Carton Brewing Company

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #76
Ranked #50,533
4.04 | pDev: 11.88%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
Notes: The hardest thing to explain on the side of a can is when we put things together because they complement rather than supplement. Balinator exists because each winter, Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters brings in Bali Blue Moon beans that evoke the same vanilla, dark chocolate and spicy licorice notes we find in a well-constructed doppelbock. To augment this notion, we brewed a proper doppel, subbing out hops with Bali beans. At the beginning of the boil, where hops would temper the malt’s sweetness with a bitter touch, we used raw green beans. At whirlpool, where hops would pull in spicy direction, we used ground, dark roast. Finally, for dry additions, where hops would layer fruit, we used medium roasted whole beans. Drink Balinator because beauty hides in suggestion.
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 10
Photo of dacrza1
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: April 6, 2019... OCCASION: chilling with the boys after seeing Captain Marvel... GLASSWARE: Ayinger Celebrator pokal... pours a sizzling opaque chestnut brown boy with sparse, thick bubbles that form a quickly dissipating off-white head... before too long, it takes the appearance of iced tea... speaking of which, tea leaves intertwine with light coffee bean, brief chocolate, earthy vegetable, and the slightest trace of toffee--not getting any vanilla, but it may come in the flavor... its strength lies in its variety... at 8%, more lively than its lack of carbonation suggests, with a medium-bodied payoff that begs for sips more than it swallows.... its aftertaste is herbal and lasting, as it folds into a tobacco gravel that appreciates... mint, coffee bean, low-end tootsie roll, wet vegetable, sweet malts and caramel... this strong-arms the tastebuds into a better place, and once again places Carton at the fore of Jersey brewing--seemingly a beer for every season and moment...

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. can into a Carton pint glass. It pours an orange-brown color, something between cola and iced tea, with a half finger of frothy, ecru-colored cap and a thin film of lacing. A mostly malty nose with notes of cherry, chocolate, anise, and coffee. The smell becomes more coffee-forward as the glass warms. The taste is rather unique; it opens with lots of malt and spice - like one would expect from a Doppelbock but it segues quickly to freshly-brewed coffee and notes of chocolate and vanilla. The finish is rather dry. It has a rich, creamy mouth feel with moderate carbonation and you can feel the 8% ABV. My first impression was that Balinator would be overly sweet but it's really not when compared to Carton's other coffee-flavored ales. Overall, it's a typically adventuresome Carton offering. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

True to the malty fall/winter nature of doppelbock, but in the end a coffee bomb, worth a try as a novel experiment.
a) lace, over a brown, brawny hazed body.
s) laid back, but mainly malt, black coffee, and coffee liqueur.
t) More ample, big but too poundingly sweet for me,
f) Sweetness trumps but a bucolic mouth feel,
o) Worth a try and a test against other D-box.

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Balinator from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 10 ratings