Irish Coffee | Carton Brewing Company

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Irish CoffeeIrish Coffee
BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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
Ranking:
#6,790
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
174
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
23
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackop555
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours orangish yellow. Foamy, short white head Fades fast.

Smells like mint, vanilla, coffee and grain.

Taste sweet coffee vanilla, mint, corn and light Char. Finishes sweet with a coffee and mint linger. Lighter body and smooth lower carbonation.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my buddy Doug for this one. Pours a deep, coppery yellow with a very small head that disappears almost instantly. Aroma evokes a mug of coffee with just a touch of mint. I'm generally not a fan of mint in beer but in this one it is blended perfectly with coffee and some wood so as not to be overpowering. Slides down very easy for 12% abc with just a bit of burn in the back of the throat. Really need to get my hands on Regular Coffee.

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Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great in the series in which Yirgacheffe is my fave. This one is for mint and cookie lovers. Sweet. ABV less hidden due to whiskey barrel aging, but great for meditation, conversation and perhaps sedation.
Seduction?
A) Clear deep yellow body, not a lasting head and no lace lower carbonation.
S) Big but taste is bigger of upfront coffee, mint, whiskey and wood. No hops.
T) BIgger savoring the subtle mint and drink it slow at cask temp.
F) Unlike others I feel the ABV but it’s that Irish Whiskey barrel thing.
O) Must try the entire series. But lemony, Russian yergechef gets my top vote.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: see through dark yellow with a film of head
S: big coffee to my surprise, chocolate and sweet mint. Confusing aroma for color
T: yum, jus like the nose. With big coffee, chocolate and a touch of mint
F: so smooth and easy drinking, can't believe this is 12%

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Photo of dvmin98
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can. Smell is mint and coffee, which I like. Flavor is the same with a bit too much mint for my liking. Nice mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Overall, decent. Mint beers just don't make me feel naughty.

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Photo of 7irondave
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

**

02/22/18

Carton Coffee Cream Ale tasting.

Impressed overall at all 5 of these beers; didn't eralize they were 12%. The ABV is well masked.

#1 St. Kitts Coffee
Awesome Cocnut Flavor. Rum is sweet and smooth. Awesome beer. Heavy and light at the same time.
#2 Regukar Coffee
The standard. Coffee and lactose are a natural match in this. Very SMooth. This one also feels fuller than the others.
#3 Irish Coffee
Surprise here. Minty and spicy. The mint actually works pretty well in this unlike many other mint beer disasters I've had. Nutmeg is also apparent and gives a kick to the coffe flavors.
#4 Kaffee und Kuchen
Cherry is a downer, but the almond keeps it at bay.
#5 Cafe Y Churro
Disappointed in this since it was rated so high. Felt like it needs mroe of the vanilla and cinnamon.

Overall these were a great experience. Would love to get some of the St. Kitts in the summer.

**

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Photo of Cwarwick812
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great mixture of tastes. Another example of Carton's inventiveness. Carton is the current master of the coffee cream ale. Mint comes in late to accentuate a really tasty brew. Not as nuanced as their Churro version, but extremely good.

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Photo of TheGent
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 1/14/18. Poured into tasting glass. Per instruction on bottom of can, let warm to 46 degrees (figured about an hour would do it).

L: 1F head with poor retention, practically no lacing, leaving not a trace. Beer is a clear light copper. Looks good.

S: Peppermint and creme de menthe big up front. Lactose, some sweetness and sweet malts. A little bit of coffee and Irish whiskey barrel.

T: Peppermint and creme de menthe dominate here as well. Lactose, sugar, and then the coffee kind of comes along with some oakiness. Coffee needed to be stronger here, I think. ABV a bit more evident here.

F: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Finish draws out as ABV acts lower than it is and certainly drinks quicker than would be indicated. Good construction and balance, but mint runs away a little bit more than it should.

O: Pretty good Irish Coffee parallel, except coffee needs to be a tad more forward. Otherwise, this possibly could fool people in a blindfold test. Nicely done.

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Photo of DrederickTatum
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shoretaxi
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moestavern
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopznbuds
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fitze
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sallorific
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattMorin
2/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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 Rich_K
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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