Hunter Coconut
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #71
Ranked #2,289
4.22 | pDev: 10.66%
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Indiana, United States
Hunter CoconutHunter Coconut
Notes: Double Milk Stout With Coconut
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 16oz can in a snifter. This nice little brew pours a
dark brownish black with a modest head of off white khaki foam that
settles to a thin ring, light dusty layer, and shows subtle lacing. Nose
of dark chocolate, char, roast, moderate coffee, and deeply toasted
coconut notes with subtle cream. Flavors surpass the nose with a
nice presentation of toasted coconut, dark coffee, rich char, deep
roast, cream, caramel, and earthy malts. Nice mouth feel; medium
body, light carbonation, and a bitter malt finish that is lightly

Overall, a solid little brew!


Saturday at 10:58 PM
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Got this from my good friend FFFJunkie, thank you. Poured into a tulip glass at 46 degrees. A creamy dense medium brown one finger thick head. The retention of the head is fair. The inky black beer is opaque.

The initial aromas of the beer are chocolate, coconut, coffee, milk, and burnt sugars. Additional aromas are roasted malts, bread, grains, yeast, and earthy notes.

The coconut is not one single component; however, it is weaved delicately in the beer's profile. The flavors of the beer are coffee, milk, burnt sugars, grains, yeast, earthy, roasted malt, and bread.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and velvety. A full body beer medium carbonation and a full finish.

This beer is incredible. I would have like to seen more coconut.

Dec 20, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours jet black with nice tight mocha colored head that dissipates to a thick ring around the glass.

Aroma - Rich dark chocolate and roasted malts come out first. It almost smells like a chocolate brownie, the coconut gets stronger as it warms.

Taste - The rich dark chocolate dominates the first sip mid way through the roasted malts and vanilla kick in and the coconut comes through at the end. Very nicely layered flavors and well balanced.

Feel - Surprisingly full creamy feel, soft carbonation and slick.

Overall - A very well done milk stout wonderful powerful flavors and great full feel.

Oct 10, 2017
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FFFjunkie from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is pitch black and poured with 1.5 fingers of dark khaki head.

Aroma is rich milk chocolate, roasted malt, and coconut.

Taste follows nose. Rich milk chocolate, roasted malts and coconut. The coconut comes on as it warms.

Feel is velvety smooth and creamy.

Overall a fantastic milk stout. Coconut shines as it comes up to temperature.

Sep 21, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour with no light leaking through anywhere, creamy tan head sitting atop, aromas are rich milk chocolate, char, and a hint of coconut.

The taste is all luscious chocolate, the slightest bit of char - and, as it warms, the coconut comes forward to smooth out the sweetness. Fantastic beer by 18th Street, IMHO.

Aug 31, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: Nutty, sweet, coconut, complex, creamy milk, malt mouth-feel.
Semi sweet coconut nose.
Black, opaque and a refined tan head. Medium body. Mellow imperial stout.

May 18, 2016
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Black with hints of brown, thin light mocha head.

S: So the coconut here is a very nutty coconut. Like the smelling the inside of a shell after the meat has been scraped out. A hazelnut like quality. Some roast here as well.

T: Very much the same. Nice nutty coconut, but it isn't that desert coconut you get from Last Snow/Snowed In, Prop '13, etc. Roast character makes it very drinkable.

F: Maybe a little light here, but very drinkable.

O: Great, nutty coconut stout that has a uniqueness to it.

Apr 05, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours thick with ebony color, some visible carbonation & one finger of tan head. Below average head retention & slightly better lacing

S: Dark chocolate & a little coconut

T: Lactose & milk chocolate, plus some coconut on the edges with a dash of vanilla & woody hops up front. A lot of lactic sourness, carob, a little coconut, that ramps up a bit more the warmer this gets, plus a little more milk chocolate & a little Horchata cinnamon on the edges. Finishes with much lactic sourness, some charred grain, vanilla & coconut

MF: Medium/chewy body, fairly vigorous carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, this was an effort seemed to hit the target, a little more coconut is in order

Feb 21, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks!). No obvious bottle date but I'm confident that this was picked up at the 2015 release. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours jet black with just over a finger of deep khaki head. The thick froth slowly settles to a hearty ring, leaving modest clumps of lace in its wake.

Smells roasty with some sweet lactose, a semi vegital note, caramel and a little chocolate. Nothing here says coconut to me.

Tastes like a big milk stout. Lactose, roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar and a mild nip of alcohol. Around mid palate and through the finish there is something I'm struggling to call faint coconut that fades in and out but as in the nose there is no bold coconut to be found.

Body is medium full, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. The finish blends chocolate, caramelly sweet lactose and brown sugar.

Perhaps my senses were in a funk but I couldn't find reason for 18th Street to write coconut on the label. That said, the base Hunter is a solid imperial milk stout so this is not at all bad- only disappointing for anyone interested in coconut.

Jan 08, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This one really made me mad. The thick pour with dark tan head and beautiful lacing were incredible. The mouthfeel was awesome. This would have been an amazing beer for me, but the flavor was just so disappointing and a major letdown. Absolutely NO coconut and I drank this within a month of bottling. If there had been even the slightest bit of coconut, I would have given this a much higher score.

Dec 23, 2015
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Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near pitch black. Aroma is intense with nuttiness. Milk chocolate undertones. Flavor is quite roasty, certainly resembles a hefty milk stout, sweet, a little bready, and just a hint of coconut. Not as coconut forward as I would like, but tasty nonetheless. Body is creamy and full.

Dec 23, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, Vertical Series 04/08, poured into a 10oz snifter glass. Enjoyed with family at The Local Option on 8.2.15, reviewed from Tasting Notes.

The beer pours a nice deep, jet black color, thick and viscous, oily as it comes from the bottle with a thick, finger or so of tan head, good retention and spotted lace. The aroma is pleasant, loads of rich grain, roasty and bready, dark chocolate bitterness, a bit of creaminess, brown sugar and caramel with some linger toasted coconut. It's not a coconut "bomb", but well layered into a nice double milk stout, which has a nice balance of the roasty/sweet. The flavors are nice, again, loads of rich and roasty grains, dark, bready and chewy, bitter bakers chocolate, toasty coconut, really meaty and pleasant with a bit of vanilla and marshmallow flavor at the end, a touch sugary. The mouthfeel is great, coating, silky, super smooth, nice full body, lingering dryness at the finish.

Verdict: A nice double milk stout from 18th Street Brewery. The coconut is a nice mild adjunct, not overpowering or one note in any way, which may be a disappointment to some, but I really enjoyed the extra layers it brought out of the base beer.

Aug 03, 2015
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tjk135 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adding coconut to a superb base beer is a win win in this instance. Good balance of chocolate and coconut on the nose and in the taste. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

May 05, 2015
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cdiddy5 from Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The coconut is an excellent added flavor to Hunter! Impressed w the coconut on the front and back end. With a sip you are hit with coconut then fades and comes back, nicely done.

Mar 30, 2015
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BlackElixir from Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great looking beer. Nice and black with a dark brown head.
Aroma matches the taste fairly well. I get flavors that you would expect from a big milk stout, chocolate, vanilla, a bit of roast. This beer surprised me in that it was a bit more tropical and fruity than I expected. I went into it expecting liquid mounds bar, but the smell actually reminded me of tanning lotion in a way. Not exactly off putting, but not what I was hoping for.
Overall, not a bad beer. I am not sure I would seek it out again but wouldn't mind trying other Hunter variants. I feel like other adjuncts might suit this beer better than the coconut did.

Mar 20, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vertical Series 04/08, 629/2160 into tulip
Aroma of roasted malt, fades as it sits; coconut appears as it sits
Head small (1 cm, aggressive pour), brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins with roasted malt and is quickly followed by a hit of lactose and faint coconut; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25
This is a decent milk stout, pretty weak on the coconut for my taste.

Feb 08, 2015
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DeanMoriarty from California

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a trade with awdturboiv. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a W00t branded tulip glass.

(04/08 - 62/2160)

Pours viscous black with a fat brown head, good retention, not much lacing. Aroma is burnt marshmallows, molasses and cherries - very roasty, big time toasted coconut, chocolate and roasted almonds. Tastes like a chocolate covered macaroon, nutty, roasty, lactose sweetness works well with the creaminess of the coconut. Mouthfeel is bold and creamy with a semi dry finish - a mellow carbonation works well with the style.

Man this beer is all coconut from beginning to end with layers of chocolate and roasty malt interwoven throughout. I've had a lot of beers claiming "coconut", this is one of the few that truly feature that nutty tropical treat.

Jan 28, 2015
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Jaycase from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review is for draft. Having had draft and bottle, draft was better in that the coconut came through much better, both aroma and taste. Bottle had hardly any carbonation at all as well. Overall rating - Draft 4.5 Bottle 4.0

Jan 27, 2015
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite of the Hunter series so far. The base beer is a great milk stout. The silky and full bodies mouth feel are amazing. The coconut kicks it up to an 11.

Jan 22, 2015
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On the firkin on the morning of 11/08/2014. This brew was not meant to last long.

Appearance - The stout was a deep black color with a mocha colored head clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The coconut comes out in the aroma. Chocolatey malts lend sweetness to the background. There is also a creaminess to the aroma.

Taste - There is heavy coconut in the initial taste. Toasted coconut is the impression created by the malts. The stout is like a chocolate covered macaroon, washed down by a bit of sweet milk. The aftertaste gives the impression of chocolate syrup.

Mouthfeel - 18th Street knows how to do a milk stout. This is most evident in the smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Taste - If they ever bottle this, I will be in line a few hours in advance.

Nov 08, 2014
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