Rub | Carton Brewing Company

RubRub
BA SCORE
3.83/5
42 Ratings
RubRub
BEER INFO

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

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2 cups Ethiopian Sidamo medium roast ground "Turkish"
1 cup organic cocoa powder unsweetened no alkaline
1/2 cup diamond kosher salt
1/2 cup organic light brown sugar
1/4 cup ground black pepper
3 Tbs organic ground cinnamon
2 Tbs cayenne
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 Tbs garlic powder
1 cup at flame out and 1/2 cup in secondary for every 20 gallons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOOX1Otj2A8&feature=em-subs_digest

Added by Jason on 12-13-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,886
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
42
pDev:
9.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was yet another beer from Carton that I traded for months ago and finally got around to tonight. The ones I've had from them recently have been quite unusual and this certainly fit that bill as it reminded me of something marinated, liquefied, and charred like a Porter. While not my cup of tea, this did grow on me as it warmed up and the flavors became more pronounced!

The pour to this was quite dark with just a hint of light seeping in around the cola brown edges. Plenty of tan, frothy head was to be found as well as it took quite a while to die down. What remained was an odd concoction of aromas and webbed lacing that hinted that this beer had some substance to it. Brown sugary sweetness, cinnamon, underlying chocolate, and faint cayenne pepper gave this subtle but enduring body and could be detected in the aroma, though the chocolate stood out above the others. Spicy, roasted, and slightly alkali, this wasn't terribly roasted as the can indicated. It seemed more like a Rauchbier more than anything else as the Porter aspects were understated from start to finish. Hints of Brown and Scotch Ale-like charcoal stickiness were found here, only adding to my confusion as the aftertaste was that of sausage smoky wood.

Thankfully, the alcohol was light as the nuanced and odd assortment of flavors were allowed to fully shine through and linger for my enjoyment. It doesn't need to be said that there's nothing out there quite like this. Once again, Carton has shown that they're up there when it comes to producing anomalous beers for the discerning imbiber. Count me in in that group as I still don't have this pinned after two cans, but enjoyed it regardless. Recommended for those who love pairing alcoholic beverages with food!

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of probert
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of South2NW
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArtZan
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aquabears
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a light brown, foamy head. Smells like a sweet, smoky campfire. Sweet, spicy, and smoky, but it feels like it is lacking a real depth. Still good, though. Some bite from the carbonation, but dissipates quickly.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chackman151
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of srw
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lembeh
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells like campfire tastes like a seasoned Porter is how I would summarize this bizzaro ale. Works for me because I love camping and grilling meats on an open flame and drinking around an open fire. This beer starts off like a rauchbier and a third of the way into the palette transforms into a Porter. The various spice additions mostly get cooked out of this. However you do taste some residual cumin. If you live in a sprawling metropolis and dont get the opportunity to camp that much try and get a hold of this rascal. You won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of erjaq
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rifugium
2.56/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disgusting and unnecessary. Lots of clashing flavors and spices that have no place in a beer, overlaid on a thin grainy porter. Made a decent marinade for a pork tenderloin though.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this seems like marinaded beef. The cumin and garlic hop out, for a savory element, then the cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt rush in, followed by salt in the finish. It's a fun beer, but personally I'd dial back the cumin. Try one.

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Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlvinLin
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a black color with a light brown head.

The aroma hits of chocolate, cocoa, spice comes through with cayenne, cinnamon, black pepper spice, hints of smoke.

The flavor follows with chocolate, roasted malts, lingering sweetness, with black pepper, cayenne spice, brown sugar sweetness, hints of smoke peeking through. A full on porter, with touches of smoke, and those dry rub spices complementing the porter flavors.

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Photo of Act25
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy to be among first to review my home town Carton's new porter, Rub. A spice rubbed porter.
As with all great craft, and all Carton beers, best at cask temp.
Let it warm up, great with food, in my case, garden tomato, pepper, jalapeno, onion, basil, nectarines, with a bit of chicken and mozzarella and olives. Heaven. Great food beer.

A: Sports a one finger tan head with modest retention, dotty lacing and a thin ring. Beer is black and opaque. A looker.

S: Let it warm. Most of the nose is spice first, then coffee and the cocoa powder. I get smoke eventually, and not unlike other smoke porters. I get the spice, that other reviewers did not, but I'm eating peppers!

T: Unlike other reviewers, I get the rub first, and then the cocoa. Coffee is next and paramount mid-taste. I get all of cayenne and cumin, with the smoke, and last the salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. The finish is chalky, dry, spice - pleasant - balances the sweet of porter.

F: Mid body and carbonation. Good feel, no need to amp this, stay right here in 6-7% ABV which is where the greatest beers (other than RIS) live.

O: Food beer. Whether garden salad or burgers or grilled fish. A 4 and I think this has legs. Try 24.

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Photo of Vivs85
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Rub from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 42 ratings
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