November 9, 2011

Shmaltz Coney Island Freaktoberfest Ale

Shmaltz Coney Island Freaktoberfest Ale (2011)
Autumn Seasonal (Limited Release)
Brewed and Bottled by Shmaltz's Brewing Co., in Brooklyn, NY. USA
12  fl. oz / $2.99 USD / 6.66% ABV

Check out that pink head, eh!?
About the Brew: "Beer creeps and lager freaks! Arise and taken possesion of this bewitched offering of the season crafted to lure your spirit’s deepest rapture. Conjured to exorcise the grim horrors of the armies of soulless drafts everywhere. Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Rye, Wheat, Dark Crystal, and CaraMunich 40. Hops: Columbus, Northern Brewer, Crystal, Willamette, Fuggle and Centennial."

Appearance: This weird ass beer poured redder than the devil's dick(!), with a light pink head that was frothy as hell and stuck around to taunt me.
Aroma: Strange brew. The smell reminds me of the taste of this pistachio ice cream I once had that was primarily vanilla and had no mention of cherries anywhere on the label, yet tasted just like cherries. After the beer warmed I got an alcoholic strawberry-banana smoothie type deal.

Taste: Malts and hops with some dried no-sugar-added cherries. Wheat. Hints of sweet creamed corn. Overall it's sweet but not too sweet, bitter but not too bitter. The sweet and bitter seem to be battling it out here. The bitterness is coming out on top, but not by much... it's still pretty damn sweet.

Mouth-Feel: Little foamy with a smooth yet tingly flow.
Finish and Overall: Aftertaste is like a cherry cough syrup. It's a gimmicky beer, but I like it. The color really impressed me and frightened me at the same time. But it had a certain taste that I was looking for at the moment, not funky at all, nor too fruity. It may look weird and act weird, but it's decent enough and kinda cool looking. I just hope it's not poisonous. Or do I? Muahaha...


J.M. said...

This looks like something I need to try... and soon! Damn it, of course I wouldn't get around to looking at your blog until the liquor stores were closed. Fuck everything, haha. But, sweet idea dude!

Anthony1138 said...

I've had this a few times and really don't like it. The color is awesome, but that's about it. Like you said, it's a gimmick. Some of their freak beers are OK, but in general I'm not a big fan of Shmaltz. Their gimmicks are better then their beers.

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