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
4.08 | pDev: 13.73%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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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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ummswimmin from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 17, 2021
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deereless from Colorado

3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Feb 06, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Part of EBF Cyberspace 2021

For round 4, we have a very strange one. Maraschino cherry in a beer is one thing, but grilled pineapple?!?! Now, that seems like something extreme. This is a rare time when I’m hoping a barleywine has a decent hop presence, just because I think the fruit will make it a bit sweet and the hops will balance that

Pours a clearish ruby amber with a finger of pink tinted head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The aroma is very interesting for a barleywine, it’s quite fruity. I’m picking up on notes of fresh pineapple, pecans, brown sugar, molasses, and a touch of tart cherry. I’m loving this, and the lack of hops does not hurt this at all

On the front end I’m picking up on notes of sweet cherry, toffee, and some general sweet malt. The swallow brings notes of tart pineapple, brown sugar, sweet cherry, and a touch of sherry

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation for a very rich and smooth beer. Finishes surprisingly dry, but the alcohol is obvious

I fucking love this. I wish so badly that it wasn’t an EBF exclusive. Incredible

Feb 06, 2021
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TubaTed from New York

4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

May 28, 2021
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BidYouABrew from Washington

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 20, 2021
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SpaethJam from New York

3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 06, 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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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
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emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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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Captain69 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of flavor in this beer . I tasted before reading the label , surprising taste of citrus and sweetness ( cherries) very refreshing beer

Feb 04, 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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Blazer22 from Colorado

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

Feb 13, 2021
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Lordkevin from California

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The smell through me off but it was delicious!

Feb 06, 2021
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Feb 06, 2021
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Manta200 from Kentucky

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

Feb 11, 2021
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redfox405 from California

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

Feb 07, 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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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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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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ovaltine from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color tinged with red hues on the edges, and a minimal tan head that evacuates the premises almost immediately, as expected for a beer of this gravity. The nose is toffee and caramel up front, then some nice barrel notes, and the pineapple (minimal) and cherries (maximal) at the end.

The taste is a bit boozy, and there’s toffee and caramel, but man am I digging the pineapple and especially the cherries - it like an upside down cake in an old fashioned. Positively delicious, IMHO.

Feb 06, 2021
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bettyb90 from Texas

1.56/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Taste like 30 year old ass.

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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Jcarriglio from Florida

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

Feb 09, 2021
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