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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

239 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 239
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 08-12-2012)
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
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.

Photo of RyanGoodman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Huffaroma
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of dudecandle
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass:

A: Quite dark body, creamy, long-lasting head.

S/T: As the bottle describes, so it is: Cocoa nibs give a very dark chocolate base, but there's some significant dose of vanilla beans, and some cinnamon. The combination gives off something of a false coffee vibe. It's particularly strange in that the flavors don't really seem to mesh at first, but really hit one after the next. Ultimately, as it warms up, they blend pretty well, and it ends up being quite rich. A little on the sweet end, with a touch of an alcoholic burn, but still with that bittersweetness from the nibs.

M: Moderate cream, but with a touch of a burning finish.

O: Weird, weird beer. I'm glad I tried it and am unsure how interested I am in having it again. It's an interesting flavor combination that I at least would normally associate with whiskeys. I would have expected a beer like this from DFH, and I think if it were slightly less rough around the edges, and if the flavors meshed quicker, it could really be something special. Overall, still good work by two unique breweries.

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

A beautiful dark red body is topped off with a thick, creamy head. Aroma swims with toffee, muted roast grains, caramel, and vanilla; richly sweet. Taste presents creamy caramel tones, roasted hazel nuts, lightly burn sugars, cinnamon (which I at first attributed as some strange alcohol heat) with a hint of bitterness as the taste fades out. Sweet and heavy body.

Different and delicious. Malt sweetness dominates with plenty of depth and variety of flavors to tease the palate. The cinnamon addition initially might come across as a little odd, but the overall taste and aroma are top-notch and tame the cinnamon taste making for a very pleasant dark beer experience.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, cinnamon, and vanilla with some black licorice and molasses.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some vanilla. Through the middle, the cinnamon comes through with some black licorice, molasses, and a touch of roasted coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, cinnamon, and black licorice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with some good flavors mixed in. Cinnamon is a nice touch.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of RickS95
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My mouth is watering just looking at the extremely dark brown, almost black, liquid in the snifter. Umm, opaque to say the least. Up top is a finger of beige creaminess, in a combination of large and small bubbles. Moderate retention.

It smells like a Heath Bar. Toffee, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. For a dark beer lover, it really doesn't get better.

It's obviously a malt-forward beer, but the chocolate really dominates in a couple aspects. First, there is a faint cocoa taste, but also it provides some bitterness as the beer works its way to the back of the mouth to keep things in balance. Vanilla and cinnamon tag team the taste buds throughout.

Screams 'CREAMY' the second it touches the lips. Faint sweetness before giving way to an ocean of spicy, hoppy bitterness and a prickly, carbonated finish. Also, a bit of heat in the finish thanks to 8% ABV.

This is a helluva collaboration. It's an easy drink for dark beer fans, but some may be turned off because it is bitter. Regardless, I'm happy I bought this bomber.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a He'Brew shaker pint glass. 2012 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some hints of amber and ruby red. Lots of bubbles and a big four finger beige head that holds up for a while then fades into a small creamy layer. Good amount of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is very roasty and sweet. Dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate from the cocoa nibs. Also some hints of roasted coffee, nuts, milk, cream, and dark bread. Nice hints of vanilla and the cinnamon spicing is very noticeable. Also a light hint of smoke in the aroma. Light earthy hops in the background.

Taste: Like the aroma indicates, a very dark and roasty taste with a big kick of cinnamon. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of cocoa nibs, coffee beans, vanilla beans, milk chocolate, nuts, cream, dark bread, and burnt sugar. Also some burnt caramel and toffee. The roasty taste is actually fairly bitter and not as sweet as you might expect. The cinnamon spice is big and blends with the chocolate pretty well. Light notes of earthy hops towards the finish. A good and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and roasty feel. Has a fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good dark beer. Great roast flavors and the cinnamon adds an interesting kick. Could of had a little more body, but this was very good anyways.

Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an impy nonic a deep dark chesnut brown with a amber tinge,a thinner but well retained light beige head atop.I was really taken back at the lack of aromas to this beer,I picked up some earthiness and mild bitter chocolate,that was the most dissapointing part of this beer.Vanilla really stands out in the palate with bitter chocolate underneath,some cinnamon and earth finish it out.Last year's beer was great,this is a little uninspiring,it's not horrible but it lacks depth in the aromas and the flavors to me.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.