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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4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Rich mouth-feel reminds of Backwoods Bastard, while the taste reminds of both Cascade Oblique Coffee Blonde and Terrapin Wake n Bake. This is an excellent beer with no noticeable alcohol presence -- a great accomplishment at 12%. As a NJ native, this is an excellent emulation of the traditional NJ coffee -- creamy with some extra sugar added. The creamy mouth-feel was particularly awesome on this brew; I'd love to see more amped-up cream ales like this one that take advantage of malty goodness and coffee/cream flavors. Easily one of my favorite NJ brews. Hoping that Carton makes it available year-round, or starts distributing it in cans/bottles. That would be a dream come true. Again, awesome beer.

1/22/15 EDIT: and now it's in cans! absolutely incredible beer. one of the best I've ever had.

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3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an odd bird. I almost can't review it as a beer, as it had no beer qualities outside of appearance. Blindfolded I would have thought I was drinking a chilled coffee soda. The appearance gave no hint of this, it looked like a standard amber/dark golden cream ale.

If you look at this as something of an experimental brew, it surely succeeds in tasting exactly like coffee soda.

If you want something with any of the qualities of a beer outside of appearance, this is the wrong choice for you.

I felt middle of the road ratings were the only appropriate thing to give this, as I feel it probably is doing what it set out to do, but that thing is so odd. I'd rather no longer talk about this beverage.

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