Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mark!

Pours an amber/red that is certainly not filtered. A thick frothy 2 finger head tops the brew and is very slow to recede. When it does it leaves just a touch of lacing. Beautiful notes of bourbon mixed with sweet malts comprise this delicious nose. Let there be no doubt it is the bourbon that dominates the aroma. First sip is also dominated by the bourbon but the base beer shines through with caramel and ripe figs contributing. Light bodied yet somehow still creamy. The 10% is well hidden even with the bourbon flavors. Maybe a touch of age is showing as this bottle is now just past 3 months old. Doesn’t matter as this one’s a keeper.

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Photo of claytong
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch no 1
bottling 6/1/2011

appearance - great lacing. truly amber in color though listed as an imperial american bock on bottle. amazing head and great sticking to side.

smell - bourbon, oak, alcohol, vanilla

taste - alcohol, vanilla, oak and then bourbon. brown sugar lingers with cloying.

mouthfeel - good carbonation, medium body. a bit of cloying but not too mad.

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

Pours a murky brown with a small, tan head. Scent is heavy with bourbon, vanilla, caramel...and a bit of oak. Taste is initially caramel malt with delicious sweet bourbon and vanilla. Some chocolate too. A bit of booze...but not enough to be off-putting. Mouthfeel is big and rich, but not to thick or syrupy. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, I love me my bourbon-barrel-aged brews, and this is a tasty one. Could use a little time though to mellow out.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 bottle, poured into Bruery tulip glass:

Appearance: Coppery/Brown color, slight head (white in color).

Smell: Bourbon, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla.

Taste: Bourbon, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla, Boozy and Slightly malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Heavy bodied, boozy aftertaste.

Overall: Good Bourbon Barrel beer taste, boozy aftertaste.

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

A-Pours clear chestnut amber with an inch of khaki/pale yellow foamy head. Fizzes down quickly, leaving flecks of soapy lacing.

S-Mango slices soaked in bourbon. Caramel, vanilla, oak. Tropical fruit sweetness.

T/M-Extremely smooth. The mouthfeel on this is off the charts. Very mellow, without a trace of heat or boozy dryness. Allows the bourbon oak to come through elegantly. The body is a bit thin and the flavor profile is one dimensional (pretty much just a vehicle for bourbon barrel character) but other than that, this is pretty damn good.

O-Another solid barrel aged effort from Schmaltz. Loving what these guys have been doing lately.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky dark brown with a thin tan head that faded fast and left ok lacing.

The aroma was of brown sugar, butterscotch, oak and bourbon. Light earthy hops, some hebs and a hint of vanilla and cocoa.

The taste follows with a great balance of oak, bourbon, chocoalte, butterscotch, and brown sugar. Complex with herbal hop touches. Nicely balanced. A bit sweet, but not cloying. Butterscotch is usually considered a flaw, but I enjoyed its presence and how it was balanced in.

Very rich, thick, and smooth.

Overall it was a very complex, interesting, and enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a bit of a let down for me. The beer pours ammedium brown and totally see through color. There is a light tan very fizzy head like that on topmof a rootbeer. The smell was the best part of this beer with a wonderful bourbon nose. The flavor was completely dominated by the bourbon. The mouthfeel was thin and overly carbed. I though the beer was average. Inwas expecting a much darker slightly thicker base beer. I guess I should have tried the base beer before going for the barrel aged.

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Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An Imperial American Bock aged in Buffalo Trace barrels. That's enough to draw me in.

This one pours a moderately cloudy mahogany in color with a one finger beige colored head. It smells of Buffalo Trace, vanilla, and oak. It doesn't have great complexity but I dig it. The beer is very sweet. It's dominated by vanilla and oak and has a light bourbon finish that stays with the aftertaste. It's ok, but too much sugar. It drinks well for the content. The booze is lost behind the bourbon notes. It has pretty nice flavor and I must say I'm a fan. This is a beer that I enjoy but doesn't grade particularly well. I'd like to see more bourbon barrel aged lighter beers.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if I've ever had a barrel aged lager before, but here goes nothin.

Pours a larger fizzy and bubbly 2 finger head that fades fairly quickly over very clear amber toasty brown sienna maroon colored beer, no lacing.

Nose explodes with bourbon and oak, vanilla, sweet oak, the bourbon barrel aroma just overpowers anything else, sweet buttery bourbon oak, a light brown sugar, and hint of medium toasted malts under there somewhere.

Taste comes on strong again, loaded with more bourbon and oak, buttery oak and sweet molasses bourbon, light barrel flavors but more buttery oak. However, at least this time some of the beer comes through, some medium toasty malt flavors and some reddish malts, sweet molasses and brown sugar, hints of almost maple like. Pretty much no lager flavors no, the bourbon and sweet malts overpower it by far, which is why I was surprised they actually bourbon aged a lager. There is a bit of bitterness and some earthy hops coming through later as the bourbon starts to subside, but doesn't get far when the booze starts to kick in. Some warming and light tingly booze typical of a 10% beer start to dominate the finish. It also finishes with a light sticky and syrupy feel, as well as tingly booze that leaves the mouth hot and cold feeling, and some lingering bourbon and oak.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, a bit syrupy, boozy, and decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, nice bourbon characters as long as you like bourbon and oak, but it just way overpowers the beer and it's almost like there wasn't a beer to begin with, just bourbon cut down to 10% abv. Being a big bourbon fan I like the taste a lot, but I gotta knock it down a bit since I also like lagers and there was no lager at all and very little beer. Now if they did this with a bigger beer like big brown ale, porter, or imperial red, maybe it would have had better results.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola like color with light head.

S - Figs and caramel, not really a heavy hitter as far as the bourbon smell goes, but its there with a sniff or two of "hotness".

T/M - Taste is bourbony apple like flavor up front with a hont of spice and carbonation for mouthfeel, finishes with caramel like characteristics.

O - Overall a damn tasty beer, reminds me of an old ale that has been bourbon barrel aged. Seek this out and destroy it! And maybe even save a few for the cellar to destroy later!

PP (Price Point) - $12 for a 22oz bomber is waaay fair, I would buy this all day and say they nailed the PP.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Appears a deep deep brown burgundy with a thin foamy head that does not want to subside.

Smells really nicely from the bourbon with a lot of sweetness coming through. It's rather figgy and smells of caramel.

Tastes boozy. She's 10% all right! The scent comes through in the taste as well - a lot of sweet bourbon and vanilla caramel.

Mouthfeel starts a little thin and busts out wide. Very nice finish.

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Photo of shand
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

This brew pours a deep brown color with a decently sized head that quickly drops down. The aroma is huge on the bourbon, with some vanilla, woods, and caramel malts as well. The taste is quite solid, the flavor profile is probably closer to that of a huge stout due to the very heavy influence that the barrel has had on this beer. There's a big amount of bourbon and fruits up front, backed up by some slightly smoky wood flavors. Big caramel malts seal the deal. The mouthfeel is good, it's a bit thinner than the average brew with such big alcohol and flavors would be, but still acceptable. The drinkability is very nice, this one goes down very smoothly.

A great big beer from Coney Island, I'm really enjoying sipping on this one. It's not the best bourbon barrel aged beer, but is still notable just due to the high amount of influence the barrel imparted. Recommended to the BAs who are just as big bourbon fans as they are beer fans. It sort of sits in the same area as Twisted Pine's Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red where I wouldn't recommend it at all to someone who doesn't like bourbon. It's interesting that both of these brews are aged on Buffalo Trace (always a decent, well-priced standby) barrels, and each have the highest amount of barrel influence that I've tasted.

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Photo of Klym
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Pours a very dark translucent brown with tons of red mixed in. A nice foamy head, but lacing is very basic.

S: Sugary dark fruits (figs, dates, raisin in particular) with a very strong bourbon smell that ultimate makes it come off like soysauce.

T: This is really quite hot, which surprises me as many people talk about this hiding its alcohol. Stinging bourbon sitting on top of a darkfruit bock layer.

M: A really mysterious mouthfeel. A good amount of carbonation and creaminess that is great while drinking it but the mouthfeel almost entirely vanishes soon after the swallow. Definitely heat mouthfeel in the mouth, too.

O: Despite the style this thing seems young. I think it has potential and I'm glad to have tried it-- think I'll be picking up another bottle and aging it.

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Debated back n forth on whether or not to open this yet. Wanting to try it fresh won. Nice amber color, not a big head on it. Smells very much like bourbon....and more bourbon...and more bourbon. Also has alot of vanilla on the nose, woody, malty, a bit of caramel. Taste is bourbon forward, but also has loads of vanilla. I catch a subtle wood flavor, also caramel and it is very malty. Theres a bit of spice on the finish. No hint that this is 10% ABV. Smooth. Just very nice. I very much want another bottle. If this had a better mouthfeel it might be a solid A beer IMO. Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated for my liking and I'd like it creamier. Still not bad. Overall, this is excellent. So glad I got a bottle of it.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with Schmaltz brewing company and I'm excited.

My overall impression is that this is a very good beer that is heavy on the bourbon barel ageing. That is a good thing. Lots of vanilla, toffee, wood, Carmel, with slight hints of tabacco and leather.

It is on the sweet side. Super malty but I enjoy malt bombs. Some more hops could help a tad.

Beautiful deep brown copper color with a nice creamy head that retains well. Smells of creamy bread pudding with a shot of booze poured over it.

I'm digging this.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown pour. Pretty much see thru. Small white head. Not a lot of lacing but retention is good. 4

S: Certainly getting some bourbon here, but mostly it is malty and sweet. 3.5

T: Light malts start it all off, but a big hit of bourbon takes over.
Clean finish. Perhaps molasses or something else very sweet. 4

MF: heavier than I expected. Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation and only hints of alcohol. 4

O: Not bad at all. Continuing my buffalo trace Sunday afternoon. This wasn't as good as the Oak Aged Peg Leg I just put down, but for my first bourbon Amber/Red Lager I surely won't complain. 4

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol notes. In the taste, very oaky and lots of bourbon flavor. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry bourbon like aftertaste. Huge bourbon flavor, a sipper for sure.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a bit of wispy lacing on the surface that completely faded away. There are no signs of visible carbonation.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of whiskey in the nose; the smell becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of raisins intermixed with notes of alcohol and whiskey, the latter of which contributes some hints of vanilla in the finish. There is also a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation. A moderate amount of warming from the alcohol is noticeably present.
O: The barrel aging definitely makes this beer more interesting compared to the regular Blockhead. The whiskey doesn’t overpower the taste and still allows the raisin flavors to shine through. This is a good beer to sip and it really grows on you.

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Photo of chickencoop
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I used to be a fan of these guys but i must be on a bad streak of their stuff. These beers sure stand out on the shelf and are quite clever, but the pour and the beer are becoming as generic as Trader Joe's private label stuff. Deep amber pour/ malty nose and then nothing. Yes, you appluad the 10% going down smooth, but that's it, Thunderbird goes down great when you mix it with Sprite, but that doesn't make it good. Sorry the artwork is great, but overall, not a fan.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a somewhat hazy amber-brown color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of thin caramel with hints of overr-ripened fruits and hints of vanilla. I really don't get a whole lot of whiskey/bourbon out of this.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors segue into good amounts of bruised apples and hints of light raisins. Near the end of the sip a decent amount of vanilla flavors enter into the fray before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this beer gained a bit from the barrel aging and I'm not sure it would have benefitted a whole lot if there had been more whiskey influences. Like the non-barrel-aged version it's missing something but it's still a good beer.

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