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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human BlockheadConey Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

240 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
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: glid02 on 09-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Imperial American Bock"
Aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels
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Photo of DucksFan16
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Copper, the color of sorghum syrup. Tan head with smatterings of lacing left on the side of the glass.
smell: Rich malty sweet, vanilla, bourbon. Decadent i mean.
taste: More of the same, though a notch better than the damn fine nose.
overall: Found this in a store Saturday and just noticed the bottled on date is near 3 years ago. Very nice.

Photo of PSG63
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Way2drunk
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lefty418
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Rhf9120
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of threeviews
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle (Batch #2, Bottled On 5/25/2012) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 glass

A- Pours a hazy copper with ruby highlights decorating the edges of the glass. The head is a 1-finger off-white, creamy head. As a matter of fact, it looks a lot like carbonated bourbon...very promising. (4.50)

S- Massive! The appearance did not disappoint as the presence from the bourbon barrel is ridiculous. Not only that, it really blends brilliantly with the aromas of the imperial bock (which is very reminiscent of an English-style barleywine). Vanilla, caramel, toffee, coconut and bourbon-soaked dark fruits (raisin, plum, apple, date, fig) (5.0)

T- Like the nose, BBA Blockhead delivers in spades. Bourbon is attacks the palate first followed by the sweetness from the imperial bock. There is a second wave of bourbon sweetness that follows which ultimately finishes dry courtesy of some tannin imparted from the barrel. (5.0)

M- Although it falls on the heavier side of medium, the mouthfeel is relatively light for such a big beer. Although BBA Blockhead is not bottle conditioned, the creamy carbonation might lead you to think so. A bit of alcohol burn is noticeable once the beer warms, but for a barrel-aged beer, the drinkability is rather high. (4.75)

O- Simply put, this is one of my favorite BBA beers (yep, it's up there with BCBS, KBS, A Night To End All Dawns and Blasphemy). Even with 2+ years of age on it, Batch #2 of BBA Blockhead is not only an amazing offering, its ageability is undeniable. Although I do still have one more bottle from Batch #1 (packaged ~1 year earlier) of which to compare, my feeling is that Batch #2 is more enjoyable due to its balance between beer and barrel (I remember the barrel tannins and alcohol heat from the initial release being much more intense, overpowering the flavors of the base beer) . I only hope that Shmaltz rolls out Batch #3 in the near future! (4.75)

Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Damn big, voluminous, tan, and soapy head with thin purple/red/black brew.

Ass ton of light crystal malt. Vanilla to the max, slightly over so. Lot and lots of barrel.

Creamy, milky, smooth, boozy, delicious. A bit rum(my) and vodka(y). Lots of heat, yet nice drink ability. Carbonation is fluid, yet still rather abrasive.

A nice brew, has to be one of shmaltz brewing best beers. Definitely recommended for the flavors and style.

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber into a tulip. Bottles on 6/1/2011

A - Dark, ruby red with an off-whiteish, frothy head

S - Caramel, Toffee, Butterscotch, sweet bourbon. Maybe slight oak, but it's not too present.

T - All the flavors on the nose come through beautifully. It's very comparable to an English Barleywine in many aspects.Barrel aging has done amazing things to the base beer.

M - There's definitely a warming presence, but it actually nice and moves the 10% along. Definitely not off-putting by any means. Slightly syrupy, but not thick.

O - More than pleasantly surprised. For the alcohol warmth and 10% abv, this drink so smoothly. Too many flavors to list and a great dessert beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Deep bronze and very hazy, with a thin white head and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Toffee, bourbon and barrel oak - malty sweet with some dry vanilla tannins.

T: Big barrel and bourbon, oak and vanilla up front. Sweet toffee and toasted caramel sweetness with the malts with hints of chocolate. Sweet in the hang with oaky vanilla and some bourbon heat.

M: Medium body, keeping in mind that this is a doppelbock. Significant alcohol heat, and fairly low carbonation sensation.

O: Enjoyable overall, but it wouldn't be something I came back to time after time. Significant heat and sweetness without much roast, hops, or something else to balance the palate a bit. Still, not bad at all.

Photo of hopkrid
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.