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Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Luna Coffee StoutLuna Coffee Stout

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304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 09-16-2006)
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Photo of MaxSpang


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.


This is a stout - what do you expect? It's very dark, with just a smidge of red light coming through. The head was a khaki color, and was pretty fluffy when poured. It was around two fingers, and it went away pretty quick. No lacing on this one.


Obviously, coffee comes through in a big way - but not over the top. It's more of a roasted barley malt type of coffee rather than a deep espresso character. There's some nice milky sweetness in the nose as well, as well as some roastiness and a slight breadiness. It smells like a well-made stout with a fair amount of sweet coffee, and it's very lovely


One of the smooter coffee stouts I've had. It definitely has a huge coffee flavor, but is met with some lovely sweetness and bitterness. The sweetness is sort of milky, but doesn't make it taste like an iced latte like other coffee stouts. There is a nice amount of bitterness from the hops, and the coffee gives it a nice acidic bitterness that pairs well with the sweetness. The beer is very balanced, and the coffee is big but not overpowering at all.


This brew is a wonderful blend of being drinkable while having a nice body. It tastes and feels like there's a good amount of lactose sugar in it, but I don't know if there is any in this beer. Not much carbonation to speak of, which adds to the creamy mouthfeel.


This was an extra in a trade, and I'm glad that it was! It's very smooth and balanced, and it has just the right amount of body. This is an extremely well-made beer that I previously have not heard of. I am glad I got the chance to drink this, and I'd love to try it again.


Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 23:22:55 | More by MaxSpang
Photo of celticfutblclub


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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)

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 00:51:46 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of Vonerichs


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 01:27:35 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of gonuts31


4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-11-2011 17:05:08 | More by gonuts31
Photo of davemcr

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance of this beer makes you feel on 1st pour that you are going to get something a little more robust than you do. The malty smell also adds to that feeling. However, the head soon disappears and the feel is a little thin. The taste is good at the front, but for me lacks a little at the tail. Pint bottle poured to a regular pint glass. Not bad, but probably won't search this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 23:42:51 | More by davemcr
Photo of brewcrew76


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 21:47:30 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of beancounter

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 20:39:58 | More by beancounter
Photo of Mikey58


4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 20:05:35 | More by Mikey58
Photo of woosterbill


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.


Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 22:52:12 | More by woosterbill
Photo of deadbody


3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 14:17:22 | More by deadbody
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 23:51:35 | More by mountdew1
Photo of jlindros


3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this.

Pours a pitch black color but light and thin, light head.

Nose has roasted barley, some chocolate malt, malted milkball aroma, light fresh coffee, light malts.

taste has creamy chocolate, roast, semi bitter, oats, juicy like, little coffee and roasted malts, lighter overall on the malts but darker malt complexity and flavor. Light bitterness from the malts and hints of earthy hops.

Mouth is thinner body with lighter but decent carb.

Overall not bad, not great, the body and overall malt profile is too thin, but decent dark malt flavor and nice coffee addition.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 20:47:34 | More by jlindros
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:24:02 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of womencantsail


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 03:57:49 | More by womencantsail
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:37:01 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of samie85


3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:06:08 | More by samie85
Photo of wisrarebeer


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 00:51:38 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of anglagard1


4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:36:04 | More by anglagard1
Photo of drizzam


4.2/5  rDev +16%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 22:42:23 | More by drizzam
Photo of BeerLover99


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.


Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 21:35:24 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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."

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 05:45:05 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of mjpolzin


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 22:33:26 | More by mjpolzin
Photo of Mdog


3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 00:24:23 | More by Mdog
Photo of flexabull


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 22:00:57 | More by flexabull
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 20:39:36 | More by n2185
Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.