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Reunion '10 - Bison Brewing

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18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 20.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bison Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: froghop on 08-22-2010)
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ncfranklin:
Photo of ncfranklin
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

About a year old bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Dark amber, nearly a blood color, little to no head.

S: Lots of phenols, caramel, dark fruit and raisin.

T: Straight after the smell. Lots of dark deep fruit, some sugary qualities, spice mixes in halfway through.

M: Medium to heavy body, very smooth. Tacky feeling.

D: A taste Scottish ale, but no where near the complexities of some others in the style. Very sweet, so not alot of potential for multiple glasses.

ncfranklin, Feb 21, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep red brown with a large, short lived off-white head with slight lacing. Nice malty, spicy Belgian aroma. Surprisingly mild flavor after the aroma. Light malts, dark fruits and Belgian spice, but tastes like a nice beer severely watered down. Too bad; I like the story behind this and the flavor is nice, but it's like drinking water poured into a beer. An unfortunate miss.

LiquidAmber, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of DaveHS
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours the color of coca cola with a thin, khaki head. Leaves thin rings of lacing.

S-Sweet, nutty malts, caramel.

T/M-This was a nice surprise. Medium-bodied and smooth, with minimal carbonation. Flavors of toffee and roasted nuts up front. It falls apart towards the end, with the body thinning out significantly and the flavors falling off abruptly. There is a light metallic flavor on the back palate that is getting distracting.

D-It's okay.

DaveHS, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark amber, almost brown color with a small white head.

Aromas are kind of smokey, malty, a bit sugary, and slightly boozy.

Taste is like the nose. Smoke up front, light chocolate, mild sweetness, and a bit spicy from the yeast. Finish is crisp, mineral like, and a bit dry. The spicy yeast flavors actually balance out the sweetness rather well.

Mouthfeel is decent, but on the thin side.

Overall, this one was a pleasant surprise. I had pretty low expectations, (I've been underwhelmed by Bison's beers in the past) but this one turned out to be interesting, and pretty tasty. Worth trying, especially if you find it for the price I did, $4 for a bomber.

flexabull, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of froghop
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear dark brown with a red tint, a very thin khaki head that goes away quickly, and no lacing, very cola looking.

smell is of malt, some spice, and some cocoa.

taste is flat, semi-sweet, roasted malt, a touch of campfire, some cocoa, and hops in the back, ends a little oily.

froghop, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of mactrail
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin, a hint of sourness, dishwatery aftertaste. Slight hint of malt with some murky undertones. I don't taste any hint of Scottish or Belgian anything. Kind of unpleasant wet cardboard smell. Head dissipates to a clear, dark brown watery flatness. Even more disappointing for the promise of Belgian flavors and the hope of some smokey or malty pleasures. None of that.

Maybe this is just another warning to folks who like to age beers. This one apparently came and went in the course of a year. And now it's going down the drain.

mactrail, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in San Diego, solely because of the charitable aspect (although I had never tried a Belgian style Scotch ale). This one poured a very dark brown (almost black) shot through with red, and a nice tight light brown head. Seemed like any other scotch ale to me, with maybe just a hint of bretty funk (or is that just my imagination). A good cause, but a middle of the road scotch ale.

emmasdad, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Bfarr
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with thin coffee colored foam (even after an aggresive pour) with no retention or lacing. Peaty yeast and roasted malt aromas. A balanced taste follows the aroma for a pretty odd combination that grows on you after a bit. Finishes with an almost candy sweetness. Thin and sticky with moderate-low carbonation and a fuzzy feel.

First I've tried this style but I certainly would have to expect a little more. It's exactly what I expected but with very subdued flavors. It tastes like an okay scotch ale fermented with a belgian strain. No discernable hop bittering or real complexity but still a passable beer.

Bfarr, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of leedorham
5/5  rDev +44.5%

leedorham, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of chumba526
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears very dark brown (almost black) with a small light brown head.

It smells of sugar and toffee. I get a slightly fruity and grassy smell as well. I get a slight peppery Belgian yeast smell.

I get a strong bit of a sweet toasted Carmel flavor. A nice Belgian like dark fruit flavor and slight peppery flavor is very noticeable. I get a tad bit of a smoky like flavor to the beer. The smoky and sweet malt flavor pairs amazingly well with the Belgian yeast flavor.

There is a slightly smooth mouthfeel with a smooth low carbonation.

The drinkability of this beer is great. This is not my favorite style but this beer goes down very smooth.

This beer would be great to cook a meal around (I am thinking Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding or steak pie. Scotch style ale is not my favorite but I love this beer, the Belgian yeast elevates this beer to greatness.

chumba526, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of tpd975
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber brown with a small tan head. No retention or lace.

S: Dark fruit, light spice, molasses, black cherries, and yum.

T: Lots of dark fruit, spice, and molasses. Strong Belgian esters as well.

M: Medium in body, smooth, damn good.

D: I really like it much better than most.

tpd975, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of shelby415
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

shelby415, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of fox227
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

fox227, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with almost no head. Sweet, malty aroma of caramel and a touch of vanilla.

Low carbonation and a slightly flat mouthfeel. Initial Belgian yeast sweetness soon becomes rather dry with flavors of smoke, chocolate, and caramel, with a hint of hops on the cola-like finish.

Drinkable, but I think this one has some unfulfilled promise.

grittybrews, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
1.75/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Brown/amber thing beige head.

Smells of medicinal phenols, toasted bread, a weird citrusy presence. I think I even get some light lactic/sour notes (possible infection?).

Tastes roasty, there are hints of caramel, toasted bread, some citrusy notes, and some harsh metallic flavors too.

Mouthfeel is thin/watery and unpleasant.

Bad beer. Waste of the glass bomber it came in.

billshmeinke, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Belgian style Scottish...interesdting

A: Poured dark brown with red hues, dirty whote head, good carbonation

S: Peat, Belgian yeast, candy, sweetness and caramel

T: Taste is a a mix of cocoa, peat/smoke, faint bubblegum feel, some sweetness, hint of smoked meat at times, caramel

M: Coating, nice and a good feel

D: Good

barleywinefiend, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a long day...Hmm, a Belgian-style Scotch Ale eh....You realize when you put the words "Scotch" and "Ale" together, I benchmark you with McEwan's...Just sos ya knows...

Pours a wonderful, clear mahogany. Nary a wisp o' head adorns this brew, and the carbonation be of the lighter sort. No real lacing forms. Kind of "mehh" thus far, me hearties...Powerful aromas of roasted malt smacks you upside the face, kind of like how Ben Rothliesberger got his smeller crunched up like corn flakes. Kind of a nice sweetness to it, and it smacks more of bourbon than Scotch. A hint of smokiness in there...Very pleasant and "warm" smelling. 7% ABV and $4.49/bomber, which is a fair price. Proceeds go to cancer research, so assume the price raises drinkability a little, a'ight?! Flavor is more effervescent than I would have guessed. And slightly...off. Upfront, this has a lot of Belgian Golden Ale qualities - a certain yeastiness, that similar mouthfeel, and some spice. It moves into a rather thin and confusing middle, not sure what it wants to be. The rather subdued Scotch Ale qualities - maltiness, sweetness, and roasty-roasto flavors - seem to be Caber tossing themselves away, leaving just a hint of flavor in the billowing dust. I get some hints of a Scotch Ale, but not enough...I want more, damnit!!! It's a bit thin on the finish, and unassuming. All-in-all worth the price, but just not great.

What I like most: The price and wonderful aromas.

What I like least: The thin middle and finish in the flavors, and lack of robust Scotch Ale notes.

Verdict: Barely worth the price and only because it's for charity.

SolomonGrundy, Dec 10, 2010
Reunion '10 from Bison Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.