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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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240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | 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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Ratings: 240 | Reviews: 85
Reviews by flannelman808:
Photo of flannelman808
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber ocher and quite clear. Topped with a pale tan latte foam which doesn't hang out for very long. lacing is ok.

S: Smells great... visualize an empty four roses barrel still saturated with juice. Dark fruit in the way of raisin and fig fill in with a touch of vanilla.

T: oh yeah... this is a dopplebock. Deceivingly this beer is quite mellow and rather clean finishing. Sweet flavors of fig and molasses are quickly met with a drying oak driven astringency. Vanilla and oak tannin dry out the tongue for quite a long time. Just a touch of heat along the way but it's complementary to the Bourbon qualities this beer shows.

M: Wet cotton

O: This is the second dopplebock I have tried which has been aged in decent bourbon barrels and much like the first, this beer is successful. The bourbon barrels use up most of their gusto in the aroma, though they do seem to provide a complementary drying quality on the palate as well as finishing flavors suggestive of typical bourbon characteristics. I wish this had a bit more influence from the barrel (and wonder how long it was aged for), but find this to be pretty worthwhile.

I do not believe this is an age worthy beer as it is balanced quite well now. Im not sure how cellaring will enhance anything here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a rich deep garnet color with a half finger off white head that held pretty well,love the richness and definition to the ccolor of this beer.Vanilla/caramel aromas are big along with toasty oak and a hint of anise,just warming and very appitizng.Big caramel sweetness and vanilla on the palate,it's a bit hot with more sweetness from the alcohol,it's a little sweet for my taste but for a beer this big and style it's not to much out of the ordinary.A rich full beer it has alot of top notch qualities about it,just sip it.

Photo of 1Adam12
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Debated back n forth on whether or not to open this yet. Wanting to try it fresh won. Nice amber color, not a big head on it. Smells very much like bourbon....and more bourbon...and more bourbon. Also has alot of vanilla on the nose, woody, malty, a bit of caramel. Taste is bourbon forward, but also has loads of vanilla. I catch a subtle wood flavor, also caramel and it is very malty. Theres a bit of spice on the finish. No hint that this is 10% ABV. Smooth. Just very nice. I very much want another bottle. If this had a better mouthfeel it might be a solid A beer IMO. Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated for my liking and I'd like it creamier. Still not bad. Overall, this is excellent. So glad I got a bottle of it.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a somewhat hazy amber-brown color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of thin caramel with hints of overr-ripened fruits and hints of vanilla. I really don't get a whole lot of whiskey/bourbon out of this.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors segue into good amounts of bruised apples and hints of light raisins. Near the end of the sip a decent amount of vanilla flavors enter into the fray before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this beer gained a bit from the barrel aging and I'm not sure it would have benefitted a whole lot if there had been more whiskey influences. Like the non-barrel-aged version it's missing something but it's still a good beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
Batch/Case 001/523
A- The dense clear brown body glows an auburn-garnet color at the base with lots of tiny bubbles quickly trail up the glass. There is a bubbly light tan head that sits on top for a good bit.
S- The aroma of wet oak barrel and lagered toffee malts support a maple syrup quality from the barrel. There is a fusel alcohol note in the finish that takes on an ether quality as the beer opens.
T- The slightly sweet toffee and dark caramel flavors are supported by oak and vanilla with a touch of butter flavors and there are some green raisin characteristics that start to come through aswell. There is a paper drinking straw flavor and some new barrel notes that linger a bit after each sip. M- The medium mouthfeel has a cleaning fizz and a soft alcohol heat that grows to a prick in the finish.
O- The great balance of barrel flavors and bock malts really grow with depth and character as the beer opens. The oak notes start to dominate but they are delicious so it works well.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz split and poured into a snifter. Bottling date 5/25/2012.

A: Pours a clear ruby with a 1 finger off white head. Dissipates within a few minutes. Some real tiny bubbles are visible in the body. Definitely not a stout!

S: Hits you with some bourbon, oak and vanilla right off the bat. Roasted malt reminiscent of fig.

T: Upfront bourbon, great oaky notes too. Can certainly see the difference between this and a bourbon stout. It has much more molasses, carmel and dark fruits. Very sweet too.

M: Has a creamy mouthfeel, pretty decent carbonation. A lingering stickiness. Real nice warming effect to it.

Overall a great barrel aged beer, love the lighter body of a dopplebock mixing with the bourbon. More of a scotch ale effect, but certainly not taste.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy amber with a mountain of brownish, off white head that is dense and foamy. The cascades down to meet the liquid as the beer pours. The head has amazing retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The nose is bready, sweet, and caramelly with some notes of dark fruit and alcohol esters. The taste is very malty up front with bready, caramel notes followed by a fruitiness characterized by baked appples, raisins, and dates. The finish is warm with alcohol phenols. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, warm, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid beer. I've had the original version and I can't pinpoint exactly what if anything the bourbon barrels added to the flavor. Nonetheless, this is flavorful, balanced, smooth, drinkable, enjoyable. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/1/2011, Batch/Cases: 001/523
Nice 1.5 finger ehad (off-white) that retains quite well, though it left little to no lacing. Body is deep garnet.

Nose contains bourbon and some lighter lagery fruits.

The taste is good-- definitely a lot of bourbon character and teh bock character is a bit subdued, but it ends up being slightly acrid. I don't think it could've been done better, but I think that a bourbon barrel doppelbock permutation isn't working as well as I might have hoped. (And as a lover of doppelbocks and bourbon barrel beers, my hopes were correspondingly high.) The non-bourbon part is kind of biscuity. Booziness rules the day, even 6 months old. Maybe it needed a whole year, but I didn't have the cellar space, and trying it now, I don't think I would've saved it longer.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Smooth and fine.

By no means bad, but neither mind-blowing nor worth the price.

Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a yellow brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, milk chocolate, wood, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, subtle sweet alcohol, and vanilla. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. If I am honest here, I never really have gone into any brews from this brewery with much confidence. This one was no exception… However, as far as the flavor goes on this one I was pleasantly surprised with what I found as it was quite complex and very nice. The barrel definitely imparted a very nice complexity to this brew that made it quite enjoyable on the flavor. Wish the aroma would have brought it’s a-game as it felt a little subdued in comparison. Worth trying for the flavor alone if you have not done so already.

Photo of Jjski
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color, with a slight off-white head. Big whiskey notes on the aroma along with some rich malts. Similar in the taste with the barrel notes with a nice sweetness with tinges of alcohol. The feel is a bit prickly. Not bad, but over the course of the bottle, a bit harsh. Light-medium bodied.

Nice barrel notes, but doesn't really expand much on that ideal. Still though, it's fairly nice and worth a try.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, cloudy garnet red amber with a massive two finger fine tan head and lacing. Nice aroma of dark fruit, malt, bourbon and a bit of oak. Delicious! Big bourbon, dark dried fruit, vanilla, caramel, finishes with wood, bourbon and pine hops. I wish I could drink this quickly for the flavor, but the ABV is just too high. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A bit boozy, but delicious. Hope I can get a few more bottles.

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 RonaldTheriot
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a bit of wispy lacing on the surface that completely faded away. There are no signs of visible carbonation.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of whiskey in the nose; the smell becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of raisins intermixed with notes of alcohol and whiskey, the latter of which contributes some hints of vanilla in the finish. There is also a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation. A moderate amount of warming from the alcohol is noticeably present.
O: The barrel aging definitely makes this beer more interesting compared to the regular Blockhead. The whiskey doesn’t overpower the taste and still allows the raisin flavors to shine through. This is a good beer to sip and it really grows on you.

Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with Schmaltz brewing company and I'm excited.

My overall impression is that this is a very good beer that is heavy on the bourbon barel ageing. That is a good thing. Lots of vanilla, toffee, wood, Carmel, with slight hints of tabacco and leather.

It is on the sweet side. Super malty but I enjoy malt bombs. Some more hops could help a tad.

Beautiful deep brown copper color with a nice creamy head that retains well. Smells of creamy bread pudding with a shot of booze poured over it.

I'm digging this.

Photo of SHODriver
3.97/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of shand
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

This brew pours a deep brown color with a decently sized head that quickly drops down. The aroma is huge on the bourbon, with some vanilla, woods, and caramel malts as well. The taste is quite solid, the flavor profile is probably closer to that of a huge stout due to the very heavy influence that the barrel has had on this beer. There's a big amount of bourbon and fruits up front, backed up by some slightly smoky wood flavors. Big caramel malts seal the deal. The mouthfeel is good, it's a bit thinner than the average brew with such big alcohol and flavors would be, but still acceptable. The drinkability is very nice, this one goes down very smoothly.

A great big beer from Coney Island, I'm really enjoying sipping on this one. It's not the best bourbon barrel aged beer, but is still notable just due to the high amount of influence the barrel imparted. Recommended to the BAs who are just as big bourbon fans as they are beer fans. It sort of sits in the same area as Twisted Pine's Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red where I wouldn't recommend it at all to someone who doesn't like bourbon. It's interesting that both of these brews are aged on Buffalo Trace (always a decent, well-priced standby) barrels, and each have the highest amount of barrel influence that I've tasted.

Photo of JayS2629
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky dark brown with a thin tan head that faded fast and left ok lacing.

The aroma was of brown sugar, butterscotch, oak and bourbon. Light earthy hops, some hebs and a hint of vanilla and cocoa.

The taste follows with a great balance of oak, bourbon, chocoalte, butterscotch, and brown sugar. Complex with herbal hop touches. Nicely balanced. A bit sweet, but not cloying. Butterscotch is usually considered a flaw, but I enjoyed its presence and how it was balanced in.

Very rich, thick, and smooth.

Overall it was a very complex, interesting, and enjoyable sipper.

Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An Imperial American Bock aged in Buffalo Trace barrels. That's enough to draw me in.

This one pours a moderately cloudy mahogany in color with a one finger beige colored head. It smells of Buffalo Trace, vanilla, and oak. It doesn't have great complexity but I dig it. The beer is very sweet. It's dominated by vanilla and oak and has a light bourbon finish that stays with the aftertaste. It's ok, but too much sugar. It drinks well for the content. The booze is lost behind the bourbon notes. It has pretty nice flavor and I must say I'm a fan. This is a beer that I enjoy but doesn't grade particularly well. I'd like to see more bourbon barrel aged lighter beers.

Photo of smokeypeat
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice garnet red into the glass with a fairly lively head for a BA beer. The head quickly dissipates leaving a thin film on the top of the beer. Minimal lacing is present. The bourbon really is the foremost aroma present with oak, light vanilla, and some brown sugar present. Taste is pretty bourbon forward with some nice caramel notes and toast accents there as well. Carbonation levels were actually good with the beer having a nice creaminess to it. Overall a pretty nice solid beer with some obvious barrel aging that didn't break the bank ($10.49).

Photo of DaveHS
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear chestnut amber with an inch of khaki/pale yellow foamy head. Fizzes down quickly, leaving flecks of soapy lacing.

S-Mango slices soaked in bourbon. Caramel, vanilla, oak. Tropical fruit sweetness.

T/M-Extremely smooth. The mouthfeel on this is off the charts. Very mellow, without a trace of heat or boozy dryness. Allows the bourbon oak to come through elegantly. The body is a bit thin and the flavor profile is one dimensional (pretty much just a vehicle for bourbon barrel character) but other than that, this is pretty damn good.

O-Another solid barrel aged effort from Schmaltz. Loving what these guys have been doing lately.

Photo of sendsilk
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of alk3kenny
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if I've ever had a barrel aged lager before, but here goes nothin.

Pours a larger fizzy and bubbly 2 finger head that fades fairly quickly over very clear amber toasty brown sienna maroon colored beer, no lacing.

Nose explodes with bourbon and oak, vanilla, sweet oak, the bourbon barrel aroma just overpowers anything else, sweet buttery bourbon oak, a light brown sugar, and hint of medium toasted malts under there somewhere.

Taste comes on strong again, loaded with more bourbon and oak, buttery oak and sweet molasses bourbon, light barrel flavors but more buttery oak. However, at least this time some of the beer comes through, some medium toasty malt flavors and some reddish malts, sweet molasses and brown sugar, hints of almost maple like. Pretty much no lager flavors no, the bourbon and sweet malts overpower it by far, which is why I was surprised they actually bourbon aged a lager. There is a bit of bitterness and some earthy hops coming through later as the bourbon starts to subside, but doesn't get far when the booze starts to kick in. Some warming and light tingly booze typical of a 10% beer start to dominate the finish. It also finishes with a light sticky and syrupy feel, as well as tingly booze that leaves the mouth hot and cold feeling, and some lingering bourbon and oak.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, a bit syrupy, boozy, and decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, nice bourbon characters as long as you like bourbon and oak, but it just way overpowers the beer and it's almost like there wasn't a beer to begin with, just bourbon cut down to 10% abv. Being a big bourbon fan I like the taste a lot, but I gotta knock it down a bit since I also like lagers and there was no lager at all and very little beer. Now if they did this with a bigger beer like big brown ale, porter, or imperial red, maybe it would have had better results.

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