Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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 Butterworth
4.75/5  rDev +25%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MeowTom
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Super dark Amber, I mean it would be on par with a porter or so. I mean it has to get a score of about 24 on the SRM chart. Has a very lovely head on it that stays around for a while.

S- Lovely chocolate, malts, and chili notes there. It's not crazy intense with power, but once you get your nose in there it is so intense with complexities and fullness that I'm glad I can't smell it 2 feet away.

T- Malty chocolate flavors with fruits coming through the longer I sip it. I mean there is a lot of things happening with this beer that it is an experience in itself. The one thing I notice is that classic Shmaltz brewing yeast they have that seems to come through in every beer they have in some little way or another.

M- Heavy medium body that makes it a sipping beer. There is still a heavy alcohol tinge that once you exhale your first sip it just lays there in the mouth. I have aged this bottle about 10 months I think maybe a little longer would done something for it. It's only 7.3% but still feels more.

O- Wonderful beer, I really like all that it has going on. It feels like a good break from a lot of DIPAs and APAs that I have been drinking lately with the complexities in malts not hops.

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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 Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tumbler.

Appearance: The beer poured a tiny head that reduced pretty much to nothing. It is a dark brown color with some vision when at the bottom of the glass when put up to the light.

Smell: a lot of sweet maltiness here, some mocha, a little spiciness from the peppers, dark fruits, vanilla, and almost has the same scents as a dark ale. Interesting.

Taste: Very interesting here. Vanilla and spiciness from the peppers are the most noticeable up front. Mocha is there too

Mouthfeel: smooth, spicy, full bodied, some burn to it, medium carbonation, and a very special beer on the palate.

Overall: Not a shabby beer for a ABA. Chili peppers are a nice addition, but for some people it could be much. I enjooyed the spice and happy to have gotten this from volunteering the EBF in Boston back in February.

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

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Dark brown color, 1cm tan head with a few minute's worth of stability and minimal lacing on the glasses' surface.

Smells of a roasted malt, dark chocolate, and just a hint of licorice and vanilla.

Tastes of all the elements from the nose and also has a brief lift of spicy chile heat on the finish, some mineral hard water finish aspects, and some interesting root beer-like flavor moments. Overall, plays out like a mole sauce with not quite enough chile heat to counterbalance the chocolate.

Medium body and carbonation level, soft and smooth texture.

My obligatory complaint about this one is that the chile aspect is underwhelming. It needs some more spicy zest to really shine IMHO. As it is, is tastes and presents like a beer version of a slightly flawed mole sauce. If only it were a perfect mole sauce...

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of yamar68
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber to McDonald's happy meal mug, circa early 1990's:

Pours like a thick root beer - dark brown body with some hazy clarity, topped with a loose light brown finger of head.

Kind of takes the direction of a brown ale on the nose... milk chocolate malts, a bit of hard water character, some fresh cream. No chile presence which is disappointing for me, but it doesn't detract from the beer that it is.

Rather nice. Those peppers actual provide a bit of chipotle smoke that compliments the chocolatey brown ale profile. Super smooth. No bite at all.

Glad I tried this one. I wish more bombers of this quality were priced similarly.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DocJitsu
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with red highlights in the sun. A foamy, taupe colored head forms quickly and stubbornly lingers. Aromas of toffee, white chocolate, sorghum, and wood. The mouthfeel is viscous and smooth. Sweet flavors of chocolate and sorghum occur first. The bitterness of fresh chili pepper and coffee acidity compliment the hop finish. it's ok. Not super. I was excited to try it, so I was a little let down.

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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark earthy brown pour with 2 fingers of densely packed cream head. Not much retention, but very nice lace.

Nose is more about cocoa than Terrapin's version. Chiles come through, but behind the nibs.

Taste is sweeter and less abrasive than Terrapin, but not as rich and chocolate-filled. Light hops in the finish do make it through the chiles.

Medium bodied and actually rather light.

Overall, I'd give the edge to the Terrapin version - but not by much.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of zeledonia
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle to compare it to the Terrapin version (which I really liked).

Pours very dark brown, but clear with mahogany tones when I hold it to the light. Massive, frothy, cascading, dense light tan head. Excellent retention and big clumps of foamy lacing. Even when my glass is almost empty, there's still a thick layer of foam on the surface. Doesn't get much better.

Smell is dominated by the chili pepper. Behind that, I can find some faint grassy hops, but the sweet malts that ought to be the showcase of a beer like this don't really come through.

Taste is lighter on the chili, but still isn't doing it for me. Once again, the malty flavors just aren't there to the degree I want them to. Bland, slightly nutty malts, followed by grassy mildly bitter hops, accented by a pinch of chili. Oh, and what about that cocoa and vanilla mentioned on the label? If I can taste it, it's only as a light rounding off of the flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel is quite pleasant. Medium-bodied, carbonation that kicks up and fades away exactly when I want it to, and a smooth fluffy finish. I like it.

A decent beer, but all those funny additives don't seem to come through. I liked the Terrapin version of this beer a lot better. Appearance and mouthfeel are top-notch, though.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown, leaves a finger tan head.

S - Right away, vanilla and chocolate hits your nose. Very pleasant sweet smell meshes well with some of the darker fruits.

T - The beer doesn't follow the nose with sweetness. Typical brown ale but sways when the cocoa and vanilla comes up. Slight warming effect from the chili peppers.

M - A bit light here. Good carbonation but a bit too watery.

O - A very interesting imperial brown ale. Could be better if the mouthfeel was bolder. But, all in all it was a pleasant drinking beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of t420o
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schmaltz/terrapin reunion 11

Dark imperial ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, and chipotle peppers

A- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger mocha colored head that rests atop a medium brown body. Leaves ok lacing 3.5   

S- coacoa, dark chocoalte, vanilla, molasses, peppers, other spice, peaty smells very good I like the balance of sweet and heat 4 

T- wow this beer has a lot going on! First it's a vanilla/chocolate mixture, a wave of peppers hits in the middle and it finishes with a vanilla/chocolate/ caramel/pepper mixture in the end. Not spicy at all which i was kind of hoping for. Abv is hidden very well.  It is actually quite pleasant and enjoyable. 3.5

M- good mouthfeel but the carbonation is a bit much 3.5  

O- a very interesting and quite good veer that I enjoyed. Great effort on making a unique brew. 4

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Mild overall. Sweet and roasty dark malt. Lots of molasses.Cocoa and spicy pepper.

Appearance: Pours pitch black. Huge light brown head. Lots of sticky lacing. Great retention.

Taste: Cocoa, coffee, some bitter roasted malts. Sharp citrus hops. Mild spicy pepper. The aftertaste is of semi-sweet chocolate. Mild vanilla. No alcohol can be detected.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Mild carbonation. Syrupy and oily, a slight drying sensation. Spicy.

Overall: Not to style (of course) but interesting. Not very bold. Could use more dark/roasty malts. Is a very pleasant brew nonetheless. The best part is the chocolate at the aftertaste.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2011 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 198 ratings