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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
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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Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev -1.2%

scott2269, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jlb502
5/5  rDev +23.5%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -1.2%

22 ounce bottle - $10.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Batch No. 001, Cases 523. Bottling Date: 6/1/2011 (I wish other labels were so informative).

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber body with a very tall, lasting, light beige head despite a fairly gentle pour. Small smattering of lace on the way down.

Smell: Wood staves brushed with a caramel coating, moistened raisin bread, accents of vanilla and dried coconut with the Buffalo Trace bourbon being fairly prominent in the nose.

Taste: Sweet tastes of caramel and toffee overneath a vibrantly bready maltiness, then, a bit of vanilla, rum raisin, and a sprinkling of toasted coconut shavings before the soothing bourbon rolls in. A bit of spiciness darts in and out and amongst the various flavors. Malty, smooth, drying finish with a lingering bourbon element.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While still sweet, the barrel treatment has most definitely curtailed the strong sweetness from the original brew. Now, to sit and enjoy this while my shepherd’s pie is finishing off in the oven.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

A- Pours a murky brownish color with a really nice foamy tan head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is quite a bit of bourbon, oak and vanilla. A lot of sweet malts also are jumping out at me. I'm really enjoying the aroma this brew procduces.

T- Quite a bit of a bourbon taste here and I really like it. A good amount of wood, vanilla and spicey hops round things out. If your a fan of a heavy bourbon taste you'll like this brew for sure.

M- Fuller side of medium and lower in carbonation.

O- I really enjoyed this brew. I hope I'm able to come across another some day. If not a big thanks to the wife for picking this one up for me.

nrbw23, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a dark amber color w/ a perfect one finger cocoa head. Good lacing on my snifter glass. Crimson highlights when held up to the light. Nose is caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, some fruit in the background. The bourbon and vanilla are really out front on this one. I'd like a little more balance in the nose. Taste is very similar to the nose- the bourbon and vanilla are just too heavy for me. The 10% ABV is evident in the taste as well. It's not bad, but not at all balanced, and a little boozy. Feel is medium-full, with nice hops/malt battle. Aftertaste is that of bourbon. Overall, this is a good beer.. but not quite up to what it could be. A little more balanced brew would significantly raise the score for me. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of smokeypeat
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a nice garnet red into the glass with a fairly lively head for a BA beer. The head quickly dissipates leaving a thin film on the top of the beer. Minimal lacing is present. The bourbon really is the foremost aroma present with oak, light vanilla, and some brown sugar present. Taste is pretty bourbon forward with some nice caramel notes and toast accents there as well. Carbonation levels were actually good with the beer having a nice creaminess to it. Overall a pretty nice solid beer with some obvious barrel aging that didn't break the bank ($10.49).

smokeypeat, Oct 25, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Pours a very dark red color with a tight, small ring of caramel colored lacing.

S - Nose is quite small for a beer of this stature. Figs, raisins, caramel/toffee malt, light bourbon.

T - Wow! The taste is nothing at all like the nose, very rich and complex. This reminds me more of a barleywine with all the complex layers going on. Bourbon presence is big followed by vanilla, toffee, caramel, figs, raisins, and a boozy, pine bourbon finish. Very dry on the finish and the pine citrus bitterness lingers while cutting through the sweet toffee leftover on the palette.

M - A little light in body for a beer of this stature, very dry finish, and the malts create a little bit of tartness on the tongue.

O - This one is the biggest surprise of the evening and what I consider to be the best beer Comet Island has put out. Then again, I'm also a sucker for most beers aged in bourbon barrels. Definitely worth checking out, I made this my last beer of the night and wished I ordered this sooner because I would love a 2nd one.

jzeilinger, Oct 25, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

From 10/22/11 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA, served in a snifter.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel malts, and alcohol. Alcohol is pretty strong and overpowering. Some very nice notes in the nose, and with a little less alcohol it could be great.

t - Tastes of wood, vanilla, caramel malts, raisins and dark fruits, bourbon, alcohol, and bready malts. Again, very nice but alcohol is overpowering, so docks its score a bit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a good beer but the strong alcohol in the nose and mouth hurts it a bit. I feel like with some time on it this beer could be really great. Would be interested in getting a bottle and putting it in the cellar for a bit but for now, would pass again on tap.

mdfb79, Oct 23, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%

A - This beer pours a clear ruby copper color. It has a big fluffy 3-finger off-white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves some nice lace behind. There are quite a bit of rising carbonation bubbles visible.

S - There are some big bourbon and vanilla smells right off the bat. There is some caramel malt and dark fruitiness here, mostly raisins. Also, I am getting a bit of booziness.

T - The taste starts off with caramel malt and a pretty big raison flavor. Vanilla and bourbon are definitely present. The alcohol flavor is pretty present, but it really isn't too present. There is a sort of weird dry bitterness that comes out of no where in the finish. It's not bad, it just kind of caught be off guard.

M - This has a medium body and pretty good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a little bit of a chewy feel to it. It has a nice sweetness to it, except for the bitterness on the back end. There is a bit of alcohol warmth as well.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a bit of a sipper, but I quite enjoy the flavor. I am a big fan of raisin flavor it beer, and this has plenty. Overall, I thought it was a nice and interesting beer. I recommend trying it out. Don't drink it to fast though, this one will sneak up and kick your ass.

JizackFH, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%

Pours a ruby red color with a thick, foamy tan head. Nice malty aroma here, oak, caramel, brown sugar and maybe raisin. On the palate, a little bit of alcohol dryness, but mostly sweet biscuity malt, bourbon, caramel/toffee and a smattering of dark fruits. A nice strong lager, maybe a cross between a doppelbock and a barleywine. Nice.

emmasdad, Sep 29, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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. no 'wow' factor per se, but being a sucker for bourbon barrel aging it gets a bump from me. decent degree of complexity.

perrymarcus, Sep 19, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -29.6%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks Mark!

Pours an amber/red that is certainly not filtered. A thick frothy 2 finger head tops the brew and is very slow to recede. When it does it leaves just a touch of lacing. Beautiful notes of bourbon mixed with sweet malts comprise this delicious nose. Let there be no doubt it is the bourbon that dominates the aroma. First sip is also dominated by the bourbon but the base beer shines through with caramel and ripe figs contributing. Light bodied yet somehow still creamy. The 10% is well hidden even with the bourbon flavors. Maybe a touch of age is showing as this bottle is now just past 3 months old. Doesn’t matter as this one’s a keeper.

ATLbeerDog, Sep 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

claytong, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a murky brown with a small, tan head. Scent is heavy with bourbon, vanilla, caramel...and a bit of oak. Taste is initially caramel malt with delicious sweet bourbon and vanilla. Some chocolate too. A bit of booze...but not enough to be off-putting. Mouthfeel is big and rich, but not to thick or syrupy. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, I love me my bourbon-barrel-aged brews, and this is a tasty one. Could use a little time though to mellow out.

DovaliHops, Aug 29, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -22.2%

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.

phichifiji00, Aug 28, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

A-Pours clear chestnut amber with an inch of khaki/pale yellow foamy head. Fizzes down quickly, leaving flecks of soapy lacing.

S-Mango slices soaked in bourbon. Caramel, vanilla, oak. Tropical fruit sweetness.

T/M-Extremely smooth. The mouthfeel on this is off the charts. Very mellow, without a trace of heat or boozy dryness. Allows the bourbon oak to come through elegantly. The body is a bit thin and the flavor profile is one dimensional (pretty much just a vehicle for bourbon barrel character) but other than that, this is pretty damn good.

O-Another solid barrel aged effort from Schmaltz. Loving what these guys have been doing lately.

DaveHS, Aug 25, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured a murky dark brown with a thin tan head that faded fast and left ok lacing.

The aroma was of brown sugar, butterscotch, oak and bourbon. Light earthy hops, some hebs and a hint of vanilla and cocoa.

The taste follows with a great balance of oak, bourbon, chocoalte, butterscotch, and brown sugar. Complex with herbal hop touches. Nicely balanced. A bit sweet, but not cloying. Butterscotch is usually considered a flaw, but I enjoyed its presence and how it was balanced in.

Very rich, thick, and smooth.

Overall it was a very complex, interesting, and enjoyable sipper.

JayS2629, Aug 21, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

rowingbrewer, Aug 17, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

An Imperial American Bock aged in Buffalo Trace barrels. That's enough to draw me in.

This one pours a moderately cloudy mahogany in color with a one finger beige colored head. It smells of Buffalo Trace, vanilla, and oak. It doesn't have great complexity but I dig it. The beer is very sweet. It's dominated by vanilla and oak and has a light bourbon finish that stays with the aftertaste. It's ok, but too much sugar. It drinks well for the content. The booze is lost behind the bourbon notes. It has pretty nice flavor and I must say I'm a fan. This is a beer that I enjoy but doesn't grade particularly well. I'd like to see more bourbon barrel aged lighter beers.

aasher, Aug 16, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

Not sure if I've ever had a barrel aged lager before, but here goes nothin.

Pours a larger fizzy and bubbly 2 finger head that fades fairly quickly over very clear amber toasty brown sienna maroon colored beer, no lacing.

Nose explodes with bourbon and oak, vanilla, sweet oak, the bourbon barrel aroma just overpowers anything else, sweet buttery bourbon oak, a light brown sugar, and hint of medium toasted malts under there somewhere.

Taste comes on strong again, loaded with more bourbon and oak, buttery oak and sweet molasses bourbon, light barrel flavors but more buttery oak. However, at least this time some of the beer comes through, some medium toasty malt flavors and some reddish malts, sweet molasses and brown sugar, hints of almost maple like. Pretty much no lager flavors no, the bourbon and sweet malts overpower it by far, which is why I was surprised they actually bourbon aged a lager. There is a bit of bitterness and some earthy hops coming through later as the bourbon starts to subside, but doesn't get far when the booze starts to kick in. Some warming and light tingly booze typical of a 10% beer start to dominate the finish. It also finishes with a light sticky and syrupy feel, as well as tingly booze that leaves the mouth hot and cold feeling, and some lingering bourbon and oak.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, a bit syrupy, boozy, and decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, nice bourbon characters as long as you like bourbon and oak, but it just way overpowers the beer and it's almost like there wasn't a beer to begin with, just bourbon cut down to 10% abv. Being a big bourbon fan I like the taste a lot, but I gotta knock it down a bit since I also like lagers and there was no lager at all and very little beer. Now if they did this with a bigger beer like big brown ale, porter, or imperial red, maybe it would have had better results.

jlindros, Aug 14, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -9.9%

A - Cola like color with light head.

S - Figs and caramel, not really a heavy hitter as far as the bourbon smell goes, but its there with a sniff or two of "hotness".

T/M - Taste is bourbony apple like flavor up front with a hont of spice and carbonation for mouthfeel, finishes with caramel like characteristics.

O - Overall a damn tasty beer, reminds me of an old ale that has been bourbon barrel aged. Seek this out and destroy it! And maybe even save a few for the cellar to destroy later!

PP (Price Point) - $12 for a 22oz bomber is waaay fair, I would buy this all day and say they nailed the PP.

alexhahn82, Aug 13, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Appears a deep deep brown burgundy with a thin foamy head that does not want to subside.

Smells really nicely from the bourbon with a lot of sweetness coming through. It's rather figgy and smells of caramel.

Tastes boozy. She's 10% all right! The scent comes through in the taste as well - a lot of sweet bourbon and vanilla caramel.

Mouthfeel starts a little thin and busts out wide. Very nice finish.

Yagman3000, Aug 09, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

shand, Aug 09, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

Klym, Aug 08, 2011
Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.