Unjunct | Carton Brewing Company

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Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

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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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Blackop555
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of mkh012
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near-black with light brown lacing.

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

The taste follows. Dark chocolate, figs, and earthy coffee. Vaguely Scotch ale-like. Some smoke and char. Good range of flavors even though it's "unjuct" (no additives).

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, a good to great stout. Simple in design but not in flavor profile. 8/10

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Photo of thebeers
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of Wiffler27
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of q33jeff
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


16 oz can to goblet.

LOOK: thick,dark black, viscous. Big brown head that fades to a lacy film; brown head sticks on the edges gripping with legs as the beer is swirled. Beautiful looking beer,

AROMA: barley, some faint fruity aromas like grape, blueberry, wine, brandy.

TASTE: roasted malt, mineral flavors, lactose, charred wood. some cocao/coffee flavors. slightest touch of smoke in the finish.

FEEL: thick, bubbly. Great carbonation for such a thick stout.

When I had this at the brewery in a little 5 oz. sample, I thought it was good, but not great. I actually rated the Cosmonaut higher, but now having had a full pour of it, I recognize that this is the superior beer by a decent margin.

Very good.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can in a stemmed stout glass.

Jet black color, no highlights. The brown sugar-colored head lands just shy of a finger's height, it fades fast to a lasting film and collar. Spot and wave lacing.

Roasted malts, molasses, bitter dark chocolate, and some licorice. And, yes, coffee...and alcohol.

Mostly dark chocolate up front. There's some dark fruit, licorice, and a strong alcohol punch to round out the sip.

Full body, it fills the stomach as well as the mouth. Creamy, boozy, hearty.

Big stouts pack big abv. Unjunct, at 8.5%, comes on strong for that abv.

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Photo of gopens44
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon a somewhat aggressive pour, I got a billowing dark tan head that left behind very sticky lacing and a thin fizz layer. Nose has a ton of what can best be described as a real heavy Noble hop profile, regardless of what hops were actually used. Cutting past the initial impression is slightly earthy, slightly smokey backbone. Taste is immediately surprising based on the nose. For starters, a flirt of dark fruit only offers a slight deke before heavy, bitter dark chocolate settles in big time. Upon exit is the Noble hop thing, which is also responsible for the bitter, earthy aftertaste. Silkiness in this medium bodied beer only appears after a few swigs, but it does get silkier as you drink it. Finally, a subtle warmth in the back of the throat rounds out this overall, very nice experience.

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Photo of tigg924
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From a growler. Pours opaque, black in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is milk chocolate, char, vanilla, milk sugar, and cocoa powder. Medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet and char filled. This is everything I want in a straight, no frills stout. Plenty of depth and complexity, yet still plenty of malty goodness. Glad to have found this on tap. Will get this again.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick tan head. Smell is roasty and molasses sweet. Taste is also roasty with some vanilla notes. Also in there is subtle dark fruit tastes. Feel is good, not as silky as a RIS, but nice. Overall this is outstanding for what it is, a four ingredient stout. Cheers Carton!

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark tan head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate and coffee. As the beer warms up, hints of licorice also become perceptible.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of dark fruits such as prunes along with notes of chocolate and coffee with hints of licorice. As the beer warms up, the coffee flavors and associated bitterness become stronger.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely complex and is almost like a hybrid between a stout and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with the aromas and flavors of dark fruits.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of orangebison
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, dark and opaque. About a quarter-inch of tan head atop a lightless, black glass. Chocolate, roast and dark berries in the aroma. Tastes initially of dark-roast coffee, almost acrid, but other less-intense, coffee-like notes appear, along with dark baking chocolate. Hints of floral vanilla and black cherry emerge later on, with solid, earthy bitterness coming through in a medium-thick, creamy body. Moderately bitter finish -- piney and earthy -- along with a drying cocoa-powder character. Wonderfully rich and complex. A sort of kaleidoscope effect of shifting flavor profiles.

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Photo of Gavage
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a black color with a wispy tan colored head.

Smell: chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts are up front and easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses, raisins, light coffee tones, a mild hop presence and a bit of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, silky at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this is a hearty stout with a well balanced flavor profile. This can be a great dessert beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Black with mocha head, smell has hints of chewy toffee, booze, old stale coffee, cocoa powder, taste is bitter molasses, stale coffee, bitter chocolate. Excellent classic stout, would make a great base beer for an adjunct stout.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very dark and thick beer with a dark tan head. The smell is roasty with molasses and hints of semi sweet chocolate and a smidge of hops. The taste is full and robust and bitter and nutty. A really tasty but big stout. yb

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oily, black pour. Rich, dark brown head. Lacing diminishes as one drinks deeper. Vanilla marshmallow topped chocolate cream pie on the nose; not as sweet as that sounds. Taste features 3 Cs: chocolate, cherry, char. What at once thought was a bit too ashy actually ended up with as a pleasant smoked flavor. A touch of de leche. The sweetness is minimal, and is belied with creaminess. Really not heavy feeling at all although it's too slick to tell. Not something to go out of the way for, but it is solid stout.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and a lot of lacing.

This smells like roasty dark coffee, herbal hops, and dark chocolate.

I expected a bit more out of this, honestly, but it's still quite good anyway. The coffee flavor is quite nice, without actually using coffee. There's a bit of dark bitter chocolate, and a little bit of hoppiness.

This has a pretty creamy body, but not super thick, with a good level of carbonation.

This isn't Carton's best, but it's still pretty damn good.

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Photo of seedyone
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Milk & Hops, Chelsea, NYC. This is a sad story about price. I hate to start here but at a dollar an ounce, on tap, I was hoping to be blown away. I wasn't.

I'm a recent fan of Carton & what they do, particularly the stellar Regular Coffee, a class A Imperial Cream Ale. None better, as long as you're on board with the whole coffee things that's front page right now.

I am, hence the anticipation & subsequent deflation with Unjunct. If I could remove the self inflicted hype wound & the resentment that is blind to the real estate market that effects the price of everything within 3 miles of my house, I would probably be singing a different tune.

So as far as a cheap-ass, spoiled complainer goes, I really can't keep myself in check here.

As promised, Carton does show restraint by not piling on the usual heavy handed flavoring that turns stouts into syrupy, sticky, overly sweet caffeine bombs. Here there is a distinct adult quality to the taste profile. The chocolate, though slight, is in the bittersweet end of the spectrum. What sweetness there is, & any stout worth the name needs some, borders on an afterthought. All the other tones, and there are many, manifest like leaves on a springtime tree. Small but multitudinal. They rustle on the taste-buds, never roar. They're there & then they're not.

Glad I tried it, but the $16 a pint will make me stick with the cans that come in at $.34 an ounce. I should be able to live with that as long as the quality holds up from a can. We'll see.

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Photo of Buck89
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. An opaque dark brown color with a thick tan head. Great retention and nice lacing in the glass. A nice mix of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cherries, and some floral hops in the nose. The first sip brought coffee, followed quickly by dark chocolate, a cola sensation, vanilla, and then a bitter char. A bit lighter bodied than I expected but not thin or boozy.

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Photo of paresis
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know auggie likes comments, look and mouthfeel are excellent. I found this a bit too bitter, too roasty and smoke to my normal preference, I prefer just a bit more sweet/chocolate notes to round out the bitter.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can poured into teku glass

Black liquid, thick, dense, foamy two finger brown foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of coffee, roast malts, chocolate , dark fruits, sweetness

Taste of roast malts, dark roast coffee on the tip and sides of the tongue

Sudsy, taste the alcohol,

Good beer

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. This is a really nice, straightforward, no-frills stout. As the name suggests, no adjuncts. This is very easy-drinking with a lot of classic roasty stout flavor and a nice thick mouthfeel. You can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nailed it. With the premise that they can get all those delicious stout elements, coffee, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and smoke and dark fruit, out of just malts, hops, yeast, and water - with no "adjuncts" ("unjunct," get it?), they are wildly successful.

The pour looks thick, and on the drink, it is supported with a smooth, rich, silky feel. The aromas are exactly chocolate, coffee, a little char, something like vanilla and molasses... And the flavors pull together all of those great stout characteristics - rich and full, sweet but mildly bitter... I don't get much dark fruit or smoke, but that could just be my palate - this beer tastes like they added coffee beans, cacoa nibs, molasses/brown sugar, and vanilla bean - but they didn't. Very impressed - other brewers, take note!

I felt it to be more of a double stout than a "regular" stout, based not just on the abv, but also the feel and flavor profile. If it were a double, it might get lost in the morass of double stouts out there, but as a "single" stout, it really stands out.

2/6/17 canning

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is absolutely pitch black with an inch and a half head.

Aroma immediately fills the room. Lots of astringent roast malt with a definite milk chocolate sweetness.

Taste is a lot more of that intense roast bitterness with a light milky sweetness.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am so used to "flavored" stouts e.g. , vanilla, chocolate, coffee, oak barrel aged etc. I am not a big stout fan. I used to enjoy Guinness on tap when I lived in Boston because it was always fresh tasting and reasonable. This stout tastes fresh,basic, almost simple. The natural malt and hops create a plethora of flavors you would find in "Flavored stouts". I really like this brewery.

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