Reunion Ale '12 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reunion Ale '12Reunion Ale '12
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WastingFreetime on 08-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
245
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.93%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark tea/cola color, with a big tan head of foam.
Aroma-Chocolate , vanilla notes
Taste-Cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa-spicy sweet and creamy. Better-than-average Brown. good beer. Good cause.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A finger of head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt and milk, pretty nice.
The taste is great. Chocolate, spice, roasted malt; lots of borderline sweetness but maintains a good balance.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Pretty good.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another year, another collaboration between Shmaltz and Terrapin. There are two versions of this beer, each brewed at either of the two breweries (The producing brewery is indicated by being first on the billing order on the label and by the color of the foil top). This review is for the version of 2012 Reunion Ale produced at Shmaltz.

"Dark Imperial Ale brewed with cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and vanilla." says the label. So this is not a chile beer like last year's Reunion Ale was.

Pours out a dark brown with a 1 cm skim layer of tan foam that lasts for several minutes and has mild lacing properties.

Aroma is a blunt beating about the face made mostly out of equal parts fresh cinnamon and musty earthy dark chocolate. As it warms up, lighter amounts of smoke, vanilla, and black coffee appear in the nose.

Flavor starts out as a brief yet strong hit of woody cinnamon sticks that quickly shifts to a semi-char malt and dark chocolate / dark fruit-underpinning combination. Vanilla nuances are wispy and thin, but the ever-present cinnamon sweetens up somewhat by midsip to provide good counterbalance to the black coffee finish. Fleeting glimpses of herbal and earthy garnishes are present from time to time.

If I had to pick something to criticize, it would be the sluggish carbonation which makes the lighter body actually present as closer to medium body on the tongue. There is a bit of a mineral aftertaste to the finish as well, making me wonder if this was made with hard water.

I'd recommend trying this one if you really like a lot of cinnamon flavor and aroma in your dark beer, because the cinnamon is the featured star in this brew.

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Photo of AleHunter805
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Glad to finally sample this cool collaboration.

A: A rich, dark brown with a one finger tan head that dissipates slowly. Curtain-y sticky lacing.

S: Coffee strong, followed by dark chocolate and cinnamon. Picking up a hint of vanilla, too.

T: Follows nose with a sweet, robust feel. Coffee really dominates. Spices work in nicely.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: A great brown ale. Goes down easy.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a fun collaboration for charity with terrapin, and the 2012 has held up well. looks awesome in a beer mug, churning tan head tops a turbulent clear brown liquid with just a smattering of yeast particulate settling out. creamy rich nose like a milk stout, sweet, and retaining a lot of vanilla and cocoa, while the cinnamon is relaxed and just a complimentary addition. sweet brown malt is the base for a very flavorful ale. vanilla all the way through, but it doesn't add any unneeded sweetness. again, the cinnamon is soft, and the cocoa sort of fleshes out the beer with a bitter earthy bakers chocolate complexion. there is a lot going on here, but I admire the balance as well as the cause here. full bodied and candy sweet at the start but finishing a lot more reasonable. enough carbonation to keep it moving too. a nice winter beer that can definitely handle a year in the cellar.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass:

A: Quite dark body, creamy, long-lasting head.

S/T: As the bottle describes, so it is: Cocoa nibs give a very dark chocolate base, but there's some significant dose of vanilla beans, and some cinnamon. The combination gives off something of a false coffee vibe. It's particularly strange in that the flavors don't really seem to mesh at first, but really hit one after the next. Ultimately, as it warms up, they blend pretty well, and it ends up being quite rich. A little on the sweet end, with a touch of an alcoholic burn, but still with that bittersweetness from the nibs.

M: Moderate cream, but with a touch of a burning finish.

O: Weird, weird beer. I'm glad I tried it and am unsure how interested I am in having it again. It's an interesting flavor combination that I at least would normally associate with whiskeys. I would have expected a beer like this from DFH, and I think if it were slightly less rough around the edges, and if the flavors meshed quicker, it could really be something special. Overall, still good work by two unique breweries.

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Photo of Etan
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a murky mahogany with a large off-white head.

S: Heavy cinnamon in the nose, but it's pleasant and not overpowering. A tiny bit of maltiness detectable underneath.

T: Cinnamon, dry and slightly bitter roasted malt, mild caramel, slight vanilla. The nibs and vanilla become more palpable as the beer warms.

M: Light-bodied with active carbonation.

O: I liked the cinnamon quite a bit, but more body and balance would have benefited the beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malt, nuttiness, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of toffee, vanilla, caramel, toast, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malt, clove, and light pepper. Lingering notes of vanilla, toffee, chocolate, toast, cinnamon, and light pepper on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors with a good amount of robustness. No cloying sweetness at all after the finish. Flavor was not as robust as I expected for 8%. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial brown ale. Nice flavor balance and complexity; very smooth to drink with no cloying sweetness. Seemed a bit weak for 8%, but was still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Reappropriated
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall this was a pleasant beer, one that I would never turn down, but probably not one that I am going to go out of my way to find either. Poured from 22oz bottle.

The appearance was a nice dark brown, with off white head. The immediate aroma of chocolate and malt, with hints of spice. Appearance and smell were both very good.

Taste was good, with immediate cocoa and chocolate, which lingered to the detriment of other flavors. I enjoyed the immediate chocolate, and at the very end the vanilla would push through, but the cinnamon got lost amongst the overpowering chocolate. It was enjoyable, and maybe with age the cocoa would mellow a little allowing for more of the other favors to push through. The beer is a bit thin, but overall a pleasurable experience.

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Photo of darktronica
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a finger of fluffy bubbles that leave plenty of lacing behind. As one might expect, this is now smelling a bit past its prime... I get some vanilla and malt, but also some mustiness and a wee hint of butyric acid that is pretty off-putting for the style and additives. If I push past the bile, the first flavors I get are chocolate malt balls and almond extract. Quite sweet up front, but this fades to the background with later sips, which start to rediscover the ghost of cinnamon past, alongside a bit of tobacco and leather. Not worth holding onto any longer, but an interesting ageing experiment.

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Photo of hackmann
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black body with a half finger tan head

Aroma: their inspiration to make this beer was a dessert and it smells like a tasty one at that. To me I am thinking – cheese cake with some vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon on top – oh, maybe tiramisu. Whichever it smells very good.

Flavors: just as tasty as the nose, nice chocolate with a touch of coffee, roasted vanilla bean, dusty cinnamon, lightly toasted malts, a hint of hops on the back of the tongue – light spice

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, almost creamy, sweet but not in your face sweet, lingering cinnamon and light bitterness

To the Point: very interesting, liquid dessert beer style, I could not handle the Sweet 16 but this I would buy again because it is unique.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours nice rich chocolately brown with a huge 3 finger hazelnut fluffy head.

S: Big chocolate aroma. Bitter coco, vanilla, cookie bready-ness. Sweet chocolatey smelling beer.

T: Follows the aroma, chocoately on the palate. Has a slight coffee undertone and is a nice tasting beer.

M: Nice and velvety, though lacks in the body. Its a bit thin for what I'd want. Its the body of a porter in a stout looking beer. The lack of body really detracts from the beer and makes me wishing it were thicker. Could have been an excellent beer, but just ends up being decent.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of gratefuld
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CCutch
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SoberPhobic
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of KJabo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
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