Shmaltz Brewing Company - Reunion Ale ‘11
- ABV: 7.80%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 35
- Serving Temperature: 45-50°F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass, Mug, or Snifter
- Malts: 2-Row, Victory, Special Roast, Brown, Dark Crystal, Chocolate
- Hops: Warrior, Summit (plus cocoa nibs, vanilla, chili pepper)
This year’s brew is wonderfully adventurous: an imperial brown ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, and chili peppers. On the pour, it offers a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and a voluminous tan head. Look for a lightly bready malt character on the nose, with a mildly sweet and creamy vanilla note accompanied by a hint of dark chocolate and a light soil-like impression. On the palate: Bam! The cocoa nibs make their appearance right away, contributing a beautifully pure chocolate flavor with prominent supporting vanilla notes – leading to a dessert-like impression. The chilies provide a delightful heat that offers an intriguing extra dimension of sensation. A spicy hop note offers moderate bitterness and plays very well with the chili heat, carbonation, and a touch of alcohol to bring a counterbalance to the beer’s sweet, malty, chocolatey-ness. Richly flavored, this medium-bodied brew would make an interesting accompaniment to chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream, where the cocoa and vanilla can complement while the chili heat can contrast. Cheers to this superbly creative brew and the great cause it supports!
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