Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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246 Ratings
Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human BlockheadConey Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Imperial American Bock"
Aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels

Added by glid02 on 09-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
246
pDev:
12.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
47
Trade:
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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of retry4z
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes.
L: Pours brilliant chestnut under a 2” light tan foam collar that slowly recedes to a thick, clingy, lacy film.
S: Bready malt, vanilla and alcohol aromas.
T: A big bready malt palate seasoned with a rich bourbon character.
F: Chewy, warming, medium low alcohol.
O: A fine bourbon barrel aged doppelbock.

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Photo of kidzord
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of deonreds
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DucksFan16
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Copper, the color of sorghum syrup. Tan head with smatterings of lacing left on the side of the glass.
smell: Rich malty sweet, vanilla, bourbon. Decadent i mean.
taste: More of the same, though a notch better than the damn fine nose.
overall: Found this in a store Saturday and just noticed the bottled on date is near 3 years ago. Very nice.

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Photo of PSG63
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Way2drunk
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lefty418
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Rhf9120
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jbaker67
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of threeviews
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
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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Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Damn big, voluminous, tan, and soapy head with thin purple/red/black brew.

Ass ton of light crystal malt. Vanilla to the max, slightly over so. Lot and lots of barrel.

Creamy, milky, smooth, boozy, delicious. A bit rum(my) and vodka(y). Lots of heat, yet nice drink ability. Carbonation is fluid, yet still rather abrasive.

A nice brew, has to be one of shmaltz brewing best beers. Definitely recommended for the flavors and style.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber into a tulip. Bottles on 6/1/2011

A - Dark, ruby red with an off-whiteish, frothy head

S - Caramel, Toffee, Butterscotch, sweet bourbon. Maybe slight oak, but it's not too present.

T - All the flavors on the nose come through beautifully. It's very comparable to an English Barleywine in many aspects.Barrel aging has done amazing things to the base beer.

M - There's definitely a warming presence, but it actually nice and moves the 10% along. Definitely not off-putting by any means. Slightly syrupy, but not thick.

O - More than pleasantly surprised. For the alcohol warmth and 10% abv, this drink so smoothly. Too many flavors to list and a great dessert beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 246 ratings
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