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Coney Island Human Blockhead by Shmaltz Brewing Company (He'Brew)
10.00 % ABV

Review by flyingtaco on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 9 13 3 7 0
This one's going into a friggin' mason jar. The color is spot on with Maker's Mark. Pure, deep dark bourbon. Light ginger-colored head is 1/2 finger but it goes pretty quickly. A touch on the cloudy side and a little viscous.

Lots of dark caramel malts in here with some boozy residual sweetness. Very close to barleywine strength. Hops really are on some deep background.

As Belichick says, "it is what it is." Toasty sweet, abundant caramel malt along with a big hammer of boozy astringency. The viscosity mellows it out but this thing is pretty well hot.

The heat renders it a little disjointed; finish is rather short, which may be a little weird, but in this case it's good because the burn is merely ephemeral. Actually, it gets a little more comforting and velvety with warmth. Still not a huge hop presence.

This isn't too bad. Some of the Shmaltz stuff I enjoy a great deal, while quite a few others come off as a bit on the gimmicky side. This one is sort of in the middle, leaning slightly towards gimmicky.

Price: $7.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 07/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 15 3 8 2009
vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The head leaves some nice layered lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a deep red / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby – gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of rich, concentrated malt; a mix of caramel, some toffee, brown sugar notes and a nicely toasted malt and biscuit like notes in the finish. The nose is sweet, but with a complex sweetness that easily keeps it from being cloying. I find myself enjoying this malty, brown-bread like nose on this beer.

The beer is sweet up front, but again there is a complexity to the flavor that makes it interesting. The finish has a touch of warming alcohol, and some toasted malt notes that struggle to come through the up front, caramelized malt notes. A light bitterness and even a touch of herbal (perhaps even menthol too) hop character helps to balance out the finish just a touch. As my palate gets used to the caramelized sweetness a more bread-like character starts to come forward. Notes of brown sugar encrusted, caramelized whole-grain bread crust flavors come out, as does some toffee flavors. The malt character does have a touch of a savory quality to it; I get this note in strong, malty beers and here it contributes very subtle flavors reminiscent of smoke and perhaps a touch of sea-water. The herbal hop character in the finish becomes quite a bit more noticeable as the beer warms up; this really has a fresh hoppiness to it that works quite well with the thick malt character. This has a fair amount of body to it, though it is not over-the-top heavy for a beer of 10% alcohol; it is somewhat quaffable, if only just so & in small sips, but does have a touch too much carbonation initially.

This actually has quite a bit of hop flavor to it; it might be just a bit more malt leaning than hop forward, but actually it might just be the other way around as well. I am actually enjoying this beer quite a bit more than I was expecting to.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Served In: Pint Glass

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