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: Rotating

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

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Reviews by Act25:
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Swisher from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 67 ratings