Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.23/5 rDev -13.6%
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
3.33/5 rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
22 oz bottle into a pint glass, from notes.
A: Pours a dark ruby color with a one finger mocha-colored head. The latter has a nice creaminess, which allows it to leave some nice lacing on the glass.
S: Wow. Nice. Tons of vanilla and chocolate make itself known immediately, with an underlying tone of brown sugar. The coffee really comes out strong when allowed to warm up.
T: At first, it's slightly chocolaty. Then BOOM! Coffee hits the palate hard. Normally, this would be great, but the coffee here is stale and vegetal. There are also hoppy and vanilla hints hanging around the finish. Shame about the stale coffee, because this is pretty decent otherwise.
M: Light and fairly crisp, and quite dry. The coffee's really going to work on the palate, giving this beer nice drinkability, even without the presence of assertive carbonation.
O: Not bad, but it could have been so much more if the coffee here was 'fresher'. Incidentally, my friend who I drank this with enjoys stale coffee, meaning he loved it. YMMV, natch.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2013 05:07:38 | More by ThisWangsChung
Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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