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Coney Island Human Blockhead - Barrel Aged



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RATINGS: 160   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5548) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Pours dark mahogany into a stem glass. Off-white head with excellent retention recedes to skim surface. Oak and whiskey aromas. Dark caramel and toffee upfront turning oaky before the lasting bourbon burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doppelthat (47) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Pours a murky brown body with a lively tan head that leaves behind great lacing. It smeels of caramel and maybe some vanilla. The bourbon is also very prominent in the aroma. It tastes much like the nose would suggest, sweet like caramel and vanilla with the heat from the bourbon being an aggresive finish. Overall this is quite a tasty beer but no more than one for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2011
(22oz bottle). Pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is strong bourbon/whiskey, alcohol drenched fruit, wood and vanilla. The barrel dominates. Taste is sweet with alcohol presence. Full bodied with a slick texture. Finish is hot. I can’t taste the base beer. Its all bourbon on this and its not a good thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6766) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. I picked this up at The Wine and Cheese Place. Dark mahogany with a nice foam. A rich malty nose with rye and wood. This offers wood flavors and so much malt! It is also very hot and that ABV is not hidden at all. The wood and accompanying vanilla is nice but too much heat detracts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertjm (853) - Albany, California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Draft at Beer Revolution - nice head. Slightly off white. Minimal coconut flavor. Gorgeous clear ruby body. Flavir of lightly toasted coconut. Even slightly dummy. after taste a bit akcoholy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (4472) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2011
Draught at Birch & Barley/Churchkey. Brown. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, roasted, lots of dark fruit, wood, chocolate). Flavor moderate to heavy sweet, light to moderate bitter. Almost full body, some alcohol felt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2762) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Ruddy copper, full foamy head. Big barrel nose with notes of caramel, vanilla and oak, but not a distinctly Jack Daniels nose. Fluffy smooth mouthfeel but then a harsh alcoholic presence all the way through to the finish, with lingering caramel and oak flavors at the end. Almost good but too harsh and abrasive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle:   Deep red, some copper hues, moderate off-white head, foamy, fairly nice lacing.   Big barrel aged character on the nose, it simply dominates.   Otherwise some big Toffee/Caramel notes.   Big caramel and vanilla notes up front, a bit woody, malty, bready, and just tasty.   Not too bright, flavors are there but they are a bit dull.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full, and it remains fairly smooth.   Not too heavy, but its heavy enough.   Finishes very malty, bready, with lingering notes of caramel, vanilla, and general woodiness.   Fairly tasty!   10% ABV is well hidden, but it certainly packs a punch!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Sampled on 8/20/2011. This dopplebock pours a dark amber color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is bready, fruity, caramel and sweet, some wood and bourbon. A medium bodied dopplebock. The malts are fruity and sweet, caramel, bourbon and wood. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice carbonation, Nice bourbon flavors, boozy, woody and sweet. Barrel aging really works well in this beer. Very nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1871) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Tap at RnH - Very sweet and syrupy. Ton of wood and oak that helps dry out the body. Bourbon and whiskey notes (Jack D barrels?). Almost cloying anyway, though.

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