Regular Coffee - Nitro
Carton Brewing Company

Regular Coffee - NitroRegular Coffee - Nitro
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American Cream Ale
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4.39 | pDev: 2.51%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Regular Coffee - NitroRegular Coffee - Nitro
Notes: A Classic Jersey-ism is “regular coffee.” Here when you order 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.” We added a coffee blend from our neighbors at Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters to a high gravity golden cream ale, contributing our “milk and 2 sugars” for an elevated version of classic plain coffee. Drink Regular Coffee because running over a black beer with coffee is no way to get things done.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 9
Photo of AyatollahGold
4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a whiskey tumbler glass, this beer pours out golden in color; almost resembling apple juice. It has very small, fine sediment floating throughout, but I can see my fingers on the other side. It forms a pinky width of white bubbles with good retention. 4

The nose carries notes of creamy coffee, milky sweetness, and a little bit of a sweet corn like sweetness I seem to pick up in a lot of cream ales. 4.25

Taking the first drink makes me notice the smooth, exceptionally creamy/velvety mouthfeel before any of the flavor even hits me. I mean this thing is wild. Who ever would of thought that nitro works best on Cream ales? I usually feel that it takes away from the body, but not here. And a dangerously undetected 12% ABV. Vanilla marshmallow like coating thickness. Wow.

The taste brings layers of creamy coffee, but still keeps true to the cream ale style with the background. A lot of creamer presence along with sugar and even vanilla like hints.

Overall, this is an absolutely exceptional beer for the style, in all aspects.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can purchased in early January 2019 at the brewery. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass and allowed to warm.

L: Small white head with good retention, lots of lacing and a persistent cap and ring. Definite difference from the original version. Beer is a slightly hazy amber.

S: Coffee and cream, malt, and definitely an absence of the alcohol notes you get in the original.

T: Smooooove. Best way I can put it. It's the same taste as original Regular Coffee, but all the bumps are taken out. Just nice coffee and cream and a neutral finish with barely, and I mean barely a sense of alcohol warmth. You have to really try to feel it to feel it.

F: Full-bodied, not much in the way of carbonation. Construction and balance are so, so improved over the original and so, so good as a result.

O: This is the best cream ale ever. It's simply what Regular Coffee was meant to be. Great move on the Nitro.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly foggy copper-orange with visible particle suspension. Bubbles slowly rise around the edge of the glass and feed a finger of off-white, foamy head that retains almost indefinitely. Aroma is medium-roast, medium-bodied coffee, toffee, sugar, creamer, and nutty, bready, earthy malts. Nice dynamics, with coffee right at the front. Not a hint of alcohol in the nose. Flavor profile is medium-roast, medium-bodied coffee that has a little bit of fleshy, fruit to it. Coffee mingles with light creamer and sugar to form a toffee note. Caramely, nutty, bready, and lightly earthy malts add a little support for the coffee. Mouth feel is rather still, with a fine, razor-sharp crispness that fades away quickly back to the still, lightly-grainy texture. It has a medium thickness. Nitro smooths out the texture, making the grain and crispness apparent until it sharply falls off. Overall, coffee is well-done here and pairs up well with the imperial cream ale. It's a heavy beer as determined by ABV (12%), but drinks more like a 6% beer.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey golden color with minimal head. Smells like burnt sugar,coffee,some muted hops. If you have ever been to a Mom and Pop convenience store in NJ you would recognize this as a "Regular Coffee" It tastes more like a regular coffee than a beer. Feels creamy and smooth with tad bit of under carbonation (I am sure that was intended) I can't believe this beer is 12%. I would have a hard time believing 6%. Booze well hidden.

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Photo of Act25
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So pleased to add the 1st review of Nitro Regular Coffee to this community.
If regular coffee would be made into a liqueur, or a liqueur candy bon-bon, like a Sugar Fina, this would be it.
a) Paints the glass with walls of lace over a "clear as a shot" body the color of shellac.
s) Regular coffee essentialized (not a word), ok, quintessence.
t) resonating, reverb - can be the final after-dinner drink after cheese and dessert. Espresso would be a good back /side/ pairing.
f) again candy on the tongue.
o) Can you buy this? Should be sold in 8 oz shot cans like RedBull.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/27/2018 so a little over a week old when reviewed. Poured from can into a Carton dimpled mug. It pours a pretty honey-amber color with a super creamy, bright white cap. Like the non-nitro version it has a nice aroma of freshly-brewed coffee and cream. I think it may smell even better than the original. The taste is very similar: it tastes like freshly-brewed coffee and half and half. Fresh as it is, there is absolutely no bitterness. I've noticed that it takes about 9 months for Regular Coffee to begin to have a bitter taste. As expected, the nitro version is velvety smooth with moderate carbonation, and it packs a wallop at 12% Overall, I think I like this version better, which is borne out in my rating. Nitro is appropriate for a beer that simulates coffee - the creaminess is accentuated. It will be interesting to see how Carton brews this popular ale next year.

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Regular Coffee - Nitro from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 9 ratings