Lunatic - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: anglagard1 on 12-01-2013

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of taiyo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Compared to the other imperial stouts this one doesn't quite hold up. It is definitely not a bad beer, but this would not be my first pick.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, I think it's about a year or so old if not older. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. There's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and some anise. It tastes like roasted/charred malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, anise, caramel and some light citrusy/piney hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I kept meaning to buy this when fresher, but I guess I just kept passing it by until I noticed it went on sale. I have liked the other Hinterland brews I've tried in the past, and this one is good too. I think this one ages well! Bought on closeout for $5.99 a 4-pack.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland tulip.

A - Reflecting the beer's sinister-yet-intriguing label, Lunatic pours inky black, quietly filling the tulip with a dense beer and compact deep mocha head. Loose bubbles form a collar of lace around the glass as the pile of foam lurks away.

S - A colossally robust aroma oozes with heavily roasted malts which impart notes of sticky molasses, large milk chocolate chunks, oatmeal with traces of burnt brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla bean. Lunatic isn't all malt though, in fact it's quite schizophrenic, producing overtones of earthy, pine-suggestive hops that carry subtle notes of citrus on the back end.

T - Some of Lunatic's sweeter, richer aromatic qualities are lost in flavor as this beer becomes roasted and bitter, focusing on dark chocolate, molasses, and maduro tobacco while maintaining a pine-like hop character throughout that trails off with faint hints of grapefruit.

M - This black, robust beer has a viscous body as thick and chewy as it looks with dense malt character smoothly coating the tongue and subtle warming alcohol poking through the bitter finish.

O - Lunatic is a bipolar imperial stout that lures you in with a robust nose that balances roasted malt bitterness with milk chocolate-like sweetness but turns dark and acrid in flavor and feel with molasses and maduro tobacco. Finishing bitter though punctuated by both hops and malt, it's a damn fine imperial stout perfect for sipping and winding down on a cold winter day.

Photo of tjsmith910
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i expected more. but its def a quality brew

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Paid $2.99 for a single. Got it from Vintage Estate.

A - Looks like a great imperial stout deep dark inescapable black with a pretty full inch of dense cocoa head.
S - Smell is rather smokey, rather roasty and rather cocoa like. Smell is sweet with really no sour notes. I taste.
T - Rather smooth with balanced roasts, timid hops, and dark chocolate bitterness. It has a sweet finish with a smooth taste. I am impressed.
M - Medium bodied, rather stick, and not sure the ABV but it tastes amazing,

Overall the ABV is not listed but I can guess somewhat between 7-8%.
I am actually more impressed with this than the bourbon barrel aged stout.

Photo of Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Pitch black in the glass. Poured a creamy 2 finger head with aggressive pour. Dissipated into nice thin surface coating and ring. Not much lacing.

S - Big coffee up front. Caramel, roasted malts, raisins, and nice easy booze behind that. Pine and citrus at the very end.

T - Quite sweet up front: overly ripened dark fruits mixed with mild hops, caramel, and coffee notes followed by chocolate and cocoa. Finish is an nice mix of dark roast coffee, pine, and dark fruit sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, but on the thinner side. Slick on the tongue and very drying.

O - Probably one of Hinterlands best beers. This reminded me of GL Blackout. Well done.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on cask in a snifter at Firkin.

This cask was infused with espresso beans. Oh yeah... This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by two fingers of tan foam. The nose comprises strong coffee bean, roasted malts, and mild dark chocolate powder. The taste brings in more of the same, the coffee really taking it to my tongue (but in a good way). The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a pretty solid stout, the espresso really amping things up well. Good start to the night.

Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Even with a vigorous pour, there's very little head. What does appear settles quickly to dark beige rim bubbles. Ring lace after the first sip--minor spots thereafter. Near black color where no light passes, even along the edge.

Dark chocolate and powdered cocoa are the predominant smells. There's a bit of cream and caramel in the background, but this isn't sweet. No alcohol to the nose.

Smooth start with lots of chocolate malt flavors. Even in the swallow, there's very little bitter black patent barley to the tongue. Some berry fruitiness on the initial aftertaste. This transforms into a more biting "dark" flavor. Long lasting. Relatively thin with good carbonation.

Photo of Schimms
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured aggressively into large snifter yielding dark, opaque with thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Strong on the dates.

T: Follows up the smell - stronger with pronounced date. Sweet.

F: Smooth up front and turns dry at the end - what I've come to expect for an Imp Stout.

O: Great first beer for me from Hinterland. Recommended.

Photo of TheSSG
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice, dense, off-white head. Nice aroma of toasted malt. Black. Starts wiht a high acidity and toasted malt. Moves into a nice medium bitterness. Acidity subsides, leaving toasted malt and coffee.

Quite nice. Great toasted profile, a bit acidic, though.

Photo of anglagard1
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell is not intense but pleasant, coffee and the berry smell I associate with Russian Imperial Stouts. Since the name is a derivation of Luna, a coffee stout, I would have expected a more coffee presence in the taste. As a matter of fact, I would have expected more distinct flavors overall. Nothing seems to rise from the murkiness but a dull hint of cocoa and a vague berry taste. Certainly not unpleasant, but nothing stands out, either.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A brown/black pour with copious amounts of dark brown detergent like head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted grains and oxidation. The flavor shows sign of oxidation as well, which doesn't quite benefit this beer as much as it should. Milk chocolate, coffee, dark roasted grains. Medium body with high carbonation.. Not really what I expect from the style.

Maybe I got a fluke batch, but this is not really up to par for this brewery from what I've had in the past. Making sense now why it was kind of cheap for a 4pk of imperial stout (under $9 at Leukens)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, dark brown with khaki colored head, viscous as well, nice body. Raw dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bit of char, maybe over roasted malt, but not in a bad way.

Lunatic from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
86 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.