Hunter - 18th Street Brewery

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
18th Street Brewery visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-21-2013)
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Jeffo
3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of mpayne5
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Hunter from 18th Street Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.