Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
09-14-2013 04:54:30 | More by VincentFrey
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
07-21-2013 23:50:39 | More by FanofHefe
Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.