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Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

165 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: teromous on 09-26-2013)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, vanilla bean, and cinnamon aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and slightly acidic cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the flavors don't mesh together as well I would have hoped based on the smell.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 07:05:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

11-30-2013 05:38:52 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

11-03-2013 00:34:25 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

11-30-2013 05:42:01 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

11-01-2013 02:50:26 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

11-01-2013 02:43:32 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

12-28-2013 16:53:06 | More by jaydoc
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7%

10-23-2013 00:27:14 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

12-04-2013 04:27:19 | More by JAHMUR
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-31-2013 15:59:05 | More by Jason
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

02-14-2014 18:25:04 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

12-16-2013 18:31:02 | More by MarkyMOD
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

02-19-2014 02:57:57 | More by Gonzoillini
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-25-2014 14:46:59 | More by dmorgan310
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 03:59:12 | More by LiquidAmber
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atrocity

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7%

04-29-2014 20:06:27 | More by atrocity
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +7%

02-10-2014 16:51:09 | More by EgadBananas
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

12-08-2013 22:09:47 | More by Gagnonsux
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gtermi

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

12-21-2013 08:11:13 | More by gtermi
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7%

04-17-2014 20:18:55 | More by andrenaline
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

12-27-2013 02:52:42 | More by stereosforgeeks
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

02-04-2014 00:56:38 | More by jheezee
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:15:09 | More by bigfnjoe
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
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
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Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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