Feb 11, 2009

Coney Island Human Blockhead

Shmaltz Brewing Company keeps rolling out the hits with their new Coney Island line of beers. So far, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy Sword Swallower and Albino Python — Python being my favorite to date.

Beer Label: Coney Island Human Block Head

This past weekend I was able to find myself a bottle of Human Blockhead, a bock weighing in at 10% ABV. Piling in eight different malts, as well as six different hop varieties, the beer is full flavored and daring.


The Blockhead pours a dark brown with reddish edge. The head was minimal and didn’t stick around too long.


Malty and sweet, this one has a pretty potent punch in the aroma area. You can definitely tell it’s a bock. There’s not much of a hint in the nose with regards to the alcohol.


The aroma is only the tip of the iceberg with this brew. It’s upfront malt presence is demanding while a solid hops character jumps into the fray. There’s a slight bitterness behind the sweetness and caramels. It’s a bit spicy, as well.


I’m a big fan of the bock style of beer and Shmaltz have done a great job knocking this one out of the park. It’s full bodied flavors are bold and smooth with an unassuming alcohol presence that can really sneak up on you. I think I still prefer the Albino Python overall, but as far as the season goes, the Human Blockhead is the way to go.

Rating: 3.5/5

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