Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
08-06-2011 23:04:24 | More by 1Adam12
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
This is my first experience with Schmaltz brewing company and I'm excited.
My overall impression is that this is a very good beer that is heavy on the bourbon barel ageing. That is a good thing. Lots of vanilla, toffee, wood, Carmel, with slight hints of tabacco and leather.
It is on the sweet side. Super malty but I enjoy malt bombs. Some more hops could help a tad.
Beautiful deep brown copper color with a nice creamy head that retains well. Smells of creamy bread pudding with a shot of booze poured over it.
I'm digging this.
08-02-2011 03:31:12 | More by Patrickbrusil
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
A: Brown pour. Pretty much see thru. Small white head. Not a lot of lacing but retention is good. 4
S: Certainly getting some bourbon here, but mostly it is malty and sweet. 3.5
T: Light malts start it all off, but a big hit of bourbon takes over.
Clean finish. Perhaps molasses or something else very sweet. 4
MF: heavier than I expected. Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation and only hints of alcohol. 4
O: Not bad at all. Continuing my buffalo trace Sunday afternoon. This wasn't as good as the Oak Aged Peg Leg I just put down, but for my first bourbon Amber/Red Lager I surely won't complain. 4
07-25-2011 01:17:22 | More by russwbeck
4/5 rDev -1%
Pours a deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol notes. In the taste, very oaky and lots of bourbon flavor. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry bourbon like aftertaste. Huge bourbon flavor, a sipper for sure.
07-07-2011 14:23:09 | More by OWSLEY069
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a bit of wispy lacing on the surface that completely faded away. There are no signs of visible carbonation.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of whiskey in the nose; the smell becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of raisins intermixed with notes of alcohol and whiskey, the latter of which contributes some hints of vanilla in the finish. There is also a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation. A moderate amount of warming from the alcohol is noticeably present.
O: The barrel aging definitely makes this beer more interesting compared to the regular Blockhead. The whiskey doesn’t overpower the taste and still allows the raisin flavors to shine through. This is a good beer to sip and it really grows on you.
06-15-2011 02:40:03 | More by metter98
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
3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
On-tap at the Brick Store.
Pours a somewhat hazy amber-brown color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of thin caramel with hints of overr-ripened fruits and hints of vanilla. I really don't get a whole lot of whiskey/bourbon out of this.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors segue into good amounts of bruised apples and hints of light raisins. Near the end of the sip a decent amount of vanilla flavors enter into the fray before a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.
Overall this beer gained a bit from the barrel aging and I'm not sure it would have benefitted a whole lot if there had been more whiskey influences. Like the non-barrel-aged version it's missing something but it's still a good beer.
09-02-2009 01:17:07 | More by glid02
Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.