Coney Island Human Blockhead - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Imperial American Bock"

(Beer added by: getalife2k5 on 06-23-2008)
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5/5  rDev +37%

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Photo of bargerking
4.93/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this poured into a Chivas Regal wiskey glass from the bottle.

It poured a thick dark and deep copper. I got very little head to it. Smell was molases with a hint of spice and apple. Very inviting to drink. Taste is very close to what smell was. Spicy, malty, sweet like brown sugar. Next to no lacing. Every drink was smooth and masked the alcohol quite well. Aftertaste is a sweet malty resiny taste that lingers. I really enjoyed this beer and will buy more to put away and consume on a special day.

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of unibrew
4.72/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've passed by this beer in stores since the first time I saw it. Why? I just don't go for lager's anymore, so, I didn't really even give it a 2nd look. Yesterday, I found myself at the Schmaltz micro-micro brewery on Coney Island, and received a sample of this "lager". Now, there's no way it's a lager, but, it is considered a double bock/strong lager. Clocking in at 10% APV, it's a sipper, but, I find it hard to sip. This bomber will disappear in 30 -40 minutes. It's taste to me is somewhere between a double bock/barleywine/strong ale. No matter, it's pure deliciousness comes through. The alcohol is there, but, mostly hidden. It reminds me of the Jewbelation 14, but, at only 10%, it's not going to knock me out as fast! It's sugary, raisiny, malty, and with a touch of bitterness at the end. It won the Silver at the 2010 World Beer Championships, and deservedly so! This is my first bottle, and it won't be my last, especially for the price!

Photo of MAB
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ka-wowsa! What a nice surprise to find this on-tap at Hop In Brew last night (April 20, 2011).

Slightly deeper brown than a regular ale, this one fits the Doppelbock profile even though it was compared to a Barleywine for me by the server.

The alcohol is up front and contributes first to the sweetness and then to the mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very much like a barleywine; slightly thick and caramel-like.

Spectacular, in a word.

Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I can't believe this one isn't getting more love!

A: copper-amber with an off-white head, thin ring of retention, hint of lace.

S: Smells like a double IPA with plenty of piny hops, citrus & rind, with underlying floral, grassy & peppery spice & toffee maltyness.

T: Very resiny, piny, some citrus & rind, hints of floral & grassy hops, nice toffee & biscuity malt, assertive bitterness, warming alcohol. Hint of sulfury mineral. No fruityness or spicing from the yeast to get in the way of the hops & malt. One or two dimensional? Maybe, but one hell of a brew.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is very smooth, almost creamy; certainly some hop acidity. Incredibly well-crafted. I'd like to see more lagers like this!

D: Like hops?

Photo of Redsoxnation
4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a sucker for bourbon aged beers so this had an advantage right off the bat. The color and initial sniff are very good. The taste and mouthfeel are great. The finish puts this one in another category. Just a great beer on a fall afternoon paired with a spicy chilli.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of elricorico
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite clear brown, but shows plenty of ruby redness to the light. A finger of creamy beige head that has good retention.

Boozy to the nose, with a generous helping of citrus hops. Notes of brown sugar and caramel. A touch of nuttiness too.

Malty sweet, with hints of honey to the taste up front. There's a definite alcohol spiciness through the back half. Citric hops show up again to the tongue, giving a strong grapefruit impression. Really quite tasty.

There is a fair bit of body to this lager, not as much as a big ale would have but more than most big lagers I've had. The carbonation is quite subtle, and together the mouthfeel is quite soft and pleasant.

10% eh? That spells trouble, as it goes down far too easily. I'm starting to get more and more sold on this brewery, after some shakier first impressions.

Photo of Mitchster
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$5.99 for a 22oz bomber @ BevCo. Brewed with specialty 2 row, Munich, Vienna, Wheat, Crystal Rye, Rye Ale, Pale Crystal and flaked oats. Hopped with Warrior, Tettnag, Crystal, Liberty and Cascade. 10% ABV.

Pours out to a thick and syrupy dark amber, forming a thick yellow head with superior retention and nice lacing. Mild carbonation. Big nose of figs, white raisins, dates, mild floral hops. Mouthfeel is syrupy, smooth, clean with a huge dense body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...a huge malt body with mild bitterness, akin to a triple bock, black tea, toffee, almost rum-like. Alcohol is warming. A touch of rye spiciness. Reminds a bit of Zhiguly Grande 12 or Before-After...those odd brews from Lithuania that are redolent in their syrupy sweet maltiness.

An interesting warmer of a beer. I would buy it again, and look forward to trying the other beers in this lne-up.

Photo of Buebie
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From what I've read this is a barleywine with a lager yeast. MN just got this today, but availability will be very limited.

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Forming 2 fingers of foamy white head. The color on this is dark, almost black when looked at straight on. Hold it to light and it shines a deep dark red, almost wine like, but a bit more transparent.
Little to no lace, as most of what was on the glass slips back down into the beer.
Globs of bubble islands form a nice spot of retention.

Aromas are very much the malt bomb, with roasted chocolate grains, bits of bready rye like toast, butterscotch, fruity hops and pinneaple and just a wiff of bubble gum.
Mild alcahol at the knose as things warm up, but its subtle.

Smooth and creamy up front with just a touch of carbonation through the swallow. Its a bit slick on the tounge. Things warm up a bit into the swallow with alcahol warming becoming present, but its not hot or boozy, its just right. Quite mellow and smooth in the booze department.
Carmelised brown sugar, black tea, loads of malt, chocolate grains, more wonderful rye flavors. Its sweet, but not overly so, this is well balanced. Something like a spiced hop profile in there, its not peppercorn, its not sharp, its just modestly there, hints of grassy hops and a touch of citrus.
At the swallow hops linger and take over whatever sweetness there was, lingering a while with pine and orange rind like flavors for a good deal of time.

I had my doubts after reading some of the reviews and was not really thinking this would be a great beer. They probably like things I dont, vise versa, no crime in that.
I found this to be a terrifically complex and delicious brew. Typical of a great bock with the chocolaty grains and loads of malt. The rye was a nice surprise and was the fruityness and bits of sweetness.

This was very good and I highly recommend.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a caramel amber with high clarity. The head forms slowly, having to fight through some viscosity. Not real big, but a nice cap of light tan, with some good stick around the sides. For a doppelbock, it looks dark, rich, and tasty.

Aroma - sweet maltiness, a whiff of grain, sometimes lightly toasted, sometimes not.

Taste - big chewy malts, huge on the palate. A light roasty element is very nice. The sweetness and mostly well-hidden abv are in good tandem as the hops make their appearance. The bitterness is substantial but of minimal flavor, mostly just that alpha bitter quality. While it does do a herculean job of balancing the tremendous malt load, that's not necessarily called for in a bock. Despite that style flaw, this is a stellar doppelbock, or maybe I should say 'imperial bock'... The finish maintains some sweetness, caramel, and toasted grain.

Mouthfeel - huge body, some decent carbonation but it is well-tamed by the monstrous, viscous body.

Drinkability - superb flavor. Definitely a breathy abv-infused bomber, but delicious and worth getting a few to savor and cellar.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark clear copper brown with an ample full inch of creamy off white head that recedes to a thick lace ring. Very sticky too,

S - Dark fruits, caramel, bit of banana and a touch of noticeable alchohol heat.

T - Huh its definitely got more of a hop bite than most dopplebock's I have had, but in a way that makes it more enjoyable. Dark fruits of plums and raisins with a touch of caramel this one is enjoyable!

M - This beer is big but drinks medium bodied with no noticeable heat or burn.

Overall I have been impressed with most of Hebrew's offerings and this is yet another great beer. Best part is the bottle was around 7 bucks so I would highly consider getting it again. Very nice imperial dopplebock.

Photo of drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at a good temperature, with a nice sized, off white head that soon settled down to a light cover and loads of lace. Color is a clear, orange mahoganey. Aroma is malty, bourbon, yeast, malt, earth. Flavor is similar to nose with addition of a bit of carbonic tang and yeast. Body is spot on; carbonation good. Finish at first was sans alcohol, but towards the bottom of the mug as it warmed up, the booziness came out. Great beer! Bravo maestro!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coney Island Human Blockhead has a thick, creamy, cascading, tan head, a clear, copper appearance, and some lacing left on the glass. The head really sticks around with this one. The aroma is faint, but one detects sweet beer and brown bread. Taste is of a strong piney hop aroma, which is not picked up in the barrel-aged version of this brew. The drinker also gets brown bread, sweetness, rye spice, and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, and Coney Island Human Blockhead finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable for an imperial bock. Overall, this is a most excellent beer, and I highly recommend it.


Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Snazzy-looking beer here...deep rusted red in color, which sits under a toasted light tan head...head is soapy, a little creamy looking, and very complementary to the color underneath. A chain of lace dots stick to the glass.

Aroma: think Double Bastard if it were a lager, because you get that same big hops-meets-cherry candy malt thing, with that special something-ness that tells you it's a lager: a certain adjunct-like sweetness--although this may not have been brewed with an adjunct sugar source, no idea -- and a trace of vegetable smell. Interesting and alluring. Can't wait to taste...

Wow, my kind of beer. Just bursting with flavor, carrying its own unique personality stamp. And big. The 10% alcohol is actually pretty tame. It could be considered a bit medicinal, but that's largely the very sweet candy-like malts talking and making this seem just a few steps removed from children's cherry cough syrup. The hops are bright and floral, a bit green/grassy, which seem to spar with the cough syrupy maltiness instead of coalescing with it. Bubblegum; mint; grapefruit juice; caramel; treacle. Not like anything else I've tasted in beer-world. Weird and wacky, just like the label, and I love it. Trying to take it slow and savor every cc of liquid it has to offer.

Mouth is appropriately slick, creamy and round, gliding across the tongue and lacking any stickiness whatsoever.

Man oh man...this lager redefines "lager." Heresy to some, sure, and probably even sickening to some others...I couldn't drink this often, but I'm definitely glad to have made its acquaintance. Hail Shmaltz!

Photo of Mavajo
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/copper color with a reasonable white head that fades quickly and minimal lacing. Aroma was a bit subdued - malty, caramel. Taste again brings the malt and caramel, but both are more pronounced. Very sweet, but not cloying. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky, coating your whole mouth. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Really, really enjoyed this beer - there aren't too many lagers out there that I would consider among my favorites, but this is one of them.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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Coney Island Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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