Chad9976 (1017) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Experienced beer nerds probably have tried imperial bocks at some point, but why arenít these beers barrel aged? Well now they are, and Coney Island Barrel Aged Human Blockhead is an excellent example of how great a barrel aged lager can be. A beer so good it could single-handedly change the industry.
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Gorgeous burgundy/cherry red hue with a touch of orange. Forms a surprisingly large, yellowish, frothy head that retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Almost too many notes to list, but basically a massive sweetness complemented by distinct alcohol presence.
Taste: Though technically a doppelbock, Coney Island Barrel Aged Human Blockhead drinks like a strong English-style barleywine in more ways than one. It has absolutely no qualities to it that you would find in most beers of the sort. Clearly, the bourbon barrels have had a massive affect on the palate here. Much like rare imperial stouts that use the method - the end result is absolutely delicious. To call it a "malt bomb" would be an understatement. This beer almost drinks like a higher end liqueur or spirit.
As soon as it hits the tongue the palate is enveloped in a melange of rich fruit flavors and confectionery sweetness. Cherry, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and butterscotch are all prominent - each individually distinguishable and they all work perfectly with each other. Thereís little to no bitterness, though the alcohol is a major player as it imparts flavors of spiced rum and vanilla extract, plus its natural warmth (which is a bonus - not a distraction). I know some people will find this too intense "fresh," and while Iím sure itíll age gracefully, I think itís fantastic right off the shelf. Though it carries a high price tag, itís still a good deal.
Drinkability: If I had to find a flaw with Coney Island Barrel Aged Human Blockhead it would be the fact itís an absolute sipper. This isnít surprising consider itís a hefty brew at 10.83% ABV, though Iíd attribute the low drinkability more to the robustness of the palate rather than the alcohol (which has a gentle, but firm, warmth rather than a raw burn). The mouthfeel itself is soft and comfortable. Itís a noticeably thick brew for sure, leaving a slightly bitter/slightly syrupy aftertaste, but it goes down remarkably smooth. Be sure to split a bottle with someone who deserves it on a special occasion.
Jeff257 (2) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012 does not count
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Boomer,smooth pour over whelming smell of carmel and bourbon I enjoyed but in smaller servings
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at strageways. The look is amber in color, nice thick beige colored head, and opaque. The smell is vanilla, barrell, wood, alcohol, heavy, and strong. The taste is strong, alcohol, wood, tannins, whiskey and vanilla.
glennmastrange (2025) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of cereal and caramel, light to moderate herbs for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with hints of dates, raisin, brown sugar and bourbon. Head is small, frothy, light tan with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear mahogany. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, syrupy with a carbonationbetween soft and lively then finishes heavily alcoholic and chewy. Damn, this is like an exact mix of a Doppelbock and a Bourbon.
bleeng (1458) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Dark brown with a light tan head. Very boozy alcohol nose with some slight chocolate notes. Taste is a bit sweet, with some spiciness and hot boozy notes. Malt balances this out well. Delicious.
gregner (11) - Cedar Park, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from Specs Austin on N Mopac
Aroma: wonderful smell, predominantly bourbon, caramel malt
Appearance: clear amber brown with light tan head
Taste: semi--sweet malt and bourbon with balanced hoppy bitterness after, some vanilla, brown sugar
Palate: medium body, well carbonated, well hidden alcohol warmth
Overall: How do you make a better bock? Age it in Buffalo Bourbon Barrels. IMO a very well done barrel aged beer, great flavor and well balanced maltiness to hop bitterness
swoopjones (4890) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Micros at the Marcy. Brown pour. Sweet caramel/ toffee notes. Medium bourbon notes in both flavor and aroma. Balanced flavor. Well done
jkwood04 (2904) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours brown with a lacy, light tan head. Aroma of bourbon, some caramel and toasted malts, and some floral hops. Mainly tastes like bourbon, which is great. Smooth texture. A good beer, but thatís mainly because it tastes like bourbon.
Braudog (5347) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours shiny red, quite clear yet producing a gigantic head. The initial whiff is daunting -- rife with whiskey and oak. This drinks with the expected burn. It drinks with an almost vanilla-laden creaminess that was a surprise twist. Delicious. (#4801, 10/13/2012)
czar (3239) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from tom10101, shared also with minderbinder. many thanks! pours clear light brown-reddish with a frothy light beige head, good retention and lacing. loads of bourbon and coconut, boozy, sugary caramel malts, cloying, brown sugar and maple syrup. average to soft carbonation, medium body, cloying but grassy finish.