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Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Luna Coffee StoutLuna Coffee Stout

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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 388
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 09-16-2006

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Reviews: 116 | Hads: 388
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Insanely, ridiculously, out-of-control voluminous tan head (my pretty soft pour filled literally the entire glass with just foam). Kinda hilarious, it would get a 4.75 except it takes too damn long just to get a sip. Lots of acidic java on the nose, weak faint roasty malt. The flavor is almost entirely acidic, cold-pressed coffee flavor, bitter, with virtually no stout notes whatsoever. Feel is light-medium bodied, the everlasting head provides a nice lip-pillow.
Great if you like carbonated alcoholic cold coffee, bad if you wanted a coffee stout.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with a massive tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. The smell is huge coffee with a bit of bitter dark chocolate and the taste is exactly the same. There is a bit of burnt bitterness at the end which I didn't truly enjoy.

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Photo of Prager62
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at a local watering hole.

Look- Dark brown with a thick and creamy tan head from the nitro pour.

Smell- Very chocolate forward with some coffee notes following.

Taste- Dark chocolate goodness followed by some coffee notes. There is a little bitterness in the finish.

Feel- It's very thin for such a decadent beer. The nitro while producing a creamy head, doesn't do much else to help the feel.

Overall- The aroma and taste have characteristics that remind me of Founders Breakfast Stout. The thin nature and feel is where it falls short of being world class. Still a very tasty beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours near black but clear with mahogany highlights when held to the light. The tan head is rather weak and soon reduces to a ring and island.

Aroma: coffee and dark roasted malts, nicely balanced, with hints of coffee grinds, faint spices and roasted nuts.

Flavor: largely follows the aroma but the coffee is more dominant. Mild+ bitterness increases in the aftertaste which also has some char.

Feel: smooth, medium-full body with light but adequate carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in Milwaukee at hinterland. Pours black under a ½” tan head, very creamy, tastes like a nitro beer, excellent lacing, coffee and dark malt flavors, touch of chocolate. Slight coffee chocolate aroma, medium full body. Soft in the mouth.

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Photo of cbutova
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

100% random grab while in Tampa a month ago. Stored in fridge since returning and reviewed from full notes over the weekend.

A- Super loud hiss as the bottle opens but no overflow. It pours mostly as foam with a black body and one hand head of infinite foam and retention. Tablespoons of thick lace.

S- Pretty much just coffee happening for me here. Medium roast and earthy with some burnt grains backing it up. Toasted nuts.

T- Coffee grounds follow the nose and are truly the focal point of the beer. Somewhat oxidized with a certain old coffee bean feel at times. Charred malts, toast, caramel sweetness and chocolate form the base. Mocha.

MF- Supremely foamy body as the appearance may have suggested, pretty much more air than liquid in each sip. Stinging high carbonation but the foaminess does take some of the edge off.

Foam and coffee bomb. Carried a solid flavor despite the body but falls flat in some areas and the taste feels inconsistent.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with tan head. Coffee, tons of it on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some roasted malt, raw cocoa and more coffee. Solid coffee stout.

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Photo of Vierenner
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Has a decent flavor but the mouthfeel is bizarre ... high carbonation and it hits the mouth with an unpleasant bite. Wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

$ 2.99/16 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of coffee
Head average (3.5 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – many partial rings and stalactites of small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor very coffee forward, slightly bitter; no hop no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Very nice coffee flavored beer, but pretty watery and maltless to call a stout. The flavor and appearance are OK, but the palate is weak. Still, a pretty tasty brew which I would buy again.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On nitro-tap at Bernie's in Waukesha, WI. Pours a dark brown color with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is rich with coffee. The taste is smooth and easy drinking. Robust flavors but not too heavy. Has a smooth, maltly flavor that is well-balanced. Nice find on nitro.

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Photo of onefortheroad74
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great beer, not necessarily an easy beer but definitely not pretentious. Great nose of roasted grains and black coffee. A bit more carbonation than expected but it worked. This is a great choice for the stout fan or coffee lover. Not a quaffer but not a one pint princes. Overall better than average for the style, an overall good choice.

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Photo of mverity
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, creamy looking black with a large creamy deep-tan head. Very good lacing, very good legs. Thick wisps on the surface and medium collar. Aroma and taste are of very deep malt, burnt coffee, and dark chocolate. Full body and low carbonation lend to a great thick, rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of helloitsme
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am not going to pretend i am reviewing a beer that i just tried for the first time.
The Hinterland Luna Stout is a beer i have drank for years.
I prefer it on the nitro tap. But the bottled beer has its own pleasures. Either way
its the best coffee stout i have tried.

The Pour. Black as night, little foam.
The Taste. Luna coffe is roasted locally in the Green Bay area and this is a Coffee
Stout. That is to say the coffee flavor is at the front. Yet i find the
finish to be smooth and clean.

This is a robust and flavorful beer. The cold coffee and sweet malt create an unusual
and completely satisfying drinking experience. Best beer brewed in the State of Wisconsin. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jucifer1818
2.41/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

appearance: this one comes in the darkest shade of brown you can get, with a head that actually manages to last for a given amount of time. 4

Smell: This beer smells excellent: lots of heavy, thoroughly roasted coffee. Unfortunately, after this smell subsides, you get hit by hot estery brew, which reminds me of some of my earlier homebrew projects. it averages out to a 3

Taste: This beer comes off VERY dark. think bakers chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans. Very grainy, but enjoyable. If you can drink it that is. The carbonation is just plain offensive. Ive had bottle bombs that where easier to pour than this beer. its so bad, that I have to discount a LOT from taste. It also has a hot flavor behind the roastyness, so after you get used to the coffee, that's all you taste. 2

Mouthfeel: ahhhh the kicker in the room...this beer is viciously over-carbonated. I'm surprised it did not explode in the bottle. It easily has a higher carbonation level than a hefewisen, and has levels close to some of my first homebrew projects (of which DID explode). If it was bottle conditioned I'm SURE that it would had been a gusher (yeast on the bottom tends to catch carbonation bubble, and encourage an overall gusher of beer). Its vicious biting carbonation makes this beer almost undrinkable until a lengthy de-carbonation process (of swirling the beer around and watching huge flumes of beer bubbles rushing to the top of the bottle). The beer is almost unpourable except for the most skilled and careful pourers. 15. Almost a deal breaker.

Overal: This beer is a difficult one. It, at its core, Is a very well made coffee beer. I would actually put it just behind Kona pipeline porter (which still makes it worth trying) in terms of quality, but MY GOD. this stuff is so over-carbianted I'm surprised that the Global warming folks aren't trying to ban it for emmitiing too much CO2! it almost ruins the beer, and its downright sloppy for a professional brewery like this one. I'm giving this bottle the benefit of the doubt, but seriously, it was a huge disappointment to after coming home from work and having to deal with this mess!

A cautiously optimistic 2.75. Their might be a revision of the beer as i go through the rest of the 4-pint pack, and i can accept if my 4 pack was a dud or a mistake. But it cannot be forgiven. It is just simply sloppy brewing.

Id cautiously lump this into the "on Sale" category. Good for a once off try preferably if you can get it not-at-full-price. You might enjoy it at full price or at bar price, but youl be a lot happier if you paid less for it. However, if all batches are as carbonated as this one, Id push it to all the way "bad beer" category and tell ya to skip it.

You have been warned.

Id also lump this one in as being "just for beer geeks". Its too dark and roasty to be used as a gateway beer, and its aggressive carbiantion would not be helpful either...even for a coffee loving beer-geek initiate, I'm not seeing this one working as their first coffee beer.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle.

It poured jet-black and smelled like cold coffee.

It tasted just like carbonated cold coffee. I enjoyed it, but if you do not like black coffee it would not be for you.

Similar to the Flat Earth Black Helicopter.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown towards black with a tan head that leaves ample lacing.

The smell is of roasted iced coffee.

The taste is of coffee grounds - iced and roasted with sweet dark malt undertone. The taste of coffee (not espresso - much more American black coffee) is roasty enough in the finish - nearly hits burnt.

Plenty of coffee here. The dark malt, other than a hint towards chocolate doesn't do much to add to the complexity - It is heavily roasted black coffee overall.

It's coffee with a dark malt backing.

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Photo of alphagnome
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours pitch black with a paper thin beige head that disappears in less time than it takes to say "Luna Coffee Stout," despite a hard pour. Tiny trails of carbonation and light lacing.

Dominantly chocolate. Hints of roasted coffee can be found, but not nearly enough. As the temperature slowly increases, the aroma becomes sweeter as more chocolate notes and molasses are realized.

Mild bitter coffee up front and some dark chocolate on the finish, otherwise very underwhelming.

Thin body for a stout. Light carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish.

I was very disappointed in this one. I love coffee and dark chocolate, so I should I like this, but found myself wanting more. There are much better performers in the coffee stout arena, I recommend reaching for those first.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland tulip.
5.6% ABV

A - The pour creates a loosely packed, creamy tan head, which leaves adherent lace above the dark chocolate-colored beer.

S - Luna Coffee Stout opens with an expressive, appetizing aroma of roasted malt, unsweetened dark chocolate, cold-brewed coffee, and molasses for a dense and dark presence.

T - The bold, full aroma suggests this beer to be heavier in flavor and feel, but it drinks quite the contrary. Tons of heavily roasted, black coffee builds in intensity but the dark malt of Luna wins out with overly roasted bitterness, hints of bittersweet chocolate, and a dry cocoa finish that almost tastes singed.

M - Luna's appearance and aroma will trick you into thinking that this beer will be a meal in the glass but it's body is no thicker than a cup of black coffee in the morning. Thin and flimsy, this stout boasts tons of coffee and roasted malt which brings too much acrid bitterness, but little heft to back up the powerful flavor.

O - Hinterland's Luna Coffee Stout makes a good first impression with it's aromatic scent of roasted malt and coffee but it's overuse is too much for such a small, light beer, overwhelming in flavor with little body or sweetness to compensate for the acrid bitterness. What I'd love to see in Luna is less roasted malt and more body-building, sweetness adding specialty maltiness such as caramel - it could add really nice balance and body without adding too much alcohol.

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Photo of dillon_1005
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I did not have the proper glassware for this stout, all I had was a shaker pint, with that said. A very dark brown to black color. A nice tall tan head that I lost about halfway through. Great lacing to the end. Smells obviously of coffee, dark roast coffee meets chocolate. Not as smooth as I was anticipating, almost lighter feeling than expected. Very good stout, was not disappointed.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a pint bottle from the local Binny's. Never really heard of it before, but I thought I would give it a try.

A- Pours an almost opaque black color with a little bit of tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Pretty lightly carbonated and no real lacing to speak of.

S- The smell has a good deal of coffee aromas as well as chocolate. Sweet and malty, but no real hop aroma.

T- Pretty sweet taste, a lot of coffee flavor as well as chocolate.

M- I was surprised at how light the mouthfeel of this beer is. It is not as creamy or chewy as most other stouts.

O- A solid stout for the price. Not the most complex beer for the style, but still a flavorful brew.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

1 PINT bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is very dark with some ruby highlights. It is capped with three inches of cocoa head.

S - I smell some dark chocolate and coffee.

T - The taste is a lot weaker than the smell. Actually, it starts out weak and builds. I first notice some coffee bitterness on the finish. I get some coffee the more I drink.

M - Moderate. It seems awfully thin for a stout.

O - The coffee flavor is bitter. The mouthfeel is too thin. It's one of the poorer stouts that I have tried.

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Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam on top of a black body with clear, ruby highlights. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Nutty coffee, a bit of chocolate, and some toffee malt.

T - Dark bread up front with some dry caramel and coffee in the middle. Finishes with nutty notes and smoky coffee character as well as moderate, lingering coffee bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is a very drinkable stout. The coffee character is pleasant, especially in the aroma, though it is a bit on the generic side. Overall, a mild, drinkable if unremarkable coffee beer.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with garnet highlights. Settles to a ring of coffee colored foam.

Smells of fresh morning coffee, light, Hawaiian roast and toasted dark malts. nice.

Taste is mild roasted coffee and medium roasted malt. No residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but on the watery side. Light carbonation.

This was a decent stout but not quite what I expected. Somewhat watery but great aroma. There are much better values out there. A disappointment from Green Bay brewery compared to their IPA and Saison.

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Photo of shand
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luna is a great, bitter coffee stout that pours out a deep brown. Aroma and taste are both coffee, coffee, coffee. Hinterland is new to my area, and I know freshness matters on a coffee stout, and this is one of the better ones I've had. It's seriously got an amazing fresh coffee taste, with a touch of hops on the finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer as a stout in itself is pretty solid. Consistent flavor, though it's a bit thin and could have a heavier body. The coffee tones are minimal. On the front I get a push from earthy grinds, it seems, but there is little influence showing after the first second or two. As a stout, this is nice enough. But as a coffee stout, it'd be nice to get a bit more off of the coffee.

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Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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