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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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Reviews: 87
Hads: 245
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 14
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of MissMoxie911
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of threeviews
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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)

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
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!


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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of bcostner1
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes.
L: Pours brilliant chestnut under a 2” light tan foam collar that slowly recedes to a thick, clingy, lacy film.
S: Bready malt, vanilla and alcohol aromas.
T: A big bready malt palate seasoned with a rich bourbon character.
F: Chewy, warming, medium low alcohol.
O: A fine bourbon barrel aged doppelbock.

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Photo of Jjski
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to barfdiggs for sending me this bottle.

A: Poured into my Ommegang goblet, this beer is a translucent redish brown. The reds really shine through when held up to a light. There is one finger of frothy khaki head that settles nicely.

S: Smells sweet and malty with notes of stone fruits. I get some plum and cherry in the nose, and even a little bit of raisin. There is also a really mellow hint of the barrel aging process (a nice vanilla undertone).

T: Starts off with a surprising mix of sweet and spice. The malts and stone fruits come through, but there is a peppery characteristic that mingles well on the palate. But after that first hit the flavors shift to a ton of vanilla and oak. It's fantastic! The finish is straight bourbon. It ever has that warming sensation, like I'm drinking straight Buffalo Trace on the rocks. Wow!

M: Medium bodied beer that is smoooth. Really smooth. Did I mention that it's smooth.

O: I've never had a Barrel Aged Imperial American Bock before, probably because I don't know if anyone has ever made one before, but I'm a fan. The barrel aging on this beer is no joke. In fact, I feel like it's the focal point of this brew. It's almost like Shmaltz wanted to see what beer could absorb as much Buffalo Trace as humanly possible. Well the definitely succeeded.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of claytong
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch no 1
bottling 6/1/2011

appearance - great lacing. truly amber in color though listed as an imperial american bock on bottle. amazing head and great sticking to side.

smell - bourbon, oak, alcohol, vanilla

taste - alcohol, vanilla, oak and then bourbon. brown sugar lingers with cloying.

mouthfeel - good carbonation, medium body. a bit of cloying but not too mad.

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Photo of shand
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Dennoman
4.25/5  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.

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a big light tan head that fades and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is similar to the regular version but with nice vanilla and whiskey aromas. Those are intermingled with notes of rich toffee, brown sugar, and bready malt.

T: The taste is similar as well but the barrel makes this one much better. There are very nice notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and bready malt along with buttery bourbon and vanilla. The hops I got from the regular version are non-existent at this point.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

O: This turned a decent beer into a pretty damn good one. I wasn't expecting much given the base beer but it's pretty tasty. Glad I grabbed a few more to drink over the next few months.

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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.