Irish Coffee | Carton Brewing Company

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
160 Ratings
Irish CoffeeIrish Coffee
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
cartonbrewing.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Irish Coffee is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished on Irish wood and peppermint. Much like Regular Coffee looks to evoke an amusing version of the acidic bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar that starts a day in a paper cup, Irish Coffee addresses it on the other end of the day. A beer rendition of a mug of coffee touched by Irish and whipped cream with a drizzle of green crème de menthe to tie up a big meal. Drink Irish Coffee to take it all home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdNYVQcg8F4

Added by Jason on 02-03-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
21
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Moestavern
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopznbuds
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fitze
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sallorific
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattMorin
2/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a schooner, the beer is a hazy, copper gold coloring with a low profile, filmy, white head. Aromas of roasted coffee, sweet cream, subtle mint, woody notes, and hints of nutmeg spice. Very sweet, but also woody and spiced enough to keep it very well balanced. Flavors are rich and creamy forward, blending very well with roasted and bitter coffee notes, with accents of mint and booze. Wood spice and char here and there, too, but this legitimately tastes like spiked coffee. The creamy sweetness and subtle mint work really well. Smooth, creamy feel kept in check by the steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. The aftertaste is more coffee and cream, and the mint and nutmeg notes build as you go. Smooth, creamy finish. Good beer, and the booze is hidden quite well. Wow!

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Churro takes top spot in this regular coffee iteration set for me. This has a big oaky note, from nutmeg I suppose, that's interesting. The mint, corn flavored sweetness, boozy aftermath was a bit much. A 12 oz can is something to split. Really well done but falls into a novelty space for me. But I tend to put dessert in the novelty space and this would work well as a liquid post-prandial treat.

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Photo of jhavs
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeMarinello
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1levelabove247
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of erjaq
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hilgart1
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fievel
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jodybrutal
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of njcraftguy
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another in Cartons coffee line - I thought I'd love this one but did not. Regular coffee is far better IMO. Not a bad brew but kinda flat to me. Nothing offensive but nothing that will make me look for it again.

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Photo of Austin32
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, hard to wrap your head around the look and the taste of this beer. It pours a typical if a little dark cream ale but the smell and even more so the taste is exactly Irish cream coffee. Superb flavors, with excellent creme de menthe tying it all together, get some if you can.

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4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Uncertain whether its trying to pick me up... or put me down... Carton Brewing's Irish Coffee, and all of its twelve percent in alcohol content, is certainly screwing with me.

Too dark for the typical cream ale, its deeper copper hues are forgivably hazy while a creamy off-white froth breaks down soon after the pour. Vivid coffee aromas fill the nose along with a rounded and earthen-sweet nutmeg spice. To taste, the kettle caramelization and grain sweetness coat the tongue with the strong sugars of winter's honey.

And all that aligns on the middle palate with the sweetness and corn creaminess holding the bready-sweet textures firm. As the waves of coffee come over the sweetness, the taste of coffee and cream are strongly apparent. Spicy with nutmeg and oak, the light woodsy property of both give a vanilla character to the finish while a soft herbal bitterness plays on the finish like mint julep cocktails.

Its rich finish aligns the beer's taste more with strong ale and barleywine than of cream ale. Though the beer never looses its corn richness, the character of strength, spice, coffee and oak certainly hurl the beer into another stratosphere. Its strong sweetness is unwavering and the taste registers cloyingly sweet and heavy on the throat. Certainly not a "drinkable" ale, reserve this one for sipping and savoring for more of a focus on its immense culinary art.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Irish Coffee from Carton Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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