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American Stout
Ranked #36
Ranked #3,858
4.13 | pDev: 6.78%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Notes: 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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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a one inch tan head that dissipated to a ring fairly quickly and left little lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and a bit of smoke additional flavors of tobacco vanilla, caramel and char. Medium Bodied, light carbonation, creamy mouth feel.

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EMH73 from New York, Oct 07, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great stout! Pours very dark, aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste of roasted coffee and dark chocolate with slight sweetness and bitterness together.

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Jrosso from New Jersey, Oct 02, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/15/17, reviewed 9/9/18

Look- pours cola brown, but appears almost black in the glass; aggressive pour yields a huge light brown head that fills up half a nonic pint glass, and eventually settles to about 1 finger; a lot of spotty lacing

Aroma- milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, light smoke, roasty coffee notes and a little vanilla

Taste- bitter sweet dark chocolate, bitter roasted coffee beans, slightly sweet milk chocolate, a little smoke and a little vanilla

Feel- medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated making for a very creamy feel; semi-dry finish thats slightly sweet and moderately bitter

Overall- a really nice stout with fairly intense bitterness kept in check by the mild sweetness

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bret717 from Pennsylvania, Sep 10, 2018
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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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mikeg67 from New Jersey, Apr 10, 2018
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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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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Mar 07, 2018
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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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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Feb 12, 2018
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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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PicoPapa from Connecticut, Dec 17, 2017
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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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farrago from New Jersey, Oct 20, 2017
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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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aoampm from Hawaii, Oct 18, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives coal black with a modest head that quickly fades; a few spots hang around

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and licorice

Taste: Dark chocolate forward with prune tones rounding out; through the middle, coffee and licorice emerge; some hop tones through the middle, with a dry licorice-infused finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Impressive what Carton has been able to achieve with this beer without the use of any adjuncts

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Oct 04, 2017
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3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: pours very dark, thin tan line of head.

Smell: bittersweet chocolate, bitter espresso, a little astringent.

Taste: chocolate, fudge, espresso, lots of roasted malts.

Feel: Rich and creamy.

Overall: a good stout, a little ok the bitter side with an astringent finish.

16 oz can from brewery
3.75 rating
*note - canned on 10/13/16. This beer sat in my fridge for a while.

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Sep 02, 2017
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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tall can

Pour quite dark, very dark mocha frothy head, pretty quickly goes to a film and thicker collar.

Chocolate fudge on the nose

More of the same on the palate, dark fudgy chocolate and expresso coffee coming to mind....richly flavorful and chewy on the palate...worthy bold stout, would be nice with a decadent dessert/as a night capper kinda brew

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Billolick from New York, Aug 28, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 02/06/17.

The pour is pitch black with 2-fingers of creamy mocha head. The head leaves a ton of sticky lacing as it settles into a thick blanket that rests atop the beer.

The aroma brings notes of dark roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, and burnt chocolate. Finishes with a slight tinge of alcohol.

The taste follows the nose: Dark malts and vanilla, with plenty of chocolate and roasted coffee. The finish is faintly tart, with some notes of molasses and black cherries.

The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and chewy with a smooth finish. Has a light warming from the alcohol.

Overall, an exceptional stout that is bold and full of flavor. This should be an example to brewers that you don't always need additives to obtain flavors in your beer. The natural flavors from the ingredients in this beer provide all the flavor of a coffee stout and then some.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, Jul 26, 2017
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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is thick jet black and upon a vigorous pour easily provides 2 + fingers of nice burnt caramel head.

Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of coffee.

Taste follows nose with bittersweet chocolate, nice roasted malt and a touch of coffee.

Feel is nice. Thick, creamy and coats the palette quite well.

Overall a really well done plain stout. While I do love me some adjuncts, it is nice to be reminded that sometimes plain Jane is all you need.....

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FFFjunkie from Illinois, Jul 17, 2017
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4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Other Brewers, take heed! This is seriously how you make a delicious beer that is still... well... beer! Yes, this is thick, and creamy, and soft on the palate but full of rich chocolate, coffee flavor. It's drinking so great right now, that I want to finish all the ones I have and buy more.

Mouthfeel is seriously my favorite thing about this, btw. Poured into a tulip.

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tkdchampxi from New Jersey, Jul 13, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to thebeers for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 02/??/17

Poured into a DFH glass a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger tan head, which also leaves some thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nice roastyness, chocolate/toffee, slight coffee, some vanilla, slight licorice, slight cherries. The taste is really nice, malty, roasty, with some pretty nice chocolate/toffee, slight coffee, slight cherries, vanilla, some licorice. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, nice little bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Glad to have had the chance. Thanks Arthur!

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Wasatch from Colorado, Jun 30, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 16 fluid oz (473 ml) can into a conical pint glass.
A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a half inch brown head. Little head retention or Belgian lacing.
S: Aromas of dark roast coffee, sugar cookie, anise, and pepper.
T: Similar to nose: bitterness nicely offsets the sweetness.
M: Medium to full bodied. Modest carbonation.
O: An highly drinkable American take on Stout. More or less as billed in production notes.

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VoxRationis from New York, Jun 25, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a thick jet black pour with a good finger and a half’s worth of dark tan head. Dies off at a nice pace. Filmy lace coats the sides. The aroma bleeds sweet to spicy black licorice coating some dark fruits but also with milk and dark chocolate flowing all into it very nicely. Nice level of roast for balance. The flavor moves between the roast and the sweet of the combination of dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, milk and dark chocolate. Semi-sticky roasty aftertaste flowing nicely into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sessionable to sipping quality about it. Mild carbonation. ABV felt a tad lower than projected by the brewer, but I’m okay with that. Overall, wonderful American Stout that I would love to have again. Too bad, I had to drive out of my current distribution to find this gem.

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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Motor oil pours from the tallboy can into a becher glass with a thick and creamy dark brown head. The cap ends up around an inch high with fairly good retention dying out to a medium belt around the edges and some small islands left in the middle. Lacing is surprisingly sparse for me.

S- Well, unjunct indeed Carton. A straight up bold stout that has the darkened grains firmly in the driver seat. A myriad of malts with notes of burnt grains, bitter dark cocoa powder, espresso, toasted nuts and chocolates. Rounded out by a hint of dark fruits.

T- Opens up a bit more compared to what is found in the aroma but at the same time this beer is all about that toasted and charred barley. Chocolate in the form of both bitter 80%+ cocoa powder and a bit of milk based bars, dark roast coffee beans, licorice, toasted slightly burnt nuts, a Scotch ale like smoke character, burnt black patent barley, figs, cherry, plum, ash and some sweetness all in harmony.

MF- Luscious body that is creamy and very chewy and about as smooth as can be. The carbonation comes down at a medium level and it ends with both a charred bitterness and slight alcohol warmth.

The description of the beer hints at a full flavored stout brewed without the addition of any bold adjuncts; well done Carton. These NJ brewers get the full range of flavors from brown to mostly black barley as well as just a hint of dried dark fruits from the ferment. So when does the vanilla bean, coffee, Bourbon barrel version come out? I kid.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, May 26, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago and heard mixed things about this as Stouts aren't what Carton's normally known for. The date on bottom of the can was 10/13 with "[email protected]" written above it. I tend not to drink beers of this type during the warmer weather months but this grew on me quickly as it was thin and full-flavored enough to enjoy all year-round, even though the alcohol in this was quite potent!

Nice pour to this as the beer had a chocolate brown hue with just a hint of light seeping in around the edges, as I held my Carton glass up to behold. An unreal, thick, tan head topped this off as it's huge bubbles and enduring nature were so pleasing to see and complemented the liquid while serving as a stark contrast, as the same time. Tons of dark fruit, booze, roasted malt, and bitter chocolate in the nose with all of those present in the taste as well. Fresh-rosted coffee, vanilla bean, lactose, and tart raspberries rounded out the mix as this beer had so much going on, from start to finish. While thin in consistency, there was so much to pick out here that this felt as thick as one of the Anchor Celebration beers that are released every Christmas. A hint of oat in the malt rounded things out and gave this a nice body to go with the wonderful and deep array of flavors.

This was strong, for sure but the alcohol was on par for a beer of this type and fit in well with the chocolate, as well as the plum and cherry flavors. Wonderful stuff that ranks among Carton's best, and clearly deserves another release, as this could be enjoyed all year-round. Shame I only had one can!

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, May 23, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into snifter, canned on 2/6/2017. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and foamy dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, cherry, licorice, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, smoke, light vanilla/char, herbal, floral, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, cherry, licorice, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, smoke, light vanilla/char, herbal, floral, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness. Light roast/char and herbal hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, cherry, licorice, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, smoke, light vanilla/char, herbal, floral, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent roast flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/char bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this a fantastic American imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to to drink with the balanced bittersweet finish. Very rich and malty with great complexity; complementing fruity yeast and earthy hop backing without being overpowering. A highly enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Apr 29, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Thick, short, brown head fades fast to a ring.

Smells roasted malt, dark fruit, hints of smoke, chocolate and alcohol hints.

Tastes roasted malts, light coffee and chocolate hints. Followed by some dark fruit and dark chocolate. Dry finish with touch of smoke. Full body and light fizzy, medium carbonation.

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Blackop555 from Michigan, Apr 24, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours near-black with light brown lacing.

The nose is roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, and faint leather or tobacco.

The taste follows. Dark chocolate, figs, and earthy coffee. Some smoke and char. Good range of flavors for something "unjunct" (no additives).

The mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, a good-to-great stout. Simple in make-up but not in flavor.

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mkh012 from Colorado, Apr 23, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oily dark brown, approaching black, with two fingers of airy dark tan foam head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Strong roasted malts in the nose, with a little smoke, a hint of cherry and vanilla, and just a touch of chocolate.

The aroma carries to the taste, which is a good bit sweeter than expected. Sort of like a lactose sugar quality on top of the roasty character. The chocolate aspect lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

A bit more smoke than to my personal taste, but a lot of depth and character in this one.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Apr 14, 2017
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4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours oil black with a dark creamy head. looks like Ten Fidy, 'nuf said

smell is pure imperial stout magic. coffee, chocolate and dark malt, light hops.

taste is fantastic! clean flavor straight to coffee and chocolate. no booze notes to this, very clean.

mouthfeel is not thick or velvety but slightly heavy. not bad just a note.

this is pretty fucking good. best NJ stout i've ever had. wish i could get this more often, as good as Ten Fidy (my standard)

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Wiffler27 from New Jersey, Apr 07, 2017
Unjunct from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 162 ratings