Irish Coffee | Carton Brewing Company

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Irish CoffeeIrish Coffee

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

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.

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 159
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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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 reds2harleys
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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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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Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Bright golden color, thin lacing that stays around. Smells and tastes like some form of mint cordial, incredibly smooth and creamy. Kiss of wood and a mild maltiness that holds things together. Very warming and slightly sweet. Beers like this are way too much fun, share with friends because most likely if they are not a beer geek like you their mind might be more blown that you can imagine ... mine is.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. Interesting golden, copper color. Slightly murky with black ground pepper looking debris floating around in it. Very unfiltered looking.

Smell is nice subtle mint. Some cinnamon, rice milk, half and half.

Taste is more mint and cream. Reminds me of Christmas, with some nutmeg and nice warm spices. Getting some nice oak and wood as well.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and very creamy.

Not a fan of cream ales but this isn't bad at all.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was a very fun and interesting drinking experience especially compared to Regular Coffee. The nutmeg and mint absolutely shine on the nose. The flavors really elevate the coffee as well. I still couldn't drink a full can myself given the bold flavors and high alcohol. Very well executed and interesting.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - pours a murky copper gold. Slightly opaque and not much head retention. Has some serious legs though!

S - spearmint and black coffee. Milky sweetness, like drizzling caramel over my latte.

T - more of that minty freshness! An insane amount of peppermint leaves my throat feeling cool after a deep breath. Some christmas-y flavors of nutmeg and clove. Creamy sugar- I can see where the whipped cream comes from in the description. Tastes nothing like a cream ale! None of that stale caramely breadiness. I cannot believe this is 12%! I could drink this all day and would probably die.

F - creamy but on point. Complements the sharp minty blast nicely. Low carbonation.

O - this one is damn drinkable. Can't get over the Thin Mint creme-de-menthe flavor and aroma. Wild.

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Photo of Slack
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber in color and opaque with no head or lacing

Nose is oak and nutmeg. Mint is also there but minimal.

Taste is a mixture of nutmeg and mint up front with coffee in the middle and a oaky sugary finish.

Mouthful is medium and creamy. Carbonation is medium as well. Finish is warming and cloying.

This is a pretty good cream ale especially when cold. When it warms, it isn't as good IMO. The flavor profile is good but a little unbalanced. It is worth trying if available but I think regular coffee is far superior.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange and hazy with a small white head that fades quickly leaving some spotty lace. Notes of coffee, cream, mint, oak, spice, and light roast. Light prick of carbonation goes creamy and leaves dry. Fantastic change of pace from run of the mill coffee beers.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

look unfiltered amber color and very little head.
smell coffee, cream, and mint
taste, coffee, spice, mint, whip cream, and oak.
feel that mint feels good on the tongue, medium bodied
overall, very enjoyable.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty much the only person who doesn't like the much-lauded, highly-rated Regular Coffee, so I was surprised by Irish Coffee.

What is it? A cream ale? I don't think so.. more like an "imperial something". It comes with a beautiful snow-white fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smells like a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie, but in a subtle, well-balanced way, never overpowering. Some cinnamon and Christmas spices too.

The taste is not as interesting as the smell, but it goes down easy with a nice mint feel all around and a hint of hot booze as the sip goes down.

Nice full body, prickly carbonation, some alcohol and lingering heat. Impressively drinkable, though! Almost poundable.

Chapeau, Carton. I really like this Irish concoction.

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Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White head. Golden yellow color.

This one is rough. Lots of coffee, but lots of mint. Too much mint. The booze actually shows in this one. Can't drink much of this one.

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Photo of smanson56
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Out of the 3 coffee variants I've had recently this would be my least favorite one. The look was just like the others. The nose was leaning a little hard to the mint side. The taste went over the edge with mint. I will compare it to eating a fresh mint leaf out of our herb garden. I won't be looking for another one of these.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, canned on 1/1/16

A- pours a hazy Amber-orange color with some floaties moving around, small foamy white head reduces to a ring around the edge

S- aroma brings an interesting mix of coffee, fresh mint leaves, vanilla cream, nutmeg, milk & wet wood, very nice

T- opens up with a creamy milky sweetness, followed by notes of nutmeg & caramel, the mid-palate brings the refreshing mint flavor, leading to a finish of herbal coffee, with a linger of wet oak and alcohol

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continued into a warming, slightly boozy finish

O- a unique concoction that pairs the ingredients quite well, I much prefer this to Regular Coffee

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Medium gold in color. Lots of active carbonation. Fizzy white head and low retention are create a disconnect with the vision, but it's damn good looking for a cream ale. Great color.

S: Like an Andes mint. Chocolatey, but with underwhelming coffee aroma. Dash of nutmeg,

M: Med-high carbonation, medium in feel and body. Imparts a nice alcohol warmth. Semi-dry finish.

T: You know sometimes you get the overwhelming flavor of crème de menthe and a nice creaminess like when you sip a cup and get all the whipped cream on top. Other times it's more bitter coffee on the palate with a nice woody character and nutmeg spice. Nice play on Regular Coffee although coffee character in this is underwhelming. I think the flavor is spot on with the concept. A good beer to try if you have a chance; nothing I would stock my fridge with.

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Photo of LordSMAF
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another great offering from Carton. Like Regular Coffee, this stuff is incredibly smooth. Sweet with a ton of mint flavor. Almost a tiny bit too much, but you're probably only drinking one of these anyway. Great creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of troupos40
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly bitter, peppermint taste and aroma. Carb faded quickly, this gets more mellow as it warms. All in all, I think it goes Churro > reg coffee > Irish coffee, but still a nice night cap

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Photo of Jerseybeerlover609
4.99/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

from the can about 5 days old
Tastes like mint chocolate coffee not as sweet as the cafe y churro.
First sip you get mint chocolate then some coffee.
The smell is mint chocolate and light coffee.
Overall: had this on tap (bottom of the keg) and didn't get a lot coffee at all. Out of the can its a lot more balanced and damn good
At 12 percent it hides it well and 2 of these you're good

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites I've ever had.... the mint on the nose is super inviting and the taste follows with mint, a very slight nutty flavor from the aging on wood, followed by the classic regular coffee taste, and some more mint on the finish. Glad i picked up a growler fill. The fact that this is 13% blows my mind.

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Photo of danadee
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer.
At first, when it was colder, I didn't get much mint, while others trying got the mint right away. It reminded me of a cream soda. So good, so smooth, no way I could tell it had that high of an ABV.
As it warmed, the mint came out more for me, in taste, and on the nose.
It became more complex, and I really enjoyed this beer, from start to finish.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the most interesting beers I've ever tried, but, I really can't say I like this beer or would drink it again.

Tastes like Carton Regular coffee with mint Bailey's. I'm not so sure I like that combo

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EBF sample. Pours a hazy, bright yellowy orange color. I really enjoyed Carton's Regular Coffee so I knew I needed to try this one out. I initially thought it was just Regular Coffee aged in wood but as soon as I smelled it, I knew there was a huge helping of mint added. It smells very minty, with woody notes, coffee and cream. The flavor is also very minty; nearly too minty. It sort of talks over the other, more desirable flavors in the beer. After my second sip however, I really got acclimated to the flavor and the nuances of the beer stood out more. Great coffee and woody flavors. The mint could stand to relax a bit but it still is a very unique addition. I enjoyed this one and it stood out to me as one of the most memorable beers at a very crazy festival.

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Photo of natescape
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was the smash of the Extreme Beer Fest for me. I can't get it out of my mind... it's that good. I'm going to have to drive to NJ to get my hands on it if they ever release it on can. It's that good.

How can a 13% CREAM ale be so incredibly smooth? Fantastic mint flavors. This is my first ever "5 across the board" beer and it deserves the accolade.

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