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
  13
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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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 247
Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
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2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at a BevMo for $4.69 after it wouldn't scan. After seeing it at other stores for $10+ after the fact I guess I got a lucky deal in regards to price.

Batch # 1. Bottled 6/1/11.

Pours a slightly hazy iced tea color with a 2 inch puffy beige head. A nice latticework of lace clings to the side of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted coconut, vanilla, wood, and some malt aromas. The barrel aging of this beer is definitely the dominant smell on the nose. Taste is again of the barrel aging with toasted coconut, vanilla, wood, caramel, malt, and a weird chemical flavor. The off-flavor is present on the finish and reminds me of paint thinner or acetone. Unfortunately, this pretty much completely ruins the flavor of the beer. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that could have been great. The aroma is good but the taste is seriously compromised. I am glad I picked one of these up to try but I am glad that I only spent what I did considering how bad this beer tastes.

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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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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
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 247 ratings