Swisher | Carton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV: 6% | IBU: 420 | SRM: 42

Smoked malt is one of the more dubious tools in a brewer's bag because thresholds are vastly different. What to one palate is a hint of bacon or a whiff of BBQ to another is ashtray or Band-Aids. How can Carton ignore playing this game? Where can smoldering aromatics go off the beaten craft? In Swisher we have reassembled the deconstructed aspects of Swisher Wrap. Rich dark malts brought smoky by the addition of oak smoked pale wheat, touched with sour cherries and a heavy plug of the hops that smell like their cousins. Drink Swisher and hand me down a 50-pack.


Added by Jason on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 67
Photo of thedoubler55
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A dark brown, not to much transparency, a tiny little head the top that goes away slowly, a good amount of lacing around the glass as drink it.

S: Hints of hazelnut, nutmeg and cinnamon, some sort of dark fruit in there as well, a pleasant nose on this brew.

T: Very earthy beer with a nice hint of hazelnut and some cherry in there as well, a good balanced brew, nice roastyness to it as well.

M: Chewy and thick mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation.

O: Taste a good amount like coffee, well balanced brew with a lot of stuff going on, very good mixture, well brewed.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Growler. Consumed within hour after pour.

A: Muddy chocolate brown pour has a heavy, quick paced rise of carbonation along the vessels outer edges. A dark, bronze-tan head is two fingers high, billowy, highly retainable and sits with a lasting impression.

S: The nose has some spicy cherries, sweet chocolate, fresh cocoa, cinnamon and nutmeg hints. Hazelnut coffee with some fresh wet coffee grounds on the finish. Nice level of awareness.

T: Flavor was dark, rich, freshly grounded coffee grounds, hints of hazelnut, nice twang of sour cherries with an earthy minearality touch. Light smoke charred oak woodiness, burnt chocolate, cocoa, with some smoked grains. Bready with some tobacco and some dark, sweet fruit and a softly roasted fade.

M: chewy, oats, sility coffee feel, medium base with a slight sour twang of cherries. Texture turns froth and foams up.

O: Overall an earthy dark coffee minearlity and charred bitterness with nice touch of sour fruit. Tasty, dark, rich, a solid 4.0 beer and try.

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Photo of tempest
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass at Proletariat and among the many great beers they had on tap, this was an easy favorite. There's a huge, impressive range of flavors: it's dry and smokey, fruity and a a hint juicy, then hoppy with citrus over cocoa malts. It's medium weight and a pleasure to sip. I wish I'd ordered another. The bartender described it as a brown ale and it seems to straddle the brown-porter boundary. But don't worry about what style to lump this into, just go find yourself a pint.

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Photo of NJOssie
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

How do you explain a blunt ale to someone who's never rolled some sticky in a swisher and taken a ride to gnarlyville?

This beer is a perfect example of taking an inspiration and executing it flawlessly.

Tobacco? yep, it's there.
Smoke? real malt smoke...
Cherries... yes, yummy sour cherries
That dank sticky? yessir!

If you have a chance to have it on cask, even better. There are complexities that flow together in such a beautiful way to make you reminisce of those times long ago (or just minutes before) when you lit one up.

Have it with a bourbon on the side, it goes together so well. Next time all I need is a Carton Smoking Robe and some velvet slippers...


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Photo of Act25
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carton is a playful brewer unafraid of flavor. And their pushing flavors rarely seem to backfire as they do for some east coast brewers. They have a good feel for blending, balance, even in a super smokey, in-your-face porter like this one. Bravo!

A: Like all Carton's beers, sharp fresh carbonation, lacing, sticky head, this a a super smoky, hazed porter black-brown. 4
S: Smoke. Hard to know how they make the smokiness pleasant, but they do. Followed by roasty porter grain, sweet malt and balancing hop (grassy, herbal) bitterness. 4.5
T: Follows the smell, would be great with rich foods, indian/asian spicey. Or sweet and sour, or tomato sauce / mexican. 4
MF:As with all craft, there's a weight, a body, and a long finish that showcases the artisan craft. 4

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Photo of Naugros
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

To truly appreciate this beer you need to understand what it is meant to be. This is true of every beer and I've been guilty of reviewing beers before I really knew what they were about and just took BA's word for where they were supposed to fit.

Even though it's dark, this beer is cloudy as it's meant to be...think of the cloudiness as smoke and then you're ready for the smell. This is full of dank hops and smoked malts. Think of it as sitting between Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg at a campfire, if you catch my drift, and then you're there.

The hops are barely discernible as they get washed away by rich, woodsy smoke and the flavor of sour cherries, just like a Swisher Sweet, which is a cherry blunt for those uninitiated. After two or three of them the smoke does get a bit overpowering, but you keep going back for more the next day.

This is truly an experience in a beer. In case you need it smelled out for you, it smells as if you're partying in the woods when you were in high school and taste as if you smoked a cherry blunt to mask the smell so your parents didn't know what you were up to. That may or may not have been the brewer's intention, but it certainly seems like it could be the case considering what cherry blunts were sued for "back in the day".

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Swisher from Carton Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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