Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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.

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Photo of nassaubeercop
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- Dark brown to black with a 2 finger white head which dissipates pretty quickly leaving a 1/4 in head and leaves some lacing.

S- Vanilla and cocoa and a touch of spice.

T- Dry with chocolate, caramel and a little salt. A little spice burn in the back of the throat.

M- A little thin but with a butterscotch stickyness on the roof of the mouth that lingers as an aftertaste.

O- A good beer I suppose, even though the beer had a lot of flavor, those flavors were subtle. I prefer something a little bolder.

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Photo of wscaffe
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A - Dark brown in color with a light tan head. Leaves a bit of lacing on glass. Head slowly dissipates.

S - I expected a lot more on the nose of this one. I get a pleasant roast aroma. There is some chocolate and vanilla as well. The chili aroma is present but very slight. I also get some coffee and caramel aromas.

T - Wonderful chocolate malty backbone that is more evident as the beer warms up. A perfect amount of chili that lingers on the palate but not in an unpleasant way. I get some toasty biscuit flavors as well. Definitely not like any other brown I have tasted before. The vanilla is there but not very intense. Both the vanilla and chili complement the chocolate flavors well.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Definitely a well balanced beer.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. I expected a little more out of the vanilla and chili but they were there. A very interesting take on a brown ale. I would drink this beer again but probably wouldn't go out of my way to hunt it down. A great collaboration beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two and a half fingers of light brown foam on top of a black body with some clear, amber highlights. The head settles fairly slowly and leaves nice rings of lace on the glass.

S - Dark, sweet malt with notes of caramel, toffee, and lots of molasses. There is also a spicy quality in the background with cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.

T - Dark caramel and molasses up front with a little bit of cinnamon. Some bittersweet chocolate comes out in the middle with a surprisingly strong note of vanilla. The brown, sugary malt intensifies in the finish with more molasses and some dark, rye bread character. Lingering toasted malt and dark caramel coat the palate in the aftertaste with vanilla, allspice, and nutmeg notes.

M - A somewhat thick body, moderate carbonation, and a surprisingly well balanced finish.

D - I was a bit skeptical going into this; dark, spiced beers are not usually my cup of tea. However, this is surprisingly pleasant for what it is. The spices and dark malt are on the edge of overwhelming the palate and becoming cloying, but they manage to just barely avoid getting there. The vanilla is a nice touch that seems to help brighten things up a bit. Very nice, overall; I might even consider cellaring this if I come across another bottle.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours medium brown hue with hits of orange, slight haze, and a whispy beige head.

Smell -- Bland. Some roast malt, cocoa, and vanilla. Really no chile character to speak of. No off-flavors are detectable, but there's just not much going on.

Taste -- Medium roast malt, some cocoa sweetness. The vanilla and chile are both incredibly faint, and indeed there is really no chile heat. Well-made, but ho-hum for a chile-infused beer.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. It works.

Overall -- Snooze. Nothing distracting, certainly, but for something with so many flavorful additions (cocoa, vanilla, chiles), this is such a ho-hum beer. After having a locally-brewed chile-infused brown ale, I had high hopes for this beer being the one to change my opinion of both Smaltz and Terrapin, but this was not the case. Sometimes more really is more.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this today, even though I was slightly scared to try it. My only other time I've had any kind of pepper in a beer was yeti w cayenne peppers, and I thought it was horrible. So here goes.

Pours dark reddish brown with a 1 inch head. Looks creamy as it pours. Smell has a lot of pepper on it, which is scaring me. There's also an obvious vanilla smell, as well as the maltiness of a typical brown ale. The taste however, very vanilla forward, yum! Followed up by creamy chocolate, and the finish is more vanilla backed up by just a hint of spice from the peppers. The peppers are there, but definitely not the main aspect of this beer. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Fairly creamy. Very nice balance. I'm impressed and a bit shocked. This is quite tasty. I didn't expect this much vanilla. Really glad I picked a bottle up.

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Photo of aasher
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find this one. It has to be the first time that anything Terrapin related has been distributed in Indiana. The bottle says that it is "A Dark Imperial Ale brewed with Cocoa nibs, Vanilla, and Chilipeppers". That's enough to hook me in. Also, the bottle says that this is 7.3% abv, not the 8.5% abv listed on BA.

This one pours a medium bodied chestnut brown in color with a really nice and creamy dark khaki head. It pours like a medium bodied brown ale. The aromas are soft and more subtle than I imagined. You get some soft and creamy light chocolate with a light, dark malty sweetness with a hint of vanilla. You don't get any spice at all. The flavors are interesting as well. You get some nice smooth chocolate but I'd say that Vanilla is the dominant flavor in this one. It isn't like barrel aging vanilla either. It's more of a vanilla cream, almost like coffee creamer. You get some light chocolate from the dark malts and a light pepper aspect in the finish, ala Chocolated Oak Aged Yeti. I expected more pepper but otherwise it's a refreshing combination of chocolate and vanilla. I don't know that I've had another beer that featured vanilla in such a manner before. It drinks very smoothly and has a nice blend of flavors. It's a solid beer and for $8.99 I really can't complain.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up a few weeks ago. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Solid brown, with a near black nature. Light is still visible when held to a lamp, so it still falls well into the "brown" category. Head is offwhite, and head is a good 2 fingers. Lacking and retention is quite low, even nonexistent after a few minutes.

Nose is a mix of the roasted malts and chocolate, accented by a faint heat from the chilis and a small bit of vanilla. Was expecting more, but still a great nose. As it warms, the roasted chocolate and coffee malt nature of the beer really shines through.

The taste starts off as a brown, with a nice flourish of roasted malts with coffee and mocha notes starting off the show, but quickly moves into the chocolate base to the beer. The cocoa nibs are the biggest player without a doubt, adding a near chocolate milk flavor in the mid body. The vanilla and chilis only accent, adding a touch of heat to the finish, while the vanilla bridges the two together. Yet, it is still a brown ale, with a solid bit of roasted malt throughout. The finish is a resurgence of malt, with a bit of heat from the chilis. Roasted coffee and earthy finish. A bit astringent, though not harsh.

Mild carbonation with a very clean mouthfeel. Light bodied and a very nice brown ale quality about it.

Overall, very well done. Surprised at how well they married the flavors. I would not expect this one to hold up well with age, so might as well drink while its fresh.

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