Carton Brewing Company

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Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,438
Ranked #5,874
4.12 | pDev: 6.8%
Jan 08, 2023
Oct 13, 2016
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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Rated: 3.56 by mdfb79 from New York

Jan 08, 2023
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

May 08, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Dgman8053 from New York

Aug 08, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Sep 07, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by Samnem from Georgia

Feb 06, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by strengthdoc from Connecticut

Aug 11, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by smutty33 from Connecticut

Jun 03, 2019
Rated: 3.68 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Jan 11, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by thampel09 from New Jersey

Dec 04, 2018
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.
Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Jrosso from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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.
Oct 02, 2018
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Reviewed by bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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
Sep 10, 2018
Rated: 3.12 by Stinger80OH from Ohio

Aug 26, 2018
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Rated by belgianhead from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This is a exceptional stout.....or perhaps more accurately, an imperial stout at 8.5%. Is an equal to my favorite...North Coast Old Rasputin.
Jul 22, 2018
Rated: 4.12 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Jul 21, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by anthony-s from New Jersey

Jul 17, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by GarageRock from New Jersey

May 31, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by LloydDobler from Indiana

May 19, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

May 03, 2018
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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.
Apr 10, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by Boilerup from Maryland

Apr 05, 2018
Rated: 5 by LeftyMike from New Jersey

Mar 26, 2018
Rated: 4.98 by Vylo from New Jersey

Mar 26, 2018
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.
Mar 07, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania

Mar 05, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by CreightonSM from New York

Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 4 by Warren2621 from Indiana

Feb 19, 2018
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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
Feb 12, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Justinprintz from New Jersey

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by BIGPOPPAS from New Jersey

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by rfgetz from New Jersey

Feb 07, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by Collinsl from New Jersey

Jan 04, 2018
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Reviewed by PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -1%
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.
Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Oct 28, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by Khaack from New York

Oct 26, 2017
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Reviewed by farrago from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.
Oct 20, 2017
Unjunct from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 166 ratings