Unjunct | Carton Brewing Company

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The thing about stouts made with additions of things like coffee is, while they taste “just like coffee,” they taste just “like coffee.” A well constructed stout is a study of potential flavors. Both bitter and sweet at once, with just four ingredients aromas can ping-pong between: coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, dark fruits, molasses and myriad others without running over each other. Drink Unjunct and don’t ask us to treat this one.

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Added by sloan123 on 10-13-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,996
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
150
pDev:
6.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
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33
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Photo of GarageRock
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LloydDobler
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeg67
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and herbal hops. Body is medium, creamy and slightly crisp. Taste is of herbal hops, burnt grain, toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and dark fruit. Finish is long and bitter. Great brew.

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Photo of Boilerup
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeftyMike
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Vylo
4.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Carton Brewing Co. "Unjunct Stout"
16 fl. oz. can, coded "START JOURNEY 12/15/2017..."
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what do I have here? And why is it called "unjunct"? Ah, I see, it's just a straightforward stout without any adjunct added, specifically coffee. 8.5% abv and 60 IBUs. I also see that it's contract brewed at Two Roads so that's a good sign. OK, let's take a look at it... well it's very dark, an almost black walnut brown beneath a dark head of creamy tan. The aroma is fruity with some dark berries, perhaps currant, and chocolatey like very dark bittersweet chocolate. There's some roastiness there as well, not much, but some. On to the flavor, it pretty much follows. The fruitiness is right there front and center along with a solid bitterness, wrapped in a thin blanket of the chocolate, and surrounded by ashen roastiness. Looking back the head has dropped but there are solid sheets of lace covering the glass with thicker rings marking where I've taken a sip. The more I drink the more the flavors meld together. All of that fruitiness upfront reminded me of Samuel Smiths Imperial Stout but now it's pulling together and I'm getting more chocolate and a bit of nuttiness as well, and the bitterness seems softer as my palate is adapting to it. It's medium bodied and gently crisp with a very fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that warms to become smooth. The alcohol is present but doesn't clearly jump out at you. So, overall it's a big beer with a lot of flavor, alcohol, and bitterness that does pull together but doesn't offer a great deal of complexity. I'm not finding any hops, American or otherwise, although I'm sure they're there, and so I'd categorize it as a Russian Imperial stout. It's too strong to be an American stout by BJCP guidelines anyway. It's good, even very good, but it lacks finesse and I'm not blown away.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreightonSM
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Warren2621
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black, just under average carbonation. Above medium body with a creamy feel to it. Aroma is malt,raisins,roasted malt,coffee beans and cocoa. Taste is the same as aroma, a little bitter,a little dry, very mild touch of sweetness. Excellent stout

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Photo of Justinprintz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PicoPapa
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 02/08/17. Pours a viscous black color with an inch plus of dark brown head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is coffee, cocoa, molasses, nuts, caramel and vanilla. The taste is much like the aroma. Black coffee, cocoa, nuts and vanilla. Earthy and a bit roasty. Molasses, chocolate and black coffee finish. Slightly boozey. Velvety, heavy mouthfeel. Solid stout that, as advertised, tastes like a stout. Worth buying again.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Khaack
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of farrago
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark brown foam, crests just short of two fingers, fairly airy so it sizzles off at a steady pace, the lacing starts off strong but lacks stickiness and slides away with ease. The liquid is a predictably impenetrable black, no ability to visually gauge the carbonation and minimal if any orange or yellow coloration around the rims. Nice strong roast to the nose, coffee and cocoa, not arch but not depending too much on sweetness, plum, fig, white grape fruit scents, tar and charcoal, cola bean, manages to pack a lot in there without seeming overbearing. In the mouth it is more medium-bodied but certainly bottom heavy and not that inclined to move. Carbonation is subtle to void. Sweeter here with fresh cream, dark chocolate, licorice, cola to toffee notes. Conversely, steady flow of bitterer coffee and chicory accents. No astringency and alcohol managed well, less roasty. Fig, golden raisin, cherry fruit, retains that white grape to apple embellishment. Finishes dryly and the savory components last longest. As advertised, a more classic rendition yet with the clarity to let the complexity march to its own beat. Very nice.

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Photo of aoampm
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Canned just under 9 months ago.

Look: Pours motor oil black. Dark tan colored head that vanishes quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla bean, marshmallow, brown sugar.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, molasses, coffee, lactose.

Feel: Creamy with a nice full body to it. Not very carbonated.

Overall a great beer! My first stout from Carton and it didn't dissapoint.

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Unjunct from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 150 ratings