St Kitts Coffee
Carton Brewing Company

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From:
Carton Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Style:
Cream Ale
Ranked #2
ABV:
12%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,156
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 4.55%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
29
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 30, 2022
Added:
Jan 05, 2018
Wants:
  15
Gots:
  5
SCORE
96
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St Kitts CoffeeSt Kitts Coffee
Notes: Imperial Cream Ale with Coffee & Coconut Aged in Rum Barrels

St Kitts Coffee is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished on Brinley Shipwreck wood and coconut. Much like Regular Coffee looks to evoke an amusing version of the acidic bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar that starts a day in a paper cup, St Kitts Coffee addresses it in a Caribbean rendition of a mug of sweet, coconut rum touched coffee, lazily sipped in a languid breeze. Drink St Kitts Coffee cause what’s the rush man?

IBU: 20
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canned 1/1/22

Continuing on with these Cream Ales from Carton, we have quite a highly regarded one here. This is the second highest rated of the style at the moment. This one is barrel aged, and conditioned on coconut, presumably to further support the barrel notes

Pours a cloudy orange gold with 3 fingers of creamy off white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The barrel here comes through in a really authentic way in the nose. I’m picking up on aromas of toasted oak, sweetened coffee, sweet cream, coconut milk, brown sugar, and spiced rum

It doesn’t really integrate as elegantly in taste, though it’s still pretty good. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting coconut cream, light roast coffee, caramel, vanilla, and light oak. The swallow brings notes of toasted coconut, light roast coffee, sweet corn, toffee, light oak, and light spiced rum

A medium full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a creamy beer (ironic). Finishes off dry and a bit too sweet

This is good, but I don’t think it’s worthy of its high rankings. Should be interesting to see how the others compare to this one
Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 1/1/22; consumed on 1/24/22

Pours a foggy, burnt orange body capped with a finger of fluffy, slightly off-white foam; decent head retention yields a spotty few islands of mounded cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and a comprehensive layering of dense lacing almost entirely walling the glass.

Aromas of fresh coffee laden with semi-sweet coconut open across the cream ale base, fuses effortlessly with an oncoming prickly roast and distant barrel steadily imparting floral rummy undertones to the backdrop.

Taste finds waves of floral rum influence playing off of coconut atop a fervent cream ale base, highlighting sweet corn over the mid-palate while lingering creamed coconut evolves with spots of toasted oak accentuated on the back end of the profile.

Mouthfeel offers a medium body with moderate-low carbonation; creamy textures give way to a subtle, underlying grit over the mid-palate as prickly barrel tones are brief into a back end both clean and drying, sporting a minimal, yet perceptible warmth through the finish.

A bright refresher in stark contrast to its ABV, the tropical underpinnings of coconut and subtle rum influence find synergy with the fresh coffee roast to expound upon the defter corn/malt sweetness; playfully irreverent as the skilled adjunct combination brings new focus to the cream ale style once more with this series.
Jan 25, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance - The beer poured a golden color with visible carbonation and a white head.

Smell - The coffee was accompanied by hints of coconut. It did not seem much different from Regular Coffee.

Taste - The profile was essentially Regular Coffee with subtle coconut. Thankfully, the sting of rum was largely muted. Coconut added an extra layer of smoothness to the profile, but coffee was the dominant part of the finish.

Mouthfeel - The body was so smooth, even with fairly aggressive carbonation.

Overall - I probably would have enjoyed more coconut, but this was tasty.
Jul 25, 2021
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Like the Irish Coffee, I traded for this a while ago and finally got around to it during a holiday lull! Canned on 1/16/18 with "[email protected]" written above it, this also had a strong coffee base with quite a lot going on around that. Hard to detect the wood in this but the coconut sweetness was there throughout as it complemented the roasted base quite nicely!

Amber, hazy, and somewhat thick, this liquid didn't have a lot of head topping it off and left very little lacing behind as I sipped my way through it. Lots of coffee in the nose but the rum spice, wood, and burnt sugar was quite faint compared to what I was hoping for. Thankfully, they came out a bit more in the taste as this felt a bit like Captain Morgan or Myers that was freshly roasted, with a few sugar packets thrown in for good measure. Sweet and sticky, this was quite heavy on the palate with coconut, molasses, and toasted notes rounding out the flavor profile of this beer and like the Irish Coffee, this had the feeling of a cordial rather than something brewed...

...much of that was due to it's high alcoholic content, which was felt from the get-go to the last sip. I wish this was aged in rum barrels as more depth would have taken this up a notch. A bit too strong for my tastes, this was more of a curiosity than anything else but certainly not a drain pour or a letdown. It never felt like an American Cream Ale but was creamy in nature when all was said and done. Worth a go once for the novelty factor!
Dec 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Dec 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours a translucent copper with a finger of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is dark and bold coffee with a splash of heavy cream liqueur. Notes of toffee, molasses and earthy, toasty, caramely malts take a little edge off of the heat, but not much. Flavor profile is bold coffee with a little fruity quality. Notes of toffee, molasses and toffee add a little sweetness before the boozy cream liqueur hits. Mouth feel is fuzzy and nappy, coming up a little more substantial than velvety. It has a medium thickness. Overall, the 12% ABV becomes a little apparent here, but doesn't distract too much from the pleasant coffee, cream liqueur and cream ale notes.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can.
Jun 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jun 13, 2019
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Reviewed by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Burnt amber color with a white foamy head that fades pretty fast and decent lacing.
N: Coffee, coconut, rum and roasted notes.
T: Follows the nose, really nice coffee flavors with a mix of coconut and rum, some smokey flavors/char.
M: Medium with some bite, solid coffee flavors.
O: Very nice coffee beer, flavors were excellent.
May 15, 2019
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Reviewed by FFFjunkie from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Look is a slightly hazy copper color and poured with 1.5 fingers of off white head.

Sweet coconut dominates the nose followed by coffee, cream and rum.

Taste is coconut, rum, sweet cream and coffee. Coconut dominates closer to fridge temp but as it warms a bit, the rum shines.

Feel is creamy, smooth and full. Quite nice.

Overall a fantastic beer and is probably my favorite of all I’ve had from the series so far.
Apr 14, 2019
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Canned on 2/14/2019. Poured into a Carton pint glass. It pours a cloudy, orange-amber color. The thin, milk-white head faded quickly. Its nose features freshly-brewed coffee, rum, coconut, toffee, and cream. While I wasn't overly excited by the appearance, the taste is fantastic! The coconut is huge and the rum, while not overpowering, is very evident. There is also abundant coffee and cream. The flavors blend very well. There is no bitterness. It has a thick, syrupy mouth feel with low carbonation, and a warming 12% ABV. Overall, this is one of the more imaginative variants of Carton's Regular Coffee. While it lacks the Jersey diner attitude of the original, it's evocative of a hot morning on a beach vacation.
Mar 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours medium to dark golden, minimal head. I smell coffee, & cream, despite it being their coconut and rum beer. Sweet at first, it tastes like the base beer only, but then some coconut pops in, and the rum barrel flavor appears and lingers in the finish. A quick swoosh around in my mouth evokes baileys Irish cream. Carbonation makes it creamy. Overall a pretty cool.beer, worth buying the mixed 4-pack.

2/26/19
16 oz can dated 2/13:19
4.25 rating
Feb 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Thrilled to buy (and review as among the first) this at brewers tonight. It looks as good as it tastes.
a) Dark, grand marnier body that throws up a good lace and a ring of last.
s) Crazy strong brandy, http://www.grand-marnier.com/ nose and taste. So happy the coconut not overdone (as it is over at (Death by... Oskars)
t) Amazing that beer is so brandy-like with essence and distillation of orange-brandy with hint of coconut.
f) Smooth sipper, long in the draw. totally worth the price. Sip, meditate, simmer. Totally let it resolve to cask temp!
o) Hard to discern between French and St Kitts the best of the coffee series? St Kitts by a husk of a tiny margin,
Feb 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by thampel09 from New Jersey

Dec 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by fossage78 from Massachusetts

Sep 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Sep 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Blackop555 from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours orange. Foamy, medium Whitehead Fades slowly.

Smells toasted coconut, caramel, vanilla, coffee and light rum.

Taste sweet coffee and roasted malt. Followed by toasted coconut and light rum. Finish is sweet with a coconut and rum linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.
Sep 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by captainkrad from New Jersey

Jun 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz can on May 9, 2018. Golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished on Brinley Shipwreck wood and coconut. Interesting.
May 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by kjkinsey from Texas

May 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by krome from Illinois

Apr 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.74 by Jrjr0891 from New Jersey

Apr 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts

Mar 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Mar 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona

Mar 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

Mar 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Mar 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.47 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Mar 12, 2018
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
**

02/22/18

Carton Coffee Cream Ale tasting.

Impressed overall at all 5 of these beers; didn't eralize they were 12%. The ABV is well masked.

#1 St. Kitts Coffee
Awesome Cocnut Flavor. Rum is sweet and smooth. Awesome beer. Heavy and light at the same time.
#2 Regukar Coffee
The standard. Coffee and lactose are a natural match in this. Very SMooth. This one also feels fuller than the others.
#3 Irish Coffee
Surprise here. Minty and spicy. The mint actually works pretty well in this unlike many other mint beer disasters I've had. Nutmeg is also apparent and gives a kick to the coffe flavors.
#4 Kaffee und Kuchen
Cherry is a downer, but the almond keeps it at bay.
#5 Cafe Y Churro
Disappointed in this since it was rated so high. Felt like it needs mroe of the vanilla and cinnamon.

Overall these were a great experience. Would love to get some of the St. Kitts in the summer.

**
Feb 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.22 by mltobin from Connecticut

Feb 15, 2018
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Reviewed by DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from can to snifter. Color is a deep golden with mild head. Smell is straight coffee with a bit of sweetness. Now the fun starts. Flavor is coffee up front, great coconut/coffee in the middle, then the sweetness from the rum hits you in the back. Nice cream ale. Probably the best I've ever had. Great job Carton!
Feb 10, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by mattycasey from Massachusetts

Feb 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by shoretaxi from New Jersey

Feb 06, 2018
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
On tap at EBF in Boston, MA.

This one pours a light orangeish/yellow, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like sweet toasted coconut, caramel, creamy coffee, lactose, coconut rum, and toffee.

This is honestly one of the best beers I've had in a long time. The base Regular Coffee is exceptional, and the tweaks to create this variants elevate it even further. The coconut melds incredibly well with the coffee- it feels like both coconut frosting and toasted coconut flakes are here, with vanilla, lactose, caramel, and lots of roasty coffee. The rum barrel is light, but certainly present. I was worried the barrel-aging would increase the booziness. One of the world's biggest mysteries in the world is how they make the 12% ABV in Regular Coffee completely invisible. Even with barrel-aging, this variant is still not boozy. What kind of sorcery is this?

This is one is medium bodied, creamy and delicious, with a normal level of carbonation for a 12% cream ale.

This is such a fun and decadent beer. There's basically nothing like it.
Feb 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.41 by braican from Massachusetts

Feb 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.14 by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Feb 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.55 by cp45 from New Jersey

Feb 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured out as a nice golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has a very nice sweet coffee aroma to it. The taste reflects the nose. Sweet, coffee and subtle coconut in there as well. Overall the beer is quite good, if you like the series you’ll definitely enjoy this one.
Feb 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Feb 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.41 by Mikexw from New York

Feb 02, 2018
St Kitts Coffee from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 46 ratings