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Something Like Sandy - Carton Brewing Company

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Carton Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdfb79 on 09-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Sandy tore through in October 2012 and changed many facets of life in our neighborhood. At our brewery, she knocked out all power and controls for eight days. Upon returning to power, we came back to an experimental stout in the Tippy we had intended to sour for two days but which Sandy left wild for ten. A high point of our second year was finishing the beer Sandy made and putting it to some good as Sour Sandy which helped raise money for some displaced friends from the craft beer community. To commemorate our second year, we re-worked the brewing process and took a step in fermenter pre-boil. In this step we let it go wild for two days and then slowly brought it down to 50 degrees while the Lacto and Pedio did their job for eight more days, recreating the median brewery temperature during the eight days that Sandy incapacitated the brewery's controls. The resulting wild stout, Something Like Sandy, is our Second Anniversary offering and will benefit New Jersey Sandy Relief Fund. Drink Something Like Sandy because a sour stout out of a catastrophe is essentially our lemonade from lemons.

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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of EBeckett3
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - dark black with thin white head, almost no laces
S - coffee, chocolate, fruit, slight smoke
T- initial coffee stout smoothness, followed by tart & sour fruit, tart
M - sour stout? confusing - smooth and light-medium body, but jarring contrast
O - A good idea a bit unbalanced, like a coffee stout with an uppercut of sour apple, interesting, but only once

Served in a 16 oz pint glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ

Photo of JasonGeyer
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- dark and coffe looking. A light froth ring around the outside. %0AS-roasted malts%2C coffee%2C and wood%0AT-very hearty and roasty. Dark. Woody. Small lactic funk notes and sourness. Slight bitterness that mixes well with the sour.%0AM-creamy and thick. Light acidity.%0AO- one of the most stout-true %22sour stout%22 beers I've had.

Photo of themind
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American wild ale stout with a sour twist. This is a good beer if your a sour, dark beer fan. Pours a nice head with an interesting aroma. The base beer is good with chocolate and malts but the sour really takes the show. It's kinda like Tart of Darkness with a Carton Brewing twist. This beer is worth seeking out.

Bottom Line: Another Carton Brewing gem!

Photo of NiceTaps
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a stemmed tulip.

A- Dark brown color, minimal thin head. Lots of spotty lacing and visible carbonation in the dark brew.

S- Sour yet beer-like. Vanilla, some dark malt.

T- Sour light fruits mixed with stout malts; coffee, chocolate.

M- Very dry. Tart, sour. Beer-like. Very smooth.

O- Better than it looks.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap.

Pours jet black with a two inch fine light tan head.

Smells of roasted coffee, cocoa, figs, and grapes.

Flavor is of tart grape, roasted coffee, and some oak woodiness.

Medium body with a light tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very nice dark wild ale with some great flavor and aroma. Very good brew and worth trying, hopefully I have the chance to again.

Photo of Givemebeer
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a growler I got from Carton into a pint glass

A: pitch black with a large tan head when poured that dissipates quickly

S: mocha chocolate and sour

T: I like this a lot. Starts like a normal stout with that oh so lovely roasted coffee chocolate taste which is very nice here. Next comes the sour. It's not overdone and has tones of pear and apple. Nice layer with flavors that separate themselves well. Tart of darkness take notes - this is how you do a sour stout.

M: my one complaint is a watery thin mouthfeel. But ill gladly sacrifice that for this delicious brew.

O: great beer. I'm looking forward to visiting carton again to get another growler of this puppy.

Photo of mdfb79
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Sandy tore through in October 2012 and changed many facets of life in our neighborhood. At our brewery, she knocked out all power and controls for eight days. Upon returning to power, we came back to an experimental stout in the Tippy we had intended to sour for two days but which Sandy left wild for ten. A high point of our second year was finishing the beer Sandy made and putting it to some good as Sour Sandy which helped raise money for some displaced friends from the craft beer community. To commemorate our second year, we re-worked the brewing process and took a step in fermenter pre-boil. In this step, we let it go wild for two days and then slowly brought it down to 50 degrees while the Lacto and Pedio did their job for eight more days, recreating the median brewery temperature during the eight days that Sandy incapacitated the brewery’s controls. The resulting wild stout, Something Like Sandy, is our Second Anniversary offering and will benefit NJ Sandy Relief Fund. Drink Something Like Sandy because a sour stout out of a catastrophe is essentially our lemonade from lemons. "
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Listing this as a wild ale. it is a milk stout they then added wild bugs to.

From 09/01/13 notes. Had this on tap at The Arlington in LBI, NJ....great to see a new bar/restaurant in LBI with a good beer selection. Menu said this was 5.5%, and it was very expensive at $9 for a 10 oz. pour, but the proceeds are going to Sandy victims so I can forgive the high price this time around. Poured in a tulip.

a - Pours a deep brown color, almost black, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation expected.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, lactic notes, roasted malts, coffee, cream, and light milk chocolate. Lightly sweet, mostly sour, a pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, milk chocolate, roaste dmalts, bitter coffee and chocolate, toasted malta, vanilla, and cream. More sour than the nose, and more chocolate overall. Acedic notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light acidity, otherwise easy to drink.

o - Overall an interesting experiment. It is lightly soured, but not too much, and has a decent amount of chocolate and roasted notes to it. It is not as sour or complex as The Bruery's Tart of Darkness, but if you like that beer worth checking out.

Photo of thecheapies
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks black in dimmer light. The head has some decent height in the mini-snifter. Retains very well, too.

Stout-like roast aromas with a slicing tart note of cherry and currant. Lacking intensity. It has a little dark cocoa and faint lemon zest.

Tangy tartness with red-skinned berry, cocoa, moderate roast, sour toffee, oats, and some tree bark asrtingency. An herbal sour stout. Malts are thinned out, but still brawny enough. Nice accidental outcome.

Barely that puckery. Highly drinkable. Nice levels of carbonation and the balance with the body.

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Something Like Sandy from Carton Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.