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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Ratings: 627 |  Reviews: 99
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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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Photo of Angerhaus
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyecko
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of y2kawakami
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a clear, dark tan with one finger of white head

S: Smells like a mix between coffee and sweet candy

T: Starts off sweet like a cream soda almost. Then, the coffee kicks in and gives a nice bold flavor. It is very smooth and you wouldn't know its a 12% beer

F: Light carbonation, goes down very easy

O: Fantastic beer. You wouldn't know by its appearance how complex the flavors are. I love the combination of sweet and coffee in this beer.

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

Photo of Grizzarky
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of alwaysplayin
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopznbuds
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Justinprintz
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShoreGoodBeer
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a creamy tan with an immediate punch of coffee and milk sugar on the nose. Tasted sweet with plenty of coffee to it but also left a nice alcohol burn at the end. Slightly acidic, almost like old coffee with an astringency to it.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 01/14/2016, enjoyed on 01/29/2017.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow a cream ale with super pungent coffee notes to it. so different from all available stouts and ported infused with coffee, this simple stands out that it a cream with all the complexities from a coffee stout, simple awesome

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Photo of KZooJK
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of srw
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of egoo33
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmorris15
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown, with little head. The smell is amazing, just like a sweetened cup of joe. I smell coffee, lactose, and a dark fruit sweetness. Taste is pleasant coffee, cream, and sugar. Very little bitterness. Feel is very smooth and just slightly acidic. Overall, they did what they set out to do and it's a delicious result. I am glad I got to try it and can't wait to try the variants too.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

FINALLY scored a 4-pack via trade! Canned 12/22/16. Poured into Guinness stout glass. Per instruction on bottom of can, let warm to 46 degrees (figured about an hour would do it).

L: 2F head with good retention, fairly good lacing, leaving a cap and ring. Beer is a clear light copper. Looks good.

S: Lots of lactose, some sweetness and sweet malts. Not picking up coffee.

T: Again, lots of sweetness here. Lactose, sugar, and then the coffee kind of comes in as it warms. ABV very well disguised.

F: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Finish draws out as ABV acts lower than it is and certainly drinks quicker than would be indicated. Good construction and balance.

O: This is a great cream ale, perhaps the best I've ever had. Just expected more coffee up front and I wonder if my own taste in coffee is playing into this and messing with me a bit.

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