Hunter Coffee
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #48
ABV:
8%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,466
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 14.08%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
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18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
 
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Notes: Our friends at GRINDHOUSE CAFE, based in Griffith, Indiana joined us in the search for the perfect coffee to blend with HUNTER, our creamy Double Milk Stout brewed with Cocoa Nibs and Lactose...And we found it... Metropolis Coffee Company's Signature Blend ‘Redline Espresso'- a big bodied espresso that pairs perfectly with HUNTER'S Roasted notes.
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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Copenhagen beerfest
A: Pitch black thick, no head
N: Big char, nougat, roast, coffee, char, fudge
T: Big cocoa fudge, char, roast, nougat, fluffy
M: Thick creamy, fluffy carb

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Photo of rudzud
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the Copenhagen Beer Festival. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a thick oily black with no real head. Just a few light wisps.

S - Aromas of light fruity coffee, chocolate syrup, little fudge, nice dark malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. The coffee is quite pleasant with nice light roast and good fruity notes. Chocolate is a little syrupy but bittersweet. Nice light nougat as well.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy, alcohol hidden.

O - Overall this was a solid milk stout. The appearance was a bit lackluster and the nose could use a bit more of a coffee punch. Still though, very solid.

Serving Type: On tap

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A dark black pour with a quickly dissipating mocha chocolate head. Smell is milk chocolate with sweet coffee. Hints of roasted malt and vanilla. Taste is roasty and sweet with strong chocolate notes, coffee comes next with a bittersweet finish. Taste is simple but executed well. The body and feel is spectacular, slick and smooth. Overall this is a great beer and worth trying for sure.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Courtesy of @FFFjunkie. Canned 9/8/2017 and poured into Brakspear pint glass. It pours a deep, rich walnut - nearly black - with a full finger of foamy, medium-tan head and lacing. The head slowly dissipated and left a thin coating of lacing inside the glass. It's a lovely pour. The nose is fairly subdued and features roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, lactose, and a whiff of freshly-brewed coffee. There's a lot more coffee in the taste and it includes burnt, as well as freshly-brewed espresso , along with rich milk chocolate, caramel, lactose, nuts, and brown bread notes. I noticed something that reminded me of dark fruit but as the glass warmed I identified it as coconut. This stout has a creamy, silky mouth feel that reminded me of nitro and the 8% ABV gives it substance but doesn't overwhelm. This is one of those beers that seems to improve with every sip. Particularly as the glass warms, the myriad tastes stand out but combine for a really tasty and enjoyable Milk Stout.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BIG Thanks to @FlintB for this beauty. Received in NBS BIF #6
Poured from a 16 oz can dated 09/08/17
Pours a deep, dark brown. So deep it's damn near black. Literally. I tried to shine a very strong light through this viscous roil, to no avail. Nearly Black Magic. Dark chocolate colored foam. So cohesive and tightly packed. Foam disappears after a few minutes revealing a mahogany mirror surface with a smattering of time bubbles around the ring. Slight, scattered lacing.
Aroma carries a gentle hint of full roast coffee, slightly nutty caramel, and an earthy brown bread malt note.
Taste begins with a bright full dark roast coffee that is slightly fruity (in a coffee bean kinda way). A nod toward baker's chocolate and a creamy lactose sweetness brings it all together.
Feel is full and creamy. The creamy mouthfeel really keeps this one together. It goes beyond feel and comes through as a flavor note unto itself.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours jet black like used motor oil with nice think mocha colored head. No lacing at all head lasts a good while.

Aroma - Just a ton of fresh ground coffee, vanilla, little hint of alcohol, roasted malts.

Taste - Taste is the same as the aroma but times 10. Like a mouth of fresh ground coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate.

Feel - Full bodied creamy like velvet feel, little heat and slightly dry finish.

Overall - An excellent milk stout tons of coffee perfect feel.

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Photo of mschrei
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/27. Drinking it in a mini-horizontal with a regular Hunter and a vanilla Hunter.

Dark with some tannish edging, strongest amount of foam and a more persistent lacing than the other two. Smell is strong on a lot of notes - roasty malt and sweet vanilla with bitter coffee on the background. Taste is the same, but the coffee is probably the strongest part of it. Just like the regular, the feel is smooth, velvety, mild oiliness. Well balanced.

Maybe it's the fact that I'm doing it in a horizontal, but I think this is definitely a better beer than it rates on this site.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared a 16 oz can with Rob, poured into snifter glass.
A: Pours a dark ruby brown, thin wisps of off white foam float on the surface
S: espresso, sweet chocolate milk, oak, vanilla, boozy heat, some notes of chocolate
M: thick creamy body that coats the tongue with a thin foam
T: creamy chocolate, sweet chocolate milk, oak, chalky, slight boozy as it warms, vanilla, hints of white pepper
O: tasty brew that is complex to the nose and palate, glad I was able to try.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger and a half of creme-colored head. Nice foamy formation, with a little foam ring left behind. No lacing left behind. Coffee, robust, and smooth roasted and toasted malts, with a hint of lactose form a firm, dark aroma. Flavor profile roasted and toasted malts throughout. Light coffee, and lactose notes flutter throughout. Mouth feel texture is every bit of smooth, creamy, and velvety. It has a medium-thick feel. Overall, a milk stout with presence. The coffee is light, but still present.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of stakem
1.88/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Bomber into a snifter appears black in color with an excessive amount of brown head that fills the glass.

Aroma opens up with something that is quite tangy along with some vegetal matter, chocolate and roast. I dont even need to taste this to already know that something unintended is going on in this brew based off the foaming carbonation and now a sour smell.

The taste is as expected based on the initial impressions and not in a good way. Sourness is the leading trait of this and not much remains of a coffee milk stout. I cant drink more than a sip or 2 of this, its bad.

Light in body, excessively carbonated and obviously infected. The milks gone bad Charlie Murphy...

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Photo of jaydoc
1.84/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This bottle was infected. It poured like molasses with excessive carbonation. Occasionally large clumps poured out. Based upon seeing other reviews, this seems to be a recurring issue. I wouldn't mind giving it another chance if I had the opportunity.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Bottle over a year old and was delicious. Powerful coffee aroma. Strong bitter coffee and chocolate taste without being too bitter or sweet. Silky smooth. First of the Hunter series for me and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
2.14/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Overly carbed, sweet and tart mess. The coffee aroma was replaced with chocolate cake. Kinda weird, don't know why that happened. But, disgusting as fuck. Could not drink, poured the rest out. Damn it Drew, get your bottles in line!

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Photo of mothman
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Black in color.

This variant is better the vanilla. A nice coffee flavor with some some roasted malts.
Smooth and creamy. Lots of rich chocolate.

Not bad, but I'm still not crazy over the series.

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Photo of fredmugs
1/5  rDev -76.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Over carbonated as usual but this one had the added effect of being infected. I don't know how you can make such amazing beers (on draft) and fuck up the bottling process time and time again.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
1.6/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Super sour and sweet with huge bubbles and too much carb. This was clearly infected. I probably shouldn't give such a low score for a beer that was not at its normal quality, but this is the third time I have tried this beer and all of them were infected. If 18th Street doesn't get this issue fixed, they will lose my business all together.

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Photo of SalomonCascade
1.75/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Hugely overcarbonated and definitely infected.

Really disappointed in this one since it was received in a trade and I have no way to replace it. Only writing this review in hopes of warning others. This is from the most recent release in November 2015.

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Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A larger than I would like pop upon opening...
Looks fantastic, pitch black with a finger of layered tan colors. Aroma, is sweeter milk chocolate, coffee, light roast malt. A little subdued, but there is a sour cherry note.

Taste, has a lot of fruit, a tart fruit, I see some others mention this but it is more than a side feature. Some roast malt, dark chocolate and coffee peak through in the finish.
If it was a straight RIS, maybe I'd be ok with the fruit, in a milk stout, it just seems like a problematic bottle. Seems like there was probably something pretty nice behind there.

High carbonation, breaking up the fairly thick appearance. A tad thin.

This feels like a bottle that has gone south. Properly stored..I'll have to give another one a try.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tomlinson Tap Room.

Arrives with a cocoa-head and pitch black body. Excellent head retention and lacing. 5

Dark chocolate and coffee and vanilla and slight tart berry. 4.5

Bursts with coffee and vanilla cream, then bitter dark chocolate and tart berry flavors. Pretty true to the nose. Brown sugar develops on the finish and lingers. 4.25

Lighter in carbonation and almost nitro like--- thick and still and viscous. Bitter and tart elements before a sticky sweet finish. Thin feel is a bit of a distraction. 4

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Photo of brewskis
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark as night with a half-finger of mocha colored head that dissipated really fast.

Aroma is obviously coffee-forward. The coffee brings roastiness and a green pepper vegetal quality. Beyond that, I get some slight dark fruit (cannot tell what it is), carmel, lactose sweetness (vanilla-like), roasted malt, and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is nicely done. Get a nice balance between the roasted, vegetal coffee and lactose sweetness. There is a good amount of bittersweet chocolate (more sweet than bitter) and a little dark fruit as well. Starts more coffee-forward, but then melds into a mix of the coffee and milk stout qualities.

Medium body. It is slightly creamy, but could be much creamier and is somewhat flat in carbonation. This is out of a bottle and I know 18th Street has been inconsistent with their carbonation in bottles at times.

This is a great coffee milk stout, but it definitely could be improved. Milk stouts are all about that creamy mouthfeel and although it has some of that, this is much flatter than it should be. Nevertheless, the aroma and flavors are very good.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very, very strong coffee taste and almost no carbonation. It was almost too extreme on both the coffee taste (too much) and the carbonation (not enough even for a bigger stout like this)

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Photo of Giffmo
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best coffee stouts out there, honestly.

Great coffee small. Pitch black with very dark and thick foam. Great coffee taste along with chocloate fudge. Excellent full mouthfeel.

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Photo of KrajDoesBeer
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

really solid brew.. pours a nice dark brown with very nice thickness. mouthfeel is great. perfectly sweet. very awesome sweet stout. barrel aged would be great

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Photo of lupercmda
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having some of the other variants I was a little disappointed with this beer. Thin black color when poured. Small amount of coffee smell. Taste was a little coffee but was more of the base beer. Thin mouth fell. An OK beer but not as good as the other variants.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle. Served in a snifter 3/4/2015.

A- Dark brown, opaque and nearly black body with a one finger offwhite head, some lacing, average retention.

S- Roasted coffee bean aromas, lots of it. Sweet lactose, a bit of milk chocolate and roasted malt in the background, but this is dominated by the coffee and milk.

F- Solid lactose sweetness that complements the roasted coffee here. Milk chocolate and coffee, what could go wrong? A very solid milk stout.

M- Medium in body, silky smooth mouthfeel that is reasonably drinkable with a nice depth to it. Mildly bitter, roasted coffee flavours on the backend.

O- Nice coffee forward milk stout. I liked it and it was a nice changeup from all the sour beers we had today.

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