Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial Brown Ale with chocolate, cocoa nibs, vanilla & chili peppers.

Added by Jason on 05-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of cadaugherty
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Kopp
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Fishman007
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is packed with flavor. Plenty of characteristics to leave you pondering for a moment. Vanilla, chocolate are very noticeable. However, the chilli pepper was hardly noticeable in my opinion. After several sips, still struggling to find that chilli feel.
The color was a dark "stout" appearance. The foam head was quite thick at about 2" high, then slowly dispersed.

The taste was smooth enough that I questioned if it was flat. However, it obviously was not. Very drinkable.

My favorite characteristics about this beer is the taste that is leaves in the mouth. Almost as if I had a piece of chocolate but not overwhelming. I'd almost go out and buy the Hebrew sample pack again just to share this particular beer with my beer enthusiast friend.

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Photo of HoosBrews
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really good. I had it a few weeks ago and thought it was good, but had to take a second take and it's as good, if not better than I thought.

Dark in color, but of a brown, not a stout. Nose has hints of coconut, but mostly the sweet, pure smell of chocolate. Body starts out like a brown but quickly turns your palate with a very light body finish and pepper. Wow, pale jalapeƱo getting beat down with cocoa. Brilliantly subtle and obnoxious at the same time. This beer is delightful to drink on Christmas eve!

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Photo of Butterworth
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Hopstout
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Deep brown with a nice light brown caramelized head.

Aroma - Sweet, light and fluffy french silk pie.

Taste - Complex yet beautiful flavor! Earthy with sharp black pepper. Dark notes of chocolate. Hard malt driven taste. Liquid dessert. Ever so faint chili pepper through the swallows.

Mouthfeel - Easy to drink and surprisingly light with a fading dark chocolate Hershey kiss aftertaste. Feels a bit over-carbonated at first, but actually has the perfect level of carbonation. Numbing.

Overall - The medium head is best when sipped with ale. Mixes a sweet dessert like taste to the complex flavors of the beer.
Very delicious indeed! I will definitely be buying this dark ale again. I highly recommend this beer. Your tongue will hate to say goodbye...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an extremely dark red brown, appearing black. Two finger light fine light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma very malty with a hint of chocolate. Wow, interesting taste. A chocolate with chili flavor like mexican chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, a hint of chocolate, malt is present but very secondary to the other flavors very smooth and integrated. Finishes with a spicy hop bite. Creamy like a chocolate milk shake. This is very tasty and different. I love it!

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Copper Mine

Nice creamy light brown head. It looks pretty dark. It leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, floral and caramel with the nose but is quite faint.

Wow! What a taste! Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, gramcrackers, cocoa, vanilla, dark fruits like cherries. I don't get too much chili that everyone was mentioning (maybe that was the taste I couldn't figure out) but I don't care because this is quite a complex and delicious collaboration.

Silky, smooth, easy to drink but is something you'd want to sip.

Holy smokes, this beer almost made me fall out of my seat! Delicious and shocking because the aroma I had an idea what it was going to taste like but this was mind blowing-ly different from the smell. So many different tastes at once. A must try.

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Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Rizalini
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of kingmaker
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of fox227
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of JayS2629
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola color with a huge, creamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves walls of thick lace.

The aroma is sweet, dark malts, some roasted and nutty hints with cocoa, vanilla, and brown sugar notes. Subtle hints of earthy hops.

The flavor is awesomely rich with molasis, dark brown sugar, dark chocolate, vanilla touches, and some earthy pepper skins. Not much heat as I expected, but loads of delicious chocolate and vanilla like a chocolate bar with hints of coffee.
Stout like flavor complexities but thinner. As it warms up the chili is more noticeable. A slight kick in the throat, but nothing warming or any kind of heat. More earthy and vegetal than hot.

Medium bodied, creamy, rich, and smooth.

Absolutely delicious!

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Photo of TheSarge
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always enjoy trying new He'Brew beers. Every single one is different an usually tips the ABV up a bit, and typically makes each beer complex and not boring at all.

This is labled a brown ale, but needs to be reviewed in a style all its own. Poured this one into a standard pint glass, and the brew makes three fingers of dark tan head, and the body is nearly opaque except for black tea like hues, which are only visible on the outside edges of the glass.

In the aroma the cocoa and chili are evident, but there are dark dried fruit notes here too. Somewhat like raisons or something like that.

Drinking this brew is like taking a handfull of bridge mix, and shoving it into one's mouth and chew it altogether. Very chocolaty, nutty, fruity... What more can I say except for the burn of chili in the end.

Feels full in body, good carbonation, leaves the palate dry and slightly burning from the chili.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, some chilies, vanilla, and some dark fruits and coffee.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some vanilla and dark fruit sweetness and a bit of spicy chili. Through the middle, the heat from the chili comes through a bit more with a bit of roasted coffee, molasses, and black licorice. The finish is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some dark fruit, vanilla, chili, and molasses.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a spicy, sweet, and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Interesting mix of flavors with the chilis adding some nice complexity. Surprisingly well balanced.

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Photo of socon67
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Chocolate brown pour. Tan foam settles quickly and with minimal lacing. Very little carbonation.

S - Nice smell of milk chocolate and vanilla. Over time the cinnamon came through nicely. I really did not get much from the chili peppers at all.

T - Rich chocolate flavor; very malty. Sweet flavor of vanilla rounds this one out well. Finish has a spicy feel.

M - Very flavorful brown ale. I'd have loved ot try this again, though I doubt its possible. Plenty of flavor, and smooth feel.

O - This was a highlight of my tasting event. I'd look for future colaborations from these two.

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Photo of mactrail
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich near-black beer with a brown edge. Very fine lacing and foam. The malt is well-roasted and rather dry for the fullness of barleyness. I wonder what kind of peppers? They start out faint but the warmth is fanned a little as you sip. They do add a little depth as well as a hint to the nose. Fortunately the advertised cocoa and vanilla are even more subtle. Fine highly drinkable stuff. Less pretension, more filling. After a glass I love the warm peppery aftertaste with the whiff of curry.

Call it an American Strong Ale. Interesting that the Shmaltz news release from September called it a "Dark Imperial Brown Ale" while the actual label just says "Dark Imperial Ale."

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Photo of chugalug06
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very nice large foamy tan head. Brew is very thin black color. Some nice spotty lacing too.

S - Lots of killer vanilla and chocolate. I'm not picking up on many any Chilies...but, they're there, they just lie low.

T - SMOOTH. Drinks like a Milk Stout. Awesome for the collaboration. Very vanilla, almost too much.

M - Heavy carbonation. Thin bodied. Zero bitterness, slight sweetness. Pretty dry, eventful.

O - Awesome brew collab... I've heard good things about terrapin, good to finally try them... Worthy.

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Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Docer
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice somewhat cloudy dark molasses colored ale with a big frothy beige head that has settled to a thin spotty thicket of foam. Lace all about the glass.

Smell: (3.5)
- Very light, but good grainy smell. Oats, woody grain and light cocoa. Lovely vanilla and floral aromas as well. All together it smells light, but very good. Little burn back in the sinuses too from the peppers.

Taste: (4.5)
- Smooth creamy vanilla over a bed of light bready grain. Light cocoa, and grassy bitter hops. Nice slightly tart finish and a subtle pepper burn. Will warm up nicely I am sure. Little roasty touch, and woody earthiness. Very well balanced and light.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- Medium bodied brew which is a bit chewy and dry. Overall very easy to drink, and is well carbonated with what seems to be a killer yeast. Very small bubbles, and a perfect match for the creamy body and flavor. Little chalky.

Overall: (4.5)
- This is an impressive beer. No flavor addition overrides the other in character. It is a very well brewed beer, and very balanced... and is for a great cause. This beer represents a true art form, and mastery in brewing. It is for me, a must have.

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Photo of bcostner1
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a recent trip to Florida. Hope it makes it to Nashville...

A: Dark brown with a thick, aggressive 2-3 finger tan head. Looks delicious.

S: Mostly chocolate and malt. Just the slightest, slightest hint of chili pepper maybe? And a little vanilla. Interesting...

T: When I bought this, I was like "Cocoa? Sure. Vanilla? Absolutely. Chili peppers??! I don't know about that but I'll give it a shot..." Well, I have to say, it really works. Mostly what you get is a lot of chocolate and malt up front which gives way to subtle, smooth vanilla. The chili peppers serve just to give it a little bit of a bite on the back end that blends with the chocolate to make it taste like a bitter, dark chocolate aftertaste. I didn't think this would work well together, but it absolutely does!

M: Smooth, perfect carbonation. Drinks very easily.

Overall, a winner for sure! I would buy a couple more of these if I can find them. Reminiscent of the He'Brew Vertical Jewbelation (which is one of my all time favorites) combined with that Olive and Sinclair Chocolate element that you find in Terrapin Moo Hoo (also one of my favorites). What's not to love??

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