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 UltimateLivewire
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of matttttYCE
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label says this is Batch no. 001, 523 cases, bottling date of 6/1/2011. Poured into a snifter.

Aggressive pour yields a bubbly, nearly rocky head about 2 1/2 fingers high and off white in color. Head fades at a moderate rate, lace is moderate as well. Color is a dark and murky burnt molasses with reddish hints.

The aroma is of sweet caramelized malts, dark fruits like plums and raisins, maybe even some cherries, caramel and toffee, some hints of butterscotch, mixed with very nice notes of bourbon, wood, and some light vanilla. Bourbon seems very nicely melded, isn't overpowering.

In the taste I get lots of the sweetness and maltyness, plum and raisin, less cherry than the nose (though a bit), plenty of toffee caramel and butterscotch, pleasant (but not strong or overpowing) notes of bourbon, hints of vanilla, with some peppery spice on the back-end and finish. Nice taste. Very barleywine-esqe. Plenty boozy, but not in the taste, it's more so in the feeling. As in, after only half the bomber of this, I'm feeling it pretty damn well like I were drinking fucking Buffalo Trace.

The mouthfeel good as well. Creamy smooth consistency, light-medium carbonation, Medium body, and a moderately short finish.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but I feel like it could be more, like it's lacking just that little something to take it from being pretty good to being great. I couldn't tell you what that is, maybe more prominent barrel aging in the taste, I'm not sure. Maybe I'm looking for it to be more that what it is, a barrel aged bock (or doppelbock, IDK?), but that might be because I've never had one before nor was I aware they existed until I found this brew. Also, just as a side note, I happen to have a bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon (the barrels this was aged in) at all times because it's one of my favorites and this doesn't remind me at all of that. Just interesting to note.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bal aged human blockhead

A - two finger head of white foam on a dark brown body with no light showing through. The had recedes slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - dark malt, sour black cherries, and some red apple.

T - sour cherries and sweet malt with a touch of caramel. More sour chery in the middle with red apple and a malty, sweet finish.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - this isn't advertised as a sour beer, but that is unquestionably what it is. I'm forced to assume that this is a result of a barrel aging mistake. They being said it is a pretty enjoyable beer, reminiscent of a flemish red. A good beer overall, probably better than what they intended to make.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger thick off white head with tons lacing, very thick, on a jet black body. Aroma is very sour and peppery with licorice and bourbon notes. Also a vinegar like aroma which dominates. Flavor is sweeter with more dark fruit appreciated than it was in the aroma initially however still fairly sour. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall fairly drinkable. Both sweet and sour, and not at all true to the style but good.

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Photo of ctc862
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of flannelman808
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber ocher and quite clear. Topped with a pale tan latte foam which doesn't hang out for very long. lacing is ok.

S: Smells great... visualize an empty four roses barrel still saturated with juice. Dark fruit in the way of raisin and fig fill in with a touch of vanilla.

T: oh yeah... this is a dopplebock. Deceivingly this beer is quite mellow and rather clean finishing. Sweet flavors of fig and molasses are quickly met with a drying oak driven astringency. Vanilla and oak tannin dry out the tongue for quite a long time. Just a touch of heat along the way but it's complementary to the Bourbon qualities this beer shows.

M: Wet cotton

O: This is the second dopplebock I have tried which has been aged in decent bourbon barrels and much like the first, this beer is successful. The bourbon barrels use up most of their gusto in the aroma, though they do seem to provide a complementary drying quality on the palate as well as finishing flavors suggestive of typical bourbon characteristics. I wish this had a bit more influence from the barrel (and wonder how long it was aged for), but find this to be pretty worthwhile.

I do not believe this is an age worthy beer as it is balanced quite well now. Im not sure how cellaring will enhance anything here.

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Photo of TATURBO
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of sliverX
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, cloudy garnet red amber with a massive two finger fine tan head and lacing. Nice aroma of dark fruit, malt, bourbon and a bit of oak. Delicious! Big bourbon, dark dried fruit, vanilla, caramel, finishes with wood, bourbon and pine hops. I wish I could drink this quickly for the flavor, but the ABV is just too high. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A bit boozy, but delicious. Hope I can get a few more bottles.

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Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/1/2011, Batch/Cases: 001/523
Nice 1.5 finger ehad (off-white) that retains quite well, though it left little to no lacing. Body is deep garnet.

Nose contains bourbon and some lighter lagery fruits.

The taste is good-- definitely a lot of bourbon character and teh bock character is a bit subdued, but it ends up being slightly acrid. I don't think it could've been done better, but I think that a bourbon barrel doppelbock permutation isn't working as well as I might have hoped. (And as a lover of doppelbocks and bourbon barrel beers, my hopes were correspondingly high.) The non-bourbon part is kind of biscuity. Booziness rules the day, even 6 months old. Maybe it needed a whole year, but I didn't have the cellar space, and trying it now, I don't think I would've saved it longer.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Smooth and fine.

By no means bad, but neither mind-blowing nor worth the price.

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Photo of nanobrew
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of mfield14
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy amber with a mountain of brownish, off white head that is dense and foamy. The cascades down to meet the liquid as the beer pours. The head has amazing retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The nose is bready, sweet, and caramelly with some notes of dark fruit and alcohol esters. The taste is very malty up front with bready, caramel notes followed by a fruitiness characterized by baked appples, raisins, and dates. The finish is warm with alcohol phenols. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, warm, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid beer. I've had the original version and I can't pinpoint exactly what if anything the bourbon barrels added to the flavor. Nonetheless, this is flavorful, balanced, smooth, drinkable, enjoyable. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001/523, Bottled 6/1/11, Reviewed 1/8/12

A: This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like strong bourbon and oak and toasted coconut, with some earthy caramel and vanilla and a bit of copper.
T: It tasted like oak and toasted coconut and bourbon, with some earthy caramel and copper, and a bit of vanilla and citrus. It had a mostly clean and sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Slick and fully body.
D: If you don't like bourbon, stay away from this brew. But if you do like bourbon, this is a great drink. There wasn't much beer character to it, but it had a nice scent and taste and body nevertheless. It was fairly hot, so it must be sipped. Not sure how it would age, but I really liked it fresh.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ManVersusBeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Oneinchaway
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of davesway10
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Vermonthiker
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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