George Hunter
Castle Danger Brewery

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Style:
American Stout
Ranked #58
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,257
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
99
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Castle Danger Brewery
 
Minnesota, United States
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Notes: George Hunter Stout is brewed in honor of our brewer and founder's Great-Great Grandfather. George Hunter was an Irish immigrant who owned and operated the Iron Range Brewing Co. in Tower, MN up until prohibition. George Hunter Stout is an American Stout with flavors and aromas of molasses, licorice, maple, coffee, chocolate and cream. It is a big, roasty, full-bodied brew that will stand up to Minnesota winters.
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Reviews by deebo:
Photo of deebo
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Poured from a can into a pint glass, 2 thin fingers of a dense chocolately light brown foam atop a dark as a moonless night beer. Nice lacing.
S-All malt. Roasty. Notes of dark chocolate. Sweet aromas of caramelized sugar. Reminds me of a chocolately milk stout.
T-More roasted malt flavors than the nose. It doesn't quite have burnt/smoked notes but it's close. Lots of dark roasted flavor development here. I get a bit of tartness in here from these big roasted malts.
M-A nice balance between a lingering roasted malt bill, a bit of creaminess and moderate carbonation. Feels substantial and you can tell it's got some alcohol kick but all plays well together.
O-A big stout. Lots of dark, roasted malt flavors come out here. Balanced between chocolate like and dark coffee flavors. This is my favorite beer from Castle Danger.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a finger of a tan head. Smell is somewhat lacking, just a generic roasted malt bill with hints of sweet chocolate. The taste, however, knocks it out of the park. Strong roasted malt, a bit of smokiness, breadiness, hints of bittersweet chocolate in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a super dry stout (which I love) with a medium-heavy body and fairly low carbonation. Nothing syrupy or cloying. A great stout if you're looking to get away from the chocolate and coffee palate that's so popular these days, and definitely one I'd recommend.

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Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Stamped canning date on can bottom is '10/23/17'.
Very dark brown colored body. Just a slight edge of mahogany highlights when held up to the light. Light brown two finger head settles to cap and ring. Has a few strings of lacing.
Aroma is very pleasant, with dark roasted malts, molasses, black licorice, and slight coffee.
Taste is more expressive of the bitter coffee and dark roasted malts. Way in the background is the molasses and black licorice. Some dark chocolate emerges at the end of the sip.
Mouth feel is creamy and medium. A little chalky toward the end, and more toward a dry finish.
A very solid Minnesota brewed stout. Complex enough without additional adjuncts.

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Photo of epercuoco
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nruhlig
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moundbz
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high light tan head that left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is very chocolatey with a faint amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed the chocolatey aromas and flavors in this stout.

Serving type: can

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Photo of smithj4
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of adosen01
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LostHighway
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roscoj
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stop saying this is pitch black, it's brown and awesome unless you're color blind.

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Photo of Ckimmerle
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Demi
2.25/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Burgy
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of d5001986
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of garymuchow
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice beer. The malts are sharp and crisp and the roast is not overdone. Just enough sweetness but balanced nicely by the hops. Just enough hops in both aroma and flavor to take note but balanced nicely. Feels like it could be 8% but is doesn't drink like it. Some dryness on the finish from the roast, smoothed out some by the mild bitterness. With both leaving a nice long finish.
I wish this was a little easier to get in southern MN. Picked this up while in Duluth. Nice and fresh.
I will say I wonder if there isn't a little water character in this as there seems to be a similar taste to many Castle Danger beers. I pick it up with Schell's as well. Works fine here.

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Photo of ZAP
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid weighty stout.....8%...drinks like it too. Good hefty body and some boozyness to the flavor.

I'm not blown away by the flavor profile but it is solid...roasty...some coffee...black licorice...that about sums it up....not getting any of the maple or molasses they tout on the label.

Like I said...solid....would definitely drink more of this but probably would not go out of my way to find or buy....if I saw it and in the mood I'd pull the trigger....

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Photo of Chaz
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an impenetrable inky-black to the eye, topped with a billowing dark tan head which falls after a couple of minutes and leaves behind some Brussles lace.

Nose is tangy and sweet, reminding me of both a good sweet/milk stout and of e.g. Guinness Foreign Export. Light hop character, and lighter espresso. Very light grapeskin.

On the tongue it's sweet and a bit lighter than expected, with a dryness that is also unexpected but which is also a pleasant surprise. Again with the light espresso, and bittersweet cocoa. Lighter lingering bitterness.

More emphasis on the chocolate character comes through as this one warms.

A smooth and easy-drinking beer altogether, and with a slightly "chalky" texture which I sometimes find in from certain strong stouts.

Not too shabby!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

George Hunter Stout. 8% ABV. If I read the promo materials correctly, Mr. Hunter was a brewer relation to the owners/brewers of Castle Danger. More into if I find it.

Bought nine days ago, at Castle Danger Brewery, in Castle Danger Resorts, Castle Danger, Minnesota. I hope this held up. Of course it did. But, man, I've been slow this week. On the other hand, it's hard to sit down with a brew after work when you get home at 4 am.

We rolled in sometime after, I don't know, 5-ish, and there was a steady stream of samplers and growlers buyers at this tiny, tiny brewery in a shack that you have to really hunt for to find. My second attempt at visiting, for the first, back in May, we were about 4 1/2 hours early. Right on time this time, and I picked a brew I didn't think I'd find on another visit.

It's a dark one, with a tight, slimmed cocoa-brown ring of foam. Just about fully black, mostly opaque.

Aroma: molasses, licorice, maple, some cocoa and cream. Very nice.

Taste: Full flavor, rich mouthfeel, deep and resonant. All that in the nose return to the mouth, with more cocoa and some coffee, just a hint. Richly textured, while still remarkably consumable. Even, I say, while the alcohol rises just a little. This rests within the category of American Stout, I'd say, without needing to go over into Imperial or Foreign Export, despite the higher alcohol.

Needless to say, I like this quite a bit, and will finish this growler with relish. And mayo.

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Photo of Mdog
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Dark brown, good brown head.

Smell: Sweetness, mocha.

Taste: Moderately sweet, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Pretty sweet throughout with some coffee bitterness in the finish.

Overall: Picked up a 6er from this north MN brewery. It is on the sweeter side but doesn't seem to have the same "kind" of sweetness as other sweet stouts. Not sure how to describe it, maybe just the dark chocolate sweetness comes through but is cut by the natural bitterness.

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George Hunter from Castle Danger Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 99 ratings