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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Big malt aroma with caramel and big tan head. Dark ruby garnet color. Exellent taste of brown sugar and maple syrup and molasses. Great bourbon secondary flavor. Slight alcohol warmth. A superior brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1797) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Coney Island Barrel Aged Human Blockhead has a thick, frothy, tan head, a clear, copper appearance, with bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass, and some thick, sticky lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, strong bourbon whiskey, wood, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is of the same, with some fig and dates, a slight bitterness, alcohol, and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and syrupy. Coney Island Barrel Aged Human Blockhead finishes semi-dry, strong, alcohilic, and sipper-oriented. Overall, this is a fabulous, rich, and complex beer, and I think it is outstanding! RJT

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thanimal (29) - Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Dark brown pour. I got lots of vanilla and toffee . Hints of caramel make this beer delicious.

   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 Iíve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1700) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (556) - California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Light brown orange color with beige foamy head. Bready aroma with mellow notes of bourbon barrels. Wonderful smooth bourbon and cherry profile. Finish has a really nice vanilla oak flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (778) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (4553) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2012
Bomber courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours clear amber with a big frothy and bubbly goldenish white head that slowly dissipates while leaving some trace and lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet, malty and boozy with caramel, biscuits, bourbon, wood, alcohol, vanilla, roasted coconut, oak aged quality rum, fudge, golden syrup and hints of resin, brazil nuts and charred wood. Taste is sweet, malty and rich with caramel, wood, biscuits, bourbon, vanilla fudge, coconut, golden syrup, sweet bread, toffee, warming alcohol†and hints of resin and caramel sauce. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, balanced, boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with sweet bread, bourbon, wood, caramel, roasted coconuts, vanilla fudge, lemon zest and toffee. Rich, smooth a tasty! A very pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emichaelis23 (8) - Geneva, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012 does not count
Iím a fan of almost anything barrel aged. I havenít been a huge fan of Coney Islands brews in the past, but I can honestly say this one is worth a try. Great taste and good aroma, and definitely a good bang for your buck. I bought the 22 oz. bomber and drank it from my beer snifter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
knickskicks (1151) - - NOV 17, 2013
Tawny red pour, off-white head that disappears. Nose is bourbon, cherry pie, raisins, fig cookie, some ash. Taste is bourbon barrel, sweet malts, spicyness frim the bourbon barrel, cherries, raisins, barrel and bitterness to the finish. Sticky, oily mouthfeel. One of if not the best year-round shelf beers available in my area.

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