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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
THE BROS
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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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Cjalbers


3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-01-2012 01:28:26 | More by Cjalbers
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-31-2012 17:57:12 | More by hiphopj5
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dudecandle

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 07:21:06 | More by dudecandle
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beergoot

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 20:23:22 | More by beergoot
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ngeunit1

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 05:35:26 | More by ngeunit1
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-27-2012 19:42:36 | More by MarkyMOD
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raffy313

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-26-2012 18:06:58 | More by raffy313
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RickS95

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 03:10:35 | More by RickS95
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SFC21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-26-2012 00:25:14 | More by SFC21
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3Hops

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-25-2012 06:34:41 | More by 3Hops
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 06:07:40 | More by MattyG85
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 22:00:02 | More by oberon
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-22-2012 15:00:41 | More by TasteTester
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Marti403

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-22-2012 01:05:41 | More by Marti403
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-19-2012 05:22:54 | More by Hopstout
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-19-2012 02:32:12 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -23.7%

08-18-2012 17:36:14 | More by JAHMUR
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PissWarmChango

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-18-2012 17:28:38 | More by PissWarmChango
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-18-2012 13:14:13 | More by cdwil
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H0rnedFr0gs

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-17-2012 19:27:40 | More by H0rnedFr0gs
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-17-2012 02:24:03 | More by BeerHunter76
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Exiled

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-16-2012 14:40:16 | More by Exiled
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-15-2012 22:49:28 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-15-2012 22:47:55 | More by Texasfan549
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FosterJM

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1453Rd Review on BA
Draft to Stemmed Goblet (Kinda)
12oz

@Haven Gastropub, Orange, CA

Paired with a lamb burger and truffle fries

App- Its a brown ale but more creamy. Like a brown and a stout blended with a little bit of a lighter color. Not sure how that works but sure. Had a small 1/2 finger quick receding head and very little cling.

Smell- I believe the lines were a tad too cold but smelled good. Malty, roasty, a good dose of the vanilla and spices were in there as well.

Taste- So that creamy color...Yeah that came out on the flavors and melded seamlessly with the vanilla and cocoa and the malty roast notes of the brown ale. Very good flavors and depth of flavors.

Mouth- A bit too thin for me. Needed to be a bit thicker and more full. The carbonation was pretty spot on though. Residual vanilla and a little creme.

Drink- It's a good brown. The taste is better than the sum of the parts. But very good none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 22:07:18 | More by FosterJM
Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.