Regular Coffee | Carton Brewing Company

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Regular CoffeeRegular Coffee
BEER INFO

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

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.

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Added by mikeburd1128 on 12-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,109
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
629
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
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Gots:
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Photo of mkmarth
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rab53
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sposter4
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Duncian
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Got in a BIF from MacMalt. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 12/29/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big nutty medium roast coffee, honey, vanilla, cream, cracker, corn, white bread dough, and biscuit; with light notes of lemon, orange, dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, pepper, and herbal/grassy/roasted earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of coffee, lactose, vanilla, pale malt/grain, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big nutty medium roast coffee, honey, vanilla, cream, cracker, corn, white bread dough, and biscuit; with light notes of lemon, orange, dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, pepper, and herbal/grassy/roasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/spicy hop and roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, honey, vanilla, cream, cracker, corn, white bread dough, biscuit, light citrus/cocoa, pepper, and herbal/grassy/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of coffee, lactose, vanilla, pale malt/grain, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very creamy/silky/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Lightly increasing warmth of 12%, with mild booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial flavored cream ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of coffee, lactose, vanilla, pale malt/grain, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Really unique, never had anything quite like it; though I have had plenty of coffee blondes. This just turns it up to 11. Great balanced complexity of fruity/nutty coffee, lactose, vanilla, and pale malt/grains. Not overly sweet for the ABV, solid hop balance. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thebeers
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed dark orange-gold with a finger of dense off-white head. Solid lacing.

Big cream ale aroma -- corn, lager yeast -- with hints of chocolate, vanilla taffy and creamed coffee behind.

Sweet tasting. Corn tortillas, vanilla taffy, mint, chocolate, light coffee with copious amounts of milk and sugar. Very nice aftertaste.

Medium bodied, a little slick, with just enough carbonation.

I drink my coffee black, but despite the sweetness, this is still pretty tasty.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a slightly hazy amber orange with minimal white head. I had to read the can again to make sure I had poured a Regular Coffee, guess I was expecting a stout but after reading I see it's a cream ale.
Smells like a cup of coffee with cream.
Taste is like a cup of coffee with cream. Not a dark roasted coffee nor a mild one, getting some toffee like flavor too.
Feels like a creamy cup of coffee, very smooth. Can't believe this is a high gravity beer, alcohol presence is non-existant. 
Overall a great brew that I would love to try again.

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

**

02/22/18

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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