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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:
Beer added by: getalife2k5 on 06-23-2008

"Imperial American Bock"
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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red color with a thick, foamy tan head. Nice malty aroma here, caramel, brown sugar and maybe raisin. On the palate, a little bit of alcohol dryness, but mostly sweet biscuity malt, caramel/toffee and a smattering of dark fruits. A nice strong lager, maybe a cross between a doppelbock and a barleywine. Nice.

Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nice crystal clear ruby/amber color. Nose is slightly malty. Flavor is dark fruit and some alcohol burn. $6.20 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a semi-transparent warm brown - definitely appetizing. Strong aroma is spicy, malty and slightly yeasty, calling for at least a taste. Spicy, fruity and malty flavor is mainly cinnamon apple and quite pleasing. Sharp, tingly texture leaves a spicy, bitter and yet sweet finish.

Photo of 1759Girl
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance> reddy gold. Tiny head, no lacing. Looks very average.

Smell>Citrus, hops, pine

Taste>Bizarre. Like a boch that's been infused with all sorts of things. Complex for sure. Interesting. Started quite crisp and lemony, but then pine and herbs as it gets more malty. Strong cinnamon and allspice finish.

Mouf>Easy, though a bit more carbonated than I like. Almost "burpy" to use a techincal term.

Drinkability> Sure, it's a good beer, but I'm not sure how "interesting I want my amber to be. I couldn't have more than one or two.

Photo of theghost3
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish copper with a 1-finger off-white head.

Smell is citrus hops with malts and a hit of tobacco. The taste is strong of herbal hops with mint, malts, spices and artificial cherry. Mouthfeel is carbonated, full-bodied.

This is a sipper for sure. Very strong hops and very filling.

Photo of ccrida
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was billed as mix between doppelbock and IPA! Served on draught in a tulip, Human Blockhead is a chill hazed ruddy chestnut with a tight egg shell head leaving nice lace.

Smell is malty, sweet wort, a bit nutty, a hint of clean alcohol, like an English barleywine. Hops?

Taste is also very malty and sweet, nutty, definitely bock like, but I'm not getting any hop character. Maybe the pub was wrong on the description...regardless, it's strong but smooth, a nice raisin / special B character like a BSDA.

Mouthfeel is dry and spicy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is not bad. Pretty flavorful, but a touch hot, making it a enjoyably tasty slow sipper, one of which is plenty.

Photo of Kahlyle
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into an oh so frosty mug. Very excited to see the dark, syrupy amber flow from the bottle and accumulate a nice tan head. Not too foamy though, and not there long. Sparse lacing, though the frosty mug might make a difference.

Don't mind if I just get right to this elixir. Smell is wonderful. Not your typical one-sided red... there's character in this here brew. Maybe it's just the booze that's slowly sinking into my bloodstream?

Instant sweetness at first taste, reminiscent of an easy-drinking barleywine. After a few sips one recognizes the overall fun points this beer is scoring. Finish at the back of my throat reminds me of burnt BBQ sauce on grilled chicken. Mmm, smoky. Perfect poultry pairing.

Not for your average Beer Blockhead. Enjoy this one slow.

Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick viscous red colored beer. A close look shows significant chill hazing and a small tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with vanilla custard and herbs as the main smells. There is one scent here I can only describe as tobacco. There are hops in this but malt dominates.

Starts out sweet and very malty and a little alcohol sting. Lots of plum and fig flavors, this is REALLY more of a Barley wine considering its thickness and alcohol level. Yeah it's a figgy malt bomb.

Mouthfeel is thick, really too thick for something not a Barley wine or imperial something.

Not a bad beer but it IS a bear of a beer too. Sweet and thick with a powerful alcohol punch; this is more Grizzly Bear that kitten.

Photo of AutumnTwilight
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Barbara's at the Brewery, Downtown L.A.

Looks beautiful in the afternoon light, kinda reddish burnt sienna color with opaque sandy looking head.

nice gamey nose with a lot of burnt sugars. smells almost like a doppelbock.

Malt city!!! Deceptive hop character with a strong whiff of boooze. oh wait, now I taste the hops on the tail end. Lovely flavor

Good/average mouthfeel. Clean finish

hard to believe it's almost 10%ABV but it will lay you out if you're no careful. So yah, I guess it's drinkable.

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 SShelly
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at vedugo release.

Big malt and some light hops in the nose.

Pours a clear dark bronze/brown with low fluffy head.

Taste is like a toned down samiclaus with more hops, fairly smooth finish, damn this gets boozy when warm...hard to keep drinking after about 6oz.

glad I tried it but probably not again.

Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beer,the style could be in a few different categories.Poured a deep rinch bronze with a one finger sticky slight off white head that clung to the stein like glue.Boozy fruit aromas stand out most with just a passing iron note.Whoo the alcohol really hits ya from the onset on the palate,fruit and boozy is the best way to describe it, with a slight caramel edge,its flavors are decent and the mouthfeel is nice and full.This beer is dangerous,the sweetness is anticing,but man as it warms it gets to be a headache inducer,a good name for this beer.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber, with 2 billowy fingers of light tan colored head. Retains with a big frothy look that leaves thick rings of lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet and thick in the nose, with a load of tangy smelling caramel and toasted bready notes. Fruity citrus flavors and some earthy floral character freshen this up some.

The taste is even roastier feeling, with toasted malts mixing with sticky sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar. Hops contribute some bitterness to this but mostly dole out a healthy dose of herbal notes and fruity citrus. Roast, spice, and dryness linger on the lips for a good bit after each sip. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharp creamy prickle to the carbonation, yet this stays smooth in the mouth despite the biting flavors that are present.

I guess that this is supposed to be a big Amber Ale brewed with Lager yeast but this kind of settled into more of a Doppelbock feel to me and a pretty decent one at that. Lots of thick sticky and chewy flavors here with a smooth drinkibility for the size. I could see the heaviness of malts maybe being a little too much for easy consumption of a 22 oz bottle by yourself but I split this one with a buddy and didn't have any problems.

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.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a Dopplebock, this is quite the eye-catcher. Thick and creamy head retains well over a dark amber body and leaves some good looking lacing.

The nose detects malty and fruityness with hints of dusty and earthy hops.

Sweet malts and toasted bread with drizzled caramel and toffee make up the bulk of the flavor profile. Fruit esters also join the party and along with those come an earthy flavor and some hops and slight alcohol.

Full bodied and chewy. Not too heavy for a beer this size, but could be better.

Overall not bad, but nothing too special. A decent brew to sit back and watch some basketball with.

Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Gus and Gabriels, a new haut comfort food restaurant on the upper west side of Manhattan. I guess this is supposed to be like a lager version of Arrogant Bastard or a Red Rocket. It shared some of the malty characteristics of those beers while featuring a cleanness that comes with being a lager.

Dark red color, great aroma for a lager, carbonation is a little weak.

In general, this is a good beer and part of a great series of lagers.

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 Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A semi-hazy deep amber, almost mahogany brown brew pours from the bomber into the Corsendonk classic tulip. Thick, marshmallow ivory head, full and complete sheet lace rings. Nice so far.

Almost barleywine-like aroma of malt, caramel and orange liquor. Quaff turns into an American brown, with a sturdy dose of hops mixed with the sweet, but subtle, chocolate malt shake. Damn tasty brew. No hint of any alcohol, even with this big hitter.

Another very nice brew from He'Brew, and with the $5.50 for a bomber of 10%, an absolute great buy.

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass dec10 2009

A clear reddish amber with loads of carbonation and two fingers worth of head that had a few minuets of retention and left lace where the foam existed

S lots of pine and citrus hops but caramel is stronger then both

T not far from the smell but some bread comes to play and a little sour apple, I must admit this beer confused me just a little

M thick syrup texture a high point with this beer, it has decent carbonation but not what I expected from looking at it

D I liked this beer and at 10%alc it's easy to drink a little too easy if anything

still a little confused with this one, before drinking it I thought it was a dopplebock this site has it as an American Amber/Red Lager and I think it drinks and tastes like a DIPA oh well, I enjoyed it and I guess that's all that matters

Photo of far333
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Caramel copper colored with a thick and frothy off-white head that rises up to an inch of foam and slowly settles down.

Aroma of cinnamon and ripe stone fruits, slight metallic note.

Flavor of caramel upfront, notes of malt sweetness, just shy of cloying, followed by a smokey dried leaves flavor, some cocoa and a tangy finish that borders on acrid. Hop bitterness chimes in late, and a grapefruit and piney bitter lingers. Alcohol vapors rise up later.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, slightly tannic, alcohol warmth rises up the cheeks and vapors come out the nose. Average drnkability due to the finish that detracts from the experience.

Photo of vrazionale
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a hazy, dark brown-red body with a robust, creamy, off-white head formation.

S - Lots of caramelly malt and brown sugar. Not much else going on, though. I find it to be a pretty boring malty-sweet nose.

T - More malt, but it just tastes sweet with. I can definitely pick up on the 10% ABV. Too one-sided and complex for such a big beer.

M - With such a robust malt structure, it's hard to think of any word besides "sticky" to describe this brew.

D - This is a drain pour for me, unfortunately. The malt structure would work with an ale, because the right yeasts could call forth subtle accents like fruit and floral notes. The lager yeasts seem to be too sparse for a beer this big. A big disappointment.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly good beer given the gimmicky name and label. Poured to a dark reddish-brown with thick tan head that lingered well and left decent lacing. Nose was a mix of malty dark fruits, alcohol and a slight hoppy citrus. Mouthfeel thick and syrupy with a hint of bitterness and alcohol. Taste followed the nose in mostly malty dark fruit and the finish was long and leaned toward sweet.

Had this in summer but still enjoyed it.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coney Island Human Blockhead...on tap at the Spice Market in NYC..

Appearance-reddish color with a large hazy head big thick bubbles, active carbonation.

Smell-spicy, malty, lots of hot boozy alcohol smell, peppery, lots going on.

Taste/Mouthfeel-very barleywineish, lots of alcohol, spicey and malty, heavy body, nice and smooth a good slow sipper. At the end there is a surprising kick in the tail. Nice taste.

Drinkability-smooth slow sipper, went well with the food.

Overall-a nice unique beer with a good taste, the merging of styles isn't perfect but I can appreciate a good risk.

Photo of donniecuffs
2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Poured a reddish/amber color, with a very thin head, and little lacing.

S: Big bouquet of sweetness...caramel apple, raisins, ginger, etc..in good abundance. Was intrigued to say the least to have a sip.

T: Ugh. Way too sweet, with a strong alcohol presence. The sweetness also (once again, for a Coney Island brew) gave way to sour at the finish. Different flavor sensation, but not in a good way.

M: Medium, creamy body, but no head or carbo.

D: One and done.

Photo of joejost
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 22 oz. bottle with a very cool label of guy poounding nail into head.
looks like a nice dark copper amber.
smell is spicy with alot of other things I can't figure out.
taste is not what I expected. strong alcohol up front with spicy hot tingle in the mouth.
one and done for me, but I do enjoy other Coney products quite a bit.

Coney Island Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.