SWISHR - Cherry
Carton Brewing Company

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German Rauchbier
Ranked #8
Ranked #8,023
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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4.09/5  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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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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Photo of Wiffler27
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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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 79 ratings