Coney Island Geektoberfest | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by hoppymcgee on 10-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.


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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler. Courtesy of aparris85! Pours avery dark non see through brown color with a slight tan head that collars around the glass. So apparently this is a mix of beers between Captain Lawrence (sour brown aged in port barrels for 2 years), Ithaca (nut brown aged in Utopias barrels), and Schmaltz (4 different years of Jewbelation and Rejewvenator). The aroma of the bat is sweet and sour cherries mixed with vanilla, oak, and grape. A lot going on in the taste, maybe too much? Initially, you get sweet and sour fruit, the cherries and grape, then a wine like oaky transition that ends with a slight lingering bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and dry. For how much is blended into this it is pretty good but I think some of the flavors get a little muddled.

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1/5  rDev -73.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JizackFH
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Coney Island Geektoberfest from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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