Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011
Very Good
198 Ratings
Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011

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.

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From tasting notes L: Pours bright dark chestnut under a frothy, sudsy tan foam collar. S: Strong cocoa and vanilla aromas. T: Vanilla and cocoa flavors overwhelm the malt creating the impression of a cloying vanilla chocolate water sweetened with malt and alcohol. Some pepper heat and vegetal taste on the finish. F: Medium light body, medium carbonation. O: Hard to finish the whole bottle and would not buy again.

 417 characters

Photo of Jadjunk
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This year's beer is a dark, complex ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers. It was inspired by a fantastic dessert that we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant. This brown ale leads with a sweet and subtle spicy aroma. The flavor begins with complex malt overtones and quickly gives way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss. Just when you thought it was over, the heat from the chilies sneaks in and coats your tongue with tantalizing heat." Brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale with Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla and Chili Pepper added. Available in 12 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy foam head of a cinnamon cream complexion over a dark brown body with soft ruby highlights. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Toasted caramel grains, bread crust malts, modest cocoa character, lesser vanilla and chili pepper aromas. Potency is moderate. 3.25

(Taste) Strong malt character, with bread malts, caramel syrups, flavorful chocolate character which overpowers the chance of picking up vanilla flavors. Finishes with toasted caramel and chocolate, with subtle chili flavor minus the heat. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly viscous, mildly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is light, generating a moderate frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy bitter. Alcohol profile is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Still a very enjoyable ale years following its initial release, Reunion Ale '11 brings lots of decadent chocolate flavor to compliment a robust malt body, although the subtleties of vanilla and chili have not sustained over the years, I appreciate the cause and the effort behind brewing this beer. You may be hard pressed to find a 2011 vintage, but the series is worth seeking out, as it is currently brewed and packaged again through Shmaltz as of 2014, but not Terrapin. 3.5

Shmaltz Brewing Company's
A Beer For Hope: Reunion Ale '11

 2,179 characters

Photo of ethanmc12
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Keene
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of SkinniePost
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jeff1973
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of mrebeka
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jaminjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jkeefe1800
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Smell is great sweet faintly spicy really setting up for what is to come. First taste is cleaner then I would've thought the vanilla comes through as sweet slight pepper on the finish. Carbonation isperfect helps the beer finish clean makes u want to take another sip.

 307 characters

Photo of kingmaker
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of lucasj82
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of LeRose
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled,into Sams glass. Poured coffee colored, compact head that stayed around. Some lacing from the thin head. Aroma was chocolate and coffee, roasted malt. Maybe some vague vanilla. Not strong. Flavor was sweet coffee leaning to mocha, toasty and smoke, a little cinnamon and nice hit of chili pepper at the end that lingers and brings a sweetness out. Did get a slight metallic taste on first sip, not repeated. Body was medium, thought the carbonation was OK. Overall liked the taste and it was enjoyable enough. The little peppery tingle lingers and I like that.

 568 characters

Photo of elgiacomo
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served at around 55F.

Pours clear dark brown to black with red highlights and a one finger light tan head that leaves some sheets of lacing and recedes to a light wispy cap.

Aroma is chocolate/cocoa, roasted malts, grain, hint of vanilla and chillies, some mild oxidation. Good strength.

Flavor starts with nice chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malts, and coffee, the chilies move in with a touch of heat, some vanilla, moderate sweetness, mild bitterness, chilies come back on the finish with some warmth and spice, but not overly hot. As the beer warms the chili finish diminishes and is replaced by more chocolate instead. Flavor is much more robust than the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat creamy and sticky, light to moderate carbonation.

Took me longer than I anticipated to try this...had it stuck away in the cellar and forgot about it. Pretty good. Never tried the Terrapin version, but I heard this one was better anyway. The chocolate is the star here, with the chilies and vanilla playing just minor supporting roles.

 1,059 characters

Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

 590 characters

Photo of davey101
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of weird that this started showing up in MA recently. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown/red body with a two finger light mocha head. Pretty tame lacing,

S - Lightly charred malts, vanilla sweetness, and a touch of chocolate.

T - Sweet malts, vanilla, and milk chocolate. The finish has the slightest hint of warmth. Maybe its due to the age, but zero pepper flavor here. Mouth feel is light to medium and well carbonated.

O - An average brown ale for an excellent cause. Quite drinkable with a hint of greatness in the form of some chili heat, but it never really pans out to very much.

 610 characters

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown with ruby hues at the edges. Two fingers of sandy-colored head settle into a thin crown shortly. Lacing is patchy and spotty.

S: Milk chocolate with a backing of chili pepper spice. Faint vanilla bean. Malt scents of bread, molasses, and a touch of caramel and toffee.

T: Bread crust and a touch of smoke up front. Rich flavors of molasses, caramel, and toffee on the mid-palate. Strong punch of black cocoa and then vanilla bean. Chili pepper heat is noticeable on the tongue, and the spiciness is felt on the swallow as well. Finishes with milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and spicy chili pepper.

M: Moderate thickness in the body. Chewy and a little viscous. Full and slightly mouth-coating. Moderate carbonation.

O: There's a lot of bold and distinct flavors going on in this beer. They're not really at odds with each other, but then they don't really seem to mesh either. The experience of drinking this beer is more a progression of shifting flavors. Almost like a flavor-changing jaw breaker or something. As a whole the beer is good, and rather tasty too. It just lacks some cohesiveness.

 1,162 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 198 ratings