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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Shmaltz - Coney Island Freaktoberfest

Dead Soldier
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Coney Island Freaktoberfest
Shmaltz Brewing
New York, USA
Est. 1996 (5757 Hebrew Metonic Cycle)

Brain Damage Quotient = 6.66 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 22.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Bloody, bright red color.
Main smell of malts; caramel right up front with a bit of hops
Ruby red body with a funky pink head.  Leaves slight amount of lacing.
Syrupy sweet malt and hoppy taste. Leaning more on the malt side.
Medium bodied mouth feel. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
There are beers for every season and this autumnal season is no exception to the rule. Generally speaking, fall brings us two traditional staples of seasonal. The first is a Marzen/Oktoberfest style which are characterized by being easy to drink, for the festival it's named after. It has a little more kick than your average lager, but still easy to drink.

The second style falls into the fruit/vegetable category.  Yes sir, that would be the pumpkin beer. I refer to pumpkin beers as the Grateful Dead of beer.  You either love 'em or hate 'em. Take it or leave it. Just don't smash them.

The conundrum is that Shmaltz has made a little devil of a witches brew and invented their own niche among the fall selections. Oh, I'm talking about Freaktoberfest. Devilishly good at 6.66% ABV, this one has been salting away in the mortuary cooler for just the right occasion. That's no coincidence on the ABV. Nor the fact that it has 6 different malt and 6 different hop varieties packed inside, according to the label. Not to mention the bloody red color! They planned it all to be that way. Wicked, just wicked!

So while some beer may have a season, how many can say that they 'own the day'? Huh? Hmmm? Muahaahaahaahaaa! Buaaahahahaaahaaa! Muahaha! This is no Oktoberfest nor is it a pumpkin. 

Freaktoberfest - - - get your bony hands on some and enjoy it while you can, my friends! A trick for your eyes and a treat for your taste buds. Now...I'm off to scare the kiddies!

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