Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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85
very good

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 370
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of Mikey58
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Discount Liquor on Oklahoma. Didn't think they had it at first, but it is sold single bottle in the cooler.
16 oz. bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Awesome color...totally opaque and black with a great toffee-colored head. Really nice retention and lacing as well.

The aroma on this beer is bright coffee (obviously). As a coffee lover, this beer smells like heaven.

It tastes even better than it smells, with a bright coffee note up front, big roasted malt and chocolate in the middle, and a slight bitter finish. Overall, though, a very clean finish. I am a little surprised how well the coffee flavor balances out on this one. Doesn't have the burnt coffee astringency that some other coffee stouts have.

Super creamy and rich mouthfeel make this a go-to stout for me. Seek it out. (810 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint at the Brewery's pub, in Green Bay. Served cold (just right...) in a pint clear glass beer challice

A) Rich dark chocolate. Carbonation rises all around the glass naturally in the true stout style. Ample tan head settles nicely and lasts throughout the pour

S) Roasted fine coffees, raisins, sweet pastry

T) Malty sweet but just right (hint) bitter too. Smoked peat, subtle spice

M) Creamy smooth, medium body, balanced

D) Too many brewers produce stouts by the pound. A meal in a glass? Hardly -- it's a beer... or rather an ale.
An excellent effort. A truly easy drinking stout. Going to be tough to find here in Chicago,but worth a look. (661 characters)

Photo of bearsxco
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black as night with a one finger tan head. Consistent lacing that stays on glass. Smells just like a black coffee. Tastes as good as it smells and looks. Coffee right up front with a slight after taste of chocolate. Perfect carbonation and consistency . Not a heavy stout. Can certainly drink more than one. Just a great beer. Glad I tried and will buy more. (371 characters)

Photo of anglagard1
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Samuel Adams glass I was just given today.

Appearance: More than ample head, had to quit my pour and start sipping because it was about to overflow We're talking a good 2 inches. The head fades rather quickly, revealing an impressive amount of thick, clumpy lacing.

Smell: Coffee is there but not overt. Smells more like a porter.

Taste: Same as the smell. Coffee is subtle, taste is more along the lines of a porter.

Mouthfeel: I like it. I was expecting something weak from the other reviews I read, but it works for me.

Overall: The first one was good enough that I felt inspired to have a second and write a review. Not the season to fully appreciate this beer, but I'm looking forward to having one of these on a cold January evening. (759 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this to go with dessert at Hinterland in Milwaukee. Served in a tall narrow glass. Black in color with a creamy tan head. Reminded me a lot at first glance of how a Guinness or Beamish head appears. After taking a sip, it's no doubt that this is from a nitro tap. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt on the nose. The full-bodied mouthfeel is silky smooth, which I attribute to the nitrogen. Amazing flavor. Dark malt and roasted coffee are most noticeable in the flavor. Coffee though is not overpowering or bitter at all. Creaminess almost gives it a nice creamed coffee taste also. Long finish has a bit of a dryness to it.

One of the best coffee stouts I have ever tried. So smooth and tasty. Perfect beer to replace coffee with during dessert at the restaurant. (773 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer at first as part of the 3 - 6 0z tasting flite at the brewery's new Milwuakee location and then on it's own in a pint glass.

Appearance: Looked fantastic. Dark brown with a thick, creamy brown head.

Smell: Sweet coffee and roasted malt.

Taste: Nice coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very nice and smooth. Everything I hoped it would be.

Drinkability: Excellent. This is definitely a god session beer for me.

The best of the bunch of the 7 beers they had on tap. (504 characters)

Photo of gonuts31
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...had this on tap at Dugan's in the West Loop, Chicago.

Appearance: Poured on nitro-tap. Cascaded beautifully. One of the best pours of a stout I've seen in quite some time.

Smell - Def get the Luna Coffee smell after I let the beer settle.

Taste - Very nice coffee flavor. Not over powering, but not lacking in flavor like some stouts.

Mouthfeel - Super smooth. Probably b/c of the nitro pour. Almost tastes silky.

Overall - I could drink this stout all day long.

If you haven't tried this one, go for it. (519 characters)

Photo of shand
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Cookery in Fish Creek, WI. I've never heard of the brewery before, but this a quality restaurant with ties to Slow Food so I decided to give the beer a try. Holy shit was I impressed. This is an excellent stout and I'm really quite surprised more people aren't talking about this one.

A: Holy fucking head. Served in a English pub glass with about three huge fingers of creamy, tan head that wasn't going anywhere. After about ten minutes, the head only reduced to about 2 fingers, enough for me to give this beer a taste. Jet black in color. Fully opaque.

S: Dark roasted malts. Coffee and espresso.

T: Espresso. Dark roasted malts with a long, lingering finish of almost burnt coffee. Some hints of chocolate.

M: Low carbonation with a medium-heavy body. Creamy, but with a slight bitterness around the tongue.

D: Very good. A very good stout. I wasn't expecting this beer to be as good as it turned out to be and it's always nice to be surprised. Would highly recommend this one. (1,012 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark auburn body. Whipped frothy brown head. Lacing is quite full.

Aroma: coffee, java, roast bitterness and chocolate.

Flavor: Pretty heavy coffee flavor with bittersweet chocolate mixed in as well. Light burnt accents.

Mouthfeel/DK: Medium full body. Lightly carbonated. Lightly acidid. Agreeable and enjoyable. (329 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Into a .4L glass, pours pitch black, opaque darkness with the thickest of inch+ heads, light tan and super creamy, never less than a half inch think, amazing. Lacing is exquisite, leaving a coating all downt the glass. World, take note: this is what a stout should look like!!

Aroma is a little let down, just a but, a little weak, but what I get is a nice coffee and dark malt, and maybe its something else, but is it a little sour? Perhaps.

And in the taste, there is that coffee, though what you first notice is the supreme creaminess, thick, soft, just fantastic mouth, with just the slightest bit of carbonation to keep it lively. Taste is like the mouth, smooth and mellow cafe, very appropriate with the Thelonius Monk playing. Some black malt much be in there, and even though soft and subtle, strong enough to cut right through all the spiciness of my fish tacos.

Now, if I were thinking, I would have asked if they did growlers, and brought home several pints of this delicious brew, or trade it to spread the word on this masterpiece. (1,054 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poure out of the tap with the beautiful nitro cascade that resulted in a super creamy two finger head. Nose was freshly pressed coffee with hints of dry cocoa and dark chocolate. Taste starts off with chocolate notes that is quickly replaced by a really nice bold coffee flavor - coffee is very rich and well accented. The coffee is mixed in with some dark chocolates and bitter cocoa. Really nice coffee beer. Mouth is creamy and smooth. Overall, really enjoyed this one - one of the better coffee beers I have tried. (518 characters)

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of drizzam
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with an opaque black body topped by a nice one finger dark tan head. Good head retention and spotty lacing down the inside of my tulip.

S - Dark roasted malt, cocoa and fresh roasted coffee all intermingle to provide a very nice smelling coffee stout. So far so good!

T & M - A slight roasted malt body is accented by some dark chocolate notes and that same fresh coffee that I smelled in the aroma. The coffee doesn't come across with the harsh bitterness of some coffee brews. Medium bodied, finishing with a sort of mild coffee/chocolate aftertaste.

D - This is a very good example of a coffee stout, and my favorite so far from the Hinterland line. I'll be stocking this in my fridge in the near future! (721 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,350 characters)

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brandoman63 for this bottle! Poured from a pint-sized bottle into a NYC Craft Beer Week "hourglass".

A: Pours with a nice frothy, foamy beige 3-finger head on top of a dark brown beer.

S: Unroasted coffee beans and some roasted malts. I also get a hint of maple syrup as this beer warms up.

T: Nice blend of coffee, chocolate, and oak. This beer is made to be had by the pint and is not as rich as some other Coffee Stouts.

M: The best feature of this beer. Silky smooth from the second it hits your lips to the bottom of your stomach. Nicely carbonated as if it were straight from the tap.

D: The ABV is unknown but I would say this is about 6.5%. It goes down so easy. They also couldn't have nailed the proper bottle size more dead on.

Overall, a really solid "local" that needs to get out into the craft beer world. Thanks Brandon! (851 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a dirty khaki 1 finger crown that displays moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: Moderately roasted malt, moderate coffee note, some semi-sweet chocolate and a bit of bitterness.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: My favorite aspect of the brew....creamy but not heavy.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable. (408 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: piraat snifter, deep chestnut shell brown in color, topped with an average khaki head, some retention

s: cold brewed medium-roast coffee kicks in from the start and maintains a lead role here, underneath is some dark cocoa powder and a mild earthy hop aroma, great coffee presence - fresh and vivid

m: carbonation lively but smooth, body around medium-full, mostly dry

t: like fresh, cold press coffee with a slightly beery edge, delicious medium-roast with no harsh tones, just smooth and woody, dry cocoa and some char roasts pulling out in the finish alongside a mild, earthy hop bitterness

d: finishes well and is easily drinkable, nice little coffee stout here

single sent down south by the dirtman (711 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of ratedz
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack of this in Wisconsin a few weeks ago. I'd never heard of the Hinterland at the time, but I'm always game for a coffee stout that I haven't tried before.

Pours dark brown/black...looks like dark roast coffee in the glass. A 1.5 inch tall tan colored head forms at the top before dissipating relatively quickly and leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Nose is full of roasted malts, coffee, and maybe some hints of chocolate.

The flavor of coffee hits my tongue first, as it should considering this is a coffee stout! Even though the coffee is the featured flavor, it isn't totally dominant. Some bittersweet chocolate flavors are in there as well as the roasted malts. The finish is slightly bitter from the coffee, but there is also a touch of sweetness in there.

Mouth feel is a tad thin and there seems to be a generous amount of carbonation. I would prefer a little less fizz and a little more of a creamy texture, but that is a personal preference. Drinkability is high as long as you are a fan of coffee. Because it isn't as thick as some stouts, it is easy to plow through a bottle in a reasonable amount of time. (1,154 characters)

Photo of helloitsme
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of trbergman
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Pours a dark mahogany with two fingers of mocha foam.

S - Big coffee nose with dark chocolate.

T - Mainly coffee on the palate, with a chocolate character that's more like milk chocolate than I would have guessed from the nose. A touch sweet, with hints of dark fruit.

M - A tad thin, but not out of range for the style.

D - I wish this had a bit more heft - it's imperative that you drink this at cellar temp or above, because it's nearly lifeless directly from the refrigerator. All in all, a good beer. (550 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's such an incredible abyss of darkness of light may not enter nor exit. On top is a light beige head a good two fingers thick.

Aroma: Large amounts of dark roasted coffee in the front. Cocao, semi sweet chocolate, faint vanilla bean, bourbon notes. Twinges of burnt hops and dark roasted malts.

Taste: Very dark roasted coffee, silky smooth mouthfeel like melted dark chocolate. Burnt hop, chocolate notes all through it. Cocao, vanilla, with a solid malt backbone.

Notes: Very tasty a very drinkable American stout begining to end. Cheers. (558 characters)

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