Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For HopeReunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by teromous on 09-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, vanilla bean, and cinnamon aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and slightly acidic cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the flavors don't mesh together as well I would have hoped based on the smell.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not totally sure how much batch variance there is on these from year to year, this is only the second one i have had, and its essentially ancient now, although it obviously holds up pretty well, but perhaps with some of the additives doing better than others over time. its medium brown in color with a decent head to it, looks lighter than i remember, and has a really enticing nose of dry bakers cocoa powder and slightly sweet baking spices, not overdone at all. cocoa leads the way on the flavor, the ingredient i think thats benefited the most over time, with the cinnamon faded slightly among the oxidized grain, but its good. vanilla is hardly here at all, but neither is the alcohol, i recall this having a little warmth in other batches, quite the opposite now, its almost thin and too easy drinking for what it is. im not sure the original complexity remains, but this presents itself now as a nice chocolatey brown ale thats well carbonated and just a bit different from what else is around out there in the style. for me, the shmaltz beers have been more misses than hits, but i like this one.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 8% ABV. Nice to see these two breweries doing this for a few years now.

This beer pours a murky dark russet brown hue, with dim reddish cola highlights, and two fingers of puffy, foamy, and moderately rocky beige head, which leaves some nice layered snow rime lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of herbal dry-roast coffee beans, dark chocolate, metallic cinnamon spice, vanilla pods, a softly biscuity smoked grainy malt, bean sprouts, and leafy, straw-like hops. The taste is cinnamon-laced black coffee, semi-sweet boozy vanilla, crackery caramel malt, still rather dark and bitter chocolate, lightly smoking tobacco ash, a dry oily nuttiness, and mildly spicy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is generally tame and somewhat frothy, the body an adequately sturdy medium weight, and smooth in the face of a lingering cinnamon spiciness. It finishes off-dry, the punchy toasted caramel malt not willing to give up the ghost just yet, even with all of the concurrent coffee, spice, and dry roast.

A decent coffee and spice-enhanced dry brown ale, the remaining chocolate and vanilla guest ingredients coming off as rather innocuous through their lack of typical sweetness. And the 16-proof booze is well integrated, always a nice thing. Worthy of trying, at the very least to support a worthy cause, and to try something relatively different.

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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear brown color with a small off-white head. It smelled of roasted malt and caramel. It had a sweet malty flavor with some hazelnut and caramel. Medium-bodied beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

A bit of a cross between a brown ale, a stout, and a strong ale.

Pours dark brown, with a tan colored 1 inch head, that settles quickly. Good lacing down the glass.

Strong cinnamon aroma on this one, with vanilla and chocolate as well.

Cinnamon and chocolate are the dominant flavors here, with a little bit of ashy smoke like flavor as well. The roasted malt is pretty bitter, which is offset by vanilla bean sweetness.

Medium bodied, wish it was a little thicker. Creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable, no present alcohol.

An interesting little beer- if it was beefed up it would be even more interesting.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Bottle from the holiday pack (a really good one this year). Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a fine one finger tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark moderately toasted malt, chocolate, cinnamon and hints of coffee, nice. Flavor is dominated by Mexican chocolate (cocoa and mild chili, brown sugar), vanilla, coffee, finishes with a moderate hop and chili finish with residual cocoa flavors. Somewhat light body for the depth of flavor, but active carbonation. This beer blew my mind when I first tried the 2011 version, and I still find it enjoyable and different. I've always had a soft spot for Mexican style chocolate and this is the closest I've come to it in a beer. Nicely made and flavorful. Different in a good way. It's nice when a beer with a purpose is also a good beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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