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Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
82
good

318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 09-16-2006)
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Reviews by n2185:
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2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark black with about a finger of chocolate-colored head. The head quickly fades into little more than a ring, but leaves nice lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malts. There's some coffee aroma in there as well, but surprisingly little for a coffee stout.

T: Similar to the smell, lots of roasted malts with the coffee kicking in at the end leaving a bitter coffee aftertaste.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The body is a bit watery, though.

D: Drinks pretty smoothly, though with the bitter coffee aftertaste and watery body, I wouldn't want more than one.

Overall, not a bad beer, but I was expecting a much stronger coffee presence from a beer advertising itself as such.

n2185, Feb 07, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of pudgecat
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

pudgecat, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of mverity
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

mverity, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of ryancl
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ryancl, May 14, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

NilocRellim, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

dogfishandi, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Nemers
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Nemers, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Rosethoj
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Rosethoj, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

maximumu13, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Brenden, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Shawner
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Shawner, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of duffcalifornia
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

duffcalifornia, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of mrelizabeth
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

mrelizabeth, Mar 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

UWBadgerFan4Life, May 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

marmstrong1212, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of cokes
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

cokes, May 25, 2010
Photo of alphagnome
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

alphagnome, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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

dirtylou, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of leschkie
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

leschkie, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of davemcr
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

davemcr, Oct 01, 2011
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Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.