Sundae | Carton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

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Photo of PDinunzi
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of macrosmatic
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade. Canned quite awhile ago. We'll see how this pans out.

Poured into Crane snifter.

Deep black pour with a beige-brown ring of head about 1/2 finger tall.

Aromas are of chocolate and roast notes; and I get some of the marachino cherry as well. Some faint deep red wine notes.

Flavor starts off with a bitter roast char and slight piney/earthy hop, but then gains complexity as it swerves into hot fudge, marachino cherry, slight vanilla, slight strawberry, and some faint red wine, but what remains strongest is the piney hop just blasting through the whole profile.

Feel is tannic and clinging, with a biting carbonation to match. Medium-heavy body.

Overall, not really that impressed. I think if I'd had gotten a fresher can maybe these flavors wouldn't have fallen off so much.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cp45
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perhaps the use of freeze dried ice cream wasn't enough to make brewers of Carton happy. So they take their Cosmonaut imperial stout and lay it down in a time capsule of cognac with marachino cherries to absorb all of that spicy, fruity, tangy and sweet wisdom into the stout for a taste that can only be described as sundae.

Jet black and layered with a solid brown froth, the ominous looking Sundae hits the nose with all things roasty, toasty and full of char. A spicy fortified wine tingle and wood spice come in quickly with the character of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla taking a backseat in scent. Carbonized sweetness carries a dry molasses, toffee and chocolate sweetness onto the tongue along with an inordinate amount of roast.

As the stout marches across the middle palate, it sheds the bulk of its sweetness and highlights the sharp roast, burnt toast, smoked chocolate, walnut and strong char. Any softer vanilla, cherry, strawberry, or milk chocolate flavors are subtle and only come through after the piquant spice of cognac, oak and toasted nuttiness begins to subside deep into the late palate. Bitter and a light acrid roast does much more than balance the sundae sweetness.

Full bodied on the palate overall, the sharpness and ash-like state of the beer links up with boozy spice for a drying sensation that would suggest a lighter body. Laced with bitter baker's chocolate and a campfire whimsy, the aftertaste is long, stubborn and prickly with vinous spice.

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Photo of johnlatona
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vivs85
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 3/22/18; drank 5/17/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE dark tan head; strong lace.

Fresh earth & faint strawberry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, mild caramel & faint strawberry flavors; no booze heat.

Thin & mild for the style; far from offensive but hardly worth the effort.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks jet black, smell like maraschino cherries,chocolate,vanilla,berries. Taste is right on the nose. This is way better than Cosmonaut which was outstanding. Taste is like an ice cream sundae. But not too sweet. Feels like a perfect consistency, not too viscous or chewy. Overall this is a fun beer and brings back childhood memories of (Neapolitan ice cream , not beer.

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Photo of sposter4
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Totally shocked to have been able to pick some up off a shelf that wasn't literally at the brewery. Anyways, canned 3/22/2018 nad poured into a snifter...

Pours a dark khaki/brown head and opaque black. Fittingly enough, almost like chocolate whipped cream in appearance.

Incredibly multifaceted nose. Dark fruit, sweet fruit and spirits notes. A little bit a chocolate and maybe sasparilla once it reaches room temp. It's very fragrant and captures a litany of aromas that lead into the tasting.

Very sweet cherry notes, dark malt and dark fruit, blended vanilla and chocolate and a dash of brandy, or at least what I interpret as brandy. Super delicious.

It's hard not to mistake this beer for one of lower abv, but at the same time it clearly is. It's very boozy feeling but is also a bit cloying in a good way. The cognac barrels have not made it feel all that tannic which is strange, but regardless it is pure fun drinking.

Might be my favorite Carton beer, but in regards to what Carton does, this one is only slightly off the beaten craft. A off-kilter spirit-barreled RIS is something I feel like I could expect from other breweries to a certain extent. I wouldn't however, expect them to be this good.

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Photo of Werdna
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cosmonaut is amazing and this is probably better. Get some while you can. Cherries and chocolate and cognac.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tim725
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gambyt20
3.49/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a glass in the Carton Brewery tasting room in Atlantic Heights, NJ, then retasted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can, produced on 03/22/2018, poured into a snifter glass at home.
A: Pours a very dark brown to black color with a full one inch, light brown head with moderate head retention and substantial lacing.
S: Smells like a chocolate malted. Cognac, coffee, raisin, and vanilla bean notes all present.
T: Sweet and delicious. Tastes very much like a chocolate soda. Palate follows the nose with light to moderate bitterness contributing to the overall composition.
M: Medium bodied with excellent, persistent carbonation. Creamy and smooth.
O: A delicious, Russian Imperial Stout. Will come back again and again.

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Photo of djrn2
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Carton tonight. Perfect for Easter weekend last beer of evening.
a) It pours a deep thick black with a firm tan head. Rings and laces nicely.
s) Nice. Cognac, strawberry, vanilla, leather, anise, chocolate, a bit of char to balance.
t) I find the oak and cognac first. Then it's a solid imperial with chocolate and strawberry, never too sweet, never cloying. Always complex. Lots of other complex nuances like wood smoke and licorice.
F) thick, mid weight, good mouth feel and body for heft and complexity. Finishes clean.
o) I suppose RIS with flavors becoming a core treat at Carton. As good as any RIS.

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Photo of SiepJones
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattycasey
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Sundae from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 47 ratings