Coney Island Geektoberfest - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 22.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Geektoberfest is definitely not a traditional Oktoberfest beer. It is a blend of 7 different craft beers brewed at Shmaltz, Ithaca, and Captain Lawrence. The beer has been called the absolutely most expensive kitchen sink beer ever produced. The Captain Lawrence beer is a sour brown that was aged in port barrels for over 2 years. The beer from Ithaca is their nut brown ale that's been aged in barrels that were previously used for Sam Adams Utopias. The beers from Shmaltz are 4 different years of Jewbelation as well as Rejewvenator and Human Blockhead.

(Beer added by: hoppymcgee on 10-21-2010)
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Reviews by dragonWhale:
Photo of dragonWhale
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

strong ale is a strange way of putting it..american wild I would think.
had at the freaktoberfest..2011 version.
Brown, with a quickly dissipating head, despite the foamy pour.
Day old sock aroma with some malt and raisin. Definitely funky, not smelling so very sour.
It is pretty tasty, much more brett-like than anything, though. Not super dry, definitely musty and socky separately, but the sock is pushed to the background here.
Overall, a pretty tasty beer, one of the hits at this fun event.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 ounce growler pour ($12.99, not cheap) from good ole DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY...

Pours dark, murky and deeply mahogany, The head is on the loose side, dark mocha, then a nice fine film, thicker collar and leaves quality looking fine sheeting and lace. Nose of raisins and ripe fruit. Carbonation is just right for the type of brew this is...what type of brew is this anyway?

I'm getting big, rich and chewy dark malt, dark chocolate and ripe fruits goodness. A mellow, prolonged brandy infused, funky sour wave comes in midway that gently intrigues the palate. Dense, complex, interesting, flavorful and highly worthy brew.

I really liked this stuff

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of 13esd
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of jimmy82063
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Decicco's like the other folks. Also had this on tap at the Spring Street lounge. Interesting beer the sours from the Captain Lawrence offering really come through (you can always tell the Captain Lawrence trademark taste). The finish is definitely the brown ale (Ithaca) not sure where the Coney Island piece fits in to this but that is ok. I like this and would definitely buy again. Would like to know the ABV though because it does seem to be a sipper!

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rlmartin for sharing a 32oz. growler of this from DeCicco's Market in Pelham, NY.

A: Dark, translucent brown with a tan head.

S: Caramel malts, oaky, boozy, with a touch of hops.

T: Slightly sour start leads into a barrel-aged brown ale center and finishes a little piny. The chocolately aftertaste caps this one perfectly. An interesting, multi-layer beer.

M: Lighter body similar to that of a 6-7% IPA with carbonation that neither adds to or detracts from the character of this brew.

D: I thought a pint of this was the perfect serving.

Overall, a unique collaboration from some fine craftsmen.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of nlfrenette
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, murky and deeply mahogany with a khaki colored quickly dissipating head. Minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with light sour tarts. Notes of caramel, oak, vanilla and sour cherry emerge as it warms.

The tastes begin with roasted and caramel maltiness. Immediately you then get the sour cherries, oak and vanilla. As it warms you get more of the chocolate, caramel and some dark dried fruits. The flavor profile just doesn't pop for some reason; flavors seem muddled and definitely tastes like you blended 2 beers (or more in this cade) together.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is smooth, clean, and dry.

Overall, it just seems that this beer is trying to be too much and the balance just doesn't mesh as well as I imagine the brewers had expected. I feel this is one case where the brewer's imagination may have gotten a little ahead of them. Blending sour beers with non sour ones just doesnt seem to work most often (see The Bruery Melange No. 1) If you are going to sour a beer, I have found the best ones are completely soured or refermented with Brett.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's upper west side. Not sure how I feel about this beer. A little bit of a mess as everyone else has said. It is nice to have a combination of the elements of a sour and a strong working together although they sometimes fight one another.

Color is dark brown with very little carbonation. Light barely passes through it.

Aroma is a little bit sour and filled with dark fruit and a little bit of roastiness.

Flavor also combines the sour and the strong. Sour on the front end and heavy fruit on the back.

I'll try this again but I'm not sure how much I like it.

Photo of MenardMa
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jrstamp
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of chrispoint
1/5  rDev -72.4%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coney Island Geektoberfest on tap at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Classic one-finger head, looks and tastes like Russian River Damnation. Total sour! Deep raisin color, reminiscent of an old port. Remarkable lacing.

Smell: Very sour. Old wine, stale grapes, vinegar, must. Fermented stuff. A bit too pungent and vinegary overall.

Taste: Good but not great. More sourness, grape juice, vinegar. Hand-smashed grapes. Classic sour in my book, not a fan...

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, dry and bitter finish. Sourness all around. Medium body, full flavor. Some burning booze at the end of the sip.

Drinkability: OK for eight ounces, but not more. And where are the other flavors? Those nut and brown ales and stuff? And the aged/barreled stuff? I don't taste any wood or liquor around here... disappointing.

Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of DonFrap
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

Photo of galttfwo
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of redsoxfan73
1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into duck rabbit snifter.

Pours a light layer of kahki head. Color is a caramel brown, that settles a dark brown.

Aroma: The sour brown all comes through the most. Notes of caramel, oak, vanilla, and sour cherry show. I also get a bit of nuts and the brown ale flavor. Fairly malty and sweet.

Taste: This beer seems to have a lot going on. A big roasted malt shows a lot and more of the sour brown ale. Cherries, oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and dark dried fruits. It has a little alcohol showing. I wish I could taste some utopias flavor, but I get none of that.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean, and dry. Medium to full body with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, it just seems that this beer is trying to be too much and it distracts from the base beers. I like the sour brown part, but it has the center stage in this blend. I would have liked to be able to pick out some of the other components in it, but it was hard to do so.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Coney Island Geektoberfest from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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