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

Brewed by:
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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Photo of rajendra82
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had the Terrapin version of this beer last night, so tonight was selected for the Schmaltz version. The color of the beer was reddish brown, a lot darker than what I recall from yesterday, and the body looked a bit more cloudy today as well. The head on the other hand was much bigger than yesterday, at two finger thick, and was much more durable. The smell of the beer today was a lot less chocolate laden, and actually featured coffee and cinnamon much more prominently. The vanilla was quite hidden in the nose. The taste was more coffee driven as well, although the chocolate was quite noticeable as a second flavor. Cinnamon was much more aggressive here than the Terrapin version, and the vanilla much more muted. The body felt a little thinner than the beer from yesterday. There was astringency, but it was more of a steady feel from the beginning to the end, rather than a turn from sweetness to it, as was the case yesterday. I commented yesterday that the beer felt more like a Schmaltz offering than a Terrapin release. Oddly the one today, that was actually from Schmaltz, felt closer to the Terrapin Wake N' Bake beer. Isn't collaboration great?

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Photo of Amalak
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. A very dark brown--to almost black--color with a big foamy, light-tan head and good lacing. Some bubbles can be seen on the edge, but it's thick and opaque.

S. A bit of cherry and a smokey coffee scent. The burnt scent is strong.

T/M. Very flavorful and refreshing brew. It is smokey and full bodied. Carbonated but not overly. A hint of cherry and chocolate.

O. It's extremely flavorful, but kind of lacks direction. Nice, but in small amounts.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I happened upon Reunion '13 at Goebel in Wichita, KS. They had several cases that just arrived so I figured what the hey, sounds good. I've been mostly underwhelmed by coffee-laden brews over the years and this one is really no different for me. It looked great in a Euro nonic glass with its dark mahogany-brown body crested by an barely tan two finger head. Lace was scant. Coffee always takes over the nose as this one does, hints of dark choco malts coming through. Flavors of roasted coffee beans are the main attraction overshadowing everything else with dark chocolate and vanilla barely making themselves known. Never detected the cinnamon at all. The beer feels fine, medium bodied and nice smooth carb. With the coffee curbed down some, this might be great.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown with perhaps a reddish hue, head remains around edges, some lacing.
S: a toasty roasted backbone with coffee and nutmeg and maybe some clove. Wonderful aroma
T: much like the smell, but there is also a nuttiness (hazelnut? pecan?) up front before the coffee taste comes in
M: mild bitter coffee ending that has a slight dryness (think its the Terrapin side)
O: I agree with previous review, a solidly complex brown that is tending towards the stout range. Will have to have this again.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown appearing black in the glass with a dense lightly tanned head. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Great aroma, cinnamon, coffee and chocolate all going on here. Reminds me of one of the aztec hot cocoa's. Dark fruits come out as it warms up. Dont get much hoppiness.

T: As anticipated from the aroma there are some real nice coffee notes. Chocolate smoothes things out nicely adding a bit of stout character. The cinnamon isnt as dominate in the flavor as it is in the aroma.

M: Full body with mild carbonation. Has a nice creamy aspect to it. Finish is clean not leaving much stickiness.

Overall this is really good for an American brown ale. The flavors are complex and blend nicely together. Certainly worth picking up.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark brown that transcends to near black as beer fills the glass. Khaki head sticks around for awhile, leaving bits of splotchy lacing here and there.

Mm-hmm, that's nice. Smells like a Dutch breakfast of sweet poffertjes, drizzled with stroop syrup and dusted in powdered sugar. Chocolate and espresso are also present.

Sweet caramel and slight vanilla bean up front, a lot of chocolate, faint cinnamon spice, and a dry bitterness in the finish. Hints of coffee, brown sugar, and molasses present themselves after a few more sips. Fairly well balanced, alcohol is unnoticeable.

This reunion ale is full bodied and anything but boring, a pleasure to drink. My only complaint is the lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, apart from that this is quite a nice brown ale.

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Photo of teromous
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This beer is not the same as the one brewed last year. The old recipe contained cocoa nibs, vanilla, and natural flavors. The new recipe has cocoa nibs, vanilla, and coffee. I feel it is important to distinguish that the vintages are not 100% similar.

A: The body is a dark brown color, with red hues where light shines through. The head is a creamy off-white color. It leaves some spotted lacing on the glass.

S: I get a strong coffee scent, with a bit of chocolate in the mix. Nothing else comes through for me. It is nice smelling though.

T: It tastes like I'm drinking a mochachino. I seriously get a ton of coffee and chocolate flavor out of this beer. It's very delicious. I don't pick up any of the cinnamon or vanilla that is mentioned on the label. It's crazy good though. I highly recommend it if you enjoy sweet coffee drinks. This is hardly even beer. The only reason I don't give it a 5 is that I'm not getting any of the other flavors or even much "beery" flavor out of it.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and finishes relatively dry. Very smooth and subtle carbonation. It works well with the beer.

O: Overall I highly recommend the beer. As always it's hard to tell how the beer will end up next year, but this year it is fantastic. The beer doesn't need aging at all, so feel free to drink this delicious coffee chocolate bomb fresh. I would buy it again.

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