Regular Coffee | Carton Brewing Company

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Regular CoffeeRegular Coffee

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Classic Jersey-ism is "regular coffee." Here when you oder a "regular coffee" at any place you trust to make a pork roll and cheese you get a paper cup of coffee with "milk and 2 sugars" rather than a "black coffee that hasn't had the caffeine removed." Acidic bitter coffee flattened by milk and sweetened; the perfect foil for the salty unctuous savor of breakfast on a roll. For our homage to Jersey's breakfast beverage, we teamed up with our neighbors at Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters looking for an elevated version of classic crappy coffee. We chose Mexican Chiapas for its bitterness akin to artichoke, roasting it a little darker than usual, along with Ethiopian Sidamo for its pleasant lemon-like acidity, which we pushed up through fermentation. We added this coffee blend to a high gravity golden cream ale, contributing our "milk and 2 sugars." Drink Regular Coffee because running over a black beer with coffee is no way to get to work.

Added by mikeburd1128 on 12-13-2013

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Photo of q33jeff
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4



Carton Coffee Cream Ale tasting.

Impressed overall at all 5 of these beers; didn't eralize they were 12%. The ABV is well masked.

#1 St. Kitts Coffee
Awesome Cocnut Flavor. Rum is sweet and smooth. Awesome beer. Heavy and light at the same time.
#2 Regukar Coffee
The standard. Coffee and lactose are a natural match in this. Very SMooth. This one also feels fuller than the others.
#3 Irish Coffee
Surprise here. Minty and spicy. The mint actually works pretty well in this unlike many other mint beer disasters I've had. Nutmeg is also apparent and gives a kick to the coffe flavors.
#4 Kaffee und Kuchen
Cherry is a downer, but the almond keeps it at bay.
#5 Cafe Y Churro
Disappointed in this since it was rated so high. Felt like it needs mroe of the vanilla and cinnamon.

Overall these were a great experience. Would love to get some of the St. Kitts in the summer.


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Photo of SAragones23
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wiffler27
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice gold amber with a thick head, looks pretty nice

smell is pure coffee, tons of nice coffee notes with some vanilla. really nice

flavor is tons of coffee yet is sweet with some nice bitterness and vanilla. a lot of flavor to this and it's also easy to drink.

at 12% this is insanely easy to drink. damn good session beer, i can't stop sipping it even though i need to stop. a dangerous beer because of it's size and drinkability.

would get this again, easy.

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Photo of 7irondave
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of runeatdrink
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

5 on the SRM color index. Smells somewhat benign.,mild fresh dough,lemongrass,not picking up much coffee in the smell. I was born and raised in NJ and this pretty much nails it for Reg coffee as far as taste goes. It is spot on. Feels creamy and smooth, similar to Genesee in that regard.I Have been waiting years to get my hand on this and I am not disappointed. I ordered a Regular coffee in South Carolina and the person looked at me like I was nuts. Carton rarely disappoints.

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Photo of Jrjr0891
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Collinsl
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcb7472
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TopherFriedel
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of socon67
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yumm coffee cream ale!

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden yellow with rich head and sticky lacing. Smells of coffee, sweetness like vanilla. The taste is fantastic, a nice coffee bite with a mellow sweet feel, they did give you that coffee with cream and sugar feel because you get the bite then the sweetness, very well done and rich flavors, outstanding coffee beer and very easy to drink any time of the year.

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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting brew. Clean n delish

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of locoformavs
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Few flavors come together as seamless as coffee and cream. And the beer that boasts this marriage has its New Jersey finger prints all over it. The brewers at Carton Brewing conjure up an all-American cream ale but heighten its stature to imperial strength; a strength that's needed to contend with the earthy, citrusy and bitter coffee blend in tow.

Bright golden and topped with a creamy espresso swirl, the beer's mild mannered appearance is soon dashed by the scent of boldly roasted coffee. Its earthy, nutty, chocolate character is a clear juxtaposition to the floral and candied scented cream ale beneath. Sweetness ensues in taste as the cereal grain of corn aligns with caramel, vanilla and honey on the tongue.

As the ale swirls on the middle palate, the flavors of cream ale and coffee come together for a sweet cream and rich java melange. Aspects of the soil-like character of Ethiopian blends and their citrusy counterpart come along side of the vegetal bitterness of Mexican beans all add to an earthy, robust and spicy java character that rests upon a persistent base of grain sweetness and heavy whipping cream.

Light in bitterness, the ale allows the coffee to provide balance even as the ale remains stubbornly creamy, lightly marshmallowy and trails with the sweetness of circus peanut candy. A sweet coffee linger supplies a long aftertaste of the type of coffee that adults would make for children.

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Photo of JoeMarinello
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drove down to Carton when this was released along with the Irregular Coffee and got to the last of tonight. The bottom of the can had a date of 12/22 with "Start @46F" written above it and even after all of this time, this beer's still a winner in my book! The alcohol was extremely well hidden and the coffee shone through beautifully, making this nearly as good as it's regular morning counterpart!

The pour to this was good as the beer had an apricot hue, plenty of head, and left behind a solid ring of lacing along the top of my glass. Tons of fresh coffee and cream in the nose with lactose sweetness to back it up in the taste. Did I mention that there's cream in this? There was a ton and boy, did it taste great! It meshed so well with the coffee but there wasn't the burnt, bitter, roasted Starbucks-like taste that I was expecting. Just smooth, sweet beer with minimal cloying and carbonation. A hint of cocoa powder rounded things off but this never full or watered-down as this beer had a near-perfect body to it.

By the time I finished off the last two cans, I could feel the booze set it. It may be the most deceptive of any beer I've EVER had as this felt like a session brew and not something as potent as a Russian Imperial Stout. Easily one of New Jersey's best beers and worth the hour-long ride down to Atlantic Highlands - just need my pork roll to go with this on the side!

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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