Hunter Coffee | 18th Street Brewery

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Hunter CoffeeHunter Coffee

Brewed by:
18th Street Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 228
Photo of stakem
1.88/5  rDev -47.2%
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 -48.3%
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 +21.6%
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 -39.9%
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 +14%
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 -71.9%
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 -55.1%
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 -50.8%
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 +0.6%
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 +20.2%
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 +15.7%
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 +5.3%
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 +38.8%
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 Kraj30
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
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 +15.2%
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 +18.3%
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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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A. Very dark brown/black opaque pour with a dark khaki brown, 2 finger head with nice lacing. As it subsides it just leaves a film of khaki head on top.

S. Roasted malts, medium/dark roast coffee, chocolate some vanilla. Smells mocha. Really good. Alot of this stout comes out in the nose and i'm anticipating tasting this more than most stouts.

T. Backing up the nose this is delicious. Coffee and chocolate up front followed by a nice espresso roast flavor with a slight bitterness. This is really nice.

M. Very nice medium/heavy body for a stout. 7 out of 10 on a scale. And there is carbonation but just enough. Doesn't really chase the swallow but sits on your tongue. Excellent.

O. This is just an excellent stout. One of my top 5 for sure. I will definitly look for this again. the brewer accomplishes what he/she was looking for being it's called "Coffee Hunter" They flavors are blended so well. Looks great. Smells extremely inviting. Mouthfeel is almost perfect. I like this stout alot.

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Photo of SchugKnight
4.59/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Black with deep brown mocha head. S - Amazing aroma! Like coffee is brewing fresh in the glass with a little cream sweetness. T - Black coffee starts and then balances with lactose sweetness. Coffee bitterness lingers as it finishes dry. M - Creamy, but feels like it would be better with a little more viscosity. O - I wish this was made into an air freshener. Excellent balanced coffee stout. Thicken up and maybe a bit hotter will up he rating for me. Three more left to age.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%

Appearance - The beer was black with a dark mocha colored head.

Smell - This one smell of coffee, but you could also detect a certain level of sweetness in the aroma.

Taste - The taste begins with bold coffee. However, this is more than a mouthful of coffee grounds. The sweetness balances the bitterness. Ultimately, the beer has a pleasant dry finish.

Mouthfeel - The smooth creamy nature of the mouthfeel give the impression of Nitro. Nice!

Overall - I have loved many beers from 18th Street. Barrel Aged variants aside, this is my favorite.

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Photo of sarch
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at 18th Street Brewery in Gary, IN on Friday. Brewery was relatively empty -- nice!

A: Opaque black, some light comes thru
S: Smells like coffee. A little burnt, but still a good roast
T: Initial flavor is coffee with some cream. I'm a black coffee drinker, but the flavors come thru nicely
M: Light mouthfeel, like most milk stouts
O: I would recommend this. The BA version was also fantastic, but this is a very well made coffee stout.

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Hunter Coffee from 18th Street Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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