Caffé Corretto | Carton Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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.

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Added by BrittEBurke on 12-23-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
12
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.03%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
For Trade:
1
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryanflc
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moestavern
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian74
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeK89
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sk8sean86
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwbetts
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baklo
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of threeviews
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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)

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Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
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 sd123
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattycasey
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captainkrad
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Caffé Corretto from Carton Brewing Company
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