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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 244
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | 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:
Beer added by: glid02 on 09-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Imperial American Bock"
Aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels
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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 244
Photo of rfbenavi80
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch/Cases- 002/1002
Bottling Date 5-25-12
Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a clear amber/brown color with 3 fingers of light tan head that has awesome staying power and leaves chunky lacing on the glass.

S- Smells just like it should, a doppelbock aged in a bourbon barrel. It smells amazing. Dark fruits such as figs and plums, mixed with bourbon and oak aromas. Plenty of sweet caramel malt is also there. Smells like liquid bread dipped in bourbon. WOW!

T- Follows nose to the T. Wow, what a wonderful beer. Sweet liquid bread dipped in bourbon. Smooth and mellow, this one is an easy drinker but then again its also the perfect sipping beer.

M- Nice and smooth the 10% ABV is well hidden in this one. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a moderately low amount of carbonation.

O- Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. This one takes all the wonderful qualities of a sweet, malty doppelbock and adds the flavorful qualities of oak and bourbon. Spend the 11 dollars for a bottle, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of MissMoxie911
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Omg. Fan-freaking-tastic. Easily in my top 5 beers of all time.

A: Perfectly clear chocolate brown with a beige head that lingers.

S: Chocolate, Figs, Caramel, Vanilla, Everything good and right in the world. I'd wear this as perfume.

T: Mmmm. If you err had Chocolate Astronaut Ice Cream as a kid...that's a pretty dead-on comparison. This pretty much follows the smell. Chocolate, Vanilla, Light Bourbon Notes, Fig, just plain OMG. The 10.83% ABV is very well hidden. Just warming. Never had a beer like this in my life.

M: Slick, almost oily, perfect carbonation and a slight warming sensation

I: BUY THIS NOW IF YOU FIND IT. OMG. If you don't like it, I'll drink it for you.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky brown with a bit of orange around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki-tan head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of vanilla, oak, and bourbon with some roasted bready malts, dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet bready malts with some vanilla and brown sugar. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon comes through with some roasted malts and molasses. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some oak, vanilla, Bourbon, brown sugar, and booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good Bourbon flavors comes through on top of a nice malty doppelbock.

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Photo of bcostner1
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002

A: Deep burnt orange/rich mahogany. Quickly dissipating head. Looks like liquid caramel.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, sweetness. Mild hint of ripe fruit in there too.

T: Phenomenal. I am really blown away by the taste of this beer. The bourbon elements in this are among the smoothest, sweetest, and most flavorful I think I have ever encountered. Also in the mix: rich creamy caramel, definite vanilla, slight hint of banana, some figs and dates. No real hoppy element to this one and I don't get a lot of woodiness at all from the barrel aging either. It is almost reminiscent of the topping for a bananas foster w/o the cinnamon present. Absolutely delicious.

M: Easy drinker. Alcohol is very well hidden. So smooth. Not overly syrupy either. Could be dangerous.

Overall, this is an amazing brew. Shmaltz does an incredible job with barrel aging. I don't think they get enough credit for that. This one and the Vertical Jewbelation are among my all time favorites. Period. Seek out and enjoy!

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks great dark ruby color can't see through this at all... not much head so I dinged it for that but then again that might be caused by the aging. Smells sweet, bourbon notes, roasted, raisins. Flavor is sweet def a sipper but I don't mind that at all... candied fruits, raisins, bourbon is pleasant not at all overwhelming or over powering... slightly boozy but not nearly as much as you'd expect from 10 percenter. I'm a huge fan of regular blockhead and buffalo trace bourbon so mixing the 2 seemed like a great idea on paper and it works in reality too. Coney Island continues to push the envelope and I'm usually impressed.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep amber brown with a small off white head and minimal retention
S: smells of bourbon with some notes of caramel and vanilla along with toffee and slight banana
T: bourbon notes of caramel and slight oakiness along with a bit of vanilla, and toffee. very nice maltyness that plays well with and complements the bourbon flavors. aftertaste is slightly boozy with more bourbon goodness and some more toffee sweetness.
M: soft carbonation and a somewhat full feel in the mouth but not too heavy
O: pretty impressive beer. it isn't something that you'd think to toss in a bourbon barrel but it works and tastes pretty good.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz split and poured into a snifter. Bottling date 5/25/2012.

A: Pours a clear ruby with a 1 finger off white head. Dissipates within a few minutes. Some real tiny bubbles are visible in the body. Definitely not a stout!

S: Hits you with some bourbon, oak and vanilla right off the bat. Roasted malt reminiscent of fig.

T: Upfront bourbon, great oaky notes too. Can certainly see the difference between this and a bourbon stout. It has much more molasses, carmel and dark fruits. Very sweet too.

M: Has a creamy mouthfeel, pretty decent carbonation. A lingering stickiness. Real nice warming effect to it.

Overall a great barrel aged beer, love the lighter body of a dopplebock mixing with the bourbon. More of a scotch ale effect, but certainly not taste.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - There is a finger of light beige head on the pour. When I look at the body, I see a deep amber with hints of red. Clear. The head quickly falls but leaves a nice lace.

S - It's sweet and just what you would expect from Shmaltz. Slight bourbon and bready biscuity-ness. Maple syrup on the artificial side.

T - Again some nice maple. Definite vanilla and malt, like a malt ball. It end with a weird hop flavor that doesn't fit. Hopefully that would fade.

M - Such a thick beer with lots of carbonation. A little syrupy.

O - It doesn't come together well. Nice sweetness and flavors, but a little over the top, like most Shmaltz. Late hops don't fit.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16.

A: Clear dark amber body with an inch of creamy, super-fine tan head. Strong retention, ok lace. Nice.

S: Sweet, oaky bourbon and vanilla. A bit of spicy maltiness, perhaps a touch of earthiness and some dark fruits. Nice.

T: Bourbon right up front, with some figs and other dark fruits following close behind. A bit of caramel malt and vanilla toward the end, and some spicy booze on the finish. Tasty.

M: Frothy medium body; a bit thin, but ok.

O: I honestly didn't remember that this was a Doppelbock when I ordered it ("Barrel Aged" was enough to make me take a chance), but it makes perfect sense. Well-done brew.


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Photo of mactrail
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always liked the regular Blockhead, so I was eager to try this. "Wow," is the general response. Hugely flavorful, hot, and driving nails into the brain, as the label suggests, gives you the general idea.

Clear coppery brown in the Orval chalice. Finely carbonated on the tongue, though. Lots of vanilla in the first sip. A whoppin' bourbon barrel flavor. Extroverted is the style. Nutty and rich. Crazy aroma of expensive hooch and leather sports car seats.

Chocolate and fruitcake might stand up to this stuff. Otherwise, it's you, the big leather chair, and swirling your snifter. From the 22 oz bottle from the Grapevine in Denver.

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Photo of abrand
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

23 ounce bomber split with friend. poured into a pint glass

This pours a cola brown color with a nice very white 2 finger head and great retention. As soon as this is opened you can smell the bourbon. Also hints of cherries, raisins, grains, and toffee. Some complexity but very bourbon forward. Taste is also full of bourbon flavors. Backbone of dark fruit and malts. Medium bodied and decent carbonation. Overall I think some age will do wonders to this. Too much alcohol on the palate which overpowers the other flavors.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a yellow brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, milk chocolate, wood, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, subtle sweet alcohol, and vanilla. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. If I am honest here, I never really have gone into any brews from this brewery with much confidence. This one was no exception… However, as far as the flavor goes on this one I was pleasantly surprised with what I found as it was quite complex and very nice. The barrel definitely imparted a very nice complexity to this brew that made it quite enjoyable on the flavor. Wish the aroma would have brought it’s a-game as it felt a little subdued in comparison. Worth trying for the flavor alone if you have not done so already.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a big light tan head that fades and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is similar to the regular version but with nice vanilla and whiskey aromas. Those are intermingled with notes of rich toffee, brown sugar, and bready malt.

T: The taste is similar as well but the barrel makes this one much better. There are very nice notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and bready malt along with buttery bourbon and vanilla. The hops I got from the regular version are non-existent at this point.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

O: This turned a decent beer into a pretty damn good one. I wasn't expecting much given the base beer but it's pretty tasty. Glad I grabbed a few more to drink over the next few months.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. it's not as good as the only other big beer i've had from these guys, he'brew jewbelation fourteen, but being a sucker for bourbon barrel aging it gets a bump from me. decent degree of complexity.

(originally reviewed: 09-19-2011)

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Photo of KajII
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a murky medium brown with a huge (3-4 finger) tan frothy head that dissipated down to a large cap of foam that lasted throughout and had some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was quite powerful of a toasted bread malt and a leathery doughy yeast with notes of molasses, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit (plums and raisins), oak and a strong bourbon presence.

The taste was robustly sweet and very malty with notes of caramel, molasses and brown sugar throughout with a hint of dark fruit and a very pronounced bourbon note at the end. The flavor was quite a long winded with a sweet bourbon taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and oily, syrupy and dry in texture with a good strong carbonation.

Overall a fantastic Doppelbock, most likely the best one I have had to date...

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Photo of taconight2night
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a decent overall value being that you get what you pay for. It has a pretty, dark red copper hue in the stien. Nice on the palet with a thick creamy feel. Fairly low on carbination. Intense aromas of alcohol and ripe fruit without being sweet and sticky. Nice carmely flavor, somewhat malty and savory. This beer is a nice convorsational sipper that I would gladly purchase again.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shmaltz Barrel Aged Release #4. I'm trying to get my hands on as many of these offerings as possible. Had Genesis 15:15 already and Funky Jewbelation is in the fridge.

First batch. 523 cases. Bottled 06/01/11. Bourbon-barrel aged doppelbock. I've got two snifters ready for this 'un.

Dark mahogany brown with antique garnet hues on the initial pour. Pretty hard to see through at all. An inch plus of taupe-colored head with some foam legs. 4.0

Huge barrel nose. Loads of rich bourbon and boozy vanilla and flaked coconut. Bulging caramelly malt pushes through with burnt toffee and raisin notes. Smells sugary and hot. Reminds me of Backwoods Bastard in the nose. 4.0

Thought I knew what would be behind every corner just from the nose, but I'm surprised by the bitterness levels. They're impressive. It's got to be part hops and part tannic quality from the oak barrel. Creates a balance around the sweet caramel/toffee in the malt, dark fruit esters, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and heat. The bourbon isn't overloading, but it's forward. Has a blonde wood oakiness. All kinds of alcohol on the backend. Nice slice of the barrel in every sip. The toasted coconut is subdued, and the vanilla isn't particularly big either. A little fruitier than the nose, but still all about the barrel aging. I forget what regular Human Blockhead tastes like, but this has to be an improvement. Doppelbocks in the wood are great treats. 4.0

Round body with finishing fizz. Great spritz in this one. Keeps it lively while the body is filling enough. That heat is too much still, however, and I have to dock it for that. 3.0

I'm trying to get back into doppelbocks again, and this is a fun way to do it. Second barrel-aged doppelbock amongst my reviews. I'd sling this into the 'recommended' box. 4.0

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color, with a slight off-white head. Big whiskey notes on the aroma along with some rich malts. Similar in the taste with the barrel notes with a nice sweetness with tinges of alcohol. The feel is a bit prickly. Not bad, but over the course of the bottle, a bit harsh. Light-medium bodied.

Nice barrel notes, but doesn't really expand much on that ideal. Still though, it's fairly nice and worth a try.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label says this is Batch no. 001, 523 cases, bottling date of 6/1/2011. Poured into a snifter.

Aggressive pour yields a bubbly, nearly rocky head about 2 1/2 fingers high and off white in color. Head fades at a moderate rate, lace is moderate as well. Color is a dark and murky burnt molasses with reddish hints.

The aroma is of sweet caramelized malts, dark fruits like plums and raisins, maybe even some cherries, caramel and toffee, some hints of butterscotch, mixed with very nice notes of bourbon, wood, and some light vanilla. Bourbon seems very nicely melded, isn't overpowering.

In the taste I get lots of the sweetness and maltyness, plum and raisin, less cherry than the nose (though a bit), plenty of toffee caramel and butterscotch, pleasant (but not strong or overpowing) notes of bourbon, hints of vanilla, with some peppery spice on the back-end and finish. Nice taste. Very barleywine-esqe. Plenty boozy, but not in the taste, it's more so in the feeling. As in, after only half the bomber of this, I'm feeling it pretty damn well like I were drinking fucking Buffalo Trace.

The mouthfeel good as well. Creamy smooth consistency, light-medium carbonation, Medium body, and a moderately short finish.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but I feel like it could be more, like it's lacking just that little something to take it from being pretty good to being great. I couldn't tell you what that is, maybe more prominent barrel aging in the taste, I'm not sure. Maybe I'm looking for it to be more that what it is, a barrel aged bock (or doppelbock, IDK?), but that might be because I've never had one before nor was I aware they existed until I found this brew. Also, just as a side note, I happen to have a bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon (the barrels this was aged in) at all times because it's one of my favorites and this doesn't remind me at all of that. Just interesting to note.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bal aged human blockhead

A - two finger head of white foam on a dark brown body with no light showing through. The had recedes slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - dark malt, sour black cherries, and some red apple.

T - sour cherries and sweet malt with a touch of caramel. More sour chery in the middle with red apple and a malty, sweet finish.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - this isn't advertised as a sour beer, but that is unquestionably what it is. I'm forced to assume that this is a result of a barrel aging mistake. They being said it is a pretty enjoyable beer, reminiscent of a flemish red. A good beer overall, probably better than what they intended to make.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger thick off white head with tons lacing, very thick, on a jet black body. Aroma is very sour and peppery with licorice and bourbon notes. Also a vinegar like aroma which dominates. Flavor is sweeter with more dark fruit appreciated than it was in the aroma initially however still fairly sour. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall fairly drinkable. Both sweet and sour, and not at all true to the style but good.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber ocher and quite clear. Topped with a pale tan latte foam which doesn't hang out for very long. lacing is ok.

S: Smells great... visualize an empty four roses barrel still saturated with juice. Dark fruit in the way of raisin and fig fill in with a touch of vanilla.

T: oh yeah... this is a dopplebock. Deceivingly this beer is quite mellow and rather clean finishing. Sweet flavors of fig and molasses are quickly met with a drying oak driven astringency. Vanilla and oak tannin dry out the tongue for quite a long time. Just a touch of heat along the way but it's complementary to the Bourbon qualities this beer shows.

M: Wet cotton

O: This is the second dopplebock I have tried which has been aged in decent bourbon barrels and much like the first, this beer is successful. The bourbon barrels use up most of their gusto in the aroma, though they do seem to provide a complementary drying quality on the palate as well as finishing flavors suggestive of typical bourbon characteristics. I wish this had a bit more influence from the barrel (and wonder how long it was aged for), but find this to be pretty worthwhile.

I do not believe this is an age worthy beer as it is balanced quite well now. Im not sure how cellaring will enhance anything here.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, cloudy garnet red amber with a massive two finger fine tan head and lacing. Nice aroma of dark fruit, malt, bourbon and a bit of oak. Delicious! Big bourbon, dark dried fruit, vanilla, caramel, finishes with wood, bourbon and pine hops. I wish I could drink this quickly for the flavor, but the ABV is just too high. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A bit boozy, but delicious. Hope I can get a few more bottles.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/1/2011, Batch/Cases: 001/523
Nice 1.5 finger ehad (off-white) that retains quite well, though it left little to no lacing. Body is deep garnet.

Nose contains bourbon and some lighter lagery fruits.

The taste is good-- definitely a lot of bourbon character and teh bock character is a bit subdued, but it ends up being slightly acrid. I don't think it could've been done better, but I think that a bourbon barrel doppelbock permutation isn't working as well as I might have hoped. (And as a lover of doppelbocks and bourbon barrel beers, my hopes were correspondingly high.) The non-bourbon part is kind of biscuity. Booziness rules the day, even 6 months old. Maybe it needed a whole year, but I didn't have the cellar space, and trying it now, I don't think I would've saved it longer.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Smooth and fine.

By no means bad, but neither mind-blowing nor worth the price.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a rich deep garnet color with a half finger off white head that held pretty well,love the richness and definition to the ccolor of this beer.Vanilla/caramel aromas are big along with toasty oak and a hint of anise,just warming and very appitizng.Big caramel sweetness and vanilla on the palate,it's a bit hot with more sweetness from the alcohol,it's a little sweet for my taste but for a beer this big and style it's not to much out of the ordinary.A rich full beer it has alot of top notch qualities about it,just sip it.

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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.