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Hunter - 18th Street Brewery

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very good

19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 172
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 26.81%
Wants: 59
Gots: 50 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
18th Street Brewery visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-21-2013

Here is a father’s toast to his son. Brewed with cocoa nibs and lactose, Hunter boasts a creamy texture and rich chocolate flavor. Vanilla, roast, and caramel sweetness are met with a bright hop bitterness.
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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 172
Photo of LloydDobler
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I picked a few of these up at the brewery from the last release. Black, and I mean just complete darkness. Heavy malt and bitter chocolate just mellowed on the tongue. Thick and velvety texture with minimal carbonation. Dangerously easy to drink, even on a warm summer night!

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Photo of RoyBatty
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a creamy tar black into a teku glass with a finger of chocolate malt colored foam. Smells of chocolate, light coffee, and sweet malted milk. Taste is delightfully smooth and has hints chocolate with just the right amount of sugary milk. The most surprising thing is the heavy amount of hop bitterness that comes through, but also has an amazingly smooth finish. It has a lighter mouth-feel for a stout while still packing plenty of thick classic stout feel.

Overall it's another great beer by the guys at 18th street. They've only made three varieties to this point all worth trying. As soon as they get their taproom, Northwest Indiana we have another great beer giant to rival FFF. Personally, I can't wait to see what else they come up with.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours smooth black. Small head that settles to a thin ring around the edge of the surface. Smell is predominantly coffee with some roasted malt notes underneath. Taste is very smooth at first, then introduces rough edges with the bitterness of coffee and chocolate. Minimal viscosity keeps this from sticking to too many places and overstaying its welcome. Overall a very good beer, but one that shares only some characteristics of a milk stout.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was black with a black color with murky brown highlights. Some bubbles clung to the sides of the glass.

Smell - A big coffee whiff comes through in the aroma.

Taste - Big coffee and chocolate come through in the initial taste. The coffee notes are creamy, but not as creamy as I would expect from a milk stout. As a whole, the beer is only modestly sweet. The modest sweetness finishes in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The maltiness really sticks to the inside of the cheeks and tongue. It is smooth and creamy as a milk stout should be.

Overall - I like this one a lot. I can't wait for more Hunter variants!

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Photo of croush
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As I poured it, I was a bit worried about lack of carbonation, but it did end up OK. Smell had a great chocolate and coffee combo. The taste of this is so smooth, although I think the bottles I had a few months back were a bit better. I have had this one for about 6 months, so fresh is probably better on this one. All in all, I am a big fan of Hunter.

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

Bottle from Lincoln Park Binny's. Served in a taster glass.

A - Copious tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lacing. Opaque, very dark brown body.

S - Big roast, cocoa nibs, and surprisingly low sweetness for a milk stout; the lactose contribution is fairly mild. Nice bittersweet chocolate, caramel, dark bread, and notes of smoke and char as well. Good balance, and minimal alcohol.

T - The taste is a tad more roasty and smokey, with a slight burnt toast note. There's still some nice cocoa, nuttiness, and faint hints of caramel and lactose, but this is fairly low in sweetness. Again, no alcohol presence whatsoever.

M - Medium body, slightly toasty texture but otherwise goes down quite smoothly. Moderate carbonation, and a nice clean, crisp finish.

D - Not really what I was expecting from a milk stout, but a very enjoyable beer all the same. I will definitely be purchasing more of this one, as it's quite easy-drinking. I've been very impressed with 18th Street Brewery so far, and I'm looking forward to trying more of their offerings.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Maximum respect and gratitude to @Prager62 for sending me this gem in our esteemed NBS BIF #2

Pours a rich deep mahogany, almost black. Tightly packed frothy head of cafe-latte colored gossamer greatness brings forth a rich aroma of chocolate milk poured over sweet oatmeal, sitting next to a mug of dark roast coffee. Oooh, this is gonna be good.
Taste is is more coffee roast forward, yet very balanced out with a malt and chocolate presence that is held in place by the elaborate creaminess. The texture is paramount to this beers overall greatness, brining it all together like a stunning symphony.
Overall, I love this beer.

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

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown to black…mocha colored head sits prominently on top, all rich and thick…tons of tight bubbles make head look creamy and foamy…a very dense color, even along the edges…thins to a nice layer…this is a good looking brew…(4.25/5)

Smell: Creamy lactose aroma jumps right out of the glass and actually I could smell it as soon as I popped the cap…roasted malts, oatmeal and a light dry chocolate are also apparent…it’s got a very rich, creamy, chocolate desert cake aroma that’s fantastic! Very malt driven, subtle airy, citrus hops in the way background…wonderful! (4.25/5)

Taste: Creamy, rich chocolate cake taste, much like the nose…roasted malts, dry chocolate, oatmeal and tons of milky creaminess…it’s not overly sweet, more like roasted and earthy tone dominant…really there’s nothing exotic about the flavor, but what I do have here is amazing…as it warms, more of the roasted malt and coffee bitterness come through along with a touch of alcohol…fantastic!…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body…carbonation fluffs up bringing a cloud of milky, chocolate, roasted malts to the palate…chewy, rich, creamy…a tinge of citrus bitterness and roasted malts linger well into the after taste…one sip lasts minutes…(4.25/5)

Overall: This is a fantastic brew, worthy of it’s high rating…out of the fridge, this thing taste like a milk chocolaty desert from heaven…this is the first time drinking this brew and I’m wishing I had another in the fridge or closet…I typically try and steer clear of the $10 bombers, but this is worth every penny…this is my first foray into 18th Street Brewing, but if this in indicative of what they are producing over there, it certainly won’t be my last…super highly recommended if you can find one (brewed just once), Hunter is a can’t miss milk stout for the beer aficionado…(4.25/5)

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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A meal in itself. Almost perfect balance of bitter chocolate and some sweetness. Black with some head, bittersweet chocolate aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable. Fresh bottle from 20 west. Nicely hopped, being picky I would ask for a little more hops - but that's just to make it perfect for this day and mood.

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with a thin layer of tan mocha foam on the surface. A little bit of wispy skim and lace present.

Creamy feel with some light acidity from the roast malt. Residual ashy char, green hops buried underneath. Smells very malty and roasty, a little bit of coffee and blackened malt. Dry finish with a light bitterness. Very smooth any creamy from the lactose, though the acidity trips it up slightly. Slightly sticky on the lips though not overtly sweet, well balanced with the bitter roast. Overall a nice milk stout from 18th Street, worth trying.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber purchased at Binny's on Grand into a tulip glass

A - Pours dark brown, almost black with a big 2 finger khaki head

S - Smells like milk chocolate

T - The cocoa and the lactose sugar work really well together on this one to create a very creamy and chocolately treat. Lots of sweet chocolate up front, with a little bit of a roasty, almost coffee-like finish. Almost no bitterness at all.

M - The mouthfeel was quite nice. Medium bodied and creamy

O - I have a feeling this is going to be a love / hate kind of beer for a lot of people. It is overly sweet and can be a bit cloying at times, but personally I loved it and felt that it was a lot different than most of the milk stouts that are already out there. If you are a fan of sweeter stouts (think ST Creme Brule, tuned down a bit) I would recommend this.

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter. No visible date on bottle.

A: Pitch black with slight one finger mocha head that settles fairly quickly to a ring around the edge. Little to no lacing.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, lactose, and dark chocolate. Subtle hints of vanilla. Smells like a chocolate milkshake.

T: Dark chocolate, milk sugars, caramel, vanilla, and roasted malts.

M: Full bodied but not thick with a creamy texture.

O: Wonderful milk stout. My first beer from 18th street, and hopefully not my last.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a thick opaque black body with a thick deep tan head and a matrix of microbubbles trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The rich coffee aroma and black malt have an earthy quality to them with a cream note and mellow char in the finish.

T- The big roasted coffee malt has some earthy black graham notes and a dark fruity ester in the finish. There is a nice soft sweetness and some tartness that lingers after that.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle finish with no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is a nice rich full stout with some good hints of sweetness and no bitterness or harshness. I couldn’t find many of the flavors described on the bottle but it was very drinkable none the less.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, bottled 4/17/13
MN Town Hall tulip

A: Pours pitch black. Almost completely opaque. Thin layer of light tan head. Forms a collar around the edges. Lacing bits form.

S: Dark cocoa notes. Smooth vanilla creaminess. Some sweetness from the milk sugar. There is some earthy hop aromas.

T: Up front, you get that earthy pine like hop character. Adds a touch of bitterness. Leads into slight roast and dark chocolate. There is a nice smooth vanilla cream and caramel in the mid to late palate. That lactose always has that effect. Finish is fairly dry with lingering milk chocolate sweetness.

M: Full bodied and creamy and smooth.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 3.4.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a silky fine, dark tan head that has good retention.

S - Smokey, malty, wheat and chocolate.

T - Same as the nose, lots of smoke.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - Smokey and malty. A touch of sweetnesss keeps it all going together.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours black, shy of inky. Small khaki head. Thick collar. Wispy swirls on the surface.

Smell - Rich dark chocolate. Some burnt roast. No lactose, which surprises me.

Taste - Lactose makes an appearance right up front. Then the chocolate sets in. Great rich chocolate. The burnt notes come back too, which is a little odd. Lactose comes back in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and not overly sweet from the lactose. Good body.

Overall - Tastes great, which I don't often think of milk stouts.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). No apparent bottling date. Served in a Burial snifter.

Pours oil black with three quarter fingers of dense tan head. The froth subsides, leaving a full halo and a few sparce dots of lace.

Smells as expected with no surprises. Chocolate, lactose, caramel and sugar.

The nose was a great predictor of flavor. Plenty roasty with huge chocolate notes, sweet lactose, an almost rolled oat smoothness, caramel and some brown sugar. Very little perceiveable alcohol. There is an herbal, piney bitterness towards the back end but not quite along the lines of many hoppy American stouts.

Medium full, creamy, smooth feel with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and an occasional, light, herbal bitterness.

Hunter is a well executed chocolate milk stout. The hopping differentiates it from a fairly crowded field. Worth a try, if not a hunt.

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Photo of _RL_
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick, viscous black - like BCBS thick.
Smells strongly of roast - like a more intense Ten Fidy smell, but pretty one dimensional
Taste is not too strong on any one note. Definite roasty taste with a hint of hop and some chocolate
The mouthfeel is the highpoint as it is super, super smooth. This is how a stout should feel.
Overall, it's okay, but the smell and taste are the weak points in the beer. An odd milk stout as you could easily confuse it for a big RIS or AIS if you didn't know better.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle of this stuff from Masterski. Thanks!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A dark brown, opaque pour yields a one finger, medium looking, dark tan head with good retention. Black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a decent wisp and ring. A ring and splotchy wisp remain but leave no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes, chocolate for sure with some milk sugar, sweet cream and some vanilla. Definitely a milk stout, though there's a bit of stale coffee in there that hurts the cause.

TASTE: Light roasted flavor with sweet cream and some lactose sugar up front, moving into a caramel sweet and vanilla sweet cream finish. Medium but lingering aftertaste of lactose, some roasted notes, caramel sweetness and a bit of bitter, dark chocolate as balance. Some stale coffee lingers as well, which doesn't help.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Okay here.

OVERALL: This was alright, with some good roasted notes and plenty of sweet flavors that were enjoyable, but the stale coffee aroma and flavor plague an otherwise solid effort. This was fine, but it could have been much better. Thanks again Masterski. Always a pleasure.

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Hunter from 18th Street Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.