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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 325   ABV: 10.83%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle from Whole Foods in Sonoma. Aroma and flavor of bourbon, asa, etc. not a tone to say about the dynamics of this one. Bourbon played a big part. Pretty good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (5859) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft @ Meadhall, Cambridge, MA. They used a standard Hebrew pint glass. Nose is bourbon with piles of sweet malts and light oak. The taste reminds me of a barely wine in a lot of ways. Rich flavor with hints of big caramel malts, vanilla, and bourbon with the oak flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a syrupy, dry texture. Lots of warming alcohol on the way down your throat. Carbonation was average amount. This is a sipper for sure. Rating number 1500 since joining Ratebeer.com on a very memorable night in Cambridge, MA

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1623) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2012
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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Jeff257 (2) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012 does not count
Boomer,smooth pour over whelming smell of carmel and bourbon I enjoyed but in smaller servings

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2012
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2604) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2012
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1652) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregner (19) - Cedar Park, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Draft at Micros at the Marcy. Brown pour. Sweet caramel/ toffee notes. Medium bourbon notes in both flavor and aroma. Balanced flavor. Well done

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5210) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2012
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.


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