Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +22%
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.
09-07-2012 02:09:54 | More by MissMoxie911
4.93/5 rDev +22%
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.
09-20-2012 01:18:49 | More by rfbenavi80
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
4.78/5 rDev +18.3%
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!
12-27-2012 13:50:13 | More by RonaldTheriot
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
4.73/5 rDev +17.1%
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!
08-24-2012 23:22:05 | More by bcostner1
4.68/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
02-12-2012 04:45:14 | More by LiquidAmber
4.58/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
08-16-2012 04:31:54 | More by alk3kenny
Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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