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Reunion Ale '12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

Reunion Ale '12Reunion Ale '12

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BA SCORE
88
very good

224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%


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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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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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 20:00:34 | More by brewskifan55
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 16:00:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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Brenden

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 21:58:24 | More by Brenden
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Reappropriated

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 23:09:48 | More by Reappropriated
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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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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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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 21:58:33 | More by Lawl3ss
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Part of a BOTMC this one was cellared for about a year and a half, time to give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a very hearty waft of heavy malt and chocolate and spice. Pours to a barely translucent tannic acid river brown with a nice deep tan two finger head. Taste is very unique, a big hop belt with some black licorice and dark chocolate hitting up front then a smooth transition to mostly choclate and a slightly bitter finish. Very smooth and heavy in the mouthfeel. Taste is hearty but yet a little funky, maybe from the chili peppers? A good brew to try but not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 19:44:59 | More by mooseisloose
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nimrod979

Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Brown in color with amber hues. Thick foamy, off-white head. Very nice retention and lacing.

Aroma: Cocoa, vanilla,cinnamon, hazelnut, pumpkin pie. Very nice.

Taste: Dark cocoa hits up front, cinnamon kicks in through the middle with the vanilla flavor holding up the backend. Man that cinnamon and vanilla really sticks with you well after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, medium thick mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft and smooth. Once again, lingering finish of cinnamon and vanilla. Not bad and rather interesting big bad brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 15:00:36 | More by nimrod979
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 03:34:01 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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Pegasus

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A moderate, very dense cream-colored head surmounts a clear, dark amber body. The lacing is utterly glass-coating, with quite good head retention.

Aroma: Fairly intense aroma of brown sugar and bitter cocoa., vanilla, toasted malt, and oak. The high ABV does not manifest itself in the aroma.

Taste: Opens with an abundance of moderately bitter cocoa and vanilla. As the taste progresses, dark bread notes, cinnamon, cold coffee, and warming alcohol appear. There is also a persistent wood note, which is reminiscent of French oak. The finish consists of a long, lingering note of bitter cocoa and vanilla, with a moderate herbal hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with a bit of champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nice and very drinkable, would pair well with chocolate-based desserts. Also a pleasing winter-style ale.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber bottle, with a pry-off crown served in a standard New Belgium brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Texas for $6.99 on 03/22/2013.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:10:15 | More by Pegasus
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hackmann

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 04:06:54 | More by hackmann
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babaracas

Florida

3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange tinted dark brown, clear, with thin fizzy khaki-colored head. Smell: toast, sugary, a big blast of vanilla, plum, pie spice. Taste: sweet upfront with caramel and a little fig, then gritty cinnamon with cocoa powder... add a lot of vanilla to this and I get more of a cheap boozy spiced rum flavor that overwhelms from midsip to the finish. Slick feel. Not very good, liked some of the past years' much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:28:49 | More by babaracas
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 07:21:17 | More by drpimento
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A finger of head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt and milk, pretty nice.
The taste is great. Chocolate, spice, roasted malt; lots of borderline sweetness but maintains a good balance.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 04:26:13 | More by Fatehunter
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a tulip style glass. It is very dark. If you hold the Reunion up to the light, you can barely see some red and brown in there.

This beer smells really unusual. You get coffee and some berries in there. I also smell the chocolate and cinnamon in there. It is a lot of different smells, but they don't work off of each other really well. The flavor is equally oddly imbalanced. I really don't understand what is going on in this one. This is really unusual.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 20:24:18 | More by ummswimmin
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1759Girl

California

3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance> Much darker than I anticipated. Almost black. The head is a creamy pale brown, but dissipates quickly. Hard to judge the livliness. Not very lacy. Looks rather average apart from the deep dark color.

Smell> A lovely almost heady vanilla. The cocoa really comes through strongly. I feel like I'm about to drink a homemade chocolate cake.

Taste> I didn't expect so much cinnamon to come through. A lovely warm chocolate middle, but really the beer is overpowered with heat from the cinnamon.

Mouf> Pretty great for the style.

Drinkability> I could probably only have one or two of these, but if I could make this into a scented candle and have it all over my house.=)

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 23:46:21 | More by 1759Girl
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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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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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GPHarris

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring which was gone halfway through the beer. the body was a bright mahogany color.
s - burnt chocolate and vanilla.
t - chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and some spice.
m - click and slightly on the thinner side.
o - had high hopes for this beer but was a little disappointed. it had some good features but overall fell short of a really good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 15:41:40 | More by GPHarris
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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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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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Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.