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Reunion Ale '12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
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 srhoadsy
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

Pours a deep deep brown. With a thick inch+ head that slowly fades and continues to cling to the glass.

Smells of vanilla, caramel, chocolate and spice, mainly cinnamon.

Taste is very sweet and spicy, reflecting the aroma. I also detected a very slight peppery flavor in the background.

Has a fairly sweet and heavy body. Medium carbonation. Very mild alcohol burn.

Overall a very nice collaboration. Surprised it came out when it did. Much more appropriate as holiday warmer. Will cellar some for that very purpose.

srhoadsy, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of ltltony
4/5  rDev +1.8%

ltltony, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of sd123
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

sd123, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Dave_Treat
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Dave_Treat, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of TBoneJones
4.6/5  rDev +17%
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.

TBoneJones, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev +1.8%

BillHilly, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Philousa
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nearly black, cranberry red against the light on the edges. Cinnamon and sugar dominate the aroma while dark cocoa and slight vanilla round things out. Malt is mostly absent besides an oaty presence that is common in oatmeal stouts. Feel is what I notice first from this beer: creamy and slightly watery. It's nice. Semi sweet chocolate lingers through to the cinnamon flavor and beyond. The hops are somewhat aggressive and earthy, barkish. Flavor is somewhat fleeting, making you want another sip. Also of note is the lack of alcohol flavor; ABV is well hidden.

I balked at the cinnamon and as a result it sat in my fridge for over a month before I thought to open it. The feel is a dream and they didn't overdo the cinnamon. The sweet flavors are done with some delicacy, do it doesn't overpower. It's more like a battle for flavor dominance, considering how many flavors are packed into this beer. Surprisingly good.

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

JeffreyJDavis, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of mhbarber
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

mhbarber, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of halo913
4/5  rDev +1.8%

halo913, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

mychalg9, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +1.8%

kevgod, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of alpinebryant
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a great brown ale color with a massive head, some lacing and heavy head retention.

S: Aroma is of a heavy dosing of cinnamon, some nutmeg and vanilla as well as a medium brown malt backbone.

T: This is a nice brown ale base with a heavy dash of a few spices. Perhaps a little too much, but I still can enjoy it. The Cinnamon might be a bit overbearing while the vanilla is welcome while a bit weak and the cocoa is clearly present and slightly reminiscent of Swiss Miss cocoa mix. The cinnamon, like most beers with a lot of cinnamon is slightly warming. There is also a bit of toffee in the back.

M: Mouthfeel is slightly light for a brown ale, and a bit dry, with a mild to high carbonation. While it poured rather rigorously, it does not taste overcarbonated or sting my tastebuds.

O: I think this was a success and as with a lot of Shmaltz's beers, is reasonably priced - Imagine that!! I still wish more breweries would get on the same page as Shmaltz. I am completely over paying 12-15$ for a bomber and have basically stopped doing so when it is not a beer that is phenomenal.

alpinebryant, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Goobastic
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Goobastic, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 2012 Reunion Ale release pours a dark mahogany brown color. It’s dark, but isn’t opaque. Backlighting reveals some burgundy and garnet highlights throughout. A soft, tan head tops it off and stands about two fingers tall. Retention was pretty. It held firm at the surface for a while. Lacing was on the lighter side. Looks good!

The nose is good. It would benefit from just a little more strength, but it is good. It kicks off with a really nice chocolaty, cocoa scent. It does smell a little sweet. Very light roasted notes are present. Coffee is in the mix and complements the malts really well. Vanilla comes through nice and strong and adds nice depth. I am getting a little cinnamon, but it’s subtle and very much a secondary feature. Alcohol is blended well and isn’t all that noticeable.

The flavor is impressive. The chocolate flavor is nothing short of delicious. It is a little sweet and has an excellent cocoa flavor. There’s a touch of coffee. It’s somewhat subtle, but has a big effect. I like it. Vanilla is a bit sweet, but works with the cocoa and chocolate flavors really well. This is tasty stuff. Cinnamon is a little more pronounced in flavor. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t add a whole lot. Just kind of there. Alcohol is noted, but isn’t overly strong. Finishes with a nice mix of chocolate and vanilla. Good stuff.

Reunion Ale has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Feels a little too thin. More body would be better. It’s not bad though. It’s tasty and definitely goes down easy.

I really like this collaboration between Schmaltz Brewing Company and Terrapin Beer Co. I’m a little surprised by how good it is. Its only real problem is that it’s a bit thin for a beer of its size. It’s good stuff. Grab a bottle if you see it.

prototypic, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Stizz19
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Stizz19, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

mportnoy, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark tea/cola color, with a big tan head of foam.
Aroma-Chocolate , vanilla notes
Taste-Cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa-spicy sweet and creamy. Better-than-average Brown. good beer. Good cause.

hosehead83, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of cvm4
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.

cvm4, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of stumac
4.58/5  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!!

stumac, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip.

A - Poured medium brown, settled dark brown with one finger of fluffy light brown head.

S - Roasted malts followed bya heavy does of vanilla and cinnamon. Chocoalte is buried in the background behind the other elemetns of the beer. Very sweet overall.

T - Massive hit of sweet vanilla up front, followed immediately by a spciy cinnamon kick. Base beer is very much secondary but shows up mid-palate along with a lighter cocoa flavour. Fairly sweet overall. The finish has a lingering cinnamon kick.

M - Medium body, creamy. moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 11, 2012
Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.