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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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91
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234 Ratings
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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 shand
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Klym
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of 1Adam12
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chickencoop
2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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