Devil’s Conclave
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

Devil’s ConclaveDevil’s Conclave
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #43
Ranked #1,256
4.31 | pDev: 7.66%
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Indiana, United States
Devil’s ConclaveDevil’s Conclave
Notes: Double Milk Stout with cinnamon and sea salt added
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 177 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Straight black body, thin tan line head, fading quickly to nothing. No lacing.

S - Strong roast, toasted beans, dark chocolate, raisins, mild cinnamon spiced notes.

T - Pungent dark fruit, raisins and plums, with a solid bittersweet chocolate hit, honeyed sweetness, and a spice and bitter finish.

M - Sticky open and a brisk, dry close.

O - Very nice layering of the rich flavors, just enough bitterness to keep it clean. Solid craft.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Devil’s Conclave - 18th Street
Double Milk Stout - 7% abv
Canned 12/14/17

L - 1-finger dense mocha head atop an
opaque black body.

S - cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, maybe a little spice? Smells wonderful.

T - cinnamon-crusted chocolate, followed by vanilla and some spice (pepper?). Also getting some coffee, roast, and milk. Lots going on here! No detectable booze, mild bitterness, low sweetness.

F - medium-full body with medium carb.

O - I generally find milk stouts too sweet, but this is just perfect. Love the interplay of balanced flavors they achieved here.

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Photo of ksimons
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black with a fingers worth of dark tan head

S-chocolate and roasted malt

T-milk chocolate, roasted malt, some light cinnamon as the beer warms

M-smooth, medium body, light to moderate carbonation

Overall this may be the best I have had from 18th Street, very nice milk stout

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Photo of kitch
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 1 pint can, canned on 14th December 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: It was black in colour with a one finger brown head that had pretty good retention but left only sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, coffee and cinnamon. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: I didn’t get much cinnamon in the aroma, but it came through nicely in the taste. I’m also not so sure about the sea salt as I just didn’t get that at all. Nevertheless, there was some nice roastiness that balanced the light sweetness and made it great and easy to drink.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from claaark recently. Cheers, man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Stout brewed with lactose sugar, cocoa nibs, cinnamon and sea salt
Vintage: 2016

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, somewhat foamy dark tan head with excellent retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident for the style. Head slowly fades to a full cap with a pile of carbonation streaming up the middle. Swirly half wisp remains leaving traces of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted aromas with milk chocolate, some lactose sugar, vanilla notes and a definite cinnamon punch for sure.

TASTE: Cinnamon, milk chocolate and lactose notes up front. Cacao with a bit of salt as well, then a medium finish of cinnamon spice, milk chocolate, vanilla flavors, roasted grain and a pinch of salt linger on the palate. Medium strength but well balanced.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, quite soft and smooth, goes down nice and finishes a bit mouth-coating. A touch of cinnamon spice lingers.

OVERALL: This is quality stuff. I was definitely worried when I saw that sea salt had been added, but it’s been done with restraint, which is a relief. The look is a little foamy and over-carbonated, but despite that, this one is an enjoyable, well-balanced beer. Thanks again, claaark!

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Great pitch black beer with a mocha colored head that is thinner than expected.
Smell is bringing light coffee and very little spice behind it. Some roastiness as well when you take a deep breath.
Taste is roasty coffee with some cinnamon notes.
Cinnamon is a little warming. The roastiness goes good with it. Nothing in this is too powerful. This is very creamy and smooth.
Overall, I wanted a little more from this but it has great balance and could be a great all the time stout.

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Photo of jeffreed61
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently risen from the dead. Undated bottle, bought late Dec '16 after it started popping up on Indy shelves. Poured at about 60 degrees. Nose showcases cinnamon. Smooth w/ early sweet & big chocolate. As it moves to the back of your mouth, the cinnamon re-appears with a touch of heat and bite.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is probably my favorite 18th St beer. The Hunter series is really nice, but I felt like this milk stout was done a lot better than the others. Really complex nose and taste with the cinnamon and other spices. The mouthfeel is thin, but manages to have some creaminess.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Served in a minisnifter glass. Pours a dark black body, half finger mocha head, no retention or lacing. Smells of cinnamon, chocolate, cocoa, touch of espresso. Mostly cinnamon, which is one of the biggest cinnamon bombs I've had the chance to smell. Flavour is milk chocolate, cinnamon, cocoa, a touch more cinnamon. But not in a bad way, it is balanced with the cocoa and milk chocolate sweetness. Really good stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not hefty but not thin either, fair bit of cinnamon and chocolate lingers on the finish. Really tasty beer with a ton of cinnamon, but just enough sweetness to cut through it. Very drinkable and very tasty.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Late 2015 release. Bottle enjoyed in a MadTree pint glass on February 24, 2016.

Look - Almost no head. A little forms very late at the top. There is a very light ring. Head is tan and body is black oil. Even the edges are black. I am torn. I love a thick oily beer (especially with this abv) but no head at all.

Smell - Chocolate. Coffee. Cinnamon.

Taste - Not artificial at all. Pepper. Cinnamon. Chocolate. Cinnamon. Vanilla. Just enough coffee with being overdone.

Feel - Thick but smooth. Carbonation comes through enough in the feel (not in appearance). No alcohol.

Overall - Better than Xocoveza, Neptune, Mexicanus, etc. I want to say it is better than Aun Mas Chili Jesus but so far apart with ABV. This is awesome for 7%.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark black pour. Cinnamon up front. Super smooth, lower carb with absolutely no head. Not getting much salt, but it's somewhere in the background. Medium thick mouthfeel, long lingering finish. 18th Street does stouts well, this is no exception.

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Photo of brewskis
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as night with a finger of a reddish mocha head.

Aroma is of bittersweet chocolate, lots of cinnamon, roasted malt, carmel sweetness, lactose sweetness, and light saltiness (when it warms). Despite the unique combination of adjuncts, everything works together nicely.

Taste taste starts with roasted malts, good amount of cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate, and lactose sweetness. Mid-palate brings more of the same, with a little more sweetness (both lactose and some carmel) and more cinnamon. Finish brings more of the aforementioned flavors. The roasted malt, cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate, and carmel/lactose sweetness become even more intense and the sea salt also comes through at the end.

Medium body. Smooth and creamy. Finishes slightly sticky and oily.

I love this beer for the fact that it has some very unique adjuncts that work wonderfully together. It reminds me of one of those chocolates with sea salt sprinkled on top with cinnamon added in the chocolate. Really well-executed.

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Photo of Tilly
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Glorious opaque brown with a root beer thin head. Nice milky lacing on the glass.
A: Chocolate, molasses, sweetness, fruit.
T: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, malt, a bit of lactose and a trace of alcohol.
M: Sweet, a bit thick, milky, touch of bitterness.
O: Outstanding DMS from a first time brewery. I may try more!

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Photo of ericdiego
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother-in-law was giving a bottle of this by Charlie Evans from the 18th Street Brewery while visiting Three Floyds. I could not be happier with this random act of kindness. I hope 18th Street Brewery starts distributing in STL.

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Photo of barczar
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is lightly dark fruity, with sweet cocoa dominating, and some nutty malt to complement.

Flavor is sweet and extremely dark chocolatey, with roast malt finishing a touch bitter. Dark cherry and plum add complexity.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate, coffee, creamy, dark fruits, mild cinnamon. Sweet. The flavors of a milk stout do not really shine through and a touch more cinnamon would improve the beer.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep blackish brown with a late-blooming mocha head.

Nose is of cinnamon and char, with perhaps some mildly sweet undertones.

Taste is dominated by the cinnamon, with a very mild touch of the lactose peeking through. As the beer warms, small hints of the sea salt begin to peek through. The coca nibs give a touch of dark chocolate quality to the beer. Unfortunately, the flavors just didn't mesh as well as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, thick enough to feel rich, but not overly syrupy.

Overall, this is a decent beer. Taking down a bomber was tough, as I just wanted something more to pull all the flavors together. A hint of spicy chili would have really elevated this beer.

Worth seeking out at this price point, but share it with some friends.

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Photo of thampel09
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was fortunate enough to try this at the brewery by surprise as they just had tapped it and released bottles on my visit to Chicago/Indiana. Was so surprised (kinda) at how great this stout really was. I found it had a really nice blend of cinnamon and salt which complimented the base beer extremely well. Great beer and glad I got a chance to try it both on tap and in a bottle.

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Photo of Prager62
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pint can dated 12/14/17 poured in a 18th Street nonic pint style glass.

Look- Pours an oily black leaving a few centimeters of creamy mocha foam behind. No lacing is present, but there is an oily residue clinging to the glass.

Smell- Cocoa, dark roasted malt, sea salt and a hint of cinnamon.

Taste- Dark chocolate, roasted malt, tobacco, sea salt and mild cinnamon.

Feel- Creamy smooth and oily with a dry finish.

Overall- A chocolate lovers dream with trace amounts of sea salt and cinnamon. The feel is very reminiscent of their flagship Hunter milk stout. Enjoy this dessert beer with a brownie or slice of chocolate cake!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance- The stout was black with a dark mocha head.

Smell - Sweet chocolate with malts in the background dominate the aroma.

Taste - Smooth milk chocolate begins the taste. Cinnamon tickles the tongue and blends with the chocolate nicely. The salt adds a unique twist on the chocolate that I really enjoy. In the aftertaste, the chocolate leans darker.

Mouthfeel - Overall, this is a generously smooth milk stout.

Overall - I love 18th Street's stouts. This is a good one that they should bottle. I do prefer the Hunter milk stouts to this one.

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Devil’s Conclave from 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
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