Coney Island Human Blockhead - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by biboergosum:
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
650ml bomber. Gotta love Shmaltz's labels and themes - they rival Lagunitas and Sherbrooke on the fun scale for beer available around here.
This beer pours a crystal clear, dark orange brick amber colour, with a hefty three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy pale beige head, which settles at a veritably snail-like pace, eventually leaving some broad chunks of sudsy lace around the glass.
It smells of heady caramel malt, warm toffee, concentrated orange juice, brown sugar, earthy, leafy hops, and a subtle bit of booze potential. The taste is heavy bready/caramel malts and burst-through, new whiskey-like alcohol up front, a raisin and fig fruitiness, a certain ashy mustiness, and citrusy, leafy, earthy hops. The warmth in this 20-proofer can be sensed from start to finish, but is not overbearing, just like a comforting blanket against the intrusive cold (I imagine - it's damned near 30 degrees Celsius right now).
The carbonation is fairly mild, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, with a rather pleasant overall smoothness. It finishes well off-dry and weirdly crisp, whether from grain or alcohol, it's hard to tell, but the moderated sweetness is certainly here to stay.
A big boy beer, all right, and obviously pushing the limits of the style. Bocks can be 'imperial', sure, but I'm getting hints and effects that transcend doppelbocks and come closer to English barleywines - funny what agreeably drinkable booze bombs will do to a guy. Anyway, I don't think this, despite its full flavours, should be consumed in quantity - in case you start thinking of emulating the titular profession.
Serving type: bottle
06-06-2009 23:19:02 | More by biboergosum
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I picked up a bottle of Shmaltz's Coney Island Human Blockhead last month for $5.33 at Toskey Sands Market. I've never had any of these Coney Island beers from Shmaltz and I thought It's about time I finally give one a try and I thought I would start off with their Doppelbock, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.
A- The label looks good, I like the freak show theme to these beers and the artwork looks good. It poured a nice hazy mahogany color that took on more of a copper/ruby hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness that had a molasses like aroma to it followed by loads of malts that impart some sweet malt, caramel malt, brown bread, and toffee like aromas. Up next comes light alcohol aroma followed by a big dark fruit aroma that seems to stick out the most in this beer. This beer had a good aroma that was true to style, but it was still pretty damn sweet smelling..
T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a molasses like flavor to it followed by loads of malts that impart some very sweet malts, caramel malt, brown bread, caramel, toasted, and toffee like flavors. Up next comes some sweet alcohol that is fairly noticeable and It's followed by a pretty nice dark fruit flavor with no single fruit seeming to sticking out the most. On the finish there's a light earthy flavor that might be from some hops and there's a medium amount of bitterness with a toffee, malty, and dark fruit like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but the sweetness holds it back a little.
M- Not that smooth, sticky, rich, a little boozy, slightly cloying, creamy, full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel, but it wasn't as smooth as I would have liked.
Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style, but the sweetness was about a step higher then it needed to be and it got to the point of being slightly cloying and that held this beer back a little. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't that smooth, it was a little cloying, a little boozy, a little filling, but the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think half a bomber is the right amount for me, a full bomber might start to wear on me towards the end. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style and it was and the appearance, I thought they were both pretty good aspects. What I liked the least about this beer was the high sweetness, I know this style is sweet, but this one went a little overboard. I might buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I think it's priced nicely but It's not the type of beer that I would buy on a regular basis. I would recommend this to fans of the style or people who don't mind strong and sweet beers. All in all I liked this beer, but I thought it was a little rough around the edges, if the sweetness was toned down a little and the alcohol was hidden a little better then this would be a pretty great Doppelbock, but as it stands now it it's nice, but not great. Nice work guys, I'll have to keep my eye out for more beers from this series.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2013 04:50:11 | More by StoutHunter
3.66/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger bock glass
This was an above average, not flavorless (actually full of flavor) doppelbock that aimed a bit too high with its ethanol content and was less than what it could have been as a result. The ethanol detracts from the intensity of the malt flavors, diluted the intensity of the bread crust, caramel, and dried fruit aspects of the beer. At $6 for 22oz, I'd probably opt for a German import instead of trying this out again.
Pours a 2.5cm tall head of tan-colored foam, made up of small, dense bubbles that create a frothy appearance. Retention is above average, lasting about two minutes, descending to a thick ring around the glass and a moderately large island of residual lace resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, but not excellent, some thin patterns and scattered dots and lines cling to the insides of the glass. The body is a dark amber-brown color, with light bringing out lighter reddish-amber hues. Carbonation is visible through the mostly transparent body (20-30% opaque), moderate in number and activity.
Aroma is fairly mild and subdued, without serious agitation, for a beer of this malt intensity and ethanol level. A bit of toasted bread, Maillard reaction-based caramel-like sugars, dried dates and brown figs, fairly heavy after significant agitation
Front of palate pulls in deep toasted bread, caramelized sugar flavors resulting from Maillard reactions, dried dates and brown figs, brown sugar, slight bourbon or whiskey notes. Mid-palate of rich, toasted bread crusts, Maillard reaction products [giving a caramelized sugar flavor], dried dates and brown figs, fairly obvious ethanol yielding a whiskey or bourbon character, and slight bitterness from ethanol or hops. Back of palate picks up fairly strong ethanol, followed by toasted bread crusts, Maillard reaction products [giving a caramelized sugar flavor], spiciness from ethanol or hops, and hints of dried dates and brown figs. Aftertaste of lingering ethanol, toasted bread crusts, caramelized sugar flavors resulting from Maillard reactions
Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a smooth, slightly foamy, though mostly sluggish mouthfeel. Ethanol easily felt in the nostrils and on throat, an unfortunate reminder of how better this beer could have been with a lower target ABV. Closes dry, with plenty of stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.
Serving type: bottle
08-22-2013 06:12:58 | More by falloutsnow
2.95/5 rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a pokal-like tumbler in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.
A- Frothy lookin' mother. Four-finger light brown/cream head atop a ruby body. Dirty looking beer, not in a bad way. I've been drinking too many white-topped IPAs lately. Retention is middling with some spotty, fluffy lacing.
S- Caramel malts, definite notes of alcohol. Whiskey in character, but not lacking some dark fruits and other well-rounded notes. Trying to describe this beer is a little tough. Molasses, brown sugar. Sweet and boozy character. Well-rounded, nice aroma.
T- Booze bomb! Tastes like a shot of whiskey. Oh boy. Warm malts and a sickly sort of medicinal flavor as well. Not a fan of that. Fruits aren't as obvious here.
M- Thick and creamy feel. Dry, sticky finish.
O- Really lost me on the taste. The cough medicine doesn't do it for me. It brings the beer down majorly.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2013 22:58:18 | More by Murrhey
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A - Pours a lighter amber with a huge 2 1/2 finger offwhite head. Extremely good retention and nice lacing.
S - Very nice! Its a very nutty malty aroma. It also has a slight earthiness to it
T - Lots of caramel! Nice malty sweet beer with loads of flavor. Good finish too. Its slightly bitter. A nice contrast to the sweet start
M - Great heavy beer. Extremely creamy. Good warming sensation from the 10% ABV
O - Wonderful beer! Very smooth for the ABV. Worlds of flavor in this beer. If you're wanting a good malty beer this is it!
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2013 12:41:03 | More by Goosehunter75
Coney Island Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.