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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 14
Gots: 47 | 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:
"Imperial American Bock"
Aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels

(Beer added by: glid02 on 09-02-2009)
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Photo of Exiled
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jsboates
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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 Hanzo
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of GregSVT
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of BostonHops
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottling date 06/01/2011

pours a deep amber / borderline chestnut tone with orange highlights; yields a frothy finger + of a beige shaded head. decent retention and lacing. nose is malt-heavy with notes of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and a little oak. some dark fruit characters. nothing transcendent here but nice.

more of the same going on in the flavor. caramel malt leads the way, joined by vanilla, raisin, bourbon, and some brown sugar. a bit boozy. medium-heavy on the palate with average carbonation.

overall very tasty. it's not as good as the only other big beer i've had from these guys, he'brew jewbelation fourteen, but being a sucker for bourbon barrel aging it gets a bump from me. decent degree of complexity.

(originally reviewed: 09-19-2011)

Photo of 603BeerMe
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of KajII
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a murky medium brown with a huge (3-4 finger) tan frothy head that dissipated down to a large cap of foam that lasted throughout and had some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was quite powerful of a toasted bread malt and a leathery doughy yeast with notes of molasses, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit (plums and raisins), oak and a strong bourbon presence.

The taste was robustly sweet and very malty with notes of caramel, molasses and brown sugar throughout with a hint of dark fruit and a very pronounced bourbon note at the end. The flavor was quite a long winded with a sweet bourbon taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and oily, syrupy and dry in texture with a good strong carbonation.

Overall a fantastic Doppelbock, most likely the best one I have had to date...

Photo of taconight2night
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a decent overall value being that you get what you pay for. It has a pretty, dark red copper hue in the stien. Nice on the palet with a thick creamy feel. Fairly low on carbination. Intense aromas of alcohol and ripe fruit without being sweet and sticky. Nice carmely flavor, somewhat malty and savory. This beer is a nice convorsational sipper that I would gladly purchase again.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shmaltz Barrel Aged Release #4. I'm trying to get my hands on as many of these offerings as possible. Had Genesis 15:15 already and Funky Jewbelation is in the fridge.

First batch. 523 cases. Bottled 06/01/11. Bourbon-barrel aged doppelbock. I've got two snifters ready for this 'un.

Dark mahogany brown with antique garnet hues on the initial pour. Pretty hard to see through at all. An inch plus of taupe-colored head with some foam legs. 4.0

Huge barrel nose. Loads of rich bourbon and boozy vanilla and flaked coconut. Bulging caramelly malt pushes through with burnt toffee and raisin notes. Smells sugary and hot. Reminds me of Backwoods Bastard in the nose. 4.0

Thought I knew what would be behind every corner just from the nose, but I'm surprised by the bitterness levels. They're impressive. It's got to be part hops and part tannic quality from the oak barrel. Creates a balance around the sweet caramel/toffee in the malt, dark fruit esters, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and heat. The bourbon isn't overloading, but it's forward. Has a blonde wood oakiness. All kinds of alcohol on the backend. Nice slice of the barrel in every sip. The toasted coconut is subdued, and the vanilla isn't particularly big either. A little fruitier than the nose, but still all about the barrel aging. I forget what regular Human Blockhead tastes like, but this has to be an improvement. Doppelbocks in the wood are great treats. 4.0

Round body with finishing fizz. Great spritz in this one. Keeps it lively while the body is filling enough. That heat is too much still, however, and I have to dock it for that. 3.0

I'm trying to get back into doppelbocks again, and this is a fun way to do it. Second barrel-aged doppelbock amongst my reviews. I'd sling this into the 'recommended' box. 4.0

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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 UltimateLivewire
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of matttttYCE
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label says this is Batch no. 001, 523 cases, bottling date of 6/1/2011. Poured into a snifter.

Aggressive pour yields a bubbly, nearly rocky head about 2 1/2 fingers high and off white in color. Head fades at a moderate rate, lace is moderate as well. Color is a dark and murky burnt molasses with reddish hints.

The aroma is of sweet caramelized malts, dark fruits like plums and raisins, maybe even some cherries, caramel and toffee, some hints of butterscotch, mixed with very nice notes of bourbon, wood, and some light vanilla. Bourbon seems very nicely melded, isn't overpowering.

In the taste I get lots of the sweetness and maltyness, plum and raisin, less cherry than the nose (though a bit), plenty of toffee caramel and butterscotch, pleasant (but not strong or overpowing) notes of bourbon, hints of vanilla, with some peppery spice on the back-end and finish. Nice taste. Very barleywine-esqe. Plenty boozy, but not in the taste, it's more so in the feeling. As in, after only half the bomber of this, I'm feeling it pretty damn well like I were drinking fucking Buffalo Trace.

The mouthfeel good as well. Creamy smooth consistency, light-medium carbonation, Medium body, and a moderately short finish.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but I feel like it could be more, like it's lacking just that little something to take it from being pretty good to being great. I couldn't tell you what that is, maybe more prominent barrel aging in the taste, I'm not sure. Maybe I'm looking for it to be more that what it is, a barrel aged bock (or doppelbock, IDK?), but that might be because I've never had one before nor was I aware they existed until I found this brew. Also, just as a side note, I happen to have a bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon (the barrels this was aged in) at all times because it's one of my favorites and this doesn't remind me at all of that. Just interesting to note.

Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bal aged human blockhead

A - two finger head of white foam on a dark brown body with no light showing through. The had recedes slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - dark malt, sour black cherries, and some red apple.

T - sour cherries and sweet malt with a touch of caramel. More sour chery in the middle with red apple and a malty, sweet finish.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - this isn't advertised as a sour beer, but that is unquestionably what it is. I'm forced to assume that this is a result of a barrel aging mistake. They being said it is a pretty enjoyable beer, reminiscent of a flemish red. A good beer overall, probably better than what they intended to make.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger thick off white head with tons lacing, very thick, on a jet black body. Aroma is very sour and peppery with licorice and bourbon notes. Also a vinegar like aroma which dominates. Flavor is sweeter with more dark fruit appreciated than it was in the aroma initially however still fairly sour. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall fairly drinkable. Both sweet and sour, and not at all true to the style but good.

Photo of ctc862
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of flannelman808
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of TATURBO
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of sliverX
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
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 nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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 nanobrew
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.