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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

237 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 08-12-2012)
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Ratings: 237 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of truesolution
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

truesolution, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of King_KongDCO93
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of chubby2u
4/5  rDev +2%

chubby2u, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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

joemcgrath27, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of jlindsey
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

jlindsey, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of GPHarris
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

GPHarris, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Robdrinx
4/5  rDev +2%

Robdrinx, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of irishgreensoda
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

irishgreensoda, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of ptarmigan98
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ptarmigan98, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of beerman999999
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

beerman999999, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Prost76
4/5  rDev +2%

Prost76, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

duceswild, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of deonreds
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

deonreds, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of DenverLogan
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

DenverLogan, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

JohnnyP3, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of IrishHockey
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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

IrishHockey, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of pkalix
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful foamy, frothy, malty head. dark brown.
the smell is divine. cocoa, vanilla, pure nectar. sure, i'm buzzed already, but my standards get higher when i am....
taste.... is cocoa. guess they put some cocoa in this, eh? they mention other things they put in on the bottle, but this is what i'm getting dominantly. at 8%, i think they're doing a fine job.
it's a bit heavier than others, but that would be expected for a brew like this.
excellent head retention, excellent lacing. overall, this is a great brew. it's beautiful to look at and behold. and it's a very nice tatsing product. at 8%, this is a labor of love. someone turned this into a candy bar, almost. i love the way it looks; i love the way it smells. the overall score was torn as i dont want to give a 5 too freely, so a 4.5 it is. but it's a beautiful brew and it smells delightful. this one really surprised me. i like all the he'brew products i have tried so far.

pkalix, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Alcorn, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

FlyingKelly, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

schnarr84, Nov 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

csmartin6, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

sneaks2210, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

biboergosum, Nov 20, 2012
Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.