Hunter Vanilla | 18th Street Brewery

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18th Street Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The second in our Hunter Vertical Series - Vanilla Hunter. Vanilla Hunter starts with our base of Hunter Milk Stout with which we then added whole Vanilla beans to compliment Hunter's roastiness with an elegant rounded out flavor.

Added by Prager62 on 09-21-2014

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stout brewed with lactose sugar and cocoa nibs with vanilla beans added. Poured from a can into a Stone IRS tulip. The pour is black and viscous and sports two fingers of dark brown head with good retention. The nose is roasty and rich with strong notes of roasted malt, cocoa powder, and vanilla.

Medium-full body with a firm feel. Iget the roasted malt and toffee up front, some bittersweet chocolate, and then a nice hit of vanilla. Finishes with lingering flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla.

An excellent milk stout. Very much like standard Hunter, but the vanilla is a nice accompaniment. It is not overdone either. There is just enough vanilla to complement the roastiness, but not so much that it creates an unpleasant flavor. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Fubudu187
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uncleotis
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonbonfondle
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ruzzal
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6/11/18; drank 6/25/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge dark tan head; a thick curtain of lace.

Medium roast coffee bean, vanilla, milk chocolate & mild fresh earth flavors up front.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Vanilla & medium roast coffee bean flavors up front; chocolate syrup & mild fresh earth notes on the finish. No booze heat.

An easy to drink, flavorful take on the style; well above average.

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Photo of hoosier222002
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BAsbill
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barnzy78
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, date stamped 2/12/18. Jet black thick pour with a tall brown head that holds good retention. Aroma is vanilla and creamy milk chocolate but not a lot going on. Bolder flavors with sweet notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, mocha latte, mild pepperiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is insanely thick and smooth, nice carbonation, finishing more sweet than bitter. Really good milk stout with vanilla, but I'm not sure the price was justified here...

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Photo of Phineasco
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a Pitch Black with a thin tan head that recedes immediately. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of cocoa powder, hazelnuts, vanilla ice cream, and lactose. It tastes cocoa powder, milk chocolate, hazelnuts, vanilla ice cream, and lactose. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy. I don’t know old this beer is, but it held up fine.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love the simplicity of what this beer is doing, in that it does it extremely well. I'll say it again, a stout does not need to be barrel aged to be delicious. The vanilla goes so well with the roasted malt, perfect for a milk stout. Not overly sweet, in fact after the wave of vanilla, it leans a little bitter which I really thought was done well!

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Photo of Buck89
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to FFFjunkie for this one. Poured into a snifter. Like the base beer, nice and viscous on the pour. Subtle vanilla comes through on the nose in the midst of milk chocolate and floral hop notes. The taste followed the nose with present but restrained vanilla, milk chocolate, and floral bitterness. Sticky and full bodied. Nice - I enjoyed this one more than their base beer.

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Photo of zonker17
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 (02 08 series) 22oz bottle poured to snifter, near black, thick brown head, very good retention, minor lacing. Base malt nose. Taste shows roasted malt, chocolate, some vanilla, signs of oxidation as expected. Silky feel with heavy body and average carbonation.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a very good milk stout like the original. Smooth and well balanced. The only thing I could ask is for a little bit more vanilla to come through. It was a little hidden.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jayhunter357
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hanuswalrus
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The last can in a 4 pack I bought a few months ago. The canned on date is hard to read but looks like 3/18/17. Pours very viscous and dark. Forms a small, brown head that fades to a nice ring. Aroma is mostly rich roasted malts with some vanilla still lingering. There's also some molasses and maybe even some faint licorice somewhere in there as well. When it was fresher, the vanilla popped a lot more but that's to be expected. I'm not dinging them on the faded vanilla at all. It says right on the damn can to drink fresh, I just felt like holding a can in the back of the fridge to see how it aged because I enjoyed it so much when it was fresh. I'm glad I held onto a can. This is really tasty beer. Biggest flavors I get are roasted malt and bitter chocolate. This beer is well balanced between the roasted malts/cocoa nibs and sweet lactose sugar. There's a very slight lingering umami flavor. This beer is just loaded with specialty malt. Mouthfeel is pretty much full, but not quite motor oil. For 8.5%, it's damn close though. Inky. Coats the palate and sticks to the lips. Love this beer and the entire series as well. Will probably splurge on all of the Hunter releases in cans.

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Photo of mschrei
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Done in a mini-horizontal with regular and coffee Hunter. Pours a dark color with thinning edges and creamy lacing. Smell is roasty malt and sweet vanilla and a slight bitter coffee presence. Taste is sweet vanilla forefront with roasty malt and even a little bitter coffee presence at the back end. Feel is probably the lushest of the three, as the sweetness causes a fuller body. There's more velvety softness to it, but on the other end, the oiliness is kicked up too. I think this was the best of the three that I tried. Very well balanced and pretty complete beer in terms of hitting a bunch of flavor profiles and feels.

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Photo of DangerDawg
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, lactose sweetness, and vanilla with a hint of milk chocolate.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts and chocolate malts with a moderate amount of lactose sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of vanilla with a light amount of earthy hops. Light amounts of roasty bitterness which fades pretty quickly leaving a lingering milky sweet vanilla in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very enjoyable with a nice vanilla flavor + aroma over the top of a really solid milk stout. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. I would be happy to try this one again.

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Photo of smithj4
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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