Cosmonaut | Carton Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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#5,071
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
180
pDev:
8.71%
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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black with rich head and sticky lacing.
N: Chocolate, malt, some vanilla, and nutmeg.
T: Follows the nose, a very rich beer. Flavors are amazing.
M: Full
O: WOW, loved the chocolate and vanilla kick and malty sweetness. Did not get any ice cream but loved this beer.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black. Short, thick tan head that Fades slowly.

It smells roast malt, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, coffee and caramel malt.

Taste roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel malt. Followed by dark fruit, Berry and light earthy bitterness. Finishes semi-dry with a roast linger and light earthy bitterness. Medium body and smooth lower carbonation.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LloydDobler
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a black body with a small amount on tan head. Not much lacing to be had but fair amount of head stays behind during the entire drink.

S: Beer seemed to have some bourbon smells to it. Along with a spicy bourbon touch I also get some oak aromas. Beer has some sweet chocolate malt aromas also. Main note, however, seems to be of a spicy bourbon feel.

T: Beer has a strong amount of spice/bourbon to it in thestart that gives way to a more sweet taste at the end. Nice flavors that don't seem to have the spicy kick that the nose seemed to hint at. Beer improves and becomes sweeter as the beer warms.

M: Beer is fairly thin for what I assume is a stout. Not sure what the ABV here is but the alcohol presence is nicely hidden by other flavors. Pretty easy drinker for the style.

O: Beer has a strong bourbon aroma in the start that fades away to a sweeter beer at the end. A tad thin for what I assume is a stout but solid easy drinker.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheGent
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tony210
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark and kind of this with minimal bubbly head that quickly recedes. Not much to the nose - faint roasted malts. Flavor is mostly roasted malt, some chocolate. I don't notice any of the Neapolitan flavors. Carbonation adds a nice creaminess to it. I feel the yeast detracts from the flavor. Overall this is a thin RIS, a little gimmicky with the freeze dried ice cream, which I wanted to taste but don't. I really wanted to like this one...

3/23/18
12 oz can dated 2/22/18
3.5 rating

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Photo of dudd
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bum4ever
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shoretaxi
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Collinsl
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srw
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
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 +8.7%
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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Photo of FFFjunkie
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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 +2.5%
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 +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Cosmonaut from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 180 ratings