the cinnamon got lost amongst the overpowering chocolate. It was enjoyable, and maybe with age the cocoa would mellow a little allowing for more of the other favors to push through. The beer is a bit thin, but overall a pleasurable experience.

Reappropriated, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of hackmann
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black body with a half finger tan head

Aroma: their inspiration to make this beer was a dessert and it smells like a tasty one at that. To me I am thinking – cheese cake with some vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon on top – oh, maybe tiramisu. Whichever it smells very good.

Flavors: just as tasty as the nose, nice chocolate with a touch of coffee, roasted vanilla bean, dusty cinnamon, lightly toasted malts, a hint of hops on the back of the tongue – light spice

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, almost creamy, sweet but not in your face sweet, lingering cinnamon and light bitterness

To the Point: very interesting, liquid dessert beer style, I could not handle the Sweet 16 but this I would buy again because it is unique.

hackmann, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

JeffreyJDavis, Oct 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

gratefuld, Jun 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

claspada, Nov 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

CCutch, Aug 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

SoberPhobic, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

KJabo, Sep 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

WynnO, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

HALB, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

SFC21, Aug 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

johnnyboy76, May 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

irishgreensoda, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Abe_Froman, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Hopstout, Aug 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

RangnaR, Sep 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

AdamElb, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

iKrystin, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours nice rich chocolately brown with a huge 3 finger hazelnut fluffy head.

S: Big chocolate aroma. Bitter coco, vanilla, cookie bready-ness. Sweet chocolatey smelling beer.

T: Follows the aroma, chocoately on the palate. Has a slight coffee undertone and is a nice tasting beer.

M: Nice and velvety, though lacks in the body. Its a bit thin for what I'd want. Its the body of a porter in a stout looking beer. The lack of body really detracts from the beer and makes me wishing it were thicker. Could have been an excellent beer, but just ends up being decent.

CommanderOfAwesome, Mar 30, 2013
Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.