Hunter Double Milk Stout | 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Sweet / Milk 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.

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Ranking:
#1,965
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
304
pDev:
7.33%
 
 
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Ratings: 304 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of TylerJ
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerImmediately
2.96/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Wickedly disappointed in this one. (Had 3 of the 4 cans to date - all similar). Aromas were quite nice - cocoa, vanilla, wood - but the flavor was way smoky. Tasted like burnt wood, bitter chocolate, and a strange acidic fruit. The finish is what kills it. Very sticky / cloying on the tongue. Needed a water after every sip.

Everything else from this brewery has kicked ass, so I was totally looking forward to one of my favorite styles. Part of my disappointment.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is another entry for New @jkblr Sunday, MKII, or CANtinued (Week 717) since I did not have a ChANce, on my initial foray, to run through all of the beers that were sent to me.

From the CAN: "Brewed and CANned by 18th Street Brewery Hammond, Indiana"; "Double Milk Stout"; "Cocoa Nibs and Lactose Sugar create a rich chocolate flavor and a creamy texture. Vanilla, roast, and caramel sweetness are met with a bright hop bitterness."

I was VERY excited when this one showed up in my box! I had visited the Gary, IN location several years ago, but my haul got lost in transit, including one of these. 8=( The Crack! was nice & loud so I followed it up with a heavy-handed Glug. This resulted in a modest pseudo-cascade that ended up forming just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with good retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration through its inky darkness. 8=O Nose was really rich, with notes of light smoke, burnt caramel, chocolate, vanilla & coffee. Mmm. Mouthfeel was big, thick, full & creamy. It was like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue! I let it roll around, warming on my palate, slowly bringing out the intense chocolate & caramel flavors. This was most assuredly a dessert beer! It reminded me of chocolate cake with caramel frosting with coffee as a chaser. I made this in high school HomeEc & it was really well received. At one point, I toyed with becoming a baker, but it just did not work out. Onward! I did not find it overly bitter, although it had a smoky, slightly burnt quality. Hops were not its strong suit. Finish straddled the semi-sweet/semi-dry fence & I am going with the former, but a definite case could be made for the latter. I was left licking my lips, hoping for some dessert to magically appear.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mcrawford
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deonreds
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ajburke10
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrpapajcik
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benish
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rich black color, highly viscous in appearance. Very little brown head that disappeared quickly. Picked up rich vanilla tones and bakers cocoa powder to the nose. Overall its very sweet and malty, there is a slight presence of cola.
Taste was a little muted when cold but at room temp there were notes of bakers chocolate, vanilla and subtle cherries. The cocoa lingers around in the mouth at the finish. Full-bodied and creamy, just seems to have very little carbonation. Very sticky in the mouth and around the lips. Overall: its a heavy milk stout for sure - maybe too sticky. Flavors are heavy and bold, just maybe a little one dimensional, something seems to be missing. Maybe an added adjunct will help?

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Photo of LouisvilleMike
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stout brewed with lactose sugar and cocoa nibs. Poured from a can into a Fibonacci tulip. The pour is black and viscous and sports a finger of dark brown head - one of the darker heads I've seen on a milk stout - with average retention. The nose is properly roasty and rich with strong notes of roasted malt, cocoa powder, and cookie dough.

Medium body with a firm feel. The flavor is well-balanced between sweet and roasty. Iget the roasted malt, some toffee, unsweetened chocolate, sweet cream, and a hint of sarsaparilla. Finishes with lingering flavors of roasted malt and baker's chocolate.

Overall a very nice example of a milk stout. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I anticipated (based on its appearance), but it didn't detract from my enjoyment at all. Offerings from this brewery just showed up at my bottle shop recently and one of the beer guys at the store said they were pretty good. He wasn't lying (he never does). I look forward to trying a few other beers from 18th Street that I have tucked away in my fridge.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boccu
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a world of experimentation in beer, its the basic flavors of beer that's a long lost pleasure. But the hunt for a classic, traditional, milk stout done well is over. The 18th Street Brewery hangs their hat on a roasty, toasty, malty stout with an offset of milk sugars for balance and softness. But the dark ale also hangs onto the edge of imperial status, basically because they can't help themselves.

Very dark brown and a hair's shade off of black, Hunter carries a deep sandy lather into an aromatic array of coffee, cocoa, cream, vanilla, nuttiness and burnt toast for a savory, robust introduction. Savory sweetness washes the tongue with toffee and coffee. Sweet but roasty, a sense of malted milk candies, s'mores and latte.

As the sweetness begins to lose its grip on the tastebuds, the sharper roasted edges of burnt grains offer an aura of french press coffee, burnt toast, baker's chocolate, black walnut and campfire that carry the middle palate. But a late undercurrent of those milk sugars bring in a sense of soothing vanilla, sweet cream and marshmallow to offset what would otherwise be a rough, arid and burnt flavor on the late palate.

Full in body, the stout is robustly textured for standard milk stout but is soft and somber compared to the bounty of imperial stout currently on the market. A long roasty sweet taste of the coffeehouse resonates on the after palate with nary a flaw in sight.

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

Photo of Gambyt20
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bl00
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black, mocha head dissipates quickly. Smells of milk chocolate, subtle coffee notes. Tastes like chocolate syrup, some caramel and vanilla. Mouth feel is thick, slight carb balances it. This beer seems like a great one to sip and enjoy, not too strong to tank your pallet or limit you to one can in a night.

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Photo of SBlobaum
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Hunter Double Milk Stout from 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 304 ratings