Hunter | 18th Street Brewery

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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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Photo of EdwardIV84
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the bottle says, its very creamy. The only downside would be the chocolate taste for menis a bit overpowering. Would like more bitterness & hops to shine through. If you prefer something a bit easier to drink I recommend Left Hand Milk Stout. It has a cow on a purple label.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2 yr old bottle. Pours black with thin tan head, not much lacing. Mild chocolate n coffe aroma. Really solid dark chocolate flavor with a bit of lactose sweetness in the end. Thin to medium oily slick feel. Very much enjoyed this one. Wanna try the canned Hunter.

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Photo of FBarber
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch shiny black color - completely opaque. Beer appears very viscous and thick coming out of the can. Thin tan head lingers but eventually dissipates only to reappear. No lacing.

Smell has notes of roasted malts, chocolate, lactose sugars, and a touch of creamer.

Taste follows the nose with rich notes of roasted malts, cacao, milk chocolate giving way to a roasted malt backbone. Hint of sweetness comes from the lactose sugars and milk chocolate flavors. Slightly, yet pleasantly bitter finish from the buttering hops provides a nice balance to the sweet milk.

Feel is medium to full bodied. Pretty viscous. Mild to medium carbonation. Smooth and velvety feel.

Overall a lovely stout from 18th street. Really nice balance that captures the best of both Imperial and milk Stouts. Definitely a beer worth savoring again and again.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From sixteen ounce can with December 28, 2016 stamp. Poured into an imperial pint glass. This is quite an enjoyable offering! What I would really like to do is get my hands on BA Hunter for comparison now.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can

A pour that was less than easy to get a head on, yields about a finger of mocha colored, brown head into my Willi Becher glass. Very creamy looking. The body is completely black, with no hues, even when held up to the light. Retention was average, didn’t last too long. So far, a nice looking beer.

Very sweet on the nose, cocoa up front. Just a tad bitter, but not much. A little roasty. A little chocolate, but more cocoa than anything. Trying to see if there is vanilla, not getting much. Aroma becomes more balanced as time goes by. Nice smelling beer.

Flavor is much more in your face than the aroma. More of a punch. Not as smooth as the aroma. Bitter cocoa, almost sour throughout most of the palate. Slightly astringent, while at the same time it does have a silky undertone to it. A tiny bit of chocolate, but again, the cocoa is really what comes through. Definitely roasty, not overdone though. Still a very sweet beer overall, but it is far more in your face with astringent bitterness and a slight sour flavor, than in the nose. Nice beer, well balanced.

Mouthfeel is thin, with very low carbonation. The sugars stick to my mouth in a coating fashion. Overall, this is all to be expected with the style. Not bad.

Drinkability is good, this is a tasty beer. For 8.7% it goes down very nicely.

Overall this is a good beer. It’s very sweet, but it does a good job of balancing it out with some bitterness and roasty flavors. I don’t like the slight sour astringency though. Also, while it is to be expected, the sugars coating my mouth do get a little extreme at times.

Appearance turned out nice. Retention was eh, as already mentioned. But I got nice lacing from top to bottom, and the head was pretty while it was there.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Inky black liquid.

Dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Milk chocolate nose; smells great!

Thick mouthfeel. Heavy milk flavor; strong chocolate finish. Thick, tasty; enjoyable.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In the glass, this one looks thick, black, and just a little intimidating. A small and chocolaty brown head forms but doesn't retain that long and leaves little lacing, On the nose, burnt malts hit first in a burst of bitterness. Right after the dark malts, some hops bitterness moves in and takes the scent from burnt to slightly piney and floral. Overall the scent is mostly burnt, lightly hoppy, and there is also a touch of lactose sweetness at the end.

Taking a sip, the dark malts and bitter burnt flavors transition almost fully to the tongue. Right up front there is some mostly bitter licorice flavor that is quickly followed by lactose sweetness. The burnt malt flavors return at the back end and keep the drink leaning toward the bitter side. The lingering flavor on the tongue is a combo platter of medium malt bitterness and light lactose sweetness. On the palate, this beer is pretty easy drinking and very smooth. It is right in line for the style as far as weight goes, as it is decently thick and just a little on the slick side.

Overall, this is a quality milk stout that is on the bitter side of things. Normally, I enjoy the sweeter milk stouts, but this one displays a good balance of bitter and sweet to make it an enjoyable drink on the whole.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very thick out of the glass. No head, motor oil. Dark chocolate aroma, a dark fruit/cherry. Bit of alcohol in the smell. Strong dark fruit taste up front. Strong Dark chocolate, bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is very silky, tingles the tongue and mouth. The overall thought on this, it does taste good. The best parts of the review are the look and the mouthfeel. Quite decadent. Share this more than 2 ways if you can.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours opaque, black with dark brown highlights, with almost no head. There is a smidge of tan on the rim, and some minor lacing.

S - At first sniff, there is an apple note that quickly resolves to vanilla and sweet caramel. Hints of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts in the background.

T - The background notes come forward, with definite chocolate and vanilla elements mingling a bitter coffee-toast hit in the middle and close. A very sweet brew, so do not rush it. As this warms, the more standard stout notes of dark breads and toast become more forward, and the vanilla backgrounds. Very interesting journey.

M - A bit sticky, but still darn clean for how sweet it tastes.

O - A very solid stout, with great balanced flavor. It is one I enjoy, and it makes me want to seek out another bottle the next time I'm in the Region.

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Photo of merock1402
4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick and creamy. Upfront there's alot of chocolate, vanilla, milk, & bitter notes. This is a great beer. Phenomenal, 18th Street is delicious. Cannot wait to try more

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Photo of leantom
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Probably not worth the $16.00 per bottle, but it is still a very well-made beer. Here goes:

A: Pitch black. Body is well carbonated. Unfortunately, there's no head or lacing. Just alright.

S: Very complex yet well-balanced. Isn't really an in-your-face type of stout. Hints of coffee; predominantly milk-chocolate, though. Also a noticeable, yet not overbearing, portion of pine from the hops.

T: Great. Rich milk chocolate and coffee on a piney hop background. Hops meld really well with the malt, however (neither is overbearing). This is a really well-made beer, combining malt and hops to perfection.

F: Little light, but very drinkable.

O: Would have again at the right price.

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Photo of Wasted_Youth
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick and creamy. Upfront there's alot of chocolate, vanilla, milk, some bitter notes, and a tobacco like finish. This beer is great it reminds me a bit of melted chocolate ice cream, with some other flavors going on. Absolutely delicious, 18th Street is really impressive stuff.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). No apparent bottling date. Served in a Burial snifter.

Pours oil black with three quarter fingers of dense tan head. The froth subsides, leaving a full halo and a few sparce dots of lace.

Smells as expected with no surprises. Chocolate, lactose, caramel and sugar.

The nose was a great predictor of flavor. Plenty roasty with huge chocolate notes, sweet lactose, an almost rolled oat smoothness, caramel and some brown sugar. Very little perceiveable alcohol. There is an herbal, piney bitterness towards the back end but not quite along the lines of many hoppy American stouts.

Medium full, creamy, smooth feel with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and an occasional, light, herbal bitterness.

Hunter is a well executed chocolate milk stout. The hopping differentiates it from a fairly crowded field. Worth a try, if not a hunt.

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Photo of croush
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As I poured it, I was a bit worried about lack of carbonation, but it did end up OK. Smell had a great chocolate and coffee combo. The taste of this is so smooth, although I think the bottles I had a few months back were a bit better. I have had this one for about 6 months, so fresh is probably better on this one. All in all, I am a big fan of Hunter.

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter. No visible date on bottle.

A: Pitch black with slight one finger mocha head that settles fairly quickly to a ring around the edge. Little to no lacing.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, lactose, and dark chocolate. Subtle hints of vanilla. Smells like a chocolate milkshake.

T: Dark chocolate, milk sugars, caramel, vanilla, and roasted malts.

M: Full bodied but not thick with a creamy texture.

O: Wonderful milk stout. My first beer from 18th street, and hopefully not my last.

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Photo of _RL_
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick, viscous black - like BCBS thick.
Smells strongly of roast - like a more intense Ten Fidy smell, but pretty one dimensional
Taste is not too strong on any one note. Definite roasty taste with a hint of hop and some chocolate
The mouthfeel is the highpoint as it is super, super smooth. This is how a stout should feel.
Overall, it's okay, but the smell and taste are the weak points in the beer. An odd milk stout as you could easily confuse it for a big RIS or AIS if you didn't know better.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours smooth black. Small head that settles to a thin ring around the edge of the surface. Smell is predominantly coffee with some roasted malt notes underneath. Taste is very smooth at first, then introduces rough edges with the bitterness of coffee and chocolate. Minimal viscosity keeps this from sticking to too many places and overstaying its welcome. Overall a very good beer, but one that shares only some characteristics of a milk stout.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I picked a few of these up at the brewery from the last release. Black, and I mean just complete darkness. Heavy malt and bitter chocolate just mellowed on the tongue. Thick and velvety texture with minimal carbonation. Dangerously easy to drink, even on a warm summer night!

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Maximum respect and gratitude to @Prager62 for sending me this gem in our esteemed NBS BIF #2

Pours a rich deep mahogany, almost black. Tightly packed frothy head of cafe-latte colored gossamer greatness brings forth a rich aroma of chocolate milk poured over sweet oatmeal, sitting next to a mug of dark roast coffee. Oooh, this is gonna be good.
Taste is is more coffee roast forward, yet very balanced out with a malt and chocolate presence that is held in place by the elaborate creaminess. The texture is paramount to this beers overall greatness, brining it all together like a stunning symphony.
Overall, I love this beer.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was black with a black color with murky brown highlights. Some bubbles clung to the sides of the glass.

Smell - A big coffee whiff comes through in the aroma.

Taste - Big coffee and chocolate come through in the initial taste. The coffee notes are creamy, but not as creamy as I would expect from a milk stout. As a whole, the beer is only modestly sweet. The modest sweetness finishes in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The maltiness really sticks to the inside of the cheeks and tongue. It is smooth and creamy as a milk stout should be.

Overall - I like this one a lot. I can't wait for more Hunter variants!

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

Bottle opened on 3.4.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a silky fine, dark tan head that has good retention.

S - Smokey, malty, wheat and chocolate.

T - Same as the nose, lots of smoke.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - Smokey and malty. A touch of sweetnesss keeps it all going together.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle of this stuff from Masterski. Thanks!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A dark brown, opaque pour yields a one finger, medium looking, dark tan head with good retention. Black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a decent wisp and ring. A ring and splotchy wisp remain but leave no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes, chocolate for sure with some milk sugar, sweet cream and some vanilla. Definitely a milk stout, though there's a bit of stale coffee in there that hurts the cause.

TASTE: Light roasted flavor with sweet cream and some lactose sugar up front, moving into a caramel sweet and vanilla sweet cream finish. Medium but lingering aftertaste of lactose, some roasted notes, caramel sweetness and a bit of bitter, dark chocolate as balance. Some stale coffee lingers as well, which doesn't help.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Okay here.

OVERALL: This was alright, with some good roasted notes and plenty of sweet flavors that were enjoyable, but the stale coffee aroma and flavor plague an otherwise solid effort. This was fine, but it could have been much better. Thanks again Masterski. Always a pleasure.

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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A meal in itself. Almost perfect balance of bitter chocolate and some sweetness. Black with some head, bittersweet chocolate aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable. Fresh bottle from 20 west. Nicely hopped, being picky I would ask for a little more hops - but that's just to make it perfect for this day and mood.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a thick opaque black body with a thick deep tan head and a matrix of microbubbles trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The rich coffee aroma and black malt have an earthy quality to them with a cream note and mellow char in the finish.

T- The big roasted coffee malt has some earthy black graham notes and a dark fruity ester in the finish. There is a nice soft sweetness and some tartness that lingers after that.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle finish with no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is a nice rich full stout with some good hints of sweetness and no bitterness or harshness. I couldn’t find many of the flavors described on the bottle but it was very drinkable none the less.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown to black…mocha colored head sits prominently on top, all rich and thick…tons of tight bubbles make head look creamy and foamy…a very dense color, even along the edges…thins to a nice layer…this is a good looking brew…(4.25/5)

Smell: Creamy lactose aroma jumps right out of the glass and actually I could smell it as soon as I popped the cap…roasted malts, oatmeal and a light dry chocolate are also apparent…it’s got a very rich, creamy, chocolate desert cake aroma that’s fantastic! Very malt driven, subtle airy, citrus hops in the way background…wonderful! (4.25/5)

Taste: Creamy, rich chocolate cake taste, much like the nose…roasted malts, dry chocolate, oatmeal and tons of milky creaminess…it’s not overly sweet, more like roasted and earthy tone dominant…really there’s nothing exotic about the flavor, but what I do have here is amazing…as it warms, more of the roasted malt and coffee bitterness come through along with a touch of alcohol…fantastic!…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body…carbonation fluffs up bringing a cloud of milky, chocolate, roasted malts to the palate…chewy, rich, creamy…a tinge of citrus bitterness and roasted malts linger well into the after taste…one sip lasts minutes…(4.25/5)

Overall: This is a fantastic brew, worthy of it’s high rating…out of the fridge, this thing taste like a milk chocolaty desert from heaven…this is the first time drinking this brew and I’m wishing I had another in the fridge or closet…I typically try and steer clear of the $10 bombers, but this is worth every penny…this is my first foray into 18th Street Brewing, but if this in indicative of what they are producing over there, it certainly won’t be my last…super highly recommended if you can find one (brewed just once), Hunter is a can’t miss milk stout for the beer aficionado…(4.25/5)

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