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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Photo of kkleu357
1.9/5  rDev -47.8%

From notes on 11/1/13

I’m drinking the nitro version of this right now. Nice dark appearance, but the beer is very sour. Not tasty at all.

Photo of iabeerbaron
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe I got a bad bottle but this beer was disappointing. I was expecting a nice frothy stout but got a metallic taste instead. Jet black pour with a medium tan head. Smell is coffee and roasted malts. Flavor was not there, metallic and old coffee taste.

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 OWSLEY069
2.72/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours jet black with a tannish head. In the aroma, a small coffee presence to nothing. In the taste, a bit watery, and a mellow dry coffee flavor. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee in the aftertaste. Quite light across the board, and a bit astringent.

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 buschbeer
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of n2185
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of Vierenner
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Has a decent flavor but the mouthfeel is bizarre ... high carbonation and it hits the mouth with an unpleasant bite. Wouldn't recommend.
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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 jjanega08
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

100% random grab while in Tampa a month ago. Stored in fridge since returning and reviewed from full notes over the weekend.

A- Super loud hiss as the bottle opens but no overflow. It pours mostly as foam with a black body and one hand head of infinite foam and retention. Tablespoons of thick lace.

S- Pretty much just coffee happening for me here. Medium roast and earthy with some burnt grains backing it up. Toasted nuts.

T- Coffee grounds follow the nose and are truly the focal point of the beer. Somewhat oxidized with a certain old coffee bean feel at times. Charred malts, toast, caramel sweetness and chocolate form the base. Mocha.

MF- Supremely foamy body as the appearance may have suggested, pretty much more air than liquid in each sip. Stinging high carbonation but the foaminess does take some of the edge off.

Foam and coffee bomb. Carried a solid flavor despite the body but falls flat in some areas and the taste feels inconsistent.

Photo of samie85
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a black coffee color with crimson edges when held up to the light; has a two-finger dense light brown cap.

S-Dark chocolate and fresh roast coffee with light vanilla.

T-Bitter dark chocolate and coffee upfront with some sweet chocolate and more roast on the finish.

M-A little light bodied, but in my experience adding actual coffee to a lower alcohol beer thins the body. Drying and also low in carbonation.

D- A very decent beer but the body is a little disappointing while the flavor profile is a little one-note.

Photo of Jnaustin114
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Very dark pour with a tan head.

Aroma:
Roasted coffee with chocolate notes and dark roasted malts.

Taste:
Dark roasted coffee, Dark malts, slightly bitter.

Overall I think that it is a very good stout. I would have it again and recommend it to friends

Photo of DrinkingDuck
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of Mdog
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black, good head.

Smell: Black coffee, not too strong.

Taste: One note--black coffee, somewhat bitter. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel: Light feel.

Drinkability: Delivers what it says, coffee flavored stout. Goes down easy due to the lightness.

Another gift single, a decent beer but both Hinterland beers I've had are very light in body. This one gives you coffee but not much else.

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is almost black in color with a finger of khaki head sitting on top.

S: There is a very strong roasted malt aroma to this beer and a bit of char as well. Some coffee grounds in there as well as a bit of cocoa powder. Pretty straight forward and simple aroma.

T: The flavor is sort of watery and bland, almost reminiscent of how some nitro beers are. The coffee grounds flavor is strong and there is quite a bit of roast. Just a little bit of cocoa powder in there.

M: On the light side of medium with a creamy carbonation to it.

O: Kind of lackluster and bland, unfortunately. Not really something I'd care to have again.

Photo of thecarster1
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a nonic pint, dark pour, better than a fingers worth of tan head fades gradually to an uneven layer with lots of trailing.

s- coffee dominates the nose, like fresh ground beans, with a bit of cream like sweetness here, lots of roast, dry and clean.

t- black coffee, the slight sweetness is here too - like sweet cream, coffee grinds, pretty straightforward here - not overly complex.

m- here is the downfall, it's too thin for the style.

d- not bad, not the best coffee stout i've had but it's certainly drinkable, glad to have been able to try this.

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 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 GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein, the beer is jet black, with a thick, foamy, dense, towering head of tan, big bubbled head. The aroma is bordering on a big bag of coffee grinds, with the slightest hint of dark chocolate hidden in there. Flavors are rich and strong, and heavy in (you guessed it) coffee. Dark roasted and slightly bitter, the coffee profile rides a somewhat creamy and sweet backbone of malt. Flavors are a bit one dimensional. Smooth bodied, but the overt bitterness gives it a somewhat dry feel, as well. Very dynamic on the tongue and in mouth. The head retention is impressive. The aftertaste is a mild version of the taste, with a slowly weening coffee profile. The finish is slightly drying, with a slight linger to the roastiness. Decent, but not amazing.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout, malt beverage with coffee added. Green Bay Brewing Company, Green Bay, WI. 1 pint bottle.

Deep black color, lush cocoa head, starts plumb and drops down, leaving lace.

Aroma: cocoa meets coffee, rich, bittersweet, hints of vanilla. Mmm, nice.

Taste: Big coffee stout, juicy mouthfeel, medium body. Moderate carbonation. Sweetness overcomes bitterness. Not as rich, thick, or viscous as I'd prefer in a coffee stout, or any stout.
Especially smooth and dr…consumable. Very mellow in the mouth. Too much so, I'd say. Bit watery for a good coffee stout. Chocolate malt remains dominant, coffee is there, but not quite strong enough.

I'm just gonna chalk it up as "unimpressed."

Photo of BeerLover99
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep black, shimmer of cardinal deep red, finger head,

S: light malt, hint of roasted nuts, light toffee/caramel

T: sweet caramel coffee, firm malt, roasted slight bitter finish

M: med body, slight chewy/smooth

O: I was expecting a little more from this beer,
not sessionable due to the roasted chewy coffee flavor.
I would not seek this out again, glad I tried it.
If it had a little more body, could be quite good.
It was fair, but there are better coffee stouts out there.

SOLID, NOT A MUST HAVE!

Photo of biglite351
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Considerable light through center of glass with a creamy tan head

S - Coffee, malts and chocolate. Rather mild overall but rather nice just
the same.

T - mid-bitter coffee and roasted malts. Mild like the scent but a step lower

M - A bit thin but a lot of tingle on sides of tongue and throat

O - Close, but falls a little short of being great. Just need to turn the volume up a little bit.

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 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.

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Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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