Historic Coney Island has been New York landmark for generations. Known for its amusement park, beaches, the annual Nathans hot dog eating contest and now a full-fledged brewery. What started as an off-shoot of the San Francisco based Shmaltz Brewing, was bought by the Boston Beer Company. Their Freaktoberfest is a different take on the ever popular pumpkin brews, brewed with espresso beans, giving a darker appeal and lovely aromas.
This beer pours a dark amber color with swirling carbonation. A little darker than some other pumpkin ales we tried. The head dissipates almost instantly leaving no lacing behind.
On the nose, the first aroma is nutmeg with some pumpkin spice notes as well. In the background there some nice malt with subtle fruit notes. There are traces of espresso that show, but don’t lead the pack.
The first sip holds strong fall flavors, nutmeg is out in front again but the espresso makes a bigger presence then on the nose. The spice is mild but still there plays well with the medium body and smooth maltiness. As the beer warms up, the nutmeg flavors start to mellow out while the rest of the flavors come together for a different take on a fall classic.
The Freaktoberfest combines fall flavors and light espresso notes to create a decent fall seasonal. Available in 6pks, drafts and of course at the new location on the Coney Island Boardwalk before taking a ride on the Cyclone in Luna Park. This can be enjoyed with a roasted duck, spicy chili or something creamy like flan.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out of 5 Pints