Carton Grape Swisher

Posted: June 28, 2016 in Carton Brewing Company, Rauchbier, Reviews

This is a Carton beer that I picked up at the brewery. I’ve never had any beers from their Swisher series, so I was interested in giving this one a shot.

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ABV: 6.2%

Style: Rauchbier

Trivia: According to beeradvocate.com, “Smoked malt is one of the more dubious tools in a brewer’s bag because thresholds are vastly different. What to one palate is a hint of bacon or a whiff of BBQ to another is ashtray or Band-Aids. How can Carton ignore playing this game? Where can smoldering aromatics go off the beaten craft? In Grape Swisher we have reassembled the deconstructed aspects of a flavored blunt. Rich, dark malts rendered smoky by the addition of oak smoked pale wheat touched with concord grapes and a heavy plug of the hops that smell like their cousins. Drink Grape Swisher and hand me down a 50-pack.”

Random: I’ve never been a big fan of grape-flavored things.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass The body was a dark brown, that was almost black, with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had a lot of smoke with grape flavoring. It had some light oak as well. The taste was way more towards the grape side, but it was bordering on a grape bubble-gum flavor. There was smoke as well, but the grape flavoring was dominant. It had tobacco as well. The body was on the heavier side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tobacco and grape bubble gum. This beer was definitely interesting, although not something I would want to have daily. I think it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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