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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
91
outstanding

234 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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2.45/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 2012-05-25 (batch 002/1002)
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glasss

I have a new recipe for ruining a beer style: put it in a bourbon barrel and "imperialize" it. Coney Island's Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead takes the doppelbock and performs this service on it, resulting in a high-ethanol, massive bourbon-shot, cloying piece of work. The best I can say about the beer is that it looks attractive and has a slightly pleasant aroma. Otherwise, I found this to be an overly ethanol heavy, bourbon mess of a doppelbock, not one I'd ever recommend or seek out again.

Pours a 2.5cm head of beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, yielding a slightly frothy, slightly sponge-like appearance. Retention is a bit better than average, the foam lasting about 1.5 minutes in a decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and small islands of thin foam atop the body. Lacing is adequate, a few larger dots and splotches cling to the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a dark amber (red-brown) hue, with light bringing out a brighter shade of the same amber color. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma primarily of bourbon and fairly potent ethanol, the sweet caramel, melanoidin, and chocolate characters of the base doppelbock are largely subsumed by the substantial bouron and ethanol aromas.

Flavor is of heavy bourbon-infused caramel with sharp, very noticeable ethanol: the flavor is a combination of these enough to be cloying. Front of palate finds strong bourbon with sharp ethanol and backgrounded caramel malt and melanoidin characters. Mid-palate of continued strong bourbon and ethanol, with slightly more prominent caramel malt and melanoidin characters, very faint cocoa and vanilla (either from malts or ethanol). Back of palate primarily of harsh ethanol, with hints of slightly buttery bourbon. Aftertaste of ethanol and lingering bourbon, with slight caramel sweetness.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a slightly foamy (1/4), mostly smooth (3/4) mouthfeel. Ethanol is easily felt burning the nostrils and back of the throat (no mere warming here!). Closes dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An immediate note: this is a properly cellared bottle, originally bottled on 5/25/2012. Due to the size, style, and propensity for aging, I feel this is accurate to give a review.

This pours a very nice ruby red. Not much head, dissipating around the edges quickly. Poured into a cleaned Boulevard tulip.

Aroma is bourbon and caramel. So hints of wood and vanilla, but mostly caramel. Suits me for a bock of any kind, and I’m very glad to see this hasn’t been hopped up needlessly like a lot of modern bock interpretations.

Taste has a light heat up front, which actually serves as a nice precursor to the darker crystal malts and bourbon tastes. You know what you’re getting into, and the heat doesn’t distract from the actual flavors. This is a terrifically well put together bock, with every flavor melding into a nice whole. It’s something of a dessert, the caramel and vanilla are amazing and the oak provides a lingering taste around the cheeks and gums.

I really dig this, and I’m not usually a bock fan. Coney Island did a spectacular job, and I’d absolutely purchase this again (was only $4 or $5 at the bottle shop too!). Highly recommended if you’re getting disappointed with the amount of BA stouts and overhopped beers on the market.

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

Been sitting on this just a little while. Bomber bottled on 5/25/2012 poured into a Duvel tulip. Light brown/red tinted body that is mostly clear with a three finger dark tan head. Decent retention and a little lacing.

Strong aroma of maple, bourbon, and oak. Very inviting and not overpowering.

The flavor is very dense featuring the sweet caramel malt that blends very nicely with the maple, oak, and light bourbon notes. There is a hint of fruitiness that leans toward cherry, but not is not really tart. Solid blend, if a little on the sweet side for my personal taste.

Very thick mouthfeel that hides the alcohol very well. Glad I sat on this for a while, because I had heard the alcohol was potent. Aging it for a while definitely takes the edge off, but did not seem to detract from the overall flavor. Excellent brew.

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