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Hunter | 18th Street Brewery

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Brewed by:
18th Street Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Here is a father’s toast to his son. Brewed with cocoa nibs and lactose, Hunter boasts a creamy texture and rich chocolate flavor. Vanilla, roast, and caramel sweetness are met with a bright hop bitterness.

Added by MasterSki on 04-21-2013

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Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of SawDog505
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Troegs Snulip glass canned on 10/04/17. Pours as pretty as in gets, slick near pitch black, with a 2 plus finger sticky mocha head that leaves massive streaks of lace all over the place.

Smell is vanilla bean, cocoa nibs, coffee, leather, and toffee.

Taste follows a nice roastyness, dark chocolate, vanilla, dry coffee, toffee, and hints of new leather.

Mouthfeel is near large, moderate carbonation, maybe a tad dry, and excellent drinkability for its size.

Overall this is so darn tasty, a bit one dimensional but insanely drinkable and deliscious. Thanks jzeilinger for yet another winner!

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good milk stout.

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Photo of EdFed
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamison85
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hendryxdp
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eppCOS
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful milk stout, with more heft, mouthfeel, and especially taste than others deliver. Brewed with cocoa nibs and lactose, neither get in the way of the beer's overall impression. Not sweet, exactly, and not boozy or over the top. If you don't like barrel aged or bourbon-inflected beers, this might be one of your new go-tos. We thought it was great. Cheers.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black pour with a thin toffee lacing ring after the pour that subsides.

S - Robust chocolate dark roast aroma with cream and light smokey char.

T - Dark roasty chocolate/chocolate cream from start to finish with a mild chocolate finish and a long lingering roasty char bitterness.

M - Heavy, thick, sticky, and full bodied with a velvety/milky texture.

O - This is an outstanding stout and highly recommend. Nicely done.

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Photo of Bammer21
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGold
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from pint can, no date but "DRINK FRESH" printed on the label, into nonic pint. This 8.70 ABV milk stout may be the blackest beer I have ever seen, and it has a nice balance between lactose, cocoa nibs and roast malts.

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Photo of smcel371
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can
Pours black with a creamy brown head. Chocolatey aroma with roasted barley, vanilla, and creamed coffee. Bold flavors of cocoa, vanilla, cream, caramel, and french roast coffee with some earthy hops. Thick and exceptionally creamy mouth-feel; more sweet than bitter. Great beer here. Highly recommendable and worth buying if you can find it.

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Photo of mschrei
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one was canned on either 3/24 or 5/24. I can't really tell because it's smudged.

Pours a very dark color, head and lacing is almost minimal.

Smell is roasty malt with a background that's kind of sweet and slightly tangy sour.

Going off that sour scent, the first taste made me think that it was infected because the tang was really overwhelming. But as I'm drinking the Vanilla and Coffee Hunters in a mini-horizontal with this one, when I came back to it after the other two, it seemed like the tang went away. Either way, it's a pretty straight forward milk stout. There's plenty of roasty malt on it as well as a chocolatey sweetness in the middle and then a slight bit of bitterness on the back end.

As for feel, it's smooth and velvety but it also has just the right amount of oiliness.

It's a very well balanced and tasty beer.

I remember when getting the Hunter series meant having to either finding the right beer stores in Chicago or driving all the way to the brewery in Indiana, so I was really happy when 18th started distributing out here in the Southwest suburbs. I've been seeing plenty of their ales around here recently, so I can't wait for the Hunters to come back around here.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CasualRodness
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jhartley
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Snorkel glass.
Canned on 5/24/17.

Appearance: Dark brown to black body with a beige ring of bubbles around the edges.

Aroma: Cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet chocolate and vanilla with a slight bitterness that rounds out the sweetness. Nice smooth feel to this one, creamy and slick, yet a thickness to it that leaves all those flavors on the tongue, coating it with chocolate and almost coffee like flavors.

Overall: I hugely enjoyable beer that is reminiscent of 3F Moloko. This one has that great thickness to it with out being too heavy, a sweetness up front with a nice hop bitterness at the end to round it out. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of pstam87
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with a fingernail of brown around the rim. The aroma is of lactose and dark malt. I'm tasting dark malt and lactose. The finish is of dark chocolate with a hint of bitterness. The mouth is silky smooth and a bit thick.

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Photo of ale_addin
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lloydboss
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can version into a tulip glass, enjoyed June 2017

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, no dating on it that I could find. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that stuck around a while. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, lactose, vanilla and a bit of coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some burnt/charred malt and dark bready flavors noticeable. I think the taste is sweeter than you'd think it would be compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a good double milk stout, I was looking forward to trying this and I wasn't disappointed at all. Definitely worth picking up! $15.99 a bomber.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RAFH
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the tall boy can in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Justin for this jewel from Indy!
This beefy beast pours a pure opaque with a nice head of brown foam that subsides to a thick ring,
thin light wispy layer, and features some nice light lacing. Nose of heavy cocoa, woody char, sweet dark
malts, dark fruit notes, subtle coffee, and subtle lactose notes. Flavors hit the right tone for the
perfect stout. Char touched dark malts wash over rich cocoa notes and mild coffee flavors that are
lightly touched with dark raisin bread flavors that are tossed into a creamery factory that gives
what many of the milk sugars stouts do not offer---sweetness without the bitter milk sugar note that
finishes with a nicely balanced subtle herbal hop flavor. Excellent mouth feel; dull body, sweet,
low carbonation, and a lightly warming sweet milk sugar finish.

Overall, a solid brew from a new brewery to me!


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Hunter from 18th Street Brewery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 267 ratings
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