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.


Added by sloan123 on 10-13-2016

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Photo of farrago
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.

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Photo of aoampm
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of tigg924
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Cachookie
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Conradist
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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

Photo of Damian74
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 dvmin98
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Boilerup
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChipChaight
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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 ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mineo
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 147 ratings