Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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 by mountdew1:
Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a completely opaque dark brown, almost black. Had a 2 finger head that was a nice mocha brown, that didn't cling at all. Reduced to about a single finger, but had good staying power. Poured exactly to the top of the glass. Aroma was strongly of used coffee grounds with a milky sugar hint. Flavor started off with hints of sour bitter, but as it rested those disappeared. It ended up switching over to a slightly water down coffee ice cream. Had definite lactose undertones. Felt good in the mouth. A bit acidic, but coated fairly well and just a hint of carbonation. Overall, a solid stout. Flavor profile wasn't my normal cup of tea, but I don't see any issues with this as a stout.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of jucifer1818
2.41/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.56/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Perfect. Dark mahogany brown with a thick and creamy brown head. Lacing is magnificent. Retention is at 3/8 of an inch for the entire life of the beer. Gorgeous.

Aroma: Sweet coffee liquor, espresso beans, vanilla syrup, cream, subtle sour fruit.

Taste: La Chouffe espresso liquor poured over strong coffee with a hint of cocoa powder, sweetening syrup, and just the slightest dash of a sour, acidic compound.

Mouthfeel: Luscious, creamy, blanketing, soft and comforting. Light carbonation, rich thick body. Fantastic.

Drinkability: Flawless. Sessionable.

One of the best stouts I’ve had from a Wisconsin brewery. Perhaps the best. Compares to Speedway in many ways.

Photo of mverity
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to trxxpaxxs for the bottle!

16oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a darkness snifter. no freshness date.

pours out nearly opaque black with a nice 2 fingers worth of light tan colored head. faded to a thin layer with a thick ring. some nice sticky, webby lace covers a lot of the glass.

some nice deep roasted malt, a little toasted malt, and a nice coffee aroma, definatly not anything espresso like or anything. some dark chocolate comes through as well.

a nice mix of deep roasted malt and slightly sweet toasted malt and some coffee makes an appearence. some nice dark chocolate notes towards the finish with some slightly dry bitterness.

slightly chalky mouthfeel, medium bodied, carbonation about right for the style.

a nicely made stout for sure, but i might not have known this was made with coffee had i tasted it blind. its somewhat hard to determine whether the deep roasted coffee flavors come from the malt or actual coffee. a well made beer nontheless, glad to have tried it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black coffee hue with a big frothing tan head forming thick, this beer is pitch black it eats all visible light waves. Head leaves behind even patterned speckled lacing as it dwindles. Aroma dark chocolate, strong espresso dark nearly burnt malts. Black patent malt with some coffee notes. As it warms I get more creamed coffee notes in the nose, than I did initially out of the fridge. Dry roasted malts it's a one note flavor profile with dark nearly burnt old coffee water, the texture is so watery for a stout and the Luna Coffee mentioned on the label is lacking big time hints of dry roasted coffee but nothing like I've tasted in other coffee beers. Mild green fruity character shows up after a few sips even hints of sourdough bread, really a dry roasted malt fest. One pint bottles is pretty nice, a beer out of Green Bay, the Steelers would have won the superbowl if this beer were against any of the dark offerings from East End in the Burgh. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh with astringent dark roasted malts and coffee beans, leaves an unpleasant bitterness on the palate and for a stout this is a dry stout with coffee that is remarkably thin for being a stout. Carbonation is moderate doesn't add or take anything away from the party, this is my second straight coffee beer and I'm wide awake...guess what the coffee infused amber ale I just had sleighed this big brusing pitch black coffee stout from the North.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a dense opaque black with a thin tan head even with a rigorous pour it is soon gone. There is a slow gentle carbonation.

S- The coffee black malt has dark rich caramel malt support.

T- The big dark coffee blend with black roasted malt that has some nice dry and chalky qualities and a nice roasted malt linger.

M- The light mouthfeel has a big scrubbing fizzy finish that scrubs the tongue and no alcohol heat.

O- The big coffee softer stout flavor with is rich but not much depth and is a bit thin in the body with a nice dry finish.

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Luna is black, even to the point that scant brown comes through even at the very edges when held directly to the light. The head seems to struggle to form as first but does, to one finger in height. It doesn't last long but doesn't fade away entirely and does leave legs on my snifter.
The aroma evidences heavy malts, as does the flavor. Roast is the main factor, but raw coffee comes through past the char. A bit of bitter cacao natural to the process is also evident. This is pretty straight up. This one does lend itself to a bit of tang and astringency, though, particularly in the finish.
The feel is light for a stout, no question. It has a nice, abiding smoothness but falls a little flat. The roughness of the astrincency translates to a somewhat harsh dryness in the end.
Not bad, all in all. Smooth it out, balance it, get that astringent element out, and it's great.

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pitch black with tinges of the deepest mahogany on the edges. Poured with 1" of a tan head reminiscent of creamed coffee that laced nicely and receded slowly.

S: Solid yet not overpowering aromas of coffee with hints of chocolate.

T: Big coffee taste that disappears into hints of chocolate and roasted malt, with a return of the coffee taste on the finish

M: Smooth and medium-thick with little carbonation.

D: This is a very delicious brew. Probably wouldn't want to have more than two a night simply due to size, and this is definitely not a "I'm gonna tie one on" beer, but on a cold winter night, you can't ask for a cold beer to warm you up more than this one.

Photo of mrelizabeth
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- like a shot of espresso. black, minimal head but present.

s- not a good aroma.

t- surprising. like a gravel road on a rainy day. the simple dark malts compliment a good punch of coffee. nitro helps the flavors blast through.

m- pleasant. the coffee isn't too thick, but does stick around a little bit.

o- our first hinterlands beer. great move to keep it simple. would be a wonderful brunch beer.

Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn near black with just the tiniest glints of cherrywood at the edge. The pale brown head builds nicely, lasts near forever and leaves the glass a mess.
Coffee is big on the nose, as expected. Then it gathers sweeter Kahlua, dark chocolate, and vanilla impressions, along with some background lactic notes. Roasted grain keeps things in check, and prevents it from teetering oversweet.
The roasted beans hit the mouth at the same time as the roasted grains. The coffee is earthy and light, and the grains don't pound you over the head with acrid bitterness either. This mild roasty gentleness fades into milk chocolate (and plain ol' milk), caramel, and a waft of smoke. There is a green-ish, grassy, chlorophyll-rich hoppiness that delivers some late bitterness, without a defined taste element.
The bodied is medium-ish, but sags a bit over the course. This seems to need a slightly sturdier platform to deliver it stoutness in full. It's a minor gripe, but I believe it would push it towards the top of the heap, as it is already rapidly drinkable. I'm not a huge nitro-tap guy, but if anything begs for one, this is it.
It's not so much coffee that traditionalists scoff, nor is it so light that those after some java wonder what happened.
In all, it's a very nice coffee stout.

Photo of alphagnome
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle - new packaging from Hinterland

appearance: served in great dane imperial pint glass, dark as night, creamy tan foam head and pretty strong retention

smell: fresh-brewed coffee, chocolate liquer, roasted malt

taste: doesnt really stack up to the central waters coffeehouse stout (not much does) - creamy chocolatey body, espresso bean and fresh coffee, light oatmeal

mouthfeel: creamy, coating, full body

drinkability: good

Photo of davemcr
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance of this beer makes you feel on 1st pour that you are going to get something a little more robust than you do. The malty smell also adds to that feeling. However, the head soon disappears and the feel is a little thin. The taste is good at the front, but for me lacks a little at the tail. Pint bottle poured to a regular pint glass. Not bad, but probably won't search this one out again.

Photo of McNealc31
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap in the Craft Brewers Tent @ the Wisconsin State Fair on 8/9/10. Served in a clear plastic cup.

Pours black, with about a ½ finger of smooth and creamy mocha head. Solid nitro looks, retaining at about the same level the whole way through and drenching the sides of the cup with lacing. The aroma is dark feeling and crunchy in the nose with coffee and roasted malts, while thick sweet notes of chocolate and caramel come in off the sides. A touch of earthy hops mingle in with some of the roasted character.

More of the sweetness from the malts emerges at the forefront of this in the taste, with chocolate and tangier notes of caramel. There's just a well done coffee flavor to this, being roasted but not coming off as overly burnt or astringent in any way. Blackened roast pulls up the backend of the profile, finishing with a dry roasted feel that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a touch of sharpness to the feel up front but this is mostly smooth and creamy in the mouth, helping make all of that roasted character go down a little easier.

This was my first beer from Hinterland and I was impressed. This had some rather robust and roasty coffee flavors but stayed well balanced with the sweetness and the nitro-pour and accessible body on this really kicked the drinkibility up a notch. Well done.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown color with an aggressive cinnamon colored head with great retention and lacing.

Smells of fresh coffee and bits of dark chocolate.

The coffee is the predominant flavor and is like wet, bitter grounds. The chocolate shows up barely at all. The finish is charred and lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is medium but on the lighter side for a stout, plus the carbonation is high for the style.

This beer started out strong but the taste and mouthfeel are just a little better than ok. I love the fact that the bottles are a pint, though. I'll have this again now that it's readily available in IL, but there are better choices just as available.

Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with one inch of mocha colored head that had decent retention before settling to a thin cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Appetizing aroma of chocolate, coffee, nuts, and a little earthiness. This beer needs to warm sufficiently in order for the coffee flavor to blend into the beer. Otherwise it seems it is not a well intergrated ingredient. After the warming, the chocolate and coffee really come out and show off. A little earthiness from the hops as well. Bitterness seems to come from the coffee. Coffee aftertaste with just a touch of sweetness in the finish. Moderate body and a little overcarbonated. Otherwise this beer has a very good mouthfeel. A pretty good coffee beer and quite drinkable.

Photo of KTCamm
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle. Dark dark brown pour, miniscule light tan head.

Aroma, coffee, roast malt, light anise and cocoa.

Taste, coffee, near burnt malt, dark chocolate. Anise, light pine peaks through at the end.

Light side of mid bodied. Just a tad watery, but the carbonation is light so it is not prickly. Drinks pretty easy.
A bit one dimensional, but it is advertised as such. Worth trying, a pretty sessionable coffee stout.

Photo of deadbody
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown almost black from the bottle into a pint glass. Nice thick caramel colored head that receds quickly but not fully. Smell is good, strong coffee and roast tones.

Taste is weaker. The coffee is bland, and the roast really is minimal. Mouthfeel is super thin, like off-puttingly thin.

Overall, this isn't bad, but I doubt I would buy it again.

Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge billowing head on this, fluffy latte tinged peaks, leaving a mess of sticky lacing all over the glass.

Woody, roasty coffee in the nose, dried dark fruit, tobacco. A vague sweet chocolate note as it warms to room temperature. Softer and generally less acidic than many coffee stouts.

Some coffee bite on the palate, rich and roasty but not acrid or overly bitter. Mellow dark roast coffee, dark unsweetened chocolate, mild roast barley in the background. Easy drinking, somewhat lighter feel, though it delivers a decent amount of coffee flavor.

I'd been wary of the bottles due to the lower fill level, but i'm glad to report the beer is perfectly fine.

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Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.