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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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Hopmodium

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-30-2012 21:28:51 | More by Hopmodium
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GTB

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.2%

09-29-2012 14:06:32 | More by GTB
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KJabo

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-29-2012 13:58:06 | More by KJabo
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chinchill

South Carolina

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

22oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Better classification: Imperial Brown Ale.

A - Pours very dark brown with 1+ finger of frothy tan head. The head fades slowly and leaves behind some splotchy lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark malts, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla with some hints of coffee and molasses.

T - A cascade of flavors which changes from start to finish but which are nicely mixed. The cinnamon and vanilla are prominent throughout, with dark chocolate appearing quickly. Chocolate with hints of molasses and coffee are evident in the finish and carry into the lingering aftertaste. Ultimately, I am left with a slight bitterness in my mouth from this otherwise sweet ale. Rating may be closer to 3.75 than 4.25.

M - Medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - A fine sipping ale. Sweet enough to work best after a meal. While I liked the substantial vanilla and cinnamon, these are on the border of overdone for my taste and they do mask much of the underlying malts -- this may be a turn-off for some beer geeks.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:04:32 | More by chinchill
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

09-28-2012 17:48:29 | More by xdefeatsy
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malt, nuttiness, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of toffee, vanilla, caramel, toast, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malt, clove, and light pepper. Lingering notes of vanilla, toffee, chocolate, toast, cinnamon, and light pepper on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors with a good amount of robustness. No cloying sweetness at all after the finish. Flavor was not as robust as I expected for 8%. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial brown ale. Nice flavor balance and complexity; very smooth to drink with no cloying sweetness. Seemed a bit weak for 8%, but was still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 04:16:37 | More by superspak
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours brown with ruby highlights and a medium pillowy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate with some cinnamon and sweet floral vanilla.

The flavor is nutty roasted malts with lots of cinnamon and slight chocolate and a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, interesting but the flavors didn't really come together for me - a bit of an acidic mess.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 04:31:05 | More by Beaver13
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally opaque dark brown almost black pour with a two and a half dinner light beige head. Lacing is excellent.

Cinnamon right off the bat. Vanilla and dark coffee. There is a touch of chocolate in the end but quite minimal at this temperature.

Decadent chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and what tastes like a bit of mint. It tastes like a liquid brownie. Very good, very rich.

Medium to full body, good carbonation. Slightly sticky on the lips.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 21:40:56 | More by korguy123
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sneth019

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-22-2012 14:58:27 | More by sneth019
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videofrog

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-20-2012 13:13:11 | More by videofrog
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-20-2012 03:01:23 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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SHODriver

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep brown topped by a light tan head and decent retention as it fades to a small pool and collar around the glass into a snifter
S: smells of lightly toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon
T: tastes of cinnamon, bitter dark chocolate, slight coffee and vanilla. aftertaste is more chocolate, vanilla and some cinnamon. Fairly sweet but the bitterness from the cocoa nibs keeps it from cloying
M: barely prickly carbonation with a mouthfeel a touch above medium
O: A fairly unique beer. The side of the bottle says it was inspired from a dessert and this beer is certainly like drinking a sweet dessert with some cinnamon. The flavors work well but some more malt flavors would have been nice. They definitely wanted the additions to shine and they do. It's pretty tasty if you know what you're getting into when you crack open the bottle. I have one to age that I'll probably drink fresh before the vanilla fades.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:16:47 | More by SHODriver
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-18-2012 02:46:17 | More by mendvicdog
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SammyJaxxxx

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

09-16-2012 04:40:34 | More by SammyJaxxxx
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Rmatuszak2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-14-2012 02:10:21 | More by Rmatuszak2
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illini4x4


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-14-2012 02:04:21 | More by illini4x4
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 00:51:09 | More by NoLeafClover44
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with faint ruby highlights and a huge fluffy off white head that sticks around forever. Smells of caramel and chocolate malts with a spicy earthy herbal edge. I'm reminded of patchouli with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is is sweet and malty with lots of caramel and chocolate. The cinnamon comes out a bit in the flavor as well as some vanilla and a hint of earth. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This tastes better than it smells, but the spices make it seem like a Christmas beer. Not my favorite, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 22:56:38 | More by johnnnniee
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RyanGoodman

Bolivia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

09-10-2012 14:52:12 | More by RyanGoodman
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Lob

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.2%

09-10-2012 13:27:47 | More by Lob
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brentblack1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-09-2012 00:12:12 | More by brentblack1
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Huffaroma

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

09-06-2012 19:19:29 | More by Huffaroma
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark brown with cola highlights at the edges, fine two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Inviting aroma of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon with mild dark fruits and a hint of coffee. Flavor follows, chocolate, dark dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon with toasted and caramel malt barely detectable under the well integrated flavors. Finishes with toasted malt, a hint of charred coffee, spices and hop bitterness. Very pleasant and fun to drink. The spicing is quite forward, but the underlying flavors are more than able to support them. Medium bodied with some creaminess. I really enjoyed this spicy brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 02:47:57 | More by LiquidAmber
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-04-2012 23:00:33 | More by thinwhiteduke
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cfh64

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-01-2012 22:02:18 | More by cfh64
Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.