Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +18.4%
A: Pours dark brown with perhaps a reddish hue, head remains around edges, some lacing.
S: a toasty roasted backbone with coffee and nutmeg and maybe some clove. Wonderful aroma
T: much like the smell, but there is also a nuttiness (hazelnut? pecan?) up front before the coffee taste comes in
M: mild bitter coffee ending that has a slight dryness (think its the Terrapin side)
O: I agree with previous review, a solidly complex brown that is tending towards the stout range. Will have to have this again.
10-10-2013 22:26:10 | More by cjgiant
4.38/5 rDev +17.1%
A- Opaque dark brown color with minimal head that settles into nice ring around the glass. Good lacing.
S- Roasted malts and dark fruits. Cherry and plum come to mind. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon are all there as advertised and blend beautifully. Each smell seems to bring a different combination of flavors.
T- Pretty much follows the nose. Dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of vanilla followed by coffee and hint of cinnamon. Aftertaste is reminiscent of a cappuccino and the flavor you get when you mix chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Each sip brought a different, and beautifully balanced, combination of flavors. Very nice.
M- Medium bodied, creamy, with crisp carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry with a nice slightly bitter chocolate/vanilla aftertaste.
O- I am a sucker for all the flavors advertised, and this beer delivered them all. Each smell and taste you took was slightly different, yet wonderfully mixed and balanced. I am a big fan of Terrapin's sweet stout experiments, and this one belongs with the best of them. I really enjoyed this beer.
11-10-2013 00:38:24 | More by tmm313
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
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
Note: This beer is not the same as the one brewed last year. The old recipe contained cocoa nibs, vanilla, and natural flavors. The new recipe has cocoa nibs, vanilla, and coffee. I feel it is important to distinguish that the vintages are not 100% similar.
A: The body is a dark brown color, with red hues where light shines through. The head is a creamy off-white color. It leaves some spotted lacing on the glass.
S: I get a strong coffee scent, with a bit of chocolate in the mix. Nothing else comes through for me. It is nice smelling though.
T: It tastes like I'm drinking a mochachino. I seriously get a ton of coffee and chocolate flavor out of this beer. It's very delicious. I don't pick up any of the cinnamon or vanilla that is mentioned on the label. It's crazy good though. I highly recommend it if you enjoy sweet coffee drinks. This is hardly even beer. The only reason I don't give it a 5 is that I'm not getting any of the other flavors or even much "beery" flavor out of it.
M: The mouthfeel is smooth and finishes relatively dry. Very smooth and subtle carbonation. It works well with the beer.
O: Overall I highly recommend the beer. As always it's hard to tell how the beer will end up next year, but this year it is fantastic. The beer doesn't need aging at all, so feel free to drink this delicious coffee chocolate bomb fresh. I would buy it again.
09-26-2013 21:47:45 | More by teromous
4.29/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured from a bomber into a Chimay goblet
A- pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a one finger tan head. Looks pretty nice, almost stout-like
S- huge nutty aroma, along with hints of vanilla, chocolate, and chilies. Oh yes, I like this.
T- tons of coffee and chocolate, a little bit of vanilla and a bitter finish from the coffee. A little bit of cinnamon in there too. Very complex, delicious brew
M- medium bodied, on the thicker side. Not syrupy at all, super chewy. Love it
O- awesome beer all-around. Terrapin knows how to brew stouts, and they don't screw around here. It's almost like a blend of Moo Hoo and WNB.
11-04-2013 00:15:09 | More by bigfnjoe
4.18/5 rDev +11.8%
Pours a deep, dark brown that transcends to near black as beer fills the glass. Khaki head sticks around for awhile, leaving bits of splotchy lacing here and there.
Mm-hmm, that's nice. Smells like a Dutch breakfast of sweet poffertjes, drizzled with stroop syrup and dusted in powdered sugar. Chocolate and espresso are also present.
Sweet caramel and slight vanilla bean up front, a lot of chocolate, faint cinnamon spice, and a dry bitterness in the finish. Hints of coffee, brown sugar, and molasses present themselves after a few more sips. Fairly well balanced, alcohol is unnoticeable.
This reunion ale is full bodied and anything but boring, a pleasure to drink. My only complaint is the lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, apart from that this is quite a nice brown ale.
09-29-2013 22:09:00 | More by MarkJBurch
4.18/5 rDev +11.8%
I had the Terrapin version of this beer last night, so tonight was selected for the Schmaltz version. The color of the beer was reddish brown, a lot darker than what I recall from yesterday, and the body looked a bit more cloudy today as well. The head on the other hand was much bigger than yesterday, at two finger thick, and was much more durable. The smell of the beer today was a lot less chocolate laden, and actually featured coffee and cinnamon much more prominently. The vanilla was quite hidden in the nose. The taste was more coffee driven as well, although the chocolate was quite noticeable as a second flavor. Cinnamon was much more aggressive here than the Terrapin version, and the vanilla much more muted. The body felt a little thinner than the beer from yesterday. There was astringency, but it was more of a steady feel from the beginning to the end, rather than a turn from sweetness to it, as was the case yesterday. I commented yesterday that the beer felt more like a Schmaltz offering than a Terrapin release. Oddly the one today, that was actually from Schmaltz, felt closer to the Terrapin Wake N' Bake beer. Isn't collaboration great?
10-21-2013 02:54:20 | More by rajendra82
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
4.11/5 rDev +9.9%
Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Bottle from the holiday pack (a really good one this year). Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a fine one finger tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark moderately toasted malt, chocolate, cinnamon and hints of coffee, nice. Flavor is dominated by Mexican chocolate (cocoa and mild chili, brown sugar), vanilla, coffee, finishes with a moderate hop and chili finish with residual cocoa flavors. Somewhat light body for the depth of flavor, but active carbonation. This beer blew my mind when I first tried the 2011 version, and I still find it enjoyable and different. I've always had a soft spot for Mexican style chocolate and this is the closest I've come to it in a beer. Nicely made and flavorful. Different in a good way. It's nice when a beer with a purpose is also a good beer.
04-25-2014 03:59:12 | More by LiquidAmber
Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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