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Reunion Ale '12 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reunion Ale '12Reunion Ale '12

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
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.

No notes at this time.
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at E.B.I. beverage, right across the street from the brewery in Saratoga,NY where this is brewed.

A- Deep dark mahogany with touches of ruby. It starts with a nice thick tan head poured into my Ithaca Excelcior tulip. A ton of sticky kahki lacing drips all down the side and never lets go.

S- Fresh cut vanilla beans, milk chocolate, and woody cinnamon. No hops, no yeast... just a ton of cinnamon/cocoa/vanilla and sweet malts. Hints of sweet cream and coffee. Jeez... I'd almost like to have this hot while sitting next to the fire this winter.

T- Like vanilla/cinnamon cocoa! Really nice notes of bitter coffee and sweet cream. Not a ton of depth or complexity, but what it has is really nice. Reminds me of a fantastic iced coffee.

M- A touch bitter, nice creamy feel. Just a bit too much cinnamon for me. I wonder if that would settle down with some time and let the let the vanilla beans and cocoa shine thru.

O- I wanna revisit this with some time on it instead of so fresh. If the cinnamon and coffee mellow out a bit, this could be really nice! The vanilla, milk chocolate and some dried fruit may shine thru with some time. Well worth trying.

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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Just appeared on shelves, so probably bottled quite recently.

A - Pours maple syrup brown with two fingers of beige head. The foam shows great retention and leaves a thick layer of lacing on the glass. Good looking beer.

S - Chocolate, french toast, and roasted malt. I usually don't pick up all of the "special" ingredients listed on the bottle, but in this case it smells like I would expect (cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon). The cinnamon is very strong and sort of drowns out the other aromas. A little much, but not bad.

T - The flavor is not as cinnamon forward as the nose, but it is certainly a main player. Starts initially sweet with vanilla and cinnamon. Transitions to some nice toasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. The finish and aftertaste is primarily of cinnamon. Good at first, but my palate is tired of the cinnamon by the end.

M - Medium bodied, with good carbonation.

O - This is an interesting experimental brew. It represents the cocoa nibs, vanilla, and certainly cinnamon. I enjoyed it less as I drank and a 12 oz. format probably would have left me with a better impression. Still, it was pretty good and this collaboration beer supports a good cause.

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Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.