Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.51/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
My friend brought over a bottle of Shmaltz's Reunion Ale '13 to share with me so I took some notes on it. I've been wanting to try something from Terrapin for a while and I like the concept behind this beer, so lets see how it goes. 13 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.
A- The label looks nice, it's got a good look to it and each brewery is represented evenly and there's also good information on what this beer is all about, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that took on some ruby highlights when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Brown Ale, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that's followed by the malts which are the first to show up and they impart a roasted malt, slightly charred, light chocolate and light grainy aromas with a pretty noticeable smokey aroma in the background. Up next comes the coffee which has an aroma similar to an over roasted coffee bean and it imparts this weird coffee aroma that smells like it was brewed with blackened chili peppers and there a really light vanilla aroma in the background along with a slightly noticeable cinnamon aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, but I thought the coffee aspect was a little odd..
T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart all the aspects that they did in the aroma. but there's also a light nutty flavor. Up next comes the coffee which still imparts that odd coffee flavor but its's not as heavy on the peppers as it was in the aroma. On the finish comes a very light cinnamon flavor followed by a lower amount of medium bitterness with a grainy, smokey, odd coffee and roasted malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but the coffee flavor wasn't the most appealing.
M- Fairly smooth, slightly rich, slightly creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.
Overall I thought this was a nice beer and while it wasn't the most true to style or that recognizable as a Brown Ale there was still a light nutty aspect to it that worked well with the other flavors, but it just seemed a little too roasty and smokey for a Brown Ale. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little rich, a little creamy, a little filling, and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, I think a pint would be the perfect amount for me, I think I would rather split the bottle then drink it all to myself. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and the light cinnamon aspect, I thought they both worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the coffee aspect, it wasn't bad, but it tasted a little odd to me. I don't think I would buy this batch again, but I would be willing to try a fresh bottle if they release it again next year and if I can find it. I would recommend this if the ingredients sound good to you. All in all I thought this beer was pretty solid, but if the coffee aspect wasn't so odd I this would be a better beer. Nice job guys, keep up the solid work and thanks for making a beer for a good cause.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 21:29:37 | More by StoutHunter
3.61/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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".
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 00:42:17 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 05:10:19 | More by biboergosum
3.23/5 rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Beer pours dark, but when held up to the light it has tawny/red tint that was surprising. The carbonation was moderate and the head was off-white to brown in color, appropriate in size and hung around for a while. Ultimately, the head ended up dwindling slowly to a set of small bumpy bubbles that rested nicely on the top of the brew leading to quality lacing as I sipped. The beer was generally clear and free of particles.
All the scents noted in its description: cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon and coffee, were present. They were all there but the coffee and cinnamon stuck out for me, with the cinnamon clearly out front. As I sipped, the flavors blended nicely and there was a taste of tobacco and leather which I found to be pleasing. The body was medium a bit slick, and slightly acidic.
Although this was a fairly tasty beer to sip, it’s probably best as a limited release. I think it would be far less appealing if it were available year round. I’m glad they release it to benefit a good cause though. I know the novelty of it, and its potential evolution will keep me trying it each year. Although this is an American Brown Ale, I think this could reach the far corner somewhere near where it could easily be confused with a porter (in my opinion).
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 01:36:41 | More by mearner
Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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