Cosmonaut | Carton Brewing Company

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158 Ratings
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
158
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.14%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
32
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Act25
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall - Creativity in a Russian Imperial Stout that's correctly balanced to handle the addition of sweet with hop bitters and power.

This ice cream flavored, spiced, and inspired Neopolitan does not disappoint. It starts on a bitter RIS core, and adds astronaut ice cream to bring it back to - well, a strong sweet stout - out of this world.

Creative craft at its best. Why? Because it never becomes artificial, bathroom scented and remains a drinkable, balanced, meditation stout.

A) 2 finger light tan head with good retention, lots of lacing rings. Blackish, dark brown.

S: it's coffee, roasted malts, a bit of hop spice, Summer fireman's fair or an ancient boardwalk.

T) Follows smell with roasted malts, more coffee. Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate Ice Cream. Rounds out with bitterness and alcohol on the final orbit.

F: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, creamy (which is required in this case!) The bitterness and ABV gives it a saving dry finish.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsonta
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Triklino
4.84/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CraigMack61
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjones5045
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobDB
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GoGators
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macesq
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Peter1977
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pinyin
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft into 14 ounce goblet.

Black with a creamy brown head

Nose aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and yes, strawberries. If you've ever smelled a fresh gallon of ice cream from the supermarket it has a certain scent to it, and this stout has same sort of fermented lactose and artificial strawberries smell.

Taste is really solid. This is a Carton product after all and I have never disliked any of their beers. With that said, this stout tastes like bargain brand supermarket ice cream, roasty malts, chocolate candy and strawberries. I'm not the biggest fan of strawberry in a stout, or galena hops for that matter. I don't think they belong in a stout, but somehow the brewmasters at Carton were able to make this work, so it's an interesting combination.

Mouthfeel is really nice, slightly boozy, with excellent head retention and coloring.

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Photo of Rammed96
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walleybeer
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ryanflc
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScaryEd
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is pitch black with a huge tan head. Nice retention and lacing on this one.

The aroma brings lots of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. I do pick up the strawberry ice cream note but it didn't really stand out, in my opinion.

The taste is very sweet, with notes of chocolate and vanilla, as well as the subtle "cosmopolitan" ice cream flavor. Wish there would be more coffee notes to balance out the sweetness. Not bad, just a little too sweet for me.

The feel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Alcohol is definitely present here.

Overall, a solid RIS that is just a bit too sweet for my tastes. The mouthfeel could definitely use some improvement as well.

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

Photo of jtk21351
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Cosmonaut from Carton Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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