Sundae | Carton Brewing Company

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Neapolitan Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Cognac Barrels with Walnuts and Maraschino cherries: 10% | IBU: 24 | SRM: 42

The first stride along this path was enough Super Galena in the middle of the boil leading a strawberry hop tone in vanilla and chocolate malt notes creating a Russian Imperial Stout with a different gait. The move to “let’s throw some Neapolitan ice cream in there and see what happens” isn’t a giant leap. Going from a big bold stout with chocolate vanilla and strawberry freeze dried ice cream to “brandied walnuts and a cherry on top right?” is actually a small step. Sundae is Cosmonaut put down in cognac barrels with maraschino cherries and walnuts for a year. Drink Sundae cause this one’s for you, Mr. Gorsky."

Added by sloan123 on 04-26-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,788
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
24
pDev:
5.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of edthehead
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at EBF in Boston, MA.

This one smells like chocolate ice cream, cherry, strawberry, cognac, nuttiness, caramel, hazelnut, and vanilla beans.

This is delightful. Like most Carton beers it's almost confusingly complex. It really does feel like a boozy Neapolitan-style sundae, with both cherry and strawberry (mostly strawberry), lots of chocolate, and lots of creamy vanilla flavor. There's a complex nuttiness that's reminiscent of both hazelnut and walnut. There's not much cognac- there's just a sliver.

This is medium bodied, creamy and rich, with a good level of carbonation for the style.

This is a very fun beer. It evokes the dessert it's trying to emulate nearly perfectly.

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Photo of shoretaxi
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phineasco
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pitch Black with no head. Has low carbonation.
Smell: Vanilla ice cream, smoke, molasses, and cognac.
Taste: Vanilla ice cream, smoke, molasses, tobacco, with a little cognac on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Thin.
Overall: An interesting stout, but didn’t get the adjuncts.

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

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Collinsl
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a deep thick black with a slight mahogany head. Dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing on all sides
S: Cognac, leather, anise, chocolate
T: up front is the cognac. At first it seems overbearing but soon melds with other flavors.
The walnuts and the sweetness taste like we're walnuts on a sundae. There is chocolate and berry. There are hints of licorice and Marshmallow
MF:thick and almost syrupy but in a good way. No noticeable alcohol burn.
O: This beer is a ice-cream sundae beer with a pour of cognac. There is a decadence to this beer that is simply wonderful.

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Photo of Brob245
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of swanfungus
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slack
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz
4/25/17
$20/4 iirc

Deep brown to brown on the edges and clear with little remaining head and minor lacing.

Nose is boozy, cherries, walnuts, and sweetness.

Taste is sweet cherries, dark fruit, barrel, malt, a bit of coffee, nuts in the background, and a light cognac finish.

Body is medium and even and smooth. Carbonation is low. Finish is sweet.

Hardly a RIS with a lack of hops but the take that away and you get a nice cognac barrel stout that is very fruit forward with a nice nuttiness. If you like sweet fruit stouts, this will be your jam, if not I would share or avoid.

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Photo of smcel371
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krome
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of michaelbritten
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Walnuts-in-syrup envelop a chocolate-malted fountain soda that stabs-strawberry; generously-topped, sugar-soaked waffles and ice cream at the Jersey shore. This captures a very specific summertime overindulgence: slick, sweet, and three-scoops-to-the-wind.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased two days after release. Poured into tulip glass. It pours a rich, deep walnut with a fluffy, khaki-colored head and generous lacing. It features a nice aroma dark roasted malt, chocolate, burnt coffee, peat, tobacco smoke, and dark cherry. The maraschino cherry dominates the initial sip followed by rich, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. While I didn't taste it initially, as the glass warmed I began to pick up the walnut and cognac. I like the fact that the cognac is delicate and doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. It's really very good and improves as the glass warms. Like the base Cosmonaut, it doesn't have a heavy feel. It drinks more like a porter than a stout (which is generally the case with Carton offerings). It has a pleasant level of carbonation and the taste is so good that you don't really notice the 10% ABV. When Cosmonaut was released, I thought it was a fun idea to use freeze dried ice cream as a proxy for dark fruit. Sundae takes it to another level of enjoyment. It is an absolute delight to drink!

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Photo of SadMachine
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lr300
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sundae from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 24 ratings