Unjunct | Carton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 76
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Photo of tigg924
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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 acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 ChipChaight
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mineo
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +8.4%
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 Stofko1992
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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 jtk21351
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheLefty1616
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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 IvoryFoxhole
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can dated 10/13/16 and poured into Guinness porter glass.

Can bottom (always read a Carton can bottom) says start at 48 degrees so that is a good hour or so to wait.

L: Black color, no light getting through. 2F tan head but eventually reduces to nothing except a very thing ring.

S: All roasted malts and grains. Very basic, but good.

T: Follows nose. As nothing is added but malts, yeast, and water, the flavors are subtle. I get unsweetened cocoa, smoke, some dark fruits, and maybe coffee. Nothing sweet at all, perhaps slightly bitter.

F: Medium bodied, not much if any carbonation. Very solid if simple construction and nice balance. Consistency is not what I would call creamy, but it does coat and linger.

O: You almost have to consider this the benchmark for simple deconstructed stouts that just provide very good flavor.

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Photo of Dmecca
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HermitDan
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of WunderLlama
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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 krome
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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