Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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2.45/5 rDev -39.4%
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.
11-12-2013 06:53:40 | More by falloutsnow
2.73/5 rDev -32.4%
I used to be a fan of these guys but i must be on a bad streak of their stuff. These beers sure stand out on the shelf and are quite clever, but the pour and the beer are becoming as generic as Trader Joe's private label stuff. Deep amber pour/ malty nose and then nothing. Yes, you appluad the 10% going down smooth, but that's it, Thunderbird goes down great when you mix it with Sprite, but that doesn't make it good. Sorry the artwork is great, but overall, not a fan.
02-07-2010 08:15:41 | More by chickencoop
2.85/5 rDev -29.5%
I picked this up at a BevMo for $4.69 after it wouldn't scan. After seeing it at other stores for $10+ after the fact I guess I got a lucky deal in regards to price.
Batch # 1. Bottled 6/1/11.
Pours a slightly hazy iced tea color with a 2 inch puffy beige head. A nice latticework of lace clings to the side of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted coconut, vanilla, wood, and some malt aromas. The barrel aging of this beer is definitely the dominant smell on the nose. Taste is again of the barrel aging with toasted coconut, vanilla, wood, caramel, malt, and a weird chemical flavor. The off-flavor is present on the finish and reminds me of paint thinner or acetone. Unfortunately, this pretty much completely ruins the flavor of the beer. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that could have been great. The aroma is good but the taste is seriously compromised. I am glad I picked one of these up to try but I am glad that I only spent what I did considering how bad this beer tastes.
09-17-2011 22:59:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.15/5 rDev -22%
2011 bottle, poured into Bruery tulip glass:
Appearance: Coppery/Brown color, slight head (white in color).
Smell: Bourbon, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla.
Taste: Bourbon, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla, Boozy and Slightly malty.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Heavy bodied, boozy aftertaste.
Overall: Good Bourbon Barrel beer taste, boozy aftertaste.
08-28-2011 08:01:41 | More by phichifiji00
3.23/5 rDev -20%
This beer was a bit of a let down for me. The beer pours ammedium brown and totally see through color. There is a light tan very fizzy head like that on topmof a rootbeer. The smell was the best part of this beer with a wonderful bourbon nose. The flavor was completely dominated by the bourbon. The mouthfeel was thin and overly carbed. I though the beer was average. Inwas expecting a much darker slightly thicker base beer. I guess I should have tried the base beer before going for the barrel aged.
08-17-2011 23:55:33 | More by rowingbrewer
3.43/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
03-18-2012 02:50:49 | More by EgadBananas
3.45/5 rDev -14.6%
Poured into a stone nonic.
A: Pours a very dark translucent brown with tons of red mixed in. A nice foamy head, but lacing is very basic.
S: Sugary dark fruits (figs, dates, raisin in particular) with a very strong bourbon smell that ultimate makes it come off like soysauce.
T: This is really quite hot, which surprises me as many people talk about this hiding its alcohol. Stinging bourbon sitting on top of a darkfruit bock layer.
M: A really mysterious mouthfeel. A good amount of carbonation and creaminess that is great while drinking it but the mouthfeel almost entirely vanishes soon after the swallow. Definitely heat mouthfeel in the mouth, too.
O: Despite the style this thing seems young. I think it has potential and I'm glad to have tried it-- think I'll be picking up another bottle and aging it.
08-08-2011 06:10:28 | More by Klym
Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.