Caffé Corretto | Carton Brewing Company

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Caffé CorrettoCaffé Corretto

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BrittEBurke on 12-23-2016

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 49
Photo of threeviews
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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)

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Photo of KensWorld
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Photo of Slack
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 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.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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!!

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Photo of q33jeff
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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.


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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.44/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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Photo of agreenman19
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Caffé Corretto from Carton Brewing Company
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