Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
01-04-2014 07:05:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
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
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
Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope from Shmaltz Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.