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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Curran last night, thanks dude.

This one pours a dark clear orange-ish color, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like creamy cinnamon vanilla icing, sugary coffee, cream soda, and some sweet grain.

This is a nice little cinnamon twist on Regular Coffee. I think I like the original better, because the coffee flavor is more prominent there, but this is still really nice. The cinnamon is the dominant flavor here, melding a nice spiced creamy flavor to the sugary coffee proceedings. There's definitely some vanilla creamer type flavor, with a little taste reminiscent of cream soda, too.

This is medium bodied- I wish it was a little beefier, mouthfeel-wise, but the thinner feel does make it a little more drinkable, as it's quite sweet. It has a normal level of carbonation.

Another exemplary effort from Augie Carton and his team. I drink Cafe y Churro because it tastes real nice.

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

Poured from a can into a tulip. Rags to riches.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with an off-white head that quickly settles into a ring; nice lacing.

S: Haha! Smells exactly like what I had in my head. Coffee, fried dough and cinnamon. Nicely done.

T: Sweetened coffee, sugar and cinnamon. Sweet, but not overdone. Notes of biscuit and bread crust and a tiny backbone of hops. Coffee settles on the palate.

M: Nice light body with refreshing carbs up front and through the middle. The alcohol is barely there but scrubs the palate nicely.

O: I'm impressed! This was a very enjoyable beer and the coffee and churro flavors were almost molecular gastronomy. This is a great dessert drink to have on a warm evening (and at 12%, I'd make it your last). Cheers!

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Photo of Rifugium
2.19/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at American Sardine Bar.

Much like Regular Coffee, this beer poured a slightly hazy amber, nearly lifeless with no head and low carb. In the nose, caramel candy, booze, light cinnamon. Sickeningly sweet taste, caramel and sour cream, metallic, cake batter and corn syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, with stale cheap coffee as a distant afterthought. Slick mouthfeel, messy and boozy, like a flat generic brand soda with a shot of liquor in it.

The whole premise of this beer and all its relatives is ridiculous. Executed well, it might work, but these are not executed well at all.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkiBum22
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsonta
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avas
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nose is a ton of cinnamon with some sweet, milky coffee on the backend.

Taste follows, with an explosion of Ceylon cinnamon that's quickly accompanied by a creamy, decadent, almost dessert-y coffee liqueur flavor. Vanilla is definitely there, accentuating the other flavors quite well. Medium-plus sweetness with almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is super soft and delicate, somehow creamy on the palate without being overly full or heavy. Not even an inkling of alcohol... Scary af for a 12$ beer.

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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 acurtis
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brians52
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KT123
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigMack61
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of mmorris15
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Caramel color. Some small sediment at the bottom. Head recedes quickly.
S: Tons of coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla. Smells just like a churro dipped in coffee.
T: Sweetened coffee with cinnamon sugar. Touch of vanilla.
F: Super smooth and dangerously drinkable despite the 12% ABV. Slightly acidic feel.
O: Another home run, and my favorite Irregular Coffee entry so far. Awesome stuff!

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Photo of chrisgeb
4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is out of this world. Unlike any beer I've tasted and very drinkable for a 12% beer. Cinnamon, vanilla, sugar...a great dessert beer.

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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 Kevincredible
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a snifter
Canned 1/7/16

A- pours a deep amber color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a film floating on top, a few floaties hanging out

S- sugary milk and cream soda aroma up front, followed by a balance of coffee, cinnamon & vanilla.

T- milky and sugary sweet base gives way to strong notes of cinnamon and vanilla that are countered evenly with undertones of coffee. The finish leaves a linger of evenly balanced cinnamon, vanilla and coffee.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, slightly warming booze on the linger

O- the base beer alone was a bit too boozy for me, but the addition of the coffee and vanilla brings it all together and makes delicious cream ale

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Photo of troupos40
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Let me start out by saying that I'm not a huge coffee fan, and I'm not a huge churro fan. I was impressed by regular coffee last year, but thought it fell off rather quickly, so my expectations were tempered when I got this today at the brewery. The smell is straight up cinnamon vanilla and a bit of coffee. First sip, cinnamon bomb, loved it. As it warms from 50 degrees to closer to room temp the coffee comes out a bit more and is perfectly balanced with the cinnamon. I was shocked and in awe of this beer, it's very tasty and at 12% dangerously drinkable. Not nearly as sweet as I thought, a true treat. I won't be aging this as It's perfect right now and I didn't love Reg coffee after the coffee fell out. Augie did it again, 4.75 overall.

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