Caffé Corretto
Carton Brewing Company

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Style:
Cream Ale
Ranked #4
ABV:
12%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,039
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 6.51%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
71
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New Jersey, United States
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Notes: Caffé Corretto is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished with fennel, licorice, and anise. Much like how Regular Coffee looks to evoke Jersey’s version of an acidic, bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar, Caffé Corretto takes a lesson from our Italian friends by running a touch of anise’s bitter-to-sweet path alongside coffee’s. Drink Caffé Corretto and Roma if you want to.

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FBarber from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty clear copper color. Mildly effervescent at least initially. One finger frothy white head dissipates pretty quickly leaving not much of a residual head.

Aroma has notes of cream, sambucca, licorice with just a slight hint of anise coming through as the beer warms.

Taste follows the nose with notes of butterscotch, coffee, creme, anise cookies, with a touch of bitterness on the back end. The profile of the flavor is largely shaped by the anise.

Feel is creamy, medium bodied, moderately carbonated with a semi-bitter finish.

Overall a really unique beer. Definitely worth trying.

Mar 29, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

15th review. Coffee cordial is the right description for the latest Regular Coffee series.
a) as always bright clear and lacing.
s) Anise cookies and Sambuca.
t) Follows the smell with caramel and almost butterscotch. licorice.
o) as good as any in the series, and nostalgia for my Italian cookie and coffee childhood.

Feb 08, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium-pale amber and clear with a thin foam cap on tap at The Good Life in Massapequa... Aromas of coffee and anise alongside caramel-like malts... Flavors brought that coffee and cream aspect again, with hint of licorice that might sound out-of-place but was actually very enjoyable. Subtle malt sweetness in a smooth and creamy drink - medium weight with modest carbonation. I thought this was really nice.

Jul 05, 2017
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woemad from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can received courtesy of MacMalt and his NBS BIF Box. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on December 22, 2016.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a hazy, dark amber color. Holding it up to light revealed a lit of small floaties. Small, thin beige colored head that receded very quickly, leaving a small amount of spotty lace.

The aroma reminded me a little of Sambucca, though I could detect some coffee notes as well. I did not detect anything resembling fennel or licorice.

In the taste the elements noted above are present, and, unlike in the aroma, I do detect flavor similar to a very mild licorice taste. As it warms, a warming alcohol sensation takes up station in the background. The finish leaves a lot of sweetness on the tongue.

Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel.

Again, Carton takes the Cream Ale to an almost ludicrous extreme. It's a tad too sweet for me to consider wanting this in any real quantity, so the 12oz can is the perfect amount for me. Definitely a dessert beer, this would be best after a nice meal, I suspect.

Jun 11, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, I'm not Italian but I live in the midst of the "Pizza triangle" of north Jersey and a sizable portion of my friends are Italian as well. With that being said, this wasn't quite up my alley but still was worth the ride to Carton late last year when I drove down and bought this to take home. The last of it was consumed tonight and 5 months after I obtained it, it still tasted great. I preferred the Regular Coffee but it there was a way to combine that with notes of sweet cordials, this would be the optimal end result!

The pour to this was good as it had a hazy and brassy deep golden hue to it with lots of sediment floating in it with a moderate and fluffy head that took long enough to settle. Not a lot of lacing was left behind on the side of my glass, surprisingly. The aroma was that of coffee, licorice, and anisette though the former dominated over the other two. This wasn't the case in the taste as the sweeter notes dominated more than expected. Plenty of licorice could be found there, along with the cream, coffee, and white chocolate that served as the base of this. A bit of lactose helped to even things out but the sweeter notes and coffee base dominated here from start to finish, with a lack of carbonation to boot. Not much in the way of bubbles to scrub the saccharine sweetness out of each sip.

There was plenty of booze here but like the Regular Coffee, it wasn't easy to detect. Those who into Anisette, White Sambuca, and cordials would be wise to seek this beer out but for ordinary imbibers, this was only a go once around. A novelty if there ever was one, this beer was more of a dessert than something to be savored. Too sweet and strong to reach a mass audience, it's worth a go once for those looking for an Imperial Cream Ale as a nightcap.

May 25, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 12/22/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big medium roast coffee, vanilla, almond, cream, honey, lightly toasted biscuit, anise, licorice, and fennel; with lighter notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, and herbal/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of coffee, bready malt, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of huge medium roast coffee, vanilla, almond, cream, honey, lightly toasted biscuit, anise, licorice, and fennel; with lighter notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, and herbal/roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/spice and roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of medium roast coffee, vanilla, almond, cream, honey, lightly toasted biscuit, anise, licorice, fennel, light chocolate/cocoa, and herbal/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of coffee, bready malt, and spice flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slight dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 12%. Overall this a fantastic imperial coffee cream ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of coffee, bready malt, and spice flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV. The spices are never overwhelming, and seem to compliment the creamed coffee flavors perfectly. A highly enjoyable offering.

May 13, 2017
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threeviews from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can (Canned on Date: 12/22/2016) at above cellar temperature into a Carton branded, Teku 2.0 glass.

A - Pours a deep gold color in line with traditional bullion with a fair amount of "floaties" topped with a fleeting, single finger eggshell white head. (4.0)

S - Although this can was acquired within a week of canning (and have enjoyed the base and Cafe Y Churro immediate...both of which I thoroughly enjoyed), I was nervous about the strength of the licorice and anise adjuncts. As such, I waited two months since canning and upon opening, discovered a very aromatic beer with everything in balance. If needed to rank them, it would be licorice/anise, coffee and fennel in that order all wrapped in a sweet, lactose sugar blanket...very inviting. (4.5)

T - Absolutely delightful. The licorice/anise component plays perfect foil with the sweetness of the beer and the roastiness from the cold-press coffee. All of the components that can get out-of-hand quickly (licorice/anise, lactose sweetness, coffee bitterness), yet everything is in great balance. My only request is that the fennel would make itself known a bit more. (4.5)

M - Despite the elevated ABV, the body is (at best) medium-plus with no warming after the sip. Although sweet, it is far from cloying which makes this a highly, highly drinkable beer. (4.5)

O - Assuming this does in fact ferment down to 12% ABV is nothing short of impressive for Regular Coffee and its variants. The combination of the adjuncts, coffee roast and lactose sugar makes this and all of its variants show the brewing prowess of Carton and more reason that their offerings are so worthy of acquiring. Understanding the cost involved with all of the ingredients and adjuncts involved and its limited availability, I can certainly justify the price. However, this is something that you will be happy sampling once or twice a year. (4.25)

Feb 24, 2017
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KensWorld from Florida

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 12 oz can, thanks Tim, not sure what to expect from this unusual take on a Cream Ale. Looks very good with large white head over a hazy honey color. Some strange shaped floaties on the bottom, 4.25.

Smells complex, very complex. Coffee and pumpernickel bread. Then some herb notes I can't pinpoint. Smells unlike any other beer out there for sure, 4.75.

Taste very much as is smells, sweet coffee, Vanilla and creamy lactose, 4.75.

Feel is defiantly Imperial, thick and creamy but without any alcohol present. A crushable 12% in a can, dangerous stuff, 4.75.

Overall this is a killer Cream Ale. So complex with the coffee and those spices. The addition of the Licorice really works well here. This is by far one of the most unusual and darring beers I've tried yet. Homerun Carton Brothers, 4.75

Feb 18, 2017
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Slack from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep.gold in color and clear with a semi circles left of head. Minimal lacing on a swirl.

Nose is strongly licorice and anise with a bit of sweetness and minor fennel.

Taste is sugary sweet licorice, anise, malt, vanilla and a fennel finish.

Mouthful is medium to light and syrupy. Carbonation is average. Finish is sweet.

This is spiced regular coffee. Very much black licorice through and through. The fennel plays nicely as well. Creamy and easy to drink. Probably too sweet for some. Very good.

Jan 29, 2017
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mmorris15 from Maine

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a caramel color with just a tad bit of haze. Some small pieces of sediment settled at the bottom of the glass.
S: Holy black licorice. Tons of anise on the nose. Coffee is very prominent in the aroma as well.
T: Tons of black licorice, fruity coffee, and a sugary sweetness. Booze is there but not overwhelming.
F: Smooth, acidic, and slightly boozy.
O: One of the more unique beers I've had. You definitely have to like black licorice to enjoy this, and luckily I do. Great beer.

Jan 29, 2017
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer in my humble opinion. Absolutely delicious,fresh and creamy. The last "cream ale" I had was in the 80's "Genese cream ale" Which for macro piss is OK. This beer is simply delicious. Way too expensive IMO. 64oz growler near there brewery- 35 clam dogs! That is Seventy dollars a gallon!! Super fresh!!

Jan 26, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

**
01/20/2017
In a 4-beer carton sampler at Blend.

LOOK: darkish yellow; creamy white head.
AROMA: Coffee; cotton candy like sugar.
TASTE: a lot of flavor for a simple cream ale. Coffee, vanilla, vanilla, cinnamon. Lactose.

I think this would be a nice head to head match-up with Ballast Point Calm before the Storm. My guess is that this wuold come out on top slightly.

**

Jan 21, 2017
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can dated 12/22/16. Poured into Belgian ale glass and let sit for a while, as this needs to warm.

L: Scant 2F white head with moderate spotty lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a fairly clear amber color.

S: Whoa, very strong anise, slightly overbaked biscotti, sweet lactose, and a hint of coffee. Frankly, this nose beats Imperial Biscotti Break by a significant margin. It's really nice. Unless you don't like anise. Then you should drink something else.

T: Man, this is great. A biscotti dunked in light, sweet coffee. That's exactly what this tastes like. Like with Regular Coffee, ABV is disguised maddeningly well; there is only a slight hint as it warms. Seriously, though, this is fantastic.

F: Medium body, light carbonation. ABV helps with drying but you want this taste to linger anyway and it really does. Fantastic construction, great balance. You don't want to pound it at 12% ABV, but it's hard to put down.

O: Yesterday I said Regular Coffee is the best cream ale I've ever tried. We have a new champion and despite the difference in style, this absolutely blows Imperial Biscotti Break off the map. If you like that, you'll love this.

Jan 16, 2017
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A multihued caramel in color. Smell mimics my straight-off-the boat grandpa's biscotti: Biscotti a la Justino. It's more like the sweet and sugary dough mix in aroma than the finished product. A vegetal fennel quality mimics the herbal and medicinal anise. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, and I'm reminded I'm drinking a cream ale. A bit syrupy and cloying to an extent, definitely coats the mouth. Flavor is almond, a touch of vanilla, a bit of burnt coffee as if you got the end piece of the biscotti log, and of course an ever pervasive licorice. Finish is strong and alcoholic, and reminds me of the shots of sambuca we took to celebrate a successful bake!

Jan 13, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours an even darker hazier version of Regular Coffee. Caramel with orange hues that give way to the light. Minimal head.

S - lightly roasted caramel coffee up front, but quickly turns to licorice. Bright, minty, and cooling.

T - that's amazing. Crazy how these Carton guys nail all these classic drinks in beer form. Raw, earthy anise. Sambuca. Tastes a bit like Mike and Ikes. Slight lactose to remind you that this is probably best suited as a night cap! Or first thing in the morning... Sugary espresso and black licorice.

F - in line with the rest of the Coffees. Medium body when one would expect a thicker, more syrupy sinful beverage for this ABV. Oddly refreshing.

O - absolutely nails the licorice flavor like Irish Coffee nailed the mint and Churro nailed the, well, churro. I know licorice isn't for everybody, but if that's your jam, then this beer is also your jam. And you'll have fun drinking it at 12%. As always, be responsible and say NO when presented with the six pack challenge of Caffe Corretto.

Jan 07, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/22/2016. Poured into Carton Teku glass. It pours a cloudy, orange-amber with one-finger of milk-white head and lacing. It closely resembles Regular Coffee and the Irregular variants. There is a strong smell of anise, along with coffee and lactose. It's like smelling anisette toast. The taste is sweeter up front than Regular Coffee and Cafe Y Churro but the anise provides a rather bitter, licorice finish. It also has a liqueur quality. Like the other coffee variants, it is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and the 12% ABV is potent. Overall, I'm not a fan of anise or licorice generally so I prefer both Regular Coffee and Cafe Y Churro. That said, it's a really interesting interpretation of the Cream Ale style.

Jan 03, 2017
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