Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.9/5 rDev +21.3%
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)
06-04-2014 23:29:38 | More by threeviews
4.23/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
05-26-2014 04:10:36 | More by chugalug06
4.74/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
05-16-2014 01:22:23 | More by ThrewRedButter
3.89/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
02-21-2014 01:49:49 | More by macrosmatic
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
A clear brown
S sugary sweet figs
T fine aged port or sherry, figs, grand marnier
M light yet assertive
O this sh$t is good if you like boozy beers, much akin to English Barleywine. Sweet oxidazition, sweet sherry ala Lees Harvest Ale in cask
Big beer lovers rejoice in the Coney Island , He'brew style>>. Gadol, If you can find it.. From Beers of the World expensive case- aged at $12 per 22oz bomber. dopplebocks are good IMHO, and under appreciated. Limited release, enjoyed both bottles. Highly recommend to BIG beer lovers of barrel, booze and malt with finesse. Hop lovers look elsewhere.
Shalom and lights out. I enjoyed this bomber after an 2013 Parabola with the vivacious and enthusiastic wife. Flavor held up well to the RIS initial tasting.
12-22-2013 04:04:31 | More by Jjski
2.45/5 rDev -39.4%
From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 2012-05-25 (batch 002/1002)
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glasss
I have a new recipe for ruining a beer style: put it in a bourbon barrel and "imperialize" it. Coney Island's Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead takes the doppelbock and performs this service on it, resulting in a high-ethanol, massive bourbon-shot, cloying piece of work. The best I can say about the beer is that it looks attractive and has a slightly pleasant aroma. Otherwise, I found this to be an overly ethanol heavy, bourbon mess of a doppelbock, not one I'd ever recommend or seek out again.
Pours a 2.5cm head of beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, yielding a slightly frothy, slightly sponge-like appearance. Retention is a bit better than average, the foam lasting about 1.5 minutes in a decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and small islands of thin foam atop the body. Lacing is adequate, a few larger dots and splotches cling to the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a dark amber (red-brown) hue, with light bringing out a brighter shade of the same amber color. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.
Aroma primarily of bourbon and fairly potent ethanol, the sweet caramel, melanoidin, and chocolate characters of the base doppelbock are largely subsumed by the substantial bouron and ethanol aromas.
Flavor is of heavy bourbon-infused caramel with sharp, very noticeable ethanol: the flavor is a combination of these enough to be cloying. Front of palate finds strong bourbon with sharp ethanol and backgrounded caramel malt and melanoidin characters. Mid-palate of continued strong bourbon and ethanol, with slightly more prominent caramel malt and melanoidin characters, very faint cocoa and vanilla (either from malts or ethanol). Back of palate primarily of harsh ethanol, with hints of slightly buttery bourbon. Aftertaste of ethanol and lingering bourbon, with slight caramel sweetness.
Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a slightly foamy (1/4), mostly smooth (3/4) mouthfeel. Ethanol is easily felt burning the nostrils and back of the throat (no mere warming here!). Closes dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.
11-12-2013 06:53:40 | More by falloutsnow
Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.