Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
246
Reviews:
87
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
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14
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47
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Been sitting on this just a little while. Bomber bottled on 5/25/2012 poured into a Duvel tulip. Light brown/red tinted body that is mostly clear with a three finger dark tan head. Decent retention and a little lacing.

Strong aroma of maple, bourbon, and oak. Very inviting and not overpowering.

The flavor is very dense featuring the sweet caramel malt that blends very nicely with the maple, oak, and light bourbon notes. There is a hint of fruitiness that leans toward cherry, but not is not really tart. Solid blend, if a little on the sweet side for my personal taste.

Very thick mouthfeel that hides the alcohol very well. Glad I sat on this for a while, because I had heard the alcohol was potent. Aging it for a while definitely takes the edge off, but did not seem to detract from the overall flavor. Excellent brew.

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22oz. bomber bottle with a life like drawing of a man with a handlebar mustache. This man has a nail in his nose and a hammer in his hand. Behind the man is a wall of hammers and nails. Off to the left of the blockhead in a circus font is where they tell what kind of barrels it was aged in. On the neck of the bottle is another label. This where they tell you how many cases were bottled, the batch number, and bottling date. This is from batch 2 and bottled on 25 May 2012. 1002 cases were available.

When poured into a simple Pilsner glass, this Doppelbock was a semi clear dark cherry amber with some faint sun yellow highlights at the bottom of the beer. A part of me really enjoyed the color of this beer. The head of foam wasn't as impressive as the color of the beer. The initial head of foam was a tab bit over the 1/4 of an inch line. As for the color of the foam, it was a light tan color or what I like to call a dirty white color. The retention was too fast for my liking. It fizzled away into a tiny string of rings and if you're lucky, a spot or two of lace.

When the cap came popping off, out came a strong whiff of caramel, roasted malt, and charred oak. When it settled in the glass, those aromas were in there and more. But every aroma had a sweet alcohol undertone to it. Besides the strong aroma of alcohol, there was roasted malt, sweet caramel, a touch of dark chocolate, a dab of coffee, a drop of black cherry, and a little charred oak and bourbon at the end. Even though this aroma loved the booze, there was a variety of aromas in here that slightly evened out all the booze.

The taste started off tame with the roasted malt and a dash of black cherry. Immediately after the cherry, in washes in like a hurricane a strong taste of alcohol. The taste of the alcohol lasted for a while before it let anything else through. Intermingled in with the alcohol was the sweet caramel, dark chocolate, and a drop of coffee. After the alcohol had its fun in the sun, it then let through a little charred oak and bourbon. It was clearly the alcohol that reigned supreme in the taste. It the alcohol had been toned down a little bit, this would have been a killer Doppelbock taste.

This was a full bodied Doppelbock that had a good level of carbonation and an alcohol based aftertaste. Like everything in the aroma and taste, every aroma/flavor had an alcohol undertone to it. I got roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, black cherry, and some more charred oak and bourbon. This isn't one of those beers that was going to mess around. It wanted you to feel the strong taste of alcohol. I guess you can say that the aftertaste was a tab bit on the boozy side.

You'd think the year this beer was aged, the alcohol would have calmed down. Nope, age didn't do anything to the alcohol. It's actually not a bad Doppelbock. The bourbon barrel aging was a nice touch. It could have been the barrel that added to the strong taste of alcohol. The only thing this beer has going for it is that its an affordable bourbon barrel aged beer. Would I drink this version again. Probably not. Cool label though.

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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 246 ratings.
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