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Coney Island Human Blockhead - Shmaltz Brewing Company

Coney Island Human BlockheadConey Island Human Blockhead

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266 Ratings

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%

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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Photo of Rayek


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter, Blockhead pours a hazy toffee color. A small cream head falls quickly to a thin film and leaves no lace.

This beer is very sweet out of the gate. Brown sugar, caramel and bittersweet toffee do most of the work. Bitterness is light and peppery. Alcohol helps the balance and adds both a bite a heavy warmth going down. The body is syrupy, yet light for this much alcohol. The carbonation is very soft.

Blockhead is more Barleywine than Doppelbock in my book. I'm glad I had it, but it doesn't really fit its style.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 03:22:36 | More by Rayek
Photo of Redsoxnation


4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 00:51:40 | More by Redsoxnation
Photo of DrDemento456


4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:03:37 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of chugalug06


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice clean off-white foamy head. Brew is cloudy amber color. Some nice lacing, nothing exciting.

S - Some grape and banana. Vanilla too.

T - Weird... Not like most doppelbocks... Drinks a lot like a BA IPA.

M - Slightly too much carbonation... Heat is slight. Bitterness is there, but more sweet then bitter...

O - Not quite the beer I remember from GABF, but still good. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 19:41:12 | More by chugalug06
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with 1/2" of head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. Smells of sweet caramel and toffee malt. Taste is sweet malt, mostly toffee and caramel with just enough hops for balance. A little yeast and dark fruit is also noticeable. The alcohol warms this beer and cuts the sweetness making it dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is warm, full bodied, and very smooth.

This is probably one of the better Coney Island beers. A nice take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:17:32 | More by tdm168
Photo of ADZA


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red copper hue which leaves a very creamy two finger head with a few dimples and stays with also sporadic lacing,the smell is sweet caramel and toffee,honey,boiled candy and marzipan,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and a touch resiny with tastes of sweet toffee,marzipan,resin coated piney hops,candied oranges and finished with a nice twist of grapefruit and caramel and overall for me this was abit of a suprise packet as its not totally true to style but thats how coney island rocks and yeah i would buy again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 04:48:44 | More by ADZA
Photo of bluHatter


2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Thick muddy/cloudy red, poured with a healthy head, strong lasting lacing. It looks like it means business.

S: Apple, heavy booze, caramel

T: Hard booze, bitter, strong rich hops. Malty finish. It tastes a lot stronger than the stated 10% ABV on the bottle.

M: Good carbonation, thick, harsh

O: This one is a bit difficult to drink. It comes in a big bottle, so come prepared with someone to share it with. Sipping lager that feels like driving a nail into your head. Always fun!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 23:04:37 | More by bluHatter
Photo of BeerManDan


4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a above average Imperial Almerican Bock Ale. Poured with a medium amount of tan foam. The smell or roasted malts and mild hops, with a hint of sweet candy and alcohol was evident in the aroma. The taste of sweet roasted malts, mild hops and a hint of alcoholic sweet candy put a nice buzz if you are on an empty stomach. Still a nice balance of compontents.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 23:47:08 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of enzocc


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium brown color, with an standard head.

S - The first kick is the alcohol, then honey wheat with some roasted barley.

T - Roasted barley, honey wheat, a hint of nutty. you get notice the alcohol.Dark sugar with some fruits.

M - Starts balanced. not so watery and not so heavy, but at the end leaves you with an sticky sense.

O - Not my style of beer, first Doppelbock I try. Has a lot of body, big flavors with a crispy feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 18:09:07 | More by enzocc
Photo of shand


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After enjoying the -bal aged Human Blockhead so much, I had to try out the base beer. Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint. This hit the shelves of the local beer store after the -bal aged, so I know it's a fresh brew.

This brew pours a nice deep red-amber color crested with a nice head that retains very well. The aroma is a bit muted, but primarily consists of nutty roasted malts, with a bit of sweetness and dark fruits. The taste is good, it's quite a strong beer with strong sugary, nutty malts and a decent amount of hops and dark fruits. This is quite the huge lager. The mouthfeel is nice, it's a thick brew with a nice amount of carbonation. The drinkability is also very good. Overall, this is a very enjoyable lager. I'd recommend picking a bottle up.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 03:03:36 | More by shand
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 3" slightly yellowed yead. Body is a clear dark reddish amber. Smells of medium malt and light hops. Taste is far bolder than I expected, almost more of a Belgian tripel than a lager. In fact the only lager aspect to this beer is the crisp finish, otherwise look, smell, and most of the taste seem like some other beer entirely. Still, it's a good beer, and I always like the funky Coney Island poster style labeling from Schmaltz.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 11:52:30 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

happened to find this on tap one day at a local beer bar (from notes)
A - Clear amber, creamy tan head, lacing all the way down with each sip
S - Strong buttery toffee, leafy and piney hops, along with some alcohol heat
T - Nutty and molasses malt dominate, fresh leafy green hops, black licorice, earthy and spicy finish
M - balanced smooth feel for such a high octane brew, drying out with the alcohol on the finish
O - unique and big in flavour, very impressed, I'll likely try a bottle to see if its any different

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 04:51:51 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of jdense


3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle from Fred Meyer Hollywood PDX, shared with neighborhood beer buddy in Chimay chalices 7.21.11.

Light amber brown body, small trails of tiny carbonation rising from off center of class when examined closely, one finger white head, medium dissipation with acceptable lacing. Big hoppy presence in the nose, a lot of floral note along with Northwest hops, grapefruit, and a bit funky ryeish aromas to boot. Taste is really hoppy for the style, perhaps to much so, despite big malt bill this is a hop monster, the Hallertaus dominated. Mouthfeel is medium, pretty dry finish due to use of oats, and way, way boozy to drink more than one. An interesting take on the style, though far outside parameters of traditional Dopplebocks,, good value for ABV, but this was just too boozy to be enjoyable. I had a hard time finishing my glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 14:48:44 | More by jdense
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a brownish color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A sharp smell of malt, caramel and alcohol.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Some caramel, lots of malt, and a sugary element. The alcohol was definitely noticeable, which is a bit of a turn off. Not a bad flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a prickly, kind of hot finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer does have some drawbacks (e.g., the alcohol presence), but is an alright brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 12:08:30 | More by avalon07
Photo of SDtastentune


4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why does the bottle say brewed & bottled by Saratoga Springs, NY and here its from California?

Anyway on to the review..

A - Lighter saddle brown/tan, not much head or lacing.

S - Kinda brown sugar, toasty bread with hints of alcohol.

T - Taste is interesting.... Up front is a balanced sweet alcohol'ish slightly malty thing goin on, Almost a little smoky but not. Aftertaste is bourbon like alcohol malty/kinda smoked.

M - Medium/more carbonation and great aftertaste, a little on the hot side.

O - Overall a good interesting beer, not sure on the style because the bottle says lager, and BA says dopplebock? Nice hints of malts, alcohol, and some smoky sweetness

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 23:12:58 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Macs, bartender told me this was an "imperial black", hmmm.
Very amber pour with an off white head. Sticks ok.

Aroma, a bit boozy. Behind that is very malty, burnt brown sugar, some oak, earthiness.

A nice malty blend of caramel, toffee and some cocoa. Earthy peat, light vinuous fruit which is amplified by the booze.

Mid bodied and nearly creamy carbonation. Very warming, a bit hot really.

The booziness really held this down for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 01:59:04 | More by Bung
Photo of jgurley


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine World. Medium brown with a finger of head and good lacing. Too cold to have much on the nose. Good dark fruit and malty flavor with a crisp finish. Very drinkable for the ABV. This will be a go-to when I'm at Wine World. I liked it. I drank two.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 04:38:07 | More by jgurley
Photo of Pencible


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear mahogany with lots of tan head.
S: It smelled like honey wheat and prune and raisin, with some roasted barley and sweet caramel.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and raisin and honey wheat bread, with some roasted barley. It had a bitter metallic aftertaste with lots of alcohol.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had a fantastic smell and nice taste, and ok body. But it wasn't very clean, with a harsh aftertaste and lots of alcohol, so it wasn't very easy to drink. Age may help mellow this out. Maybe a lot of age. Fresh it really wasn't bad, but it was quite rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 21:29:02 | More by Pencible
Photo of unibrew

New Hampshire

4.72/5  rDev +29%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 23:18:39 | More by unibrew
Photo of dtreindl


3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At 10%abv you can't expect a light refreshing beverage. But this one seems to strive to achieve the feeling of the human blockhead on the label, with a nail in his face. Because this lager has a strong feel of alcohol fumes and an unpleasant bitter aftertaste that overwhelms any good qualities I might have otherwise noted about this beer. The good front-end flavors disappear before you have a chance to savor them.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 23:40:19 | More by dtreindl
Photo of lonestar4lunch


4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red/orange with a head that quickly disappears. The aroma is of sweet malt and booze.

The first sip is a slight punch in the face of malt and alcohol. I really enjoy taking a big whiff of the beer and then enjoying a sip. There is a light toffee that carries over from the aroma to the taste. This would be great with some pork just to throw that out there.

The finish is clean and very mellow. The booze is somewhat strong but I am really enjoying this. With the label I guess I was expecting something a bit different but this did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:41:00 | More by lonestar4lunch
Photo of Mitchster


4.43/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 00:29:00 | More by Mitchster
Photo of MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 19:30:52 | More by MAB
Photo of metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that slowly faded away.
S: The smell is very malty and has notes of alcohol, caramel and raisins in the aroma.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell except that the alcohol is well hidden. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and spiciness in the finish; the initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Warming from the alcohol is present in the finish.
O: This beer seems to resemble a hybrid between a doppelbock and a barleywine; this characteristic and the high alcohol content make it beer to sip next to the fireplace on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 00:54:17 | More by metter98
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red, finger of beige head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Dark fruits followed by caramel, toffee and a touch of citrus hops. The ABV heat is detectable on the nose.

T - Much like the scent, the dark fruity notes come through along side the caramel and toffee. Quite sweet indeed with some molasses and black licorice flavours also detectable. Touch of espresso is oddly detectable on the finish. The ABV is reasonably well hidden, though could come across as a bit rash.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth, especially given the ABV heat.

O - A very tasty doppelbock, full flavoured and unique. Goes down smooth and smashes you in the face. I would definitely order this on tap again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 17:04:16 | More by andrenaline
Coney Island Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.