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
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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
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4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle (Batch #2, Bottled On 5/25/2012) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 glass

A- Pours a hazy copper with ruby highlights decorating the edges of the glass. The head is a 1-finger off-white, creamy head. As a matter of fact, it looks a lot like carbonated bourbon...very promising. (4.50)

S- Massive! The appearance did not disappoint as the presence from the bourbon barrel is ridiculous. Not only that, it really blends brilliantly with the aromas of the imperial bock (which is very reminiscent of an English-style barleywine). Vanilla, caramel, toffee, coconut and bourbon-soaked dark fruits (raisin, plum, apple, date, fig) (5.0)

T- Like the nose, BBA Blockhead delivers in spades. Bourbon is attacks the palate first followed by the sweetness from the imperial bock. There is a second wave of bourbon sweetness that follows which ultimately finishes dry courtesy of some tannin imparted from the barrel. (5.0)

M- Although it falls on the heavier side of medium, the mouthfeel is relatively light for such a big beer. Although BBA Blockhead is not bottle conditioned, the creamy carbonation might lead you to think so. A bit of alcohol burn is noticeable once the beer warms, but for a barrel-aged beer, the drinkability is rather high. (4.75)

O- Simply put, this is one of my favorite BBA beers (yep, it's up there with BCBS, KBS, A Night To End All Dawns and Blasphemy). Even with 2+ years of age on it, Batch #2 of BBA Blockhead is not only an amazing offering, its ageability is undeniable. Although I do still have one more bottle from Batch #1 (packaged ~1 year earlier) of which to compare, my feeling is that Batch #2 is more enjoyable due to its balance between beer and barrel (I remember the barrel tannins and alcohol heat from the initial release being much more intense, overpowering the flavors of the base beer) . I only hope that Shmaltz rolls out Batch #3 in the near future! (4.75)

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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