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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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223 Ratings
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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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Reviews by harrymel:
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harrymel

Washington

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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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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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
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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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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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.

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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.

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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.