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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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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-11-2012 19:41:07 | More by irishgreensoda
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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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beerman999999

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

12-09-2012 21:16:41 | More by beerman999999
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Prost76

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-09-2012 11:22:32 | More by Prost76
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duceswild

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

12-09-2012 05:43:02 | More by duceswild
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deonreds

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-04-2012 08:51:33 | More by deonreds
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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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pkalix

California

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 01:03:34 | More by pkalix
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Alcorn


4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-29-2012 14:51:23 | More by Alcorn
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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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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-28-2012 06:50:19 | More by schnarr84
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csmartin6

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

11-22-2012 19:00:42 | More by csmartin6
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sneaks2210

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-21-2012 02:54:22 | More by sneaks2210
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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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Supergenious

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

11-15-2012 23:05:08 | More by Supergenious
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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

Dark brown, clear, with a full, thick, lightly-tan head. The aroma is of nutty, brown malt and grain. At first I didn't get the vanilla that is claimed to be in this beer (on the label). However, it pokes out very faintly after half a glass. The taste is brown and a little sugary...brown sugar...with some chocolate and a little underlying spice. Full in body with a little herbal hops in the background. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 03:12:56 | More by Suds
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srhoadsy

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 01:20:14 | More by srhoadsy
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ltltony

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-02-2012 16:08:16 | More by ltltony
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sd123

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-01-2012 15:35:36 | More by sd123
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

10-31-2012 22:29:45 | More by Dave_Treat
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TBoneJones

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 03:07:50 | More by TBoneJones
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BillHilly

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-31-2012 02:28:19 | More by BillHilly
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Philousa

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 22:39:19 | More by Philousa
Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.