Unjunct Stout Carton Brewing A matter of semantics and memes?

Tasting: April 14, 2017
Style: Stout
Beer #: 1,051
ABV: 8.5%

Unjunct Stout, Carton Brewing

Recently came across a beer geek debate in a craft beer enthusiast Facebook group. The discussion? What is an adjunct? There were three points of view but for now, let’s exclude the group that posted the funny “who cares” memes.

One one side were those that claim that an adjunct is simply any additive to beer that goes beyond the standard ingredients of water, hops, barley and yeast. They point to the dictionary definition of an adjunct: is a thing added to something else as a supplementary rather than an essential part.

On the other side of this meaningless debate, are those that claim that in brewing an adjunct is any fermentable additive or substitute for traditional barley. This group points to macro brewers using corn syrup as a cheap alternative to fermentable sugars. On this side of the argument, fruit or honey would be an adjunct since they offer fermentable but coffee and (say) hazelnuts would not. Not sure of their feelings on biscotti.

Seems like the point of the debate is whether we need a distinguishing term that differentiates cost cutting short cuts and creativity? Do we even need one? Me? Put me on the side of the people with the who cares memes. Good beer is just good beer.

Carton Brewing inadvertently injects themselves in this piece with their anti-junk or no adjunct reference. Pardon the food reference (I’m hungry as I write this), but with restaurants making artisanal hamburgers, isn’t it nice sometimes just to find a burger that is just a great burger? it’s refreshing to see brewers return to master the base.

Unjunct Stout is really done well. Basic recipe but a host of complex flavors. Waves of distinct coffee, creamy chocolate, smoke and some raisin. Goes well with the burger I’m enjoying. 91 points.

Off the top of my head, here are some of my favorite unjunct, un-junked, non-additive, non-adjunct and non-barrel aged stouts

Bells Expedition Stout – 93 points
Dark Horse Plead the 5th – 95 points
Blackout Stout – 91 points

What say you? What are your favorites?

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