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Cosmonaut | Carton Brewing Company

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Super Galena hops early in the boil bring a strawberry touch. Russian imperial stouts have a dark chocolate presence with vanilla nuance; quite pleasing when accented by a bold hop addition. Our walk around this space had us skirting the territory of those three tone blocks of supermarket ice cream. All we needed was an ingredient you can ferment that would push those notions without running over the beer-ness of the flavors. We turned to that classic museum snack, freeze-dried Neapolitan ice cream. Drink Cosmonaut because exploration is what it’s all about.

Added by Jason on 02-03-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,853
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
167
pDev:
8.73%
Bros Score:
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Photo of srw
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku glass from a 12 oz can. Very dark with a tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells like berries and chocolate. Taste is similar to the smell, chocolate and some sweet fruit with a little alcohol. Wonder if the fruit is from the strawberry ice cream? Medium carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a nice beer with interesting ingredients.

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

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can. Black body. Smells a little fruity. Chocolate. Smells of barley and grain, too. Tastes fruity as well. Milk chocolate. Alcohol. Vanilla. Creamy. Heavy and alcoholic. Boozy and creamy bodied. It’s pretty good, but not my thing. Also, it tastes better than it smells, which is not a usual criticism of a beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to thebeers for this brew.

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 3/15/17

Poured into a tulip a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee, vanilla, kinda roasty, slight licorice. The taste is really nice, malty, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, nice vanilla, slight licorice, nice roastyness. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish, nice creamyness. Overall, this one surprised me, very tasty brew. Thanks Arthur!

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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is jet black with a 1/2 inch of tight khaki head on a very aggressive pour. I like my stouts with more head than most.

Smell is bitter chocolate, coffee and some vanilla.

Taste has a lot going on. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Maybe even a faint hint of strawberry. Definately a nice bitter hit at the end.

Feel is smooth and creamy and it also coats the mouth quite impressively.

Overall a really unique stout and glad I had the opportunity to try it. Definately different and the freeze dried ice cream is really cool.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking exploration quite serious, the brewers at Carton take craft beer where it has never gone before. Layering an imperial stout with vanilla and berry-like hops might not seem so curious, but when you pull out the freeze dried ice cream, you know that the sky's the limit.

Cosmonaut pours as friendly as any imposing stout could. Jet black and topped with a creamy mocha lather, the lacy ale soon streams the nose with dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, char, tangy fruit and the sweet scent of cookies-n-cream. Sweet to taste, the beer's malt dominant taste slathers the tastebuds like heavy sweetened, caramelized espresso.

Slowly relaxing sweetness allows the char to inch up that flavor totem pole as its caramel, cream, molasses and toffee begin to take a slight backseat to the toasty, roasty and charred taste of french press coffees, bittersweet chocolates, black walnut, burnt toast and a hoppy finish that's decorated with smoldering embers, grilled berry and an overall woodsy, off-smokey bitterness.

The effects of ice cream keep a slight "neapolitan" taste of strawberry, vanilla and chocolate rolling gently into finish as the full bodied imperial stout finishes bold, malty and bittersweet like roasted marshmallow. Added caramel takes an edge off of the char and allows for a simmer of alcohol warmth to register long and deep like coffee liquor.

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Photo of allenson21
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into snifter, canned on 3/15/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, strawberry, fudge, caramel, cream, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, char, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, ice cream, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, strawberry, fudge, caramel, cream, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, char, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, strawberry, fudge, caramel, cream, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, ice cream, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness, increasing through the glass. Slight increasing acrid roast/hop astringency, but not overwhelming. Light carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol after the finish for 10%. Overall this is an outstanding Russian imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, ice cream, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV; despite the increasingly acrid/bitter/drying finish. Very rich and complex, with awesome balance of all flavors. Would have bumped up the mouthfeel if it lacked the acrid/drying character. Really silky and velvety with the low carbonation. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of swanfungus
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerGuy8315
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NiceTaps
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can in a snifter.

Props to the 12 ounce can! "Cosmonaut", nicely named nod to the spirit of RIS, especially during these times of strained relations between Russian and the US "brain trusts". Enough of that, the beer...

A- Nearly black, dark chocolate brown color with just a touch of, yes, strawberry red hue. A foamy British tan colored head measures about 1F and fades quickly to a modest film. Fat rings of lacing.

S-Bold roasted malt aroma. There's dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, vanilla, and the alcohol shows as it warms. I get the fruit, too; admittedly, knowing ahead of the strawberry was helpful.

T-Roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla. There's evidence of the ice cream flavors. I get some coffee and alcohol.

F- Creamy medium body. Not full and hearty, but it's definitely a stout. Alcohol up front, dry and hoppy on the end. The hops win the battle with the ice cream and the abv to buffer the sweetness.

O- I like the effort here and could see myself looking for this again, come the cooler weather.

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Photo of paresis
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, bitter dark chocolate.

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3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Red-tinted black with a lush, two-fingered mocha head.

Strong, roasty malts in the nose with a definite hint of strawberry and slight whiff of vanilla behind.

The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, lightly creamy with just the right carbonation.

The taste is very similar to the nose. Strong, roasted malts up front with some slight strawberry and vanilla sweetness in the background.

What's odd to me is that they get the strawberry and vanilla notes, but miss the chocolate one. Maybe you could call the charred grains here burnt chocolate, but it definitely isn't sweet or ice cream-like at all. If anything, it's got an almost nutty character to it with a hint of coffee. There's also a little formaldehyde lurking in the background that I don't really love.

I'm drinking this at room temperature. Maybe a little chilling would alter the balance a bit. This might be an example of faulty expectations, but the Neapolitan astronaut ice cream concept just doesn't come together for me.

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

**
04/07/17

can to snifter. my 6th of 8 since grabbing them at the brewery a few weeks back.

LOOK: dark black with a creamy looking beige head. does not look to be motor oil thick, but color wise it is very dark. head faded to some patchy lacing.

AROMA: typical russian, loads of barley, some coffee,

TASTE: similar to aroma, but a stark bitterness finishes. I appreciate them using the freeze dried ice cream to minimize the sweetness added, but the result is that I get none of those neopolitan flavors at all. The malty flavors just seem more bitter than they would be.

FEEL: a little light for a stout, but robust enough not to call it a porter. some dryness and astringency in the finish.

Great name; OK beer.

**

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Cosmonaut from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 167 ratings
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