Cafe Y Churro | Carton Brewing Company

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Cafe Y ChurroCafe Y Churro

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Café Y’ Churro is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished with vanilla and cinnamon. 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 at home; Café Y’ Churro addresses post siesta cup of bitter coffee and scalded milk lazily stirred with a churro to restart momentum on vacation. Drink Café Y’ Churro and mull the next activity.

Added by Jason on 12-13-2015

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Photo of FFFjunkie
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is a golden honey and poured with a finger of off white head.

Aroma is big cinnamon sugar, vanilla and lots of coffee.

Taste follows nose . Sweet cinnamon and vanilla upfront, with coffee coming on strong at the backend. Nice!

Feel is smooth, creamy and full. Carb is moderate to low.

Overall it’s honestly one of the best cream stouts I’ve had. Huge flavors and a punch of abv combined with a 12 oz can equals awesome.

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Photo of PDinunzi
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.08/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3



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
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Mike for hooking me up with this. 12oz can poured into a tulip.

Pours a crystal clear apple-juice looking body with a small white fizzy head that reduces to nothing.

Aromas are malty and sweet, vanilla and caramel, lots of coffee and perhaps a hint of cinnamon. On the tongue is smooth creamy vanilla-caramel, cream soda, light cinnamon, vanilla ice cream. Barely any alcohol detected for 12%, it's amazing how smooth this is for 12%.

I really enjoyed this beer, tons of flavor and easy to drink for 12%. Dangerous!

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Photo of Mikexw
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tony210
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden hue with minimal head. Not much to the nose at first, but it grows as you let it warm op. Coffe, cinnamon sugar, vanilla. Big flavors! Loads of vanilla, a bit on the sweet side. Some coffee mid swallow, nice cinnamon aftertaste. ABV is pretty well hidden. Thick and syrupy, creamy and full bodied. Overall this is a fun desert beer to sip on, I look forward to next year's batch!

12 oz can from brewery, dated 1/12/18
4.25 rating

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Photo of 7irondave
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Duncian
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Act25
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Play on Carton’s Regular coffee game. I swear I smell wood fire along with the coffee and vanilla. On tap at the brewer.
a_ Mostly clear, wisp of chill haze. As with all additive beers the head falls sooner and laces less than I would like.
S_ Ample of wood smoke, vanilla, cinnamon, roast coffee beans, sweet churro, it’s all in there.
Carnival candy, peanut, coffee milk Cuban style, with Mexican cinnamon..
T_ Slightly too sweet? But builds on the roast, char, coffee, more than balancing the sweet vanilla cake churro. The spice not overwhelming the beer, as is the case with all Carton brews except when desired -as with black truffle.
F_ Less weight than a sweet flavor bomb might have, ample carbonation, tickly, and finished balance despite the calories.
O_ good with a cigar, or after dinner, not a first of the evening beer.

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Photo of Datdubj1988
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jrjr0891
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rcjennings
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrederickTatum
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shoretaxi
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiepJones
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheGent
4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of jakenap
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Start @46F. Canned 12/15/16 (269 days ago!) poured into a teku glass.

Look: light orange color with slightly off white head with yeast sediment settling on the bottom (way more sediment than fresh)


Taste: I've had this beer fresh and the coffee has faded but is still there. Cinnamon sugar is the most upfront flavor with some notes of vanilla

Feel: light to medium mouthfeel, could easily be mistaken for a high quality iced coffee

Overall: this is one of my favorite Carton beers and nice variation on Regular Coffee. I have had many times before and will always seek it out when it's released. (New Years Day usually btw).

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Photo of BEER88
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best cream ale I've had ro date!

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Photo of TomMorris
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I take the Subway quite often in New York and in the stop at Grand Central, there's a lady who sells churros.

$1! $1!

I never buy them but of course, I get a whiff before boarding the 7 train to go to work.

Though it's a bit old, as the date on the bottom of the can was 12/15 with "Start @46F" written above it, this beer was what I expected those churros to actually taste like. Things that are sweet aren't normally up my alley but this grew on me as it warmed up and after downing two cans of it, I have to say that this was certainly one of cartons best offerings!

Not a bad pour to this as the beer was the color of churros, with an off copper hue that had plenty of sediment floating in it from start to finish. Plenty of sugar and cinnamon in the aroma as this had to be one of the sweetest beers that I ever held in my hand. Some fried dough came in at the end and in the taste as well, as there was cream in the mouthfeel to boot. Tough to pick out the vanilla here but the coffee could be found once the sweetness went down after each sip. Medium-bodied and somewhat full, this beer didn't disappoint when it came to the body though it was tough to discern what hops were present here!

There was enough booze in this but it was understated as the powered sugar and fried dough aspects of this were able to compensate for the apparent lack of discernible hops. While not a 4-star beer, this was one of Carton's better offerings that I had an worthy of the ride down there to obtain it late last year. As far as dessert offerings go, this was one of the better ones out there and one of the best that I've had from them. Fun stuff that deserves to be available year-round!

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Photo of woemad
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can received from @MacMalt .as part of NBS BIF #5. My first of the Regular Coffee variants. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on December 15, 2016.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a hazy shade of apricot amber, with a small, beige head that fled after a couple minutes, leaving spotty lace.

If you let this warm up a few minutes from the fridge, it definitely smells like a churro, with a big, sugary cinnamon blast up front. Vanilla is also detected, but no coffee made its way to the breakfast-hungry workers at my olfactory.

Definitely a beer for someone with a sweet tooth, this starts off with maximum churro to the face (and tastebuds). The cinnamon and vanilla rule the roost, but there's a warming alcohol sensation looming in the background that becomes noticeable midway through. Right then is where the coffee kicks in, giving a roasty, bitter accompaniment to the sweetness throughout the fadeout.

Medium bodied, with a moderately creamy mouthfeel that seems appropriate for what is evoked by this beer.

This may have initially seemed a simple booze and sugar bomb, but it's surprising and sneakily subtle. A 12oz can is the perfect serving size for me for a sitting (I can't imagine sessioning this), but I still wish this was available locally. Thanks, Rob!

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Photo of JoeK89
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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