Reunion – A Beer for Hope 2011 – Shmaltz Brewing Co & Terrapin Beer Co Collaboration


Reunion Ale ’11 – A Beer for Hope 2011 – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 8% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)

“Dark imperial ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili pepper

on the front-left label:

Teaming up with Terrapin Beer Co. for the first time, Shmaltz Brewing joins the tribe as a production partner for Reunion ’11. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in this venture – Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise finds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (

This year’s beer is a dark, complex ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers. It was inspired by a fantastic dessert that we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant. This brown ale leads with a sweet and subtle spicy aroma. The flavor begins with complex malt overtones and quickly gives way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss. Just when you thought it was over, the heat from the chilies sneaks in and coats your tongue with tantalizing heat.  Many thanks to all who have supported this project and have helped us honor Virginia’s memory.

Cheers – Pete & Alan


  • Style: (flavoured brown ale – cocoa nibs, vanilla, chili) Spiced Beer
  • Taste: Cocoa nib roasted sweet caramel barley malt vanilla mild chili heat dark chocolate
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, but alas it’s too late

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours dark brown with a smallish lasting 2mm foamy head, clusters of fast activity.

Nose: cocoa nib, background barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: creamy-thick, smooth bite

Mid-palate: background light acidity, roasted cocoa nib nutty, (lvl-7-sweetness), caramel brown sugar barley malt, vanilla, licorice

Finish: subtle chili heat, bitter dark chocolate exhale, residual caramelized barley malt sweetness, subtle hops.

Summary: Lots of flavours going on working in unison for a delicious cause. Interesting taste profile thought just a tad sweet. Very nice.