Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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 SteelersX
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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 JMBSH
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of H0rnedFr0gs
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +3.2%
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 -5.9%
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 Exiled
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jsboates
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Hanzo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GregSVT
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +1%
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 603BeerMe
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of KajII
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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 jwat
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 246 ratings
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