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Rub | Carton Brewing Company

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RubRub
BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
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.

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Added by Jason on 12-13-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,428
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
42
pDev:
9.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 11
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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated can, but I got it less than a week after release. Bottom says to let it warm up to 46 degrees before you drink it. I'll pour it and wait a good 30 minutes.

L: 2F tan head with OK retention, a little bit of lacing and a thin ring. Beer is black and can says it rates a 42 SRM, which is...black.

S: Let it warm. Most of the nose is coffee and the cocoa powder. I get a tiny bit of the spice mix and some smokiness. So far not remarkably different from other smoked porters.

T: Coffee is almost all you get up front, but individual pieces of the rub do come out as things go on. You get smoke, cayenne and cumin, and some cinnamon and brown sugar. Most of the finish is spice, but it's not very strong.

F: Light to medium body, light to medium carbonation which allows the taste to linger and develop on the palate. A little bit watery, but this would be a monster if they were to up the ABV and viscosity. Maybe sometime down the road? Balance is good, I think.

O: This has been a widely-anticipated release and I think Carton largely delivers on the creative concept. Definitely something different and not an everyday beer, but it's an interesting and not too heavy complement to summer BBQ.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of braican
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Masters
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from fresh can into tulip glass. It pours a dark mahogany - nearly jet black - with a thin, khaki-colored head and minimal lacing. It smells of roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, wood smoke, cinnamon, and a whiff of caramel. The primary tastes are burnt coffee grounds, pepper, cinnamon, and tobacco, followed by cherry or other dark fruit, especially as the glass warms. The finish is dry and bitter. This porter has a light mouthfeel and with a modest 5.4% ABV, there is no alcohol burn. I think what sets this smoked porter apart are the strong pepper profile and the subtle, but noticeable, cherry. The more I drink it, the more complex it becomes, which is no surprise given that it is a Carton offering. It's a nice change of pace from the Dubviants I've been drinking lately and another example of Carton's versatility.

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Photo of cp45
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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