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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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of 2beerdogs
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of FFFjunkie
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.86/5  rDev +16.3%
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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Photo of srw
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of VoxRationis
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of drh88
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of Jlabs
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eagle109
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of swanfungus
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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 antman27
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 BeerForMuscle
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Unjunct from Carton Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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