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Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead



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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 325   ABV: 10.83%
This might be the most unique barrel aged lager you will find. Brewed like a barley wine but fermented as a lager then aged on fresh wet Buffalo Trace barrels for 5 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Name: Coney Island Human Blockhead, Bourbon Barrel
Date: July 30, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Vintage: batch #1
Appearance: muddy brown, frothy beige head
Aroma: sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma like a chocolate candy
Flavor: rich chocolate and caramel flavor with a big dose of bourbon, vanilla sweetness
Overall: perfect chocolate covered caramel with a bourbon center in a glass

Name: Coney Island Human Blockhead, Bourbon Barrel
Date: August 06, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
the same wonderful candy on draft

Name: Coney Island Human Blockhead, Bourbon Barrel
Date: August 08, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: hop city
Vintage: batch #2
Score: 4.1
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine off white head
Aroma: big sweet caramel and vanilla aroma, lots of bourbon on top of the rich base bock
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, lots of caramel, lots of vanilla, big sweet candy bock
Overall: batch two is just as big and full of bourbon as the first batch, lighter on the chocolate

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3319) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Pours a medium/dark brown with a light tan head. Complex aroma of alcohol, dried fruits and caramel malt. The flavor is boozy and sweet. Lots of the bourbon. This might need time to mellow out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 Draft at the Rhino in Missoula. Hazed brown, thick tan head. Aroma of toffee, fruit, silky bourbon, molasses. Taste has lots of thick sweet molasses and roast malt flavor, with dark fruit/rum-soaked fruit sweetness also, woody/earthy bitterness, velvety bourbon feel 3.9.... Splitting a bottle now, this stuff, is awesome, lots of rich sweetness, but also some earthy bitterness, lots of wood, molasses, dark fruits, some leather, tobacco. Have to buy a bottle and attempt to age for a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5534) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle. Deep copper red with a fizzy off white head. Caramel bourbon oak and vanilla aroma and taste with an earhty sweet finish. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of Bourbon, vanilla, light caramel, and slight coconut. Poured very deep amber/brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and slight alcohol. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, Bourbon, vanilla, coconut finish. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (5094) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Oak and maple syrup aroma. Cloudy red copper, thin yellow head. Caramel flavor with nougat and walnut toward the end. Shmaltz every now and then comes up with something that really wows me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (11175) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours a dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma is like a sherry, with caramel, dark fruits, boozy liqueurs and some wood. Flavour is quite sweet, with sweet sherry / brandy, caramel, candied sugar and some faint wood (though the barrels are not so pronounced in this aspect). A little cloying in sweetness, but quite solid. Actually enjoyed the original Human Blockhead more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (6654) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2011
On tap at Fireworks in Arlington VA. Pours a clear, root beer brown with a thin, creamy white head. Nose has some fruity, booziness of a dopplebock with some lurking sweetness, caramel, vanilla etc from the barrel. The nose is not bad though. The flavor is where things start to go downhill. There’s just too much residual sugar. It’s cloying, overly malty like an imperial pils. The barrel is there with vanilla, caramel, but it’s over the crappy lager base and it just doesn’t mesh. A little hot too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Batch 1 / 523 cases. Bottled on 06/01/2011
22oz bottle. Reddish brown pour, thick foam of light tan. Aroma of hot bourbon, sweet vanilla, lagered malts. It is all bourbon in the nose, nothing but alcohol from a barrel scent. Sticky texture of sweet rich malts. Caramelized sugars, some earthy hops add leather character. Then the Bourbon character takes over. Smooth soft vanilla essence, slight alcohol burn, nice oak, with a hint of dark (American-ized) Bock Beer. This bottle might be the smoothest, most balanced, Bourbon barrel-aged beer I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle pours dark brown/orange with brief beige head. Nice sweet aroma with bourbon and malts. Taste very boozy with bourbon prominent, sweet malts, vanilla and slight oak. Palate could be a bit thicker, slightly sticky. Finish bourbon and slight hops.

If you like sweet boozy bourbon-barrel beers (and I do) here you go. Really enjoyed the Buffalo Trace flavor.

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