The World's Turned Upside Down
Carton Brewing Company

The World's Turned Upside DownThe World's Turned Upside Down
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Barleywine - American
Ranked #89
Ranked #7,783
4.08 | pDev: 13.73%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
The World's Turned Upside DownThe World's Turned Upside Down
Notes: A grilled pineapple and maraschino cherry Barleywine. Brewed and canned for Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace (2021).
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 70 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque; deep reddish mahogany in color; 1 finger finely pored pale pink head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: cherry, port wine, and a hint of pineapple;

T: slightly hot alcohol first, then balanced between pineapple and cherry; finish is cherry; aftertaste is cherry cough syrup;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; other than a moment in the taste, the alcohol is quite soft;

o: nice complexity of flavor;

Sep 22, 2021
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Viaduck from California

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Burnt orange color with minimal head. Sweet aroma; caramel & cherries. Sweet tasting with a hint of salty-bitter. I wasn't all that impressed with the flavor: caramel, cherries, melon, cough syrup with some earthiness. Thin to medium viscosity
& carbonation. I missed the pineapple.

Mar 18, 2021
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vectornut from California

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh wow. This one is fairly incredible. It has a very unique color, a wonderful taste, and a beautiful aroma. It's heavenly. I want another one. Sooner, rather than later.

Mar 12, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A very sweet, muddled tasting fruit bomb of a barleywine. This beer certainly fit the bill for the extreme beer fest but it was far from my favorite. Not bad, just not great.

Mar 10, 2021
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE: January 28, 2021... OCCASION: the eve of my father's funeral, I share a few beers with Jerry, the brother who gifted me this box of awesomeness--the epitome of bittersweet... pours a smoldering red, opaque body... a cirrus cloud rings around the edge... wow--the upside down cake explodes with icing and sweet flour.... the barley malts anchor the beer so it doesn't fly away... a medicinal hint, but it doesn't preach... full-bodied, active, vibrant, demanding, and coating as it leaves--creamy on the tongue and warming throughout....buttery too--what an experience! vanilla cream, pineapple, cherries, boozy like sherry, fig, and peach--full-on flavor...funny and refreshing that Augie couldn't nail down the ABV! This is a worthwhile, special experience...

Feb 17, 2021
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D4kapa from Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing Barleywine. Malty sweetness leads the nose w/ hints of boozy cherry and pineapple. Smooth & solid body. Smoky caramelized pineapple starts off the palate, followed by cherry notes & deep, complex sugar profiles. Finish is boozy & sweet, w/ nice barrel character to round it all out.

Feb 15, 2021
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ChipChaight from New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Half-time/BA for EBF 2021. Pours a beautiful clear reddish dark orange amber with a flash of off-white head, boozy lacing, smell is booze soaked dates, dried figs, raisin, hints of maraschino cherry, red tootsie roll pop, and burnt pineapple/pineapple creme, brûlée, taste follows the nose with big rich boozy dried fruit malts, raisin, dates, fig jam, soft toffee and caramel, overripe pinapple, yellow cake, and booze, nice undercurrent of sweet and sour cherry hard candy throughout and a nice lingering toasted sugar on the finish, feel is full bodied, soft carbonation, finishes dry. This one hits all the marks, pineapple, burnt sugar, cherry, booze. Adult cough syrup vibes. Yum!

Feb 14, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good beer for the Extreme Beer Fest! An odd and interesting beer.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Orangish/reddish brown color with with a pinkish beige head and good curtain lacing. Strong fruity boozy smell and taste. The high ABV is not subtle in this one! Pleasant sweetness and flavor from the pineapple and cherries. Enjoying it on the veranda on a coolish afternoon- perfect for the setting!

Feb 09, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The World’s Turned Upside Down from Carton Brewing. Received on 20/1/21 for the Extreme Beer Fest – Cyberspace (2021) from Half-Time, Poughkeepsie, NY. $ 109.99 (Including tax and shipping). This is a 12 oz can ($ 0.702/oz). Stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 9/2/21. (Note: I use DD/MM/YY protocol.)
Stamped on bottom of can “???” – unable to read because the stamp goes directly over the bottom ridge – “2020” on front of can label. Served at 50.5 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 57.3 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Carnelian (SRM ?), hazy.
Body – Sienna (SRM ?), murky. When rear-lite, sinopia and barely translucent. Slight effervescence.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive center pour), caramel with pinkish cast, high density, and fizzy, short retention, diminishing to a 0.5 mm crown and a thinner partial cap.
Lacing – None. None expected at 12% ABV.
Aroma – 4.5 – Pineapple roasted in brown sugar, no hops, no malt, no yeast, no cherries.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins sweet but not cloying, weak brown sugar and pineapple with a hint of cherries. No hops, no malt, no yeast. Some barrel at the end.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, almost syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 Liquid pineapple upside-down cake, sans cake. Really pleasing. I’ll take a case, please!

Feb 09, 2021
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J_Brewer from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells like a nut brown but you can tell theres some weird in it. The taste has a good malt backbone with more cherry-wine than pineapple, and it finishes pretty boozy. Overall too bad, i was expecting something way weirder. It mostly tastes like a strong ale with some cherry, its not a crazy beer.

Feb 07, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well it is extreme! Orange brown pour, surface islands spot the top. Smell has the pineapple and cherry especially powerfully, but also getting apple, light amounts of wood, plenty of sweet booze (maybe brandy) and candied orange. The barley itself is hidden until the taste where it and the booze run to meet the pineapple and cherry, kinds of giving me a watergate salad complexion, very sweet. Yet I get a lot of apple, caramel and lesser amounts of marshmallow and grape. It is heavily streamlined toward the adjuncts, yet I can't stop noticing more complexity as I sip. Feel is very sweet though, cloys a bit as it warms, lighter, thinner, and very smooth but has a syrupy finish that detracts. It truly is a unique experience, I love the creativity in the vision, but I don't need to have again

Feb 07, 2021
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling this beer during EBF 2021. Beer poured at cellar temp into my snifter. Beer exudes a bright red color, very clear with minimal dense eggshell white head on the surface that fades to an edge layer soon after the pour.
Aroma is a bit of toffee and a lot of cherry and some pineapple. Fairly sweet nose, but not cloying or candylike, which I was worried about based on the ingredient list. Only a slight boozy note to this beer
First sip reveals a medium to thick body with slight sticky texture and very spacious and soft carbonation. The beer drinks very easy based on the physical traits.
Flavor is fruity up front and throughout. I get pear and cherry notes and some grape flavor, alot going on. Pineapple is subdued with hints of sweet malt like caramel also mixing in. I get a little booze and barrel notes on the finish. Hops not present and not any heat from booze more just flavor.
A complex and interesting beer that impressed me quite a bit, as I was a little skeptical when I read the description. But this is a winner and I would buy this again if it were available in the future.

Feb 06, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - cheery red orange with a very slight darkness but pretty clear
Smell - slightly chemically different smell. Oxidization.
Taste - pineapple cherry woody
Feel - medium body and creamy with a light carb
Overall - so complex and tasty

Feb 06, 2021
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EL_Capitan79 from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Really exceptional beer, with layers of toffee malt, sherry, cherry, and pineapple coming in successive waves. Complex and manages to be both a great barleywine and taste like an upside-down cake without being gimmicky or cloying.

Feb 06, 2021
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docr89 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really unique. Flavorful. Drinkable for a high ABV beer. Smells different than it tastes, but not in a bad way. I was skeptical going into this beer. Very pleasantly surprised. Wonderful beer.

Feb 06, 2021
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full disclosure, I'm not a Barleywine fan:
Pours red with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and winelike. Taste is sweet with strong cherry influence. Feel is decent but a bit thin. Overall, I think it's doing what it's supposed to do and does a decent job, but it's not to my taste.

Feb 06, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a sample glass. Part of Extreme Beer Fest.

Pours orange colored, slightly hazy, with a medium flash of head. Smell is maraschino cherries and pineapple, a little booze, and maybe a bit of oak.

Taste is barleywine with orange cream soda and a strong booze characteristic.

Mouthfeel is thick and still. Overall, very good.

Feb 06, 2021
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darktronica from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with more of a reddish, amber tint due to the cherries. Strong smell of grilled pineapple, lightly smoky, on the initial pour. As it warms, the cognac and brandy barrels take over entirely. I always really enjoy barleywines aged in barrels from wine or grape distillates, but this one is not as much my type as something like CBC's Arquebus. The barrel and spirits really dominate later on in the experience.

Feb 06, 2021
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socon67 from New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange to red pour. The smell of sherry, pineapple juice, and apple brandy hits the nose. The flavors on this are sublime; cherries and pineapples are front and center. Sugary sweet fruit juice, sweet malt, and some molasses are present. Finish has a slight warming feel to remind you the potency of what you are drinking.

I just love this beer, and to enjoy as Augie Carton is drinking as well at EBF and explaining the experience was just aces. If this were available, I'd buy in a heartbeat. A barleywine for those who are on the fence for the style.

Feb 06, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't know what to make of this beer. Its super interesting, unique, extreme ... all of the above?

Pours a dark reddish, burgundy color. Pretty much opaque. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly leaving no residual head. Aroma is dominated by roasted, grilled pineapple and sweet cherries. Not much else is able to get through that. Its also quite sweet on the nose. Taste follows the nose with strong notes of cherry, roasted pineapple, fresh pineapple fruit, apple, grapes - lovely sweetness coming through from the fruit, but not overly cloying. The barrel notes are nicely balanced on the back end. I think if you approach this as a fruited barleywine it makes a lot of sense and it actually quite delicious, especially as it warms up. Feel is moderately bodied, smooth carbonation, really easy dinking given the ABV.

Overall this is a unique beer - and given that its brewed for extreme beer fest, its totally appropriate for the event. Im not sure this is a beer I would pick up to drink again, but it was really enjoyable to drink this once.

Feb 06, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy garnet color with very thin lacing and no carbonation.

S - Green apple, cherry, and light sweet toffee malt.

T - Very complex with multiple layers: cherry, green apple, brandy, with some sweet caramel malt lurking below on the back end.

M - Thick, viscous, and lip smacking sticky.

O - This is a very unique 'Barley worth checking out.

Feb 06, 2021
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2beerdogs from California

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm stuck outside avoiding the kids. So in my pittance of a torchlight I'm seeing this gem as ruby tinged amber in hue. Slight head that quickly drops off. Minimal retention and lacing.
The nose bursts with cherries and an undercurrent of apple. Then after a few pensive seconds and a few inhalations, I'm picking up the pineapple, along with fruit salad. Very interesting.
Flavor is kind of melange-ey like a blended port or Rhone wine. It's a total blend of fruit, smooth malt notes, and for a barleywine..."juicy in a fruit juice meets mimosa kind of way.
Fell is spot on for a barleywine, slightly shy of medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Smooth finish.
Overall, a very interesting and tasty take on a barleywine.

Feb 06, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't drink a lot of "barleywine" but this one makes me want to try and drink more ... This is really good, albeit a bit "boozy" to my palette, and worth drinking for sure!

Feb 06, 2021
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fostwal from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Careful on the pour. Sediment on the bottom. Dark ruby color. Pineapple on the nose. Really surprised at the strong cherry flavor. Yet still smooth for 12%.

Feb 06, 2021
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BiologyBob from Texas

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Is that orange?

It smells like fruity whiskey or apricot. Yep, that’s barely wine.

Boozy. This is why boozy is a legit taste.

I’ve never seen an orange beer. I’ve had orange soda, sure, but I really like this orange beer. It’s like Sam and his green eggs and ham. Do you like orange beer and jam/spam/ham? The world may be upside down once you’ve found an orange beer in your hand.

Feb 06, 2021
The World's Turned Upside Down from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 70 ratings