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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%

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"
Aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels

(Beer added by: glid02 on 09-02-2009)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 01:49:49 | More by macrosmatic
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New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 04:04:31 | More by Jjski
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2.45/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 06:53:40 | More by falloutsnow
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An immediate note: this is a properly cellared bottle, originally bottled on 5/25/2012. Due to the size, style, and propensity for aging, I feel this is accurate to give a review.

This pours a very nice ruby red. Not much head, dissipating around the edges quickly. Poured into a cleaned Boulevard tulip.

Aroma is bourbon and caramel. So hints of wood and vanilla, but mostly caramel. Suits me for a bock of any kind, and I’m very glad to see this hasn’t been hopped up needlessly like a lot of modern bock interpretations.

Taste has a light heat up front, which actually serves as a nice precursor to the darker crystal malts and bourbon tastes. You know what you’re getting into, and the heat doesn’t distract from the actual flavors. This is a terrifically well put together bock, with every flavor melding into a nice whole. It’s something of a dessert, the caramel and vanilla are amazing and the oak provides a lingering taste around the cheeks and gums.

I really dig this, and I’m not usually a bock fan. Coney Island did a spectacular job, and I’d absolutely purchase this again (was only $4 or $5 at the bottle shop too!). Highly recommended if you’re getting disappointed with the amount of BA stouts and overhopped beers on the market.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 04:54:30 | More by VincentFrey
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this just a little while. Bomber bottled on 5/25/2012 poured into a Duvel tulip. Light brown/red tinted body that is mostly clear with a three finger dark tan head. Decent retention and a little lacing.

Strong aroma of maple, bourbon, and oak. Very inviting and not overpowering.

The flavor is very dense featuring the sweet caramel malt that blends very nicely with the maple, oak, and light bourbon notes. There is a hint of fruitiness that leans toward cherry, but not is not really tart. Solid blend, if a little on the sweet side for my personal taste.

Very thick mouthfeel that hides the alcohol very well. Glad I sat on this for a while, because I had heard the alcohol was potent. Aging it for a while definitely takes the edge off, but did not seem to detract from the overall flavor. Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 23:50:39 | More by FanofHefe
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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber bottle with a life like drawing of a man with a handlebar mustache. This man has a nail in his nose and a hammer in his hand. Behind the man is a wall of hammers and nails. Off to the left of the blockhead in a circus font is where they tell what kind of barrels it was aged in. On the neck of the bottle is another label. This where they tell you how many cases were bottled, the batch number, and bottling date. This is from batch 2 and bottled on 25 May 2012. 1002 cases were available.

When poured into a simple Pilsner glass, this Doppelbock was a semi clear dark cherry amber with some faint sun yellow highlights at the bottom of the beer. A part of me really enjoyed the color of this beer. The head of foam wasn't as impressive as the color of the beer. The initial head of foam was a tab bit over the 1/4 of an inch line. As for the color of the foam, it was a light tan color or what I like to call a dirty white color. The retention was too fast for my liking. It fizzled away into a tiny string of rings and if you're lucky, a spot or two of lace.

When the cap came popping off, out came a strong whiff of caramel, roasted malt, and charred oak. When it settled in the glass, those aromas were in there and more. But every aroma had a sweet alcohol undertone to it. Besides the strong aroma of alcohol, there was roasted malt, sweet caramel, a touch of dark chocolate, a dab of coffee, a drop of black cherry, and a little charred oak and bourbon at the end. Even though this aroma loved the booze, there was a variety of aromas in here that slightly evened out all the booze.

The taste started off tame with the roasted malt and a dash of black cherry. Immediately after the cherry, in washes in like a hurricane a strong taste of alcohol. The taste of the alcohol lasted for a while before it let anything else through. Intermingled in with the alcohol was the sweet caramel, dark chocolate, and a drop of coffee. After the alcohol had its fun in the sun, it then let through a little charred oak and bourbon. It was clearly the alcohol that reigned supreme in the taste. It the alcohol had been toned down a little bit, this would have been a killer Doppelbock taste.

This was a full bodied Doppelbock that had a good level of carbonation and an alcohol based aftertaste. Like everything in the aroma and taste, every aroma/flavor had an alcohol undertone to it. I got roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, black cherry, and some more charred oak and bourbon. This isn't one of those beers that was going to mess around. It wanted you to feel the strong taste of alcohol. I guess you can say that the aftertaste was a tab bit on the boozy side.

You'd think the year this beer was aged, the alcohol would have calmed down. Nope, age didn't do anything to the alcohol. It's actually not a bad Doppelbock. The bourbon barrel aging was a nice touch. It could have been the barrel that added to the strong taste of alcohol. The only thing this beer has going for it is that its an affordable bourbon barrel aged beer. Would I drink this version again. Probably not. Cool label though.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 00:16:07 | More by AltBock
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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz'er bottle 5/25/2012

A - Pours a "tea" color to almost brown with a one finger light tan head.

S - Caramel malts, sweet vanilla, bourbon (not overwhelming) and some dark fruits on the backend.

T - Sweet, sugary bourbon to start off. Develops into dark fruits, slight oak character and has a vanilla/brown sugar ending.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation. Really coats the mouth without being cloying or overly sticky.

O - This is a beer I always pick up if I see it. The barreling melds wonderfully with the base beer to give it though bourbon characteristics without being overpowering. The only complaint is that it can be a bit sweet to start off until one gets used to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 14:25:32 | More by cvm4
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4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2. Bottle dated 5/25/2012, so about a year on this one. Pours deep reddish brown with a yellowish brown hues head. Looks like a thick barleywine. Aroma is huge vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee and maye even licorice. Crazy nose. Taste follows with huge vanilla noted and some alcohol warmth that is nicely mellow. Bit of licorice and toffee and pretty sweet but not cloying. This surprised the hell out of me. Wow. Medium heavy mouthfeel (not quite barleywine thick) with low to medium carbonation that keeps it from being syrupy. Very impressed here with unbelievable barrell infusion.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:09:46 | More by BMMillsy
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottled on 5/25/2012. Served in a DFH signature glass

Appearance: Pours dark amber in color with 2 fingers of a light tan head.

Smell: Lots of sweet malt, caramel, bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, coconut

Taste: Big kick of sweet bourbon, raisins, figs, toffee, oak. Lots of sweetness in the finish, which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, soft mouthfeel. Medium fine carbonation.

Overall: I liked it. The barrel characters work well with the base beer. The sweetness can get a bit cloying after a while, but that's really my only complaint. Pick up a bottle if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 05:03:28 | More by Jonada
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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/25/2012 poured into Kuhnhenn tulip

Pour: Clear brown with a reddish hue and a finger off white head. Lacing is modest and alcohol legs are present.

Smell: Nice sweet caramel malts, tons of dark fruits (raisins, plums, figs), toffee, vanilla, bread notes, and butterscotch. Bourbon notes are here in moderation and do not overpower the nose. Very well balanced smelling beer.

Taste: Up front sweet, sweet, sweet dark fruits like in the nose mixed with toffee, brown sugar and caramel. The oak and vanilla are forward as well with the barrel notes just complementing everything. The alcohol does create a bit of heat and a warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Slick and pretty full. Coates the palate and lips with it's sticky sweetness. Carbonation is medium-high.

Overall: This is my first offering from this brewery and will say that this is good. Much better as it warms up, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:48:04 | More by sleuthdog
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark caramel color with strong red highlights and a tan, moderate foamy head. Big bourbon vanilla and sweet barley with hints of cherry and rye. Sweet caramel up front with vanilla, spice, oak and fruit and a lightly hoppy finish. Strong warming. Lightly slick feel and a semi-dry finish.

Great bourbon beer accenting a lot of flavor from the barrel. Light feel and smooth it’s like a low alcohol bourbon but as a beer it is certainly pretty warm. I love the flavors here and it’s a great sipper though I wonder just how much is the beer and how much is the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 19:41:07 | More by Bfarr
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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beer up for my wife since she really enjoys their Jewbelation series. 22 oz. bottle for $8 or $9, I don't really recall. I figured barrel aged, even a Bock should not be too bad. It's usually not my style but I went in with an open mind and clean palate.

Very nice lacing on the glass. I let is warm up for a little while and it really smells great! Bourbon, caramel, cinnamon, malt, some slight spice, wood and maybe a little vanilla.

Nice lacing on the glass with a sticky film for a head lasting for a while.

Holy crap, this beer rocks! The bourbon REALLY comes out nicely in this beer. Somewhat sticky, it's Slightly sweet with a wonderful flavor to it and a great warming feeling to it. This was bottled in May of last year but I don't think Smaltz 'Flies' off of shelves so I should be able to pick up some more and glad to do it.

If you can try a bottle, please do. As I stated, I'm normally not a fan of bocks, but this is seriously the best bock I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:27:48 | More by sendsilk
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4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coney Island Barrel Aged Human Blockhead has a thick, frothy, tan head, a clear, copper appearance, with bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass, and some thick, sticky lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, strong bourbon whiskey, wood, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is of the same, with some fig and dates, a slight bitterness, alcohol, and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and syrupy. Coney Island Barrel Aged Human Blockhead finishes semi-dry, strong, alcohilic, and sipper-oriented. Overall, this is a fabulous, rich, and complex beer, and I think it is outstanding!


Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 13:50:13 | More by RonaldTheriot
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2 bottle, 10.83% ABV

One of the bottles I've had in my cellar since this summer, so it felt fitting to crack it at a tasting with a beer geek buddy. Bocks are usually not my thing as I find them too sweet, but I figured if I was going to like bocks at all, something like this might persuade me.

A: An attractive orange amber, vivid, but not artificial.

S: Caramel, toffee, wood, parmezan cheese (wtf).

T: Bourbon vanilla, caramel and honey sweetness, dark fruits, port, raisins, dry hoppy finish.

M: Light to medium carbonation, thick and smooth with bourbon warmth. Nice. No booze whatsoever, extremely dangerous ;)

O: This is without a shadow of a doubt the best bock I've ever had. And that's saying something coming from someone living in between Holland and Germany. The bourbon mellows out the typical bock sweetness perfectly, and all factors together mix into a beautiful flavor explosion that's very mellow and subtle at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 19:03:16 | More by Dennoman
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2, bottled 25MAY12
ABV: 10.83%

Pours a lovely crimson with a touch of mahogany, nice tan sheet atop this one. Smells, mmm, good. Caramel, nougat, some crystal malts, some hints of toffee, a little vanilla and Jordan almonds - lovely nose. Taste is candied walnut, a hint of alcohol, some nougat, some bread (hawaiian rolls), a little touch of oak and bitterness. Medium bodied with light carb and a numbing after affect. This is a real surprise. At $7/bomber - hard to pass up now that I've seen it... Might go buy the rest of 'em.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 08:19:43 | More by harrymel
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 bottle, batch 2, poured into a snifter

A- A deep ruby red with a two finger off-white head.

S- Bourbon, oak, dark fruits, caramel malts, some chocolate, definitely what you would think when you hear barrel aged bock.

T- Bourbon, caramel malts, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Very tasty.

M- Medium to full, slightly harsh from the bourbon.

O- Very tasty and well done. Definitely will pick this up again and would love to find more bourbon barrel aged bocks.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 01:48:32 | More by larryi86
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Looking to both drown my sorrows over a Purdue loss (to the Irish, no less...) and augment my enjoyment of this get-together. Barrel-aged bock it is! This stuff pours a clear sunset amber-sienna topped by a short finger of wan off-tan foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, vanilla, light bourbon, brown sugar, and a touch of oloroso sherry. The taste really brings the focus to the barrel, with the mil bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and light oak taking precedence over the honey, sherry, and sweet biscuit notes of what I perceive to be the bock itself. The combination is damn tasty, I must say. The body is a flexible medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a highly enjoyable beer, though one that is meant to be sipped, enjoyed over a period of time. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 15:08:01 | More by TMoney2591
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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark caramels and a thin white head

S-smells like a barley wine. Dark fruits. Caramels. Definitely some oak. Good strength

T-comes in with a strong taste f vanilla and oak. It's a really good and lasting flavor. It has a decent woody dryness to it. It's definitely a bit boozey as well.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-it started out pretty awesome but it was quite the sipper. The flavors stayed but this drank like it was 15% more so than 10% even. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 15:53:23 | More by AdamBear
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured dark brown, small head that disappears quickly.
s - bourbon and dark fruits
t - follows the nose, figs, bourbon and oak
m - carbonated sufficiently
o -decent barrel aged doppelbock, heavy barrel notes, good for bourbon fans

good beer, apparently my review does not have enough characters here are some more

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 04:21:54 | More by r0nburgundy69
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4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch/Cases- 002/1002
Bottling Date 5-25-12
Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a clear amber/brown color with 3 fingers of light tan head that has awesome staying power and leaves chunky lacing on the glass.

S- Smells just like it should, a doppelbock aged in a bourbon barrel. It smells amazing. Dark fruits such as figs and plums, mixed with bourbon and oak aromas. Plenty of sweet caramel malt is also there. Smells like liquid bread dipped in bourbon. WOW!

T- Follows nose to the T. Wow, what a wonderful beer. Sweet liquid bread dipped in bourbon. Smooth and mellow, this one is an easy drinker but then again its also the perfect sipping beer.

M- Nice and smooth the 10% ABV is well hidden in this one. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a moderately low amount of carbonation.

O- Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. This one takes all the wonderful qualities of a sweet, malty doppelbock and adds the flavorful qualities of oak and bourbon. Spend the 11 dollars for a bottle, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 01:18:49 | More by rfbenavi80
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4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Omg. Fan-freaking-tastic. Easily in my top 5 beers of all time.

A: Perfectly clear chocolate brown with a beige head that lingers.

S: Chocolate, Figs, Caramel, Vanilla, Everything good and right in the world. I'd wear this as perfume.

T: Mmmm. If you err had Chocolate Astronaut Ice Cream as a kid...that's a pretty dead-on comparison. This pretty much follows the smell. Chocolate, Vanilla, Light Bourbon Notes, Fig, just plain OMG. The 10.83% ABV is very well hidden. Just warming. Never had a beer like this in my life.

M: Slick, almost oily, perfect carbonation and a slight warming sensation

I: BUY THIS NOW IF YOU FIND IT. OMG. If you don't like it, I'll drink it for you.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 02:09:54 | More by MissMoxie911
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky brown with a bit of orange around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki-tan head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of vanilla, oak, and bourbon with some roasted bready malts, dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet bready malts with some vanilla and brown sugar. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon comes through with some roasted malts and molasses. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some oak, vanilla, Bourbon, brown sugar, and booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good Bourbon flavors comes through on top of a nice malty doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 02:29:54 | More by ngeunit1
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4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002

A: Deep burnt orange/rich mahogany. Quickly dissipating head. Looks like liquid caramel.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, sweetness. Mild hint of ripe fruit in there too.

T: Phenomenal. I am really blown away by the taste of this beer. The bourbon elements in this are among the smoothest, sweetest, and most flavorful I think I have ever encountered. Also in the mix: rich creamy caramel, definite vanilla, slight hint of banana, some figs and dates. No real hoppy element to this one and I don't get a lot of woodiness at all from the barrel aging either. It is almost reminiscent of the topping for a bananas foster w/o the cinnamon present. Absolutely delicious.

M: Easy drinker. Alcohol is very well hidden. So smooth. Not overly syrupy either. Could be dangerous.

Overall, this is an amazing brew. Shmaltz does an incredible job with barrel aging. I don't think they get enough credit for that. This one and the Vertical Jewbelation are among my all time favorites. Period. Seek out and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 23:22:05 | More by bcostner1
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4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks great dark ruby color can't see through this at all... not much head so I dinged it for that but then again that might be caused by the aging. Smells sweet, bourbon notes, roasted, raisins. Flavor is sweet def a sipper but I don't mind that at all... candied fruits, raisins, bourbon is pleasant not at all overwhelming or over powering... slightly boozy but not nearly as much as you'd expect from 10 percenter. I'm a huge fan of regular blockhead and buffalo trace bourbon so mixing the 2 seemed like a great idea on paper and it works in reality too. Coney Island continues to push the envelope and I'm usually impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 04:31:54 | More by alk3kenny
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep amber brown with a small off white head and minimal retention
S: smells of bourbon with some notes of caramel and vanilla along with toffee and slight banana
T: bourbon notes of caramel and slight oakiness along with a bit of vanilla, and toffee. very nice maltyness that plays well with and complements the bourbon flavors. aftertaste is slightly boozy with more bourbon goodness and some more toffee sweetness.
M: soft carbonation and a somewhat full feel in the mouth but not too heavy
O: pretty impressive beer. it isn't something that you'd think to toss in a bourbon barrel but it works and tastes pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 03:30:12 | More by SHODriver
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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.