Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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85
very good

112 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 370
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 cbutova
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (958 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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. (175 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 woosterbill
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (1,434 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 pat61
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (243 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 morimech
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with nearly 3 fingers of tight mocha brown head that just doesn't want to go anywhere. Leaves great thick rings of lacing. Picture prefect.

S: HUGE dark roast coffee with notes of chocolate, roasted malts, tobacco, earth, and hops.

T: The taste doesn't really follow the nose all the closely. Dark and some burnt malts, dark roasted coffee but the nuances from the nose aren't all that noticeable in the taste. Flavor profile is basically the same tip of the tongue through the finish: the burnt roasted malts and rather bland (compared to the nose) coffee, and hops. Finish is semi-dry with roasted and hop bitterness and a hint of dark chocolate and char. Flavors open up more as the beer warms, but never really reaches the aroma.

M: Moderate body, moderate to slightly high carbonation with decent smoothness, though there is a lot of bitterness. The best attribute is by far the creaminess.

O: A notch below solid for a coffee stout. It's one dimensional with the best attributes being the appearance and smell. It's a bit of a let down after that, but still good enough to enjoy. I might buy again if I'm in the mood for a good coffee stout and there's not too much else around. (1,243 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 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 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 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 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 KTCamm
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (523 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 BeerLover99
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
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! (514 characters)

Photo of n2185
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another surprise bottle to show up at my house from the ever-generous, BeerFMAndy! Knocked it off my wants list, he did...

Shared with my wife, poured my allotment into a conical pint. She's a sucker for coffee-beers, as am I. Pours a very dark chocolate brown. I wouldn't call this black, but it's close. A finger-width tan head rests atop after the pour, and sticks around a good bit. Excellent sip rings left behind, marking each and every delicious gulp. The nose is filled with fresh ground coffee, chocolate notes, earthy roots, marshmallow, and a slight fruity twang on the finish. Nice.

The flavor captures some of the coffee presence, but it's not as big and bold as I expected and wanted. Rather, I'm getting lots of roasted malts, some bitter dark chocolate, mild hop presence, and the finish, here as well, is slightly sour and fruity. The tangy finish is a little off-putting, but not enough to keep me from wanting more. This was an easy gulper on this cool evening. The mouth was on the spritzy side as well. I'd not mind if this was a little more smooth on the edges.

Thanks again, Andy! You are a gentleman and a scholar. Good beer. (1,154 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,007 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 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 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)

Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.