Reunion Ale '12 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

Reunion Ale '12Reunion Ale '12
BA SCORE
78%
Liked This Beer
3.92 w/ 245 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by WastingFreetime on 08-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
245
Liked:
191
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
11.99%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
Trade:
1
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Photo of Goobastic
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 2012 Reunion Ale release pours a dark mahogany brown color. It’s dark, but isn’t opaque. Backlighting reveals some burgundy and garnet highlights throughout. A soft, tan head tops it off and stands about two fingers tall. Retention was pretty. It held firm at the surface for a while. Lacing was on the lighter side. Looks good!

The nose is good. It would benefit from just a little more strength, but it is good. It kicks off with a really nice chocolaty, cocoa scent. It does smell a little sweet. Very light roasted notes are present. Coffee is in the mix and complements the malts really well. Vanilla comes through nice and strong and adds nice depth. I am getting a little cinnamon, but it’s subtle and very much a secondary feature. Alcohol is blended well and isn’t all that noticeable.

The flavor is impressive. The chocolate flavor is nothing short of delicious. It is a little sweet and has an excellent cocoa flavor. There’s a touch of coffee. It’s somewhat subtle, but has a big effect. I like it. Vanilla is a bit sweet, but works with the cocoa and chocolate flavors really well. This is tasty stuff. Cinnamon is a little more pronounced in flavor. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t add a whole lot. Just kind of there. Alcohol is noted, but isn’t overly strong. Finishes with a nice mix of chocolate and vanilla. Good stuff.

Reunion Ale has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Feels a little too thin. More body would be better. It’s not bad though. It’s tasty and definitely goes down easy.

I really like this collaboration between Schmaltz Brewing Company and Terrapin Beer Co. I’m a little surprised by how good it is. Its only real problem is that it’s a bit thin for a beer of its size. It’s good stuff. Grab a bottle if you see it.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8% ABV, '12

A - Clarity shines through the inky black beer while it's poured, but certainly not after. This dark beer creates a tall tan head rather quickly, and as the loud bubbles pop, the foam leaves residual lacing draped down the glass.

S - Robust, warm, and inviting, this unique aroma captures many different aspects and gently blends them together for seamless interaction. Roasted malt, along with the cocoa nibs give the brown ale an upfront chocolaty presence with milk chocolate-like smoothness. Caramel drizzled toast is sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar with just a hint of vanilla coming through the finish. Earthy, musty undertones give the beer it's uniqueness, separating it from other spiced brews and very light alcohol warmth enters as the beer warms up.

T - While the nose seemingly showcases chocolaty sweetness, the flavor takes an abrupt turn and compliments the aroma with the bitter side. Roasted malt and dark, bitter chocolate are completely welcome throughout the beer, though a rather stark comparison. Natural vanilla compliments the chocolate notes well as does the dash of cinnamon in the beer. Finishing with the earthiness found in the aroma, Shmaltz and Terrapin have come together for quite a unique beer!

M - Reunion Ale '12 is a medium-full bodied beer that features enough carbonation to keep the flavors and feel running together to develop a thick, throat coating texture. This dark ale is predominantly roasted with bitterness largely overtaking the sweetness that opens through the aroma but finishes dry and very nicely.

O - Beer brewed for a good cause always wins, no matter the outcome, but it's particularly the case with Shmaltz and Terrapin's Reunion Ale collaboration. This strong, dark brown ale piles a unique collection of ingredients onto an already big malt base for a bold-yet-delicate beer that changes with every sip. This is a perfect treat for those cold fall and winter days when a spiced and chocolaty beer with a little oomph is necessary.

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Photo of cvm4
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark cola brown, one finger tan head with little to no lacing.

S - A lot of vanilla through the nose along with some dry chocolate.

T - Bitter chocolate to start off. Cinnamon abounds and melds with sweet cocoa. The finish is chocolatey goodness.

M - Body is medium along with low carbonation.

O - Much better than last year's. I'm loving this collaboration. The flavors meld together wonderfully.

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Photo of stumac
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinkin this with my corn dog. Pours up nice dark browny colored with a radical khaki dome piece. Not too much lacing. No worries mate! I smell crazy fragrances of cocoa up front, vanilla bean, subtle coffee and toffee, caramel. Very dessert-like. Tastes spicy. Not like a pepper but like Christmas...er.... I mean Chanukah. Same flavors as the aroma. Just with that lil hazelnut pop. Muttled cinnamon. A lil low on the carbo. Pretty smoothe. No trace of booze. L'chaim!!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip.

A - Poured medium brown, settled dark brown with one finger of fluffy light brown head.

S - Roasted malts followed bya heavy does of vanilla and cinnamon. Chocoalte is buried in the background behind the other elemetns of the beer. Very sweet overall.

T - Massive hit of sweet vanilla up front, followed immediately by a spciy cinnamon kick. Base beer is very much secondary but shows up mid-palate along with a lighter cocoa flavour. Fairly sweet overall. The finish has a lingering cinnamon kick.

M - Medium body, creamy. moderate carbonation.

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Photo of apocalypsezombie
1/5  rDev -74.5%

Photo of leaddog
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark chocolate brown with a finger width of creamy mocha head.

Smell- Cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, roasted malts.

Taste- Starts off with dark cocoa/chocolate taste followed by vanilla, a bourbon-esque flavour and roasted malts. This has an excellent balance between bitter and sweet notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and rich.

Overall- A rich American Brown Ale with well balanced flavours and a hearty body. A nice twist to the brown ale style that makes it like a dessert. Perfect sharing beer for the fall weather.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Mahogany brown color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and plenty of irregular lacing is left.

4.0 S: Flavor explosion of everything listed on the label. Lots of cocoa, even more cinnamon, and just as much vanilla. Can't really smell anything else besides a moderate neutral maltiness and perhaps a touch of toastiness. In any case, it smells good.

3.5 T: Cinnamon is the most aggressive flavor in the taste. Cocoa and vanilla aren't far behind though. Moderate sweetness, caramel, light toastiness, and a mild bitterness. It's tasty, but it isn't "beery" enough for me.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess, but otherwise smooth.

3.5 D: Good beer if you are in the mood for a combination of bold ancillary flavors. Otherwise, just decent. Drink when you are burnt out from the typical.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Etan
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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 alienesse
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of lupercmda
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of KJabo
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Better classification: Imperial Brown Ale.

A - Pours very dark brown with 1+ finger of frothy tan head. The head fades slowly and leaves behind some splotchy lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark malts, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla with some hints of coffee and molasses.

T - A cascade of flavors which changes from start to finish but which are nicely mixed. The cinnamon and vanilla are prominent throughout, with dark chocolate appearing quickly. Chocolate with hints of molasses and coffee are evident in the finish and carry into the lingering aftertaste. Ultimately, I am left with a slight bitterness in my mouth from this otherwise sweet ale. Rating may be closer to 3.75 than 4.25.

M - Medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - A fine sipping ale. Sweet enough to work best after a meal. While I liked the substantial vanilla and cinnamon, these are on the border of overdone for my taste and they do mask much of the underlying malts -- this may be a turn-off for some beer geeks.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Beaver13
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours brown with ruby highlights and a medium pillowy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate with some cinnamon and sweet floral vanilla.

The flavor is nutty roasted malts with lots of cinnamon and slight chocolate and a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, interesting but the flavors didn't really come together for me - a bit of an acidic mess.

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Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally opaque dark brown almost black pour with a two and a half dinner light beige head. Lacing is excellent.

Cinnamon right off the bat. Vanilla and dark coffee. There is a touch of chocolate in the end but quite minimal at this temperature.

Decadent chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and what tastes like a bit of mint. It tastes like a liquid brownie. Very good, very rich.

Medium to full body, good carbonation. Slightly sticky on the lips.

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Reunion Ale '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78% out of 100 with 245 ratings
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