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December 2011

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Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2010 ~ Belgian-style Scotch Ale ~ Bison Brewing Company

Appearance: deep mahoganies and garnets. Minimal head retains a thin tan ringlet. Swirls with nothing.

Nose: ooh, definitely unique. Chocolate cake, fudge, and chocolate sauce. Dark fruits skirt the edges. Belgian chocolates and truffles. Smores. Graham and chocolate graham crackers. Dates. Black root with a touch of black fruit tannins, lightly dry and leathered.

Palate: wow – not as dense as the nose but still rich and enticing. Plump dark fruits – black cherries, plums, dates. Soft, almost cakey mouthfeel. Touch dry atop the tongue. Plumpy darkness along the edges with a tart tannic tingle which tease and entices. Chocolate weaves in and out of each detail – black, dense, and European. Delicious. Nondescript spices tingle.

Final Thoughts: a fine tribute differently equally tasty as the Terrapin collaboration. If you can find a bottle (because this beer was a onetime only release) then be sure to savor because it’s a hard job but somebody has to do it.

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(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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