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RATINGS: 156   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3990) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Pours a beautiful rich purple with ample tan head. Nose of plum and rum soaked fruits. Flavor is not quite as nice. Astringent woody notes and caramel sweeteness. The whiskey shines through a bit strong right now. Will be interested to see how it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12959) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very dark amber/brown with a 3 finger foamy beige head. Aromas of dark fruits, vanilla and oak? Full bodied. Foamy carb. Flavor is quite bourbon, with some dark fruit and nuts, but it’s alcohol and bourbon, primarily. Almost a cola touch. Oak astringency is very light. Finish is mildly sweet. It really tastes very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2011
22oz bottle.2011 Buffalo Trace barrels.Yum! Pours a cloudy light brown with a thin off white head.Nose is bourbon and oak.Taste is heavy bourbon followed by vanilla and malty notes.The bourbon extra long finish is awesome.Really solid barrel aged beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Shmaltz Brewing Company--Coney Island Human Blockhead Tough As Nails Lager--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 10.00% QABV. 35 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Doppelbock? No sediment. Lacy rich tannish head. Clear bright deep amber bronze color. Malty mild hop front. Rich sweet creamy caramel toffee cherry smooth big Doppelbock body. Mild hop Hot EtOH clean dry end. Nice, but too big. Mellows with chilling. Sampled 4/4/2009. 2 @ $5.49 Each.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - APR 17, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aquilo (596) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Barrel Aged Tuesday at Jupiter. Wait- how is this a dopplebock? Whatever it is, it smells amazing. Nectarines and tangerines and whiskey. Flavor is well balanced, mellow, bitter sweet, with lots more fruit coming through in the finish. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alphadelic (1975) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Tap @ The He’Brew Bash at the Blind Tiger NYC. I was fricking wasted by the end so some of these rates might be a bit odd. I noted a lack of head here. Very green apples to the nose. Oddly light and fruity. Slightly sweet. Chapstick. Bourbon. Mould. VINEGAR.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
riversideAK (5830) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Sweet toffee and dark malts in the nose, some green apple, and boozey whiskey barrel notes. Auburn pour with a thin ring of foam. The flavor is very boozy and woody, lots of whiskey, underlying malt sweetness. Long lingering dry woody finish. Too sweet for me, and very boozy, almost overwhelmingly. Sounded like a good idea, but ended up extremely underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2009
I’m not a big Jack Daniels fan; as a Tennessee whiskey it is alright, but it’s not great. Now, when it comes to a beer being aged in a Jack Daniels barrel…well that is a different story all together, and that is exactly what Coney Island has done with their Human Blockhead. A doppelbock in nature, I am highly intrigued to see how the barrel will change her composure. Am I looking forward to sweet, woody, oaky notes tinged with whiskey? Am I looking for liquid fire and brimstone that screams undiluted whiskey? Or is my Human Blockhead going to be a brand new beast all together? I’m not sure, but I am about to find out.

A hand bottled growler, my Jack Daniels Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead from Coney Island pours a clear burnished mahogany with a small head, but that is excusable this time around: hand-bottled growler. What he lacks in a lacy head he more than makes up for with an amazingly massive nose of surprisingly quirky depths. What I was expecting was most certainly not what I got, and in this instance, that is a very good thing. Any time a brewer ages a beer in a barrel they run the chance of having some Brett influence in their beer; Brett is characterized by sour acidic vinous notes along with dry, earthen barnyard esters and funk. Definitely more of an acquired taste, but once you have caught the Brett bug, there is no going back, and this Human Blockhead has a huge case of Brett. Tart and vinous, dry wood tannins are influenced by black grapes, black plums, black raisins, and a powerful hit of alcohol in the back of his nose. I attribute the alcohol slap-in-the-face to the Jack Daniel barrels, because there certainly isn’t any other whisky character anywhere to be found. Furthering his dry, vinous, and tart assault is red licorice, grape and plum skins, and prune juice concentrate. Wow. Brett bugs have certainly gone to town on this beer. My first quaff is light and refreshing, a further attribute to his blossoming palate of pinpoint acidity. Dark raisins lead into plums and grapes with skins intact, stones included. While his acidity hits the front of my palate, the back is all dry wood and charred oak barrel tannins. A wisp of characteristic Jack Daniel smokiness and dark spices flit through my breath, but they are a fragile being and flicker on the edge of extinction. Slow warmth creeps through my chest and puts a rosy glow on my cheeks which matches the sparkle in my eyes. While the Jack Daniel’s Barrel Aged Human Blockhead is nowhere near being a whisky whisper much less a whisky bomb, I love my Brett and it has worked beauteous wonders of nature on this beer which has culminated in quaffing perfection. If I didn’t know better, I would say he had been aged in a wine barrel. A touch more dryness brings a bit more whisky spice and tannins from the background, but as my tongue continues to tingle in tart, vinous dark fruit delights, I finish my glass with a satisfactory flourish.

Oft times, the best surprises are the ones that we weren’t expecting. The Jack Daniel’s Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead did very little to resemble a doppelbock aged in whisky barrels. That being said, I would have this beer no other way. It was invigoratingly delicious and seemed to almost laugh and tingle and tease and giggle with each playful quaff. During moments like these, I can’t ask for anything else from a beer that is at peak performance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Tart raspberry in the nose, rich wood too. Dark ruby. Initially hot, wood and red fruit comes out later, very smooth.

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