SWISHR - Cherry
Carton Brewing Company

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German Rauchbier
Ranked #9
Ranked #8,157
4.04 | pDev: 8.91%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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 SWISHR 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 hops that smell like their cousins. Drink SWISHR and hand me down a 50-pack.

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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Bottom of the can reads, "START @ 46F, CANNED ON 4/19/18."

Very dark brown in color, almost black. Opaque, but when held up to the light you notice its dark brown hues and great clarity. Large, creamy, soapy, tan head with great retention.

Aroma is filled with smoke, tobacco, marijuana, and fruit (although it would have been difficult for me to pick out cherry if I didn't already know). I'd say they nailed the aroma of a blunt pretty damn well.

The flavor is really unique. Heavy smoke with a resinous aftertaste. It's a big, full bodied beer that drinks more like something in the 8-10% ABV range.

I love the way Carton plays with flavors like this. This beer shows off their brewing skill, as I could easily see this combination of flavors becoming a mess if another brewery attempted to make it. Not a beer that everyone will like but I enjoyed my 4-pack thoroughly.

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Jacobier10 from New Jersey, Jul 07, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown with thick head and very sticky lacing.
N: Smoke, malt, cherry, and some chocolate/coffee.
T: Mix of smoke, tart cherry, malt, and minor chocolate/coffee.
M: Medium
O: What a nice little beer, very balanced. Was not sure how it would work but it does.

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3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can with a mangled date. I think these were made in April, 2018. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 1F head with good retention, foamy off-white lacing, and a cap and ring. Beer is a dark red brown.

S: Smoky, dark cherry, and definitely a tobacco-like whiff. It's your first machine-cut cigar, but not quite as nasty.

T: More or less the same as the nose. Dark smoked malts definitely predominate.

F: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Balance and construction are OK.

O: Fun as an off-beat one-timer.

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, May 24, 2018
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3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Pours black with tall, long lasting, foamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, smoke and some hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is toasted malt, chocolate, smoke, sour cherries and some hops. Finish is long, bitter and somewhat sour. Ok brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, May 22, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/19/2018. It pours a mahogany color with dark cola hues when held to the light, and over a finger of creamy, long-lasting khaki-beige head and thick, soapy lacing. It's quite attractive. The nose is rather subdued but features roasted malt, tobacco smoke, cherry, and a whiff of caramel. As the glass warmed the tobacco became more apparent. This ale opens with some cherry sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by tobacco smoke and char. There is also a subtle sweet malt and a dose of bitter hops at the finish. The tastes blend nicely. I find it more flavorful than the typical smoked beer. It features a really nice, creamy mouth feel with moderate carbonation, and it's an easy drinker at 6% ABV. Overall, I'm impressed. Cherry Swishr features a nice balance of sweetness and burnt, bitter char. Pair it with a big, juicy burger with bleu cheese.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, May 19, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours Brown. Foamy, medium, tan had that Fades slowly.

Smells Cherry, light char, vinegary smoke hints and caramel malt.

Taste light Cherry tartness, light toasted and caramel malt, Char and smoke hints. Finish is dry with cherry and a smoke linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Blackop555 from Michigan, May 14, 2018
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4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep mahogany with a nice head

aroma is sweet cherries and mellow smoke

taste is amazing, some char and some cherry with some tartness but full of balance. one of the best tasting beers i've ever had. could easily put away cans of this. easy to drink and full of flavor, like a smoky Gose

a really damn good beer

every smoke a cherry swisher blunt full of sour? yeah me neither...

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Wiffler27 from New Jersey, May 10, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
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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thedoubler55 from New Jersey, Apr 22, 2014
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4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Mar 19, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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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tempest from New York, Mar 11, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +20%
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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NJOssie from New Jersey, Mar 03, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Act25 from New Jersey, Mar 02, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Naugros from New Jersey, Feb 24, 2014
SWISHR - Cherry from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 79 ratings