Decoy | Carton Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
cartonbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Winter Warmer: 12% | IBU: 26 | SRM: 19

At his restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, Chef Daniel Humm makes an extraordinary five spice roast duck. The genesis of Decoy is our notion that those spices would affectionate the fig notes of a Belgian Strong malt bill in the direction of a winter warmer. Cumin, coriander, lavender flowers, Sichuan red peppercorns and honey are added to Special B malts and Belgian candi sugars, with American ale yeast chosen because its esters enhance rather than dominate as would a Belgian. A strong, gently-spiced ale, Decoy is intended to sit next to or in place of a fire during the bracing cold of winter. Drink Decoy because life and spiceā€¦
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ann3LarlJFA&list=UUnN44_ILc3y0x6WbvjLR1Kg

Added by KenC on 01-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,903
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
115
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BFCarr
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You wouldn't know it's 12% unless it said so on the lable. An interesting brew.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 12/12/2017 and poured into Carton teku glass. It pours an apricot color with ruby hues, resembling a barleywine, with a half finger of light khaki head and lacing. It has quite an aroma: sweet malt, cherry, tobacco smoke, coriander, and pepper. This has to be one of the most unusual tasting beers I've had. Its dark cherry and fig, coriander, and clove remind me of a Belgian Strong Ale but there is also an smoky-earthiness and a strong pepper that give it a unique flavor. While it appears a first sip to be almost cloyingly sweet, the sweetness is quickly eclipsed by the spice and pepper. The flavors blend nicely and the beer "works." It has a fairly creamy, viscous mouth feel with moderate carbonation. It's not overtly boozy but you can feel the 12% ABV; it's definitely a sipper. Overall, this is an adventuresome and satisfying beer that's vintage Carton. I'm not a big fan of the Winter Warmer style but Decoy is very good!

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is interesting. Pours an apricot orange with a slight off white head. Smells like a roasted duck with so much going on it is spicy,sweet, juicy. Tastes smooth and well balanced. Feels smooth and finishes semi dry. Overall I am really impressed. Without some serious brewing skill this could have been bad. Carton is in my opinion the best brewer in the USA. This is the most unique Belgian Quad I have ever had. Expensive but worth it!!

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3.7/5  rDev -8%
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev -2%
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3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can

A: Deep rich brown with orange hues. A fingers worth of beige head that leaves plenty of lacing
S: Sweet malts peppercorn some corriander
T: Sweet malts with a little bit of
Heat from peppercorns a hint of smoke.
MF: Sweet smooth and boozy.
O: there is a lot going on with this beer and in the hands of a lesser brewer, this beer could be a mess. Somehow Augie carton makes this into a tremendous beer.

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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Decoy from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 115 ratings