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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

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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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acevenom

Louisiana

4.01/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:38:18 | More by acevenom
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ksimons

New York

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 22:38:22 | More by ksimons
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Auraan

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 05:06:48 | More by Auraan
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 02:59:20 | More by biboergosum
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:51:36 | More by leaddog
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 04:07:43 | More by joemcgrath27
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 06:24:53 | More by JohnnyP3
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IrishHockey

Indiana

4.1/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 02:48:21 | More by IrishHockey
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womencantsail

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 19:48:02 | More by womencantsail
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FosterJM

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1453Rd Review on BA
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 22:07:18 | More by FosterJM
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 04:11:38 | More by DenverLogan
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 00:14:47 | More by cvm4
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RickS95

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 03:10:35 | More by RickS95
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 21:40:56 | More by korguy123
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beergoot

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 20:23:22 | More by beergoot
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 05:35:26 | More by ngeunit1
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DruC4

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-12-2013 00:44:33 | More by DruC4
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-04-2013 08:23:10 | More by BigJim5021
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-30-2012 21:28:51 | More by Hopmodium
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FlyingKelly

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-29-2012 01:54:37 | More by FlyingKelly
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-15-2012 02:07:41 | More by Chugs13
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-18-2012 02:46:17 | More by mendvicdog
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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12-11-2012 05:24:08 | More by ptarmigan98
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EigenBeer

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-03-2013 16:10:04 | More by EigenBeer
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BuckeyeFaninMI

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-24-2013 03:53:43 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.