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Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%


Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 09-16-2006)
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mverity

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 17:50:00 | More by mverity
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helloitsme

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:52:44 | More by helloitsme
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jucifer1818

Florida

2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:44:06 | More by jucifer1818
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 18:19:39 | More by NilocRellim
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 22:18:13 | More by jwc215
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alphagnome

Iowa

2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance:
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.

Aroma:
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.

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

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

Overall:
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:59:08 | More by alphagnome
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 14:41:37 | More by BeerFMAndy
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dillon_1005

Wyoming

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:08:11 | More by dillon_1005
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MickeyBeer

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 02:50:22 | More by MickeyBeer
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 16:12:04 | More by buschbeer
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nickfl

Florida

3.81/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 06:00:36 | More by nickfl
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312HopBomb

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 04:32:33 | More by 312HopBomb
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shand

Florida

4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 04:35:23 | More by shand
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 03:49:09 | More by RblWthACoz
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark black, some foam. Mostly settles but light layer remains. Rich malty nose, nutty, with just a hint of coffee. Dark chocolate too. The taste is much more coffee than not. Full & throughout. Roasted bitter close. Smooth mouthfeel. Need a little more balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 14:24:53 | More by KTCamm
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee and bitter chocolate escape as soon as the bottle is opened. Coffee is, indeed, the dominant flavor here. Plenty of bitter chocolate to go with it, as well. The hops kick in at the back end for a little more bitterness.

Not much else to say. Loads of coffee with enough other flavors going on to make it interesting. I'd do this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 01:45:51 | More by McNealc31
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minterro

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at a local market place in Beloit WI. Recommended from my cousin Meghan. As a packers fan with a cat named Luna couldn't really resist buying this one.

4 pints for around 12 dollars.

A&S: very sweet coco and mocha aromas from this one. Jet black colored beer, like pretty watery from the pour. Nice tan head that sticks around for a while.

T&M: Very different from the smell, not a whole lot upfront or mid except for hints of caramel. Pretty bitter (like a burnt coffee) even for the style. Very drinkable, not very thick, semi smooth pretty average for the style.

Overall: Elements of this beer are excellent, but the taste is really not great and it really takes away from the good elements.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 23:39:01 | More by minterro
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, and some bittersweet chocolate. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's all coffee, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, and a nice coffee stout. I've been waiting to try this one for a while now, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm a fan of Hinterland's 16 ounce bottles, too. $9.99 a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 23:13:59 | More by bluejacket74
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gave this a really vigorous pour which resulted in a very thin light tan head. This is one of the blackest, most opaque beers under 6% ABV that I've ever seen.

Aroma: Lots of chocolate and coffee and all around maltiness. Pleasant and not overbearing.

Taste: Sort of a light Sweet/Milk Stout flavor at first but then the coffee dominates your palate. Really rich taste of bitter black coffee in the finish. At 5.6% ABV, it is a little light on flavor in the middle but the aftertaste is bigger than most Imperial Stouts. That coffee bitterness only gets more intense over time. An interesting experience but not quite unique.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. I'd say average drinkability because the bitter coffee can become cloying. Surprisingly there was an average amount of carbonation even with the vigorous pour that produced no head.

Final Thoughts: Be ready for a lot of coffee flavor and just enough malt to back it up. It's a little one-dimentional, but that seems to be true of most American Stouts. Would I drink it again? Probably not, there are too many other stouts I have yet to try before cycling back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 05:20:27 | More by JamesMN
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DrinkingDuck

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A black color with about a 1 inch foam head which settles to a nice lacing and a slight layer of foam on top of the beverage. Lacing pretty consistent as you drink.

Smell- A light coffee scent, not very prevalent, with a very slight hint of chocolate and malt.

Taste- A nice bold taste of freshly roasted coffee and malt with subtle hints of chocolatiness, more than expected, given the light scent, but living up to it's name as a Coffee Stout

Mouthfeel- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly smooth on the palate.

Overall- An enjoyable beverage which effectively combines both coffee and malt. Easily drinkable, could probably have more than one. A good beverage for those who appreciate both beer and coffee.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 17:38:45 | More by DrinkingDuck
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness dating

A= Pours a deep black color with a nice thick two finger head that holds great retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is light. I really don't get too much of anything. A little bit of coffee in the aroma but not too much.

T= The taste is a more potent coffee flavor than the nose lead onto. A little roasted malt and a coffee flavor. The overall flavors aren't too potent however. A somewhat easy drinker.

M= Pretty basic and regular.

O= Not overly impressed with this beer by any means. A solid coffee flavor and a pretty easy drinker. Basic beer and it tastes nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 04:28:59 | More by jjanega08
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When held up to the light, the beer is very dark reddish amber (close to near black) in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that has good retention properties and left a very thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate in the nose; the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate but coffee beans are also present. The coffee flavor becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat airy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The lighter-bodied nature of this beer makes it easy to drink, although it feels like a heavier body would make the flavors stand out a little more.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 15:27:04 | More by metter98
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, pours black with a huge creamy beige head, excellent retention and lacing. Aromas are roasted barley, coffee, chocolate. Tastes are coffee, roasted barley, chocolate, oats, and somewhat nutty. Mouth-feel is creamy, medium bodied, slightly chalky, finishes roasty. Overall, good example of a coffee stout, and better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 03:05:47 | More by barnzy78
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 8/9/12 tasting notes. Enjoyed this on tap at the Micro, during my annual trip to the Wisconsin State Fair. Served to me in a 16oz clear plastic cup.

A) Charcoal black with 2 fingers of tan head. Nice retention. No lacing noted.

S) Heavy roast, lots of coffee. Pretty straight forward, and really as advertised.

T) Dark roasted malt, not much sweetness, slightly charred. As indicated above, plenty of coffee, like fresh ground beans. A little bitterness. I couldn't decide if it was the coffee or hops. Coffee aftertaste is nice.

M) Medium body and moderately carbonated. Pretty creamy and smooth. Nice mouthfeel...

O) If your a lover of beer and coffee, this is a pretty good marriage of the two. It's definitely not in the same class as FBS, but it has good drinkability. Glad to recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 22:10:44 | More by RoamingGnome
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro tap at The Old Fashioned (Madison). The microscopic-bubble head shows up creamy delightful in the faint light of this restaurant.

The aroma brings a charred bitterness, plus a malty wood and lazy sweet.

The cream-and-coffee bitterness barely survives the forced-nitro pour. I can't tell if the absolute lack of carbonation gives a creamy feel or a total desolation.

This nitro tap version is better than the bottle, but not by much.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-13-2012 06:49:53 | More by martyl1000
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Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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