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Terrapin Reunion Beer 2012Terrapin Reunion Beer 2012

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Imperial Ale Brewed with Cocoa Nibs, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Natural Flavors.

Added by pixieskid on 07-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 132
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

interesting aroma, spicy. Brown, Bubbly head, lacey. Big Cinnamon beer. Nuts, chocolate and roast. Maybe some tweaking and a different night. Decent drinkability, decent brown. Average mouthfeel. Expecting more abv from Shmaltz.
Another fun Radek bottle.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head on a hazy amber brown body with nice lacing. Aroma of molasses, slight smokey note, cinnamon, brown sugar and very sweet caramel. Caramel malt base with a bitter nd sweet flavor to it which is well balanced. Musty and earthy hops and mild dark fruit notes and spices. Medium body and moderate carbonation with a semi dry finish. Very complex brew. Defenitly not your typical brown.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and has some reddish highlights. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are strong aromas of cocoa nibs in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of cocoa nibs and also has some sweetness and hints of vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice and enjoyable beer, especially for people who enjoy cocoa nibs.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Specific classification: Spiced Imperial Brown Ale.

A - Pours very dark brown with a rather fragile and frothy tan head.

Aroma: A spicy mix of roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla with a hint of raisins.

T - A cascade of flavors, but cinnamon and vanilla are prominent throughout. Dark chocolate appears mid-taste and, joined by milkly coffee, lingers in the aftertaste. Mildly sweet although, ultimately, balanced by some bitterness.

M - Medium/full bodied with moderate+ carbonation.

O - A fine sipping ale. Sweet enough to work better after than during a meal. While I liked the substantial vanilla and cinnamon, these are prominent enough to partially mask the underlying malts and may be too prominent for some.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown in color with some clear reddish brown near the edges of the glass when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark beige head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of vanilla sweetness with lighter notes of chocolate and cocoa. There is a moderate aroma of roasted malts, overall a very inviting aroma to this beer.

T: Moderate flavors of dark and roasted malts with chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla - there is a moderate amount of sweetness with hints of caramel and molasses. Light notes of cinnamon in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and a great beer to sip - easy to drink but a little strong to be sessionable. The alcohol is very well hidden and the cocoa nibs and vanilla really enhance the taste and smell of this beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle at our last brewing session.

A - dark amber with a thin brown head that has decent retention

S - the cocoa is up front with some underlying cinnamon

T - chocolate, big cinnamon, faint sweet vanilla, a bit earthy, maybe some woodiness

M - medium bodied, good carbonation

I enjoyed this beer. It was a bit hot out for a spiced beer like this but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The flavor was balanced and on point. The cocoa and cinnamon really shine through and the vanilla adds a nice, sweet finish. Well done.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a large cap of beige head. Decent retention and great lacing.

Definitely get the cinnamon and cocoa in the aroma...maybe some vanilla yogurt upon further inspection. Honey, chocolate and biscotti also come to mind.

The cocoa really helps bring everything together into a cohesive experience. Seems to bridge the gap between the zesty cinnamon and soft, buttery vanilla flavor. I really like it, just the right amount of sweetness. I cant remember having too many good beers that were spiced and hoppy, so it seems like a good idea to keep the hops low. I wouldn’t mind a bit more richness to the body, but other than that, this one is a winner, I could even see myself buying it again.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut brown. Looks a little syrupy. Foam island on the surface in the shape of South America. 4.0

Brown sugar, milk chocolate, coffee bean, molasses, and buckwheat. Mega aroma off of this one. Excellent. 4.0

Very brown sugar and molasses. Not as sweet as expected. Thinner, too. Chalky sugar and spice flavors. Light cinnamon melding with chocolate and backend coffee. A bit attenuated. Still quite delicious. 4.0

Very lightly carbonated. The body is medium-well. A simple sipper. 3.5

Delightful collab beer from two great East Coast'ers. 4.0

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Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped-glass.

A: Poured a dark, dark reddish-brown. I only say reddish because I got a good bit of ruby in the color. The head was about a 1/2 finger and was lean and mean.

S: Lots of dimension here in this brown: First of all, I got the cinnamon right of the bat, along with the vanilla, which gave it its dessert flair. I didn't really get cocoa nibs per se on the nose, but the nuttiness could be interpreted as that.

T: The cinnamon and vanilla are AWESOME in this setting! Seriously, to hell with the cocoa, those are the flavors that really make this brown. I also got a good bit of cinnamon on the tail end, which reminded me of a Christmas Winter Warmer.

M: Like I said, this one is cinnamon heavy, so if you don't like that spice, you might not like this beer. Fall-like and/or Christmasy in its disposition. Dessert-like, but not too rich, with very little to no lacing.

O: I can't think of an American Brown Ale I've ever had more fun drinking. Cheers Terrapin and Schmaltz!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good looking brown body that glows red in direct light. Level two fingers of highly whipped light beige froth.

Nose is dominated by cinnamon. Hints of cocoa.

Light malt beginning. Then huge amounts of cinnamon. Very faint hints of cocoa and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is nicely smooth. With this much spice, sometimes a beer is dusty.

This beer needs more of he vanilla and cocoa, and either less cinnamon or a stout base instead of a brown ale.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Taco Mac Decatur 7/18/12. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Color is a deep brown with light brown lacing and surface cover. Carbonation is lively and plentiful. Appearance is good. 4

(Smell) Aroma consists of a vanilla syrup overtop of a bold cinnamon base. Smells very much like a dessert beer, but very strong on the syrup flavor. Enjoyable. 3.5

(Taste) Smoky charred maple syrup with a mild spicy cinnamon finish. Vanilla is consistent and mild. Nice flavor- slow sipper. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) slick, mild airy texture, could benefit with a touch more cream. Body is medium/heavy. Alcohol presence is medium. Decent pairing. 3.5

(Overall) Nice flavor and really comes forth with a ton of cinnamon flavor for a nice dessert beer. Enjoyable. 4

Terrapin Beer Company's
Reunion Beer 2012

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Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This guy pours out brown with a small head. The aroma is very sweet, with chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon being focal points. The taste is smooth and sweet, with vanilla and cinnamon washing over the tongue quickly. Sweet and delicious, a great dessert beer. The mouthfeel is lighter and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a solid sweet brown. It's not going to blow minds, but it's tasty.

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Photo of brystmar
2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The gf loves Terrapin, particularly the collabs with Shmaltz, so here goes.

Dark brown pour, minimal head or lace. Smells like an overly spiced pumpkin beer, minus the pumpkin. Not particularly inviting.

A multitude of conflicting flavors greet my palate. Bitter chocolate, overwhelming cinnamon, yet the base beer seems boring and unremarkable. Flavors work against each other instead of integrating. Not impressed.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bomber released 1 time.

A - Brown, with a small amount of head, and no sticky lace. It looks like molasses. However, I give it bonus points for a ton of white sediment floating around in the glass

S - Cinnamon, vanilla, other spices. Smells outstanding.

T - Like the aroma, cinnamon and spices, but nicely well balanced. Vanilla in the aftertaste, but just the right amount. Nothing overwhelms. They all blend in together perfectly.

M - Medium body and lots of carbonation. Sizzles, with cinnamon and vanilla, oh my

O - An excellent beer! The best Terrapin Reunion yet by a long shot. Well done! Looking forward to the '13 release in a few weeks

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Photo of pixieskid
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap from the brewery during my visit yesterday. Although the weather (hot and humid) wasn't really the time to be drinking a beer like this I did enjoy it and think it's another beer that is quite interesting. Don't know if they were going for this, but to me it tasted like a beer version of chocolate chip ice-cream.

Pours a redish brown, clear but dark, small white head on top.
Nose: caramel, vanilla, chocolate, toffee all blended together to make me think of a decadent dessert.
Taste: honestly, tasted like chocolate chip ice cream and that's really all I could think about. In-fact, this would make an excellent beer float (never had one, but this beer would work great for it).
Mouthfeel: semi-cloying but somewhat crisp.

Overall: Dessert in a glass, interesting and well done, just a bit too sweet for my savory taste...

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- Pours brown with a 2 finger tan head. Nice blotches and trails of lacing on the glass.

S- Big cinnamon and vanilla aromas, some toasted malts.

T- Light roasted malts flavors and big cinnamon and vanilla.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Has a thicker mouth feel than it appears.

O- Very overpowering at first but the flavors grow on you.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark/reddish brown color with not much lacing on the glass

Aroma: Vanilla creamy smell, cinnamon, spices

Taste: I picked up on a mixture of caramel, nutmeg, vanilla... it was a culmination of creamy and spicy flavors. Taste is very similar to the aroma here

Mouthfeel: Lighter mouthfeel than I expected; I would categorize it as light to medium

Drinkability: Decent drinkability, but wouldn't drink more than one or two because of its creamy character

Overall: Different than most other beers I've tried of this style and I really enjoyed the interesting blend of flavors

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Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

a - poured a one finger thick tan, bubbly head into a snifter with a dark brown body.
s - vanilla, chocolate, raisins add to the big malty aroma.
t - same as the aroma but the vanilla is more pronounced.
m - medium body.
o - solid malt bomb.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light brown with an ok white head. The smell is cinnamon, cinnamon and more cinnamon. Luckily I really like cinnamon, but if you don't, forget this beer. I personally like the burn than the cinnamon provides but the taste might get a bit old quick. Definitely enjoy this beer, maybe more of a winter brown. The thing I hate about these reunion ales every year is that they are all different, good, but can never get again.

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Photo of confer
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a small tan head, light enough to see through.
The smell is mostly vanilla but a small amount of cinnamon is also present.
All of the extras can be tasted. Chocolate is first and the vanilla sweetens the pot with the cinnamon finishing things off. Interesting the way all three can be separated in the taste.
Has a creamy low carbonation feel. Although it rates high I think of of the 22 oz bottles is plenty.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown body with a scant white head. Little retention.
S: Rich cinnamon and cocoa aromas stand out along with vanilla, and sweet brown malt to a lesser extent. It all works together nicely.
T: Wow. Cinnamon flavor is extremely intense. Most of the other flavors seem to get lost in a sweetish brown malt base and thunderous cinnamon flavor which carries all the way through the finish. Somewhat of a one-dimensional flavor. As the tastebuds become dulled to the cinnamon, the sweetish brown malt and vanilla become apparent, capped by a woody, slightly bitter finish. Still, too one-dimensional.
M: medium to light body with somewhat low carbonation.

Enjoyable beer, but could be improved on. The cinnamon flavor really drowns out some of the additions that are more noticeable in the aroma. I would put it in the “good, but one pint is plenty” category.

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Photo of zachary80
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Dark Imperial Ale Brewed with Cocoa Nibs, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Natural Flavors"
8% Abv, brown and yellow label.

Medium-dark brown on the pour, very dark grown in the glass with a huge fluffy head. Tons of lacing as this one goes down the glass.

Aroma is very sweet and noticeably spiced. Cinnamon and caramel.

Flavor is big and complex. Very malty, low to no hop presence. Sweeter than average and just short of overdoing it. Don't pick out the chocolate, mostly the vanilla and cinnamon, but it all blends together very nicely. The flavor lingers around for quite a while which is appreciated.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, body is just right. Docking its score just a little because the alcohol heat comes through too much for an 8% beer.

Reunion 2012 would be perfect in the middle of winter. A little less heat and sweetness would notch this up a bit. I'd also prefer more chocolate and less cinnamon but I think they accomplished what they are going for with the balance as is.

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Photo of Lorianneb
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass. Dark brown with hints of red. Slight beige head. No real lacing. Huge cinnamon nose. Sweet & spicy.

Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation level. Slightly sweet on the tongue, then gives way to dry finish from chocolate and cinnamon. Vanilla is hidden, but comes out as the beer warms.

A very solid, drinkable brown ale

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Photo of Wolves81283
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- unlike other reviews on this site while there was quite a bit of head and lacing throughout the entire experience

S- Smells - Very strong dark chocolate and vanilla nose

T- At first almost harsh and hard to distinguish the flavors but as it lingers the chocolate and cinamon really come through

M- Frothy with a smooth lingering finish

O- Overall I would say a 3.5 its definately a beer I could drink more than once. It was enjoyable as long as your not expecting a beer that is extremely smooth throughout

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