Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
3.61/5 rDev -3.5%
Poured from the bottle into an American pub glass. This is a dark reddish black brew, like a good porter in appearance, with a decent quantity of brown head. The nose features a good amount of wood char and tobacco ash, dry and acrid with a little sweetish floral vanilla and raisins, molasses and rum-like alcohol. Tastes even less sweet than it smells, with acidic dark roast coffee, ashtray, walnuts, and milk chocolate predominating, with a thick and chunky but not syrupy body, moderate to high carbonation and a dry bitter finish that includes lingering earthy hops and coffee ground notes. The cacao nubs do not taste sweet here but seem to add yet more chalky dry bitterness to the equation and the cinnamon is just barely detectable to me. Not what I was expecting ... Unique in terms of 1) its emphasis on cacao and spice additions yet 2) diligently avoids provoking anything sweet on the taste buds, despite the mental associations most of us are going to have with concepts like "vanilla" and "cinnamon".
02-18-2014 00:42:17 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with hints of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid two fingers of light tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.
Smell: A very roasty aroma stout like aroma with big hints of coffee, chocolate, and spices. Big scent of dark roasted barley malts with upfront hints of coffee beans, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, toasted bread, nuts, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and grains. Sweet hints of vanilla and molasses. Big spice hints of cinnamon along with some nutmeg. Subtle dark fruit hints of fig, dates, plum, and cherry. A very good roasty aroma.
Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a very roasty malt forward taste with big notes of dark chocolate, coffee, nuts, and spices. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with a taste of coffee beans, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, nuts, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and grains. Sweet taste of vanilla, brown sugar, and molasses. Big spice presence with a taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a chile like heat. Dark fruit undertones with notes of fig, plum, dates, raisin, and cherry. The burnt roasty coffee stands out the most.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very roasty and fairly spicy and hot. Drying finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.
Overall: A very good coffee bold imperial brown ale/stout. Its like Founders Breakfast Stout with some spicy cinnamon added.
11-30-2013 08:44:29 | More by MattyG85
4.15/5 rDev +11%
22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown appearing black in the glass with a dense lightly tanned head. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: Great aroma, cinnamon, coffee and chocolate all going on here. Reminds me of one of the aztec hot cocoa's. Dark fruits come out as it warms up. Dont get much hoppiness.
T: As anticipated from the aroma there are some real nice coffee notes. Chocolate smoothes things out nicely adding a bit of stout character. The cinnamon isnt as dominate in the flavor as it is in the aroma.
M: Full body with mild carbonation. Has a nice creamy aspect to it. Finish is clean not leaving much stickiness.
Overall this is really good for an American brown ale. The flavors are complex and blend nicely together. Certainly worth picking up.
10-10-2013 01:33:50 | More by CloudStrife
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
22oz bottle, 8% ABV. Nice to see these two breweries doing this for a few years now.
This beer pours a murky dark russet brown hue, with dim reddish cola highlights, and two fingers of puffy, foamy, and moderately rocky beige head, which leaves some nice layered snow rime lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.
It smells of herbal dry-roast coffee beans, dark chocolate, metallic cinnamon spice, vanilla pods, a softly biscuity smoked grainy malt, bean sprouts, and leafy, straw-like hops. The taste is cinnamon-laced black coffee, semi-sweet boozy vanilla, crackery caramel malt, still rather dark and bitter chocolate, lightly smoking tobacco ash, a dry oily nuttiness, and mildly spicy, leafy hops.
The carbonation is generally tame and somewhat frothy, the body an adequately sturdy medium weight, and smooth in the face of a lingering cinnamon spiciness. It finishes off-dry, the punchy toasted caramel malt not willing to give up the ghost just yet, even with all of the concurrent coffee, spice, and dry roast.
A decent coffee and spice-enhanced dry brown ale, the remaining chocolate and vanilla guest ingredients coming off as rather innocuous through their lack of typical sweetness. And the 16-proof booze is well integrated, always a nice thing. Worthy of trying, at the very least to support a worthy cause, and to try something relatively different.
02-06-2014 05:10:19 | More by biboergosum
3.89/5 rDev +4%
The pour is extremely dark brown. Not a black beer, but the very darkest shade on the brown spectrum. Very light tan head resides up top, but lacks retention so you have to view it quickly. Thin spotty lace.
Being a brown ale, you don't expect much in the way of hops and you don't get any. Instead, you pick up a variety of malts, all dark including chocolate. The faintest of spice notes, the bottle confirming it's cinnamon.
Slightly more hop presence in the taste, which helps balance the malt forward beer. Cocoa nibs present, as does the cinnamon on a slightly greater scale. The bottles references a dessert was part of the inspiration for the beer and it's easy to see why.
Not quite as smooth as most brown ales, but I believe the cinnamon causes that. Sweet, then a combination of spice and bitter. Despite the lack of head and retention, very carbonated feel.
It's a good beer, would make a good dessert, or even a beer for the colder months. I could drink it year round and not have a problem. Becomes even more tasty as it warms.
07-06-2014 02:30:32 | More by RickS95
3.64/5 rDev -2.7%
Schmaltz (He'brew) and Terrapin's Reunion Ale '13, brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon, and coffee. 8% ABV.
A: About 1.5 fingers of slightly tan head. Decent lacing.
S: Lighter roasted coffee, floral vanilla, Mayan chocolate. Slight tobacco leaf. Pretty much what I expected. Nearly black, with a very deep red inner glow. Golden yellow in the dimple.
T/MF: Very bitter cocoa, with just a touch of coffee and cinnamon. Fairly creamy. Light hop bitterness in the background.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.
07-19-2014 06:42:38 | More by TruePerception
Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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