Coney Island Geektoberfest - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by pmlondrigan:
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
What a great surprise for at Decicco's! Looks black, but when light strikes it deep, deep red is apparent. Thin light tan head, looks slippery on the side of the glass, eh. The aroma is a blend of sour prune and raisin married to coffee chocolate and roast. Some acetic acid is present, a faint sting in the nostrals. Brown sugar, plum, prune, and raisin are the first flavors. Middle through the finish is a good bit sour and sharp/puckering. There is a sweetness here that really balances and rounds everything out. Barrel presence, yup. Also some roast and coffee. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy and lack luster, but luckily the big malts pick it up. 4's all the way. Solid beer with plenty of faint intricacies to enjoy.
Serving type: growler
11-07-2011 02:19:24 | More by pmlondrigan
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4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - Served a brown red color with just a thin ring of head, which leaves a touch of lace behind as it fades.
S - Aroma is full of sour cherries with some oak and bourbon. There is a bit of caramel malt and some nuttiness as well.
T - Starts off with some sweet and lightly sour cherries with some Bourbon and oak flavor. Through the middle, some sweet caramel and nutty flavors come through with a bit of funky yeast character and some vanilla. The finish is a mix of lingering tart cherry sourness with some oak, bourbon, and booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and tart finish.
D - Very drinkable. Good mix of flavors that really blended together nicely with the barrel characteristics.
Serving type: on-tap
05-24-2012 21:05:36 | More by ngeunit1
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-27-2012 14:52:01 | More by claspada
Coney Island Geektoberfest from Shmaltz Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.