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
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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Ratings: 368 | Reviews: 115
Photo of horshack7
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of TX-Badger
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see Hinterland is bottling their beer. It comes in four packs of killer 16 ounce bottles to boot. Score!

Poured into my imperial pint glass the beer is pitch black with four fingers of tan head. The cascade of carb bubbles rains for a solid ten seconds. A thick coating of lace covers the glass. This beer looks great.

The aroma is full on roast coffee. Smooth fresh quality coffee not harsh bitter shit coffee. As it warms I get hints of dark chocolate and a light earthy tone.

The flavor is a blast of bitter coffee right out of the gate. The coffee fades into a earthy hoppy sharpness. I'm picking up raisins and plums in the finish.

Medium to full body with very minimal carbonation.

Overall a solid coffee stout. Not world class but very drinkable.

Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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 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.

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

Nice workman like coffee stout....ground coffee beans on the aroma...taste has a good java component and also some dark cocoa and roasted malts..

Body is medium...a bit of a creamy texture...finishes with a little astringency from the coffee..

Solid

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 bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of oregonskibum
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz (pint) bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is black. Pours with a thin 1/2 inch tan head. Some minimal lacing. Head fades to a thick ring around the glass and faint film on top of the beer.

S: Rich coffee is obvious right from the start and really dominates the smell. Some roasted bitterness is present. Picking up some chocolate aromas that I associate with cocoa nibs. Smells very smooth.

T: Coffee flavors continue, obviously. Higher level of bitterness in the taste than in the smell, reminding me of over-roasted coffee. Chocolate flavors take more of a backseat, although are still present. Some earthiness. Finish is initially smooth with a nice coffee flavor. But the finish is long and eventually leaves just a bitterness in the back of the mouth that isn't totally pleasant. The taste did not live up to the smell.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation, very smooth.

D: Overall, this is a very enjoyable coffee stout and it's quite easy to drink. Picked up a little too much roasted bitterness in the taste, especially on teh finish. But I would definitely have this again.

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

A: opaque, jet black beer, tan lacy head
S: full nose, dark roasted (burnt) malt with healthy dose of coffee but overpowering
T: nice tasting beer, full-flavored, well-balanced roasted malt with coffee undertones but not dominating, nice hop balance in finish
M: good clean beer, refreshing for a stout, nice ABV too that's not all amped up like a RIS
O: good beer

Photo of martyl1000
3.96/5  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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Luna Coffee Stout
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

LOOK: Pours a dark brown, with a creamy tan foam.

SMELL: Roasted malt and coffee aromas, very strong smelling.

TASTE: Premium coffee flavors like mocha, char, smoke, roasted malts, and mild vanilla. Abrasively bitter yet remarkably smooth. Very tasty and drinkable.

MOUTHFEEL: Ridiculously smooth and creamy.

OVERALL: Impressive stout, strong coffee notes, and I can dig it.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Edition to beer in NH, I brought a few bottles home today form a tasting at Bert's. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a decent tan head that has some staying power. Smells of coffee and roasted grains. Hints of chocolate, but the coffee aromas are strong with this one. Taste is again coffee and roasted grains, slightly acridic but overall nicely coffee'd. There are hints of chocolate, caramel, and licorice in here but the coffee overwhelms most of the flavor here. Medium body, light to moderate level of carbonation, slick oily acridic mouthfeel. The coffee is strong in this, but it still has enough other flavors to keep it interesting. I like it.

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

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. My only beer from Green Bay, cracked in honor of the Packers' season opener.

A: A straight, unhurried pour yields a clear dark-brown, effectively black, body under a lovely three-finger head of creamy, mocha-colored foam. Great retention, tons of lace. Gorgeous stout, plain and simple.

S: Simple, straightforward coffee. More piquant than robust, but with a nice roundness as well. A hint of chocolate malt rounds things out. Quite nice.

T: Mellower than the nose, with coffee being the primary component (unsurprisingly). A hint of chocolate flits through the background, and some moderate bitterness comes into play on the finish. The mixture of hops bitterness and coffee makes for a slightly astringent aftertaste, but not offensively so. Tasty beer.

M: Soft, creamy medium body with carbonation to match. I find that a lot of coffee stouts in this ABV range can be way too thin, but this one is happily free of that failing, and is really quite lovely. A hint of stickiness is the only flaw.

O: While hardly a transcendant beer, this one is considerably better than I expected. I love coffee beers, but find that it really takes substantial strength and body in the base beer to support such a flavorful adjunct appropriately. Luna isn't quite an exception to that rule, but it comes tantalizingly close. If it weren't for the astringent finish this would be a really amazing beer.

Cheers!

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 TheQuietMan22
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 16-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a Guinness imperial pint. The color is an almost opaque black; just a tiny hint of light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Three fingers of thick, milkshake colored head dissipated very slowly and left trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: I caught of whiff of roasted goodness the moment I popped the cap. Espresso, caramel, chocolate, and there are nonroasted version of each keeping it balanced. There is also molasses, toffee, and milk chocolate. It also has oatmeal smoothness as it warms.

Taste: Lots of espresso, though it does not overpower the taste buds. However, it does seem to dominate the other flavors, which it keeps cowering in its shadow. Fleeting hints of caramel, chocolate, molasses, and lactose cross the tongue. The mouthfeel is dry, but also a touch creamy.

Drinkability: It is some pretty sinister stuff, and I would not mind drinking it with that chick from the Aaron Rodgers / Discount Double Check commercials (that is, if she has time away from hanging out at her State Farm office).

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Near black color where no light shines through. Modest beige head but it leaves plenty of ring lace (bordering on a film of lace).

Mild cocoa aroma with some semi-sweet chocolate, burnt toast and weak coffee.

The flavor is extremely burnt, like from too much black patent malt. It tastes like day old coffee (in a decent way). The body is light with a high carbonation. Very dry and bitter from the overly toasted malts.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I woke with some coffee stout in my nonic pint.

Appearance- The head is mocha colored and has a width of about a finger. The foam looks dense, and has a smooth lid. The head stays more or less the same until the first sip, then falls quickly, leaving behind small specks of ring-lace. The body is almost an opaque black, but a few dark brown highlights escape.

Smell- Great espresso and coffee bean aroma is mixed with a slightly acidic, roasted character. It could be more pronounced, defined, but it is still appropriate.

Taste- All espresso and coffee bean on this one, there is a nice wallop of roast and acidity in the finish that lasts for a long while. I will admit, it is a little one note, not really any cream or vanilla to accompany the coffee, but that does not make it a bad coffee stout. I think it works just loading up on the coffee bean flavor and letting it ride.

Mouth feel- This one is a little too thin, which is unfortunate with the high acidity from the roast. It leaves the feel at an almost caustic level. I would not call it hard to drink, or an unwelcome one, but this could be done much better.

Overall- Hinterland has brewed a stout that has coffee, coffee, and then more coffee to spare. I really appreciate this beer for that. However, the nose could be just as big as the palate. After all, one of the best parts of coffee are the aromatics. Lastly, beef up that body so that is not like downing a cold cup o' joe.

Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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.

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