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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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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 15
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:
"Imperial American Bock"
Aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels

(Beer added by: glid02 on 09-02-2009)
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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

acurtis, Feb 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

waiting4lunch, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of mfield14
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mfield14, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a rich deep garnet color with a half finger off white head that held pretty well,love the richness and definition to the ccolor of this beer.Vanilla/caramel aromas are big along with toasty oak and a hint of anise,just warming and very appitizng.Big caramel sweetness and vanilla on the palate,it's a bit hot with more sweetness from the alcohol,it's a little sweet for my taste but for a beer this big and style it's not to much out of the ordinary.A rich full beer it has alot of top notch qualities about it,just sip it.

oberon, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy amber with a mountain of brownish, off white head that is dense and foamy. The cascades down to meet the liquid as the beer pours. The head has amazing retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The nose is bready, sweet, and caramelly with some notes of dark fruit and alcohol esters. The taste is very malty up front with bready, caramel notes followed by a fruitiness characterized by baked appples, raisins, and dates. The finish is warm with alcohol phenols. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, warm, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid beer. I've had the original version and I can't pinpoint exactly what if anything the bourbon barrels added to the flavor. Nonetheless, this is flavorful, balanced, smooth, drinkable, enjoyable. I really enjoyed it.

tdm168, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001/523, Bottled 6/1/11, Reviewed 1/8/12

A: This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like strong bourbon and oak and toasted coconut, with some earthy caramel and vanilla and a bit of copper.
T: It tasted like oak and toasted coconut and bourbon, with some earthy caramel and copper, and a bit of vanilla and citrus. It had a mostly clean and sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Slick and fully body.
D: If you don't like bourbon, stay away from this brew. But if you do like bourbon, this is a great drink. There wasn't much beer character to it, but it had a nice scent and taste and body nevertheless. It was fairly hot, so it must be sipped. Not sure how it would age, but I really liked it fresh.

Pencible, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

DrBier, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ManVersusBeer, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Oneinchaway, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

davesway10, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Vermonthiker, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

stevecooks, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Vince at Strong Ale 2011, thanks!

A: Hazy dark red with a small beige head.

S: Bourbonic caramel with vanilla and light coconut. There's a lot of toffee, as well as oak and baked bread. This smells very good.

T: Lots of caramel with notes of bourbon and oak. I get a little toffee with accompanying bread and a light nuttiness. The beer is lightly bitter with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M: Upper medium in body with matching carbonation.

Overall: I had no expectations going in but this impressed me.

HopHead84, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Jesstyr
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish light brown, appearance is closest to a belgian dubbel in my opinion, which may be a consistent characteristic. Two fingers of head that linger well throughout the drink. Nose is strong on the bourbon which is a definite plus in my book - so often these bourbon aged beers dont carry as much of the characteristic.

Taste is malty, but really lacks any depth beyond the bourbon - this seems to be a standard dobbelbock. Would appreciate some more diversity, maybe a little more bite to it. Nice medium body for an overall good drink.

Jesstyr, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

trxxpaxxs, Dec 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

heyta, Nov 28, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

cadaugherty, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Coney Island Barrel Aged Human Blockhead, bottle bought at Whole Foods Columbus Circle on late November 2011. Bottled 1/6/11.

I have been wanting to try this brew for quite a long time but never acted on it due to the price... here we go, finally!

"Imperial American Bock", no less... American brewers keep pushing the envelope of styles and labels. Cheers to that.

Appearance: Served on my brand-spanking-new Lost Abbey chalice (thanks, Tomme, for brewing flat beers!). A hasty pour produces an exuberant head, three fingers crowned by lively bubbles. Great retention (at least one finger of head remains throughout) and carbonation. Color is a deep, rusty caramel, very similar to a barleywine.

Smell: Hell Yes!!! Bourbon goodness through and through. Caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, coconut. Boozy sweetness. Brown butter, diacetyl. Would love to make a sauce with this!

Taste: Follows nose, with yet more caramel, toffee, coconut shavings and dry vanilla. The barrel is ever-present here, woodsy and dry... lick it, baby! Ton of malt and sticky booze at the end. A surprising hope presence around the edges.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a failure here... thin all around with a sharp boozy finish. It stings! Unbalanced and on fire. As it warms up, it becomes more alcoholic and untenable.

Overall: I love all of these Shmaltz/He'Brew barrel releases, and can't wait to try Genesis 15:15. Sure, a lot of them are a bit too strong on the barrel/booze, but if you like bourbon, this suits you. The only objection here would be the price ($11.99 plus tax). If it were, let's say, $8.99, I would buy another bottle in a heartbeat!

DoubleSimcoe, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

kevwcamp, Nov 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

pgaveau, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

sobeleg, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

nickhiller, Nov 16, 2011
Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.