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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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