Hunter Vanilla | 18th Street Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
18th Street Brewery
Indiana, United States
18thstreetbrewery.com

Style: Milk / Sweet 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#798
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
412
pDev:
7.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
129
Gots:
104
Trade:
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Reviews by chinchill:
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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle.
Pours dark brown, essentially black and opaque in the glass, with a decent head.
Aroma: dark bread, chocolate and coffee.
Flavor: dark bread, vanilla, cocoa nibs and coffee. Appropriate level of sweetness with mild bitterness in the aftertaste.
Feel: full and creamy smooth.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toasty, roasty and decidedly coffee-like, the brewing team of 18th Street turn to the English for inspiration for balance. If the heavy cream character of milk stout helps, then the addition of savory vanilla should be a godsend.

Hunter Vanilla is an ominously dark ale with a mocha dark lather. Roasted grains resonate to the nose along with dark chocolates, coffee and sweet cream. Its taste is lavishly roasted but balanced with toffee, sorghum and the scorch of roasted marshmallow.

As the middle palate develops, the sweetness slowly lifts and the char sets in. Espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasting walnuts, burnt toast and carbonized sugars continue to intensify into a deep campfire whimsy. But the balance of sweet cream and vanilla brings a dessert-like counterpart to the roast. Bitter with broad and woodsy hops, the bite seems coffee and cocoa-like rather than the resinous taste of lupulin.

Full-bodied, strong and savory, the imperial stout lives up to its lofty aspirations as the alcohol simmers on the late palate like kaluha. Hints of charred fruits carry a currant and grape-like sherry note while the ale trails into a long aftertaste of coffee and cream.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

On tap at CBC 2016. Pitch black with a beige head. Vanilla, cherries, coconut and lactose.

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4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.45/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.69/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Pretty dark. Very slight khaki head.

Smell - Lots of vanilla. Chocolate. A little fudgy. Lactose.

Taste - Vanilla permeates the whole flavor. Chocolate up front, but turns quite roasty and avoids a really strong lactose flavor. Coffee malt finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I don't like sweet stouts, but this is very nice.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with a pinky of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Carob with vanilla

T: Vanilla, chocolate & a little coffee & lactose up front. Lovely mocha flavor & a little coffee, plus a little lactic sourness. Finishes with lovely vanilla, coffee & lactic sourness, plus a little charred grain

MF: Medium body, light carbonation

This was pretty tasty, well done

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Hunter Vanilla from 18th Street Brewery
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 412 ratings
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