Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead
Shmaltz Brewing Company

Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human BlockheadConey Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead
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Style:
German Doppelbock
ABV:
10%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
247
From:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  14
Gots
  47
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human BlockheadConey Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead
Notes: "Imperial American Bock"
Aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels
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3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber bottle with a life like drawing of a man with a handlebar mustache. This man has a nail in his nose and a hammer in his hand. Behind the man is a wall of hammers and nails. Off to the left of the blockhead in a circus font is where they tell what kind of barrels it was aged in. On the neck of the bottle is another label. This where they tell you how many cases were bottled, the batch number, and bottling date. This is from batch 2 and bottled on 25 May 2012. 1002 cases were available.

When poured into a simple Pilsner glass, this Doppelbock was a semi clear dark cherry amber with some faint sun yellow highlights at the bottom of the beer. A part of me really enjoyed the color of this beer. The head of foam wasn't as impressive as the color of the beer. The initial head of foam was a tab bit over the 1/4 of an inch line. As for the color of the foam, it was a light tan color or what I like to call a dirty white color. The retention was too fast for my liking. It fizzled away into a tiny string of rings and if you're lucky, a spot or two of lace.

When the cap came popping off, out came a strong whiff of caramel, roasted malt, and charred oak. When it settled in the glass, those aromas were in there and more. But every aroma had a sweet alcohol undertone to it. Besides the strong aroma of alcohol, there was roasted malt, sweet caramel, a touch of dark chocolate, a dab of coffee, a drop of black cherry, and a little charred oak and bourbon at the end. Even though this aroma loved the booze, there was a variety of aromas in here that slightly evened out all the booze.

The taste started off tame with the roasted malt and a dash of black cherry. Immediately after the cherry, in washes in like a hurricane a strong taste of alcohol. The taste of the alcohol lasted for a while before it let anything else through. Intermingled in with the alcohol was the sweet caramel, dark chocolate, and a drop of coffee. After the alcohol had its fun in the sun, it then let through a little charred oak and bourbon. It was clearly the alcohol that reigned supreme in the taste. It the alcohol had been toned down a little bit, this would have been a killer Doppelbock taste.

This was a full bodied Doppelbock that had a good level of carbonation and an alcohol based aftertaste. Like everything in the aroma and taste, every aroma/flavor had an alcohol undertone to it. I got roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, black cherry, and some more charred oak and bourbon. This isn't one of those beers that was going to mess around. It wanted you to feel the strong taste of alcohol. I guess you can say that the aftertaste was a tab bit on the boozy side.

You'd think the year this beer was aged, the alcohol would have calmed down. Nope, age didn't do anything to the alcohol. It's actually not a bad Doppelbock. The bourbon barrel aging was a nice touch. It could have been the barrel that added to the strong taste of alcohol. The only thing this beer has going for it is that its an affordable bourbon barrel aged beer. Would I drink this version again. Probably not. Cool label though.

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A clear brown
S sugary sweet figs
T fine aged port or sherry, figs, grand marnier
M light yet assertive
O this sh$t is good if you like boozy beers, much akin to English Barleywine. Sweet oxidazition, sweet sherry ala Lees Harvest Ale in cask
Big beer lovers rejoice in the Coney Island , He'brew style>>. Gadol, If you can find it.. From Beers of the World expensive case- aged at $12 per 22oz bomber. dopplebocks are good IMHO, and under appreciated. Limited release, enjoyed both bottles. Highly recommend to BIG beer lovers of barrel, booze and malt with finesse. Hop lovers look elsewhere.

Shalom and lights out. I enjoyed this bomber after an 2013 Parabola with the vivacious and enthusiastic wife. Flavor held up well to the RIS initial tasting.

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Batch #1 bomber, bottled 6/01/2011. A darker bock, this pours a dark brown that is a bit murky but with improving clarity as it warms. Head is moderate, with a finger's worth that replenishes itself for a minute or two, then gradually dissipates, leaving lightly iridescent bubbles around the rim. Smells of caramel and vanilla malt, with significant heat from the 10% abv. Barrel character, honey, and wheat from the Buffalo Trace come in on the tongue, but the flavor also has undertones of papery oxidation and rubbing alcohol. Mouthfeel is pleasant but unremarkable, with a nice, full body that is undercut by some harshness from the alcohol.

Overall, this is past its prime compared to bottles that had less age on them when consumed. I remember it being smoother and more well-integrated when newer. I've scored it according to this tasting, given that I've seen no indication that Shmaltz is making this again (perhaps you can think of Bock Bock as the spiritual successor to BA Human Blockhead). Anything you can get your hands on at this point will be old, although there is a 2012 bottling that is a bit younger than mine.

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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 247 ratings