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Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
85
very good

114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 375
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | 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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Reviews: 114 | Hads: 375
Photo of mverity
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a dark dark brown color that produced some gray-like bubbles.

(S)- A burst of roasted yet spicy coffee grounds in front of some raisins.

(T)- Just like the smell. A burst of roasted coffee. One dimensional, but tasty.

(M)- A relatively low carbonation level, but its there. A good coffee profile. Minimal bitterness.

(D)- A no nonsense coffee stout with the flavor you would expect. I could see having a few of these around for Fall. (521 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stone pint.

A- pours a dark brown with a 2" thin, bubbly cola head. Some blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- roasted malts, coffee, and nuts.

T- roasted, almost burnt malts. Coffee and some bitter chocolate at the finish.

M- thin body with medium carbonation.

O- ok coffee stout, but needs more body to it. (331 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was recommended to me by a employee at a local establishment saying it was even better than Central Waters Coffee Stout which I had mentioned was one of my favorites. I was intrigued by what he said plus the fact that this brew came in a 16 oz bottle and I figured more beer is always a good thing.

The appearance of this beer in the glass was almost jet black. It had a very impressive look. Beyond that though, although I liked it (because I enjoy a good coffee stout), it was not my favorite that I have had. The coffee flavor was not strong enough for me. It tasted more like just a plain stout to me and I got more of a smokey flavor coming through than a coffee flavor. At only 5.5 abv it has a little bit of a weaker taste. The aftertaste is almost watery.

So overall, this beer is fine. I would probably buy it again but it was not my favorite stout nor even my favorite coffee stout. (904 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown towards black with a tan head that leaves ample lacing.

The smell is of roasted iced coffee.

The taste is of coffee grounds - iced and roasted with sweet dark malt undertone. The taste of coffee (not espresso - much more American black coffee) is roasty enough in the finish - nearly hits burnt.

Plenty of coffee here. The dark malt, other than a hint towards chocolate doesn't do much to add to the complexity - It is heavily roasted black coffee overall.

It's coffee with a dark malt backing. (521 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

let this warm a bit from the fridge. It poured with large, tan, foamy, frothy, sudsy head that soon settled out and some lace. Color is a clear (with a flashlight thru the narrow part of the glass) very deep, dark red. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, malt, roast, bit of fruit. Flavor is like nose plus more sweet than bitter and only a little carbonic tang. Finish is like flavor and has good length. A very drinkable beer - session. Not bad at all. (442 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of jj21, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off white head.

Aromas are of creamy coffee, burnt sugars, and roasted malts.

Taste is clean, sweet, with creamy coffee flavors and roasted malt notes. Finish is crisp with some mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is ok, but on the thin side.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a pretty good coffee beer, but I found it to be a little too sweet for my tastes. Worth trying. (444 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark with reddish brown edges, good initial head, poor lacing

Malt, chocolate, and coffee

Malt sweetness, coffee, porter-like roastiness, dark chocolate/hop finish

Smooth mouthfeel, but comes up a little thin towards the end

Enjoyable flavor, but thin mouthfeel detracted towards the end. (292 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LaCoursiere for this bottle.

A: Pours a nice deep coffee black with only the thinnest of a khaki colored head. It's just a nice covering upon the dark beer.

S: The nose is big coffee roast. I'm actually more impressed with the solid roasty smoke than the coffee notes. But the coffee is definitely present in the nose.

T: The first sip is filled with roasted malt, some burnt toast, and a touch of caramel sweetness. The coffee flavors shine through after the initial hit and linger long into the finish. The back end is bitter, burnt, and a little drying. However, there is still some lingering malt sweetness in the finish.

M: Full bodied beer. The beer starts off sweet and roasty, hits a bitter point, and finishes with a mix of bitter, toast, and malt. It's a different feel than your typical coffee stout.

O: This brew is pretty good. I don't know if it lives up to the standards of Great River's Redband Stout, or New Glarus' Coffee Stout, but it's a decent beer. I'm extremely happy to have tried it. (1,023 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at a local market place in Beloit WI. Recommended from my cousin Meghan. As a packers fan with a cat named Luna couldn't really resist buying this one.

4 pints for around 12 dollars.

A&S: very sweet coco and mocha aromas from this one. Jet black colored beer, like pretty watery from the pour. Nice tan head that sticks around for a while.

T&M: Very different from the smell, not a whole lot upfront or mid except for hints of caramel. Pretty bitter (like a burnt coffee) even for the style. Very drinkable, not very thick, semi smooth pretty average for the style.

Overall: Elements of this beer are excellent, but the taste is really not great and it really takes away from the good elements. (705 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May have poured it too cold, because I dont really get any bubbles or head. hm. Body is pitch black.

Kind of smells like Wake n Bake or FBS. Nice coffee presence with a bit of bitter chocolate floating around in the background.

Oh bitter. oh so freaking bitter. Upfront with espresso beans and 100% Dark bakers chocolate. The base beer is a bit weak, All i get are the coffee and chocolate. Too bitter and unbalanced. (419 characters)

Photo of MickeyBeer
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a pint bottle from the local Binny's. Never really heard of it before, but I thought I would give it a try.

A- Pours an almost opaque black color with a little bit of tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Pretty lightly carbonated and no real lacing to speak of.

S- The smell has a good deal of coffee aromas as well as chocolate. Sweet and malty, but no real hop aroma.

T- Pretty sweet taste, a lot of coffee flavor as well as chocolate.

M- I was surprised at how light the mouthfeel of this beer is. It is not as creamy or chewy as most other stouts.

O- A solid stout for the price. Not the most complex beer for the style, but still a flavorful brew. (672 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hinterland has opened a location in Milwaukee's 3rd Ward, which I visited yesterday (and sampled this brew). I thought this stout was quite dry, but nitrogen injection made it rather cream-y and dry at the same time. Quite pleasant.

Appearance was great; the body of the beer was black but thin in consistency. Nitrogenated, so the head did that weird inversion where the bubbles appear to be going down instead of up. Aroma was a bit roasty, but I got a substantial Yoohoo (chocolate drink) aroma, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel was quite smooth thanks to the nitrogen injection, and very dry. Despite this dry-ness, mouthfeel was still rather creamy. Flavor was dry (no real sweetness) and roasty but really quite mild. Without the nitrogen, I'm not sure how impressed with this beer I would've been, but as it was served to me it was quite nice.

I'd recommend this beer.

I had this on-tap at the Hinterland location on Erie St in Milwaukee. Hinterland doesn't brew at this location, and the Hinterland beer served there is shipped down from Green Bay (as I understand it). (1,095 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is rich black with brown hints. It has a bubbly head with some lacing.

Nose is rich coffee with sweet malt and toffee.

Taste is plenty of smoke. Coffee tastes burnt. Malt is roasted and tasty; not very sweet at all.

Mouthfeel feels a bit flat: lacking in carbonation but still refreshing.

Overall, it is an alright coffee stout. (343 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, dark brown with a thin tan head the settles to a ring of foam.

S - Coffee with cream, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate.

T - Black coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, light hints of cream and just a touch of sourness.

M - On the thin side with little carbonation giving it a slightly watery mouthfeel. Dry.

D - Nice aroma, slightly lacking flavor but still a solid coffee stout. (404 characters)

Photo of onefortheroad74
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great beer, not necessarily an easy beer but definitely not pretentious. Great nose of roasted grains and black coffee. A bit more carbonation than expected but it worked. This is a great choice for the stout fan or coffee lover. Not a quaffer but not a one pint princes. Overall better than average for the style, an overall good choice. (338 characters)

Photo of djmichaelk
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle, courtesy of eorwar (thanks Erik!), into a CCB tulip. No dating on the bottle.

A - Pours a nearly coffee-black, with soft highlights against the light. Huge, pillowy three fingers of head, with great lacing and good retention.

S - Cocoa and milk chocolate, and plenty of medium-roast coffee, without the staleness that coffee stouts can have so often.

T - More bitter than I would've guessed. Chocolate takes a back seat to the coffee, which now comes across a little stale, and then some hoppy bitterness takes over.

M - It seems fairly creamy at first, but finishes watery. I'd like it to be more full to help support the coffee flavors. Long-ish dry finish.

O - Usually by this time of year I've finished off all of my coffee stouts, so it's nice once in a while to pull one out and remind myself what I like about them. This was good but not great; middle of the pack. (892 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint glass into a mug

Received this as an extra, thanks!

A: Pours a completely opaque jet black with a huge 2.5 fingers width of dense light mocha colored head, which hangs around forever until it dissipates down to a drinkable level.  Leaves a good amount of lacing down the side of the glass.  Really pretty beer.  

S: A little bit of coffee, an acidic/medicinal character, a touch of sweet malts. Not very impressive here.

T: Lots of roasted malt, milk chocolate, mild coffee notes, some bitterness on the finish.  Simple, but very tasty.

M/D: Smooth, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, good drinkability.  

O: Overall, a solid brew here. Real disappointing nose, but the taste and mouthfeel make up for it. Paired perfectly with a large Sunday brunch of bacon eggs and cinnamon pancakes.   I would drink again.   (833 characters)

Photo of beancounter
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from their 16 oz bottle.

A-Dark black color with no light shining through. Enormous thick creamy head that lasted for several minutes.

S-Coffee and roasted malts. the smell is very prominent.

T- Mildly burnt coffee, light sourness, sweet maltiness. All balanced together fairly well. Medium body

M-Medium Unlike some other reviewers, I do not think the mouthfeel is thin.

O-A very drinkable beer and a solid coffee stout.

Value-However, there are other coffee stouts that are just as good and sell at a lower price point, so I don't know if I would purchase this again. (602 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of Greggy
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a black color with no light showing through. A creamy tan head sits atop the black body. Nice lacing rings the glass.

S- Chocolate, coffee, some roasty twang. Maybe bits of anise?

T- Starts off with a definite cola taste and then rolls into notes of chocolate and coffee. The finish is cola and dry coffee notes.

M- Low carbonation tingles the palette. Overall, the body is thin.

D- Overall, this is a good stout but coca cola comes to mind, big time. I don't think I'd reach for this stout again because of this. (528 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

$ 2.99/16 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of coffee
Head average (3.5 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – many partial rings and stalactites of small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor very coffee forward, slightly bitter; no hop no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Very nice coffee flavored beer, but pretty watery and maltless to call a stout. The flavor and appearance are OK, but the palate is weak. Still, a pretty tasty brew which I would buy again. (600 characters)

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pint bottle into pint glass

A - nice dark black body with no light getting through. nice two finger light coffee colored head with good retention and great lacing.

S - great notes of coffee, chocolate oatmeal. chocolate is just a tiny bit in front of the rest in terms of presence.

T - roasted coffee hits up front and slides into a subtler chocolate and oatmeal taste.

M - lots of carbonation. body is lighter than i expected. nice dry feel on this.

O - appearance and smell were great but the rest was just holding this back from being a world class beer. still its pretty good. (lowered to three cause i felt the taste was really a 3.25) (645 characters)

Photo of Mandark
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Samuel Smith pint glass.
Thick, fluffy head gradually dissipates and amber archipelagos of foam sit atop the blackness--it's very pretty.

This smells like coffee, chocolate, a little caramel and roasted grains. It tastes of bitter chocolate, with a slight hoppiness in the middle, the coffee not overwhelming coming around the mountain at the end leaving a nice, dry aftertaste. There's no sweetness here, and that's a plus.

This is not viscous or syrupy in any way, in fact it feels a little on the thin side, but this doesn't detract from the fact that I could drink several of these. Not perfect, but I like it a lot. (636 characters)

Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.