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Coney Island Geektoberfest - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Coney Island Geektoberfest
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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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1/5  rDev -72.4%

02-18-2012 17:35:37 | More by chrispoint
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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

07-09-2013 23:26:41 | More by DonFrap
Photo of redsoxfan73

New York

1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

03-16-2013 20:05:59 | More by redsoxfan73
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-05-2012 18:49:07 | More by acurtis
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

12-18-2011 20:31:02 | More by 13esd
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-07-2012 14:35:56 | More by nmann08
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-16-2011 01:44:43 | More by HopStoopid120
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-06-2012 01:24:40 | More by JAHMUR
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-18-2013 19:13:24 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

10-29-2010 22:45:12 | More by mothman
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

04-27-2012 14:52:01 | More by claspada
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

10-04-2011 19:43:17 | More by david18
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-11-2014 00:53:55 | More by DrunkinYogi
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-17-2012 08:27:24 | More by facundoCNB
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

A - This beer pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. It has a small light tan head on it. The head has decent retention and leaves some specs of lace on the glass.

S - It smells sort of like a sour brown ale up front. There are notes of caramel, grape, figs, nuts, oak, vanilla, and some booziness.

T - The taste starts off with some roasted malt and some sour brown ale. There are some flavors of dark fruits, caramel, wood, and vanilla. The aftertaste has some roastiness and some sourness.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes pretty easy and has a pretty smooth quality to it. There is also some sourness and a bit of warmth at the finish.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down pretty good, and I could drink a few in one sitting. Overall, I think this is a pretty good beer and I am thankful that I got a change to try it.

06-20-2011 04:39:40 | More by JizackFH
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

02-07-2011 04:22:23 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +3%

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.

09-21-2011 23:46:43 | More by dragonWhale
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2013 21:23:33 | More by MenardMa
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-23-2013 20:49:22 | More by Kimbo1318
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-17-2013 04:42:15 | More by trev120
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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

16oz blue DeCicco's growler into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear very dark brown body with a finger of coarse dark tan head. Not too bad, but I'm not excited by it.

S: Plenty of Brett jumps out right away, followed by some acetic sourness, some vanilla, some chocolate, and some roast. Nothing really stands out, but there's a lot of interesting stuff going on. Kitchen sink beer indeed...

T: Everything from the nose shows up, with an emphasis on the sourness (some lactic character joins the more acetic notes from the aroma), as well as oaky vanilla. Enjoyable, but a bit muddled.

M: Smooth medium body with light carbonation. A little sticky, and not lively enough to balance this out.

D: Not great. Glad I shared even a small growler of this.

Notes: Big thanks to HopStoopid120 for throwing this in as an extra during our recent in person trade - it wasn't the drainpour you made it out to be, Tony, but I can see where one could get that impulse. While there were moments of brilliance where the oak and sourness really worked well together, the incongruous melange of maltiness really kept this experiment from being more than the sum of its parts. I can't help but wish that this one had been limited to the CL and Ithaca beers, since it was only the sourness and barrel notes that kept me the least bit interested, but the array of big malt-forward beers blended with them completely overpowered some of the more nuanced characteristics.


11-21-2010 15:19:57 | More by woosterbill
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

11-07-2011 02:19:24 | More by pmlondrigan
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-09-2014 21:48:47 | More by Griffith
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-05-2012 22:19:58 | More by nickhiller
Photo of hoppymcgee


4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

10-21-2010 01:34:57 | More by hoppymcgee
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Coney Island Geektoberfest from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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