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Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Luna Coffee StoutLuna Coffee Stout

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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 n2185

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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
Photo of Mandark


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:10:17 | More by Mandark
Photo of thecarster1


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:00:29 | More by thecarster1
Photo of duffcalifornia


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pitch black with tinges of the deepest mahogany on the edges. Poured with 1" of a tan head reminiscent of creamed coffee that laced nicely and receded slowly.

S: Solid yet not overpowering aromas of coffee with hints of chocolate.

T: Big coffee taste that disappears into hints of chocolate and roasted malt, with a return of the coffee taste on the finish

M: Smooth and medium-thick with little carbonation.

D: This is a very delicious brew. Probably wouldn't want to have more than two a night simply due to size, and this is definitely not a "I'm gonna tie one on" beer, but on a cold winter night, you can't ask for a cold beer to warm you up more than this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 03:52:05 | More by duffcalifornia
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark auburn body. Whipped frothy brown head. Lacing is quite full.

Aroma: coffee, java, roast bitterness and chocolate.

Flavor: Pretty heavy coffee flavor with bittersweet chocolate mixed in as well. Light burnt accents.

Mouthfeel/DK: Medium full body. Lightly carbonated. Lightly acidid. Agreeable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 05:53:13 | More by Bighuge
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Onalaska recently. Pour is dark brown, with a tiny bit of light peeking through the edges of the glass. No head or lacing present. Smell is mostly roasted coffee beans and not much else. There's a bit of roasty malt and chocolate in the background, but it's light. Taste is very nice. It's not a super charged up stout, but it's got great flavor, although lacking in body. Coffee is the dominant flavor, with bitterness mostly coming from that and the roasted barley, but it's balanced out by a mellow sweetness. All in all, this is tasty, but it's a bit "watery" and could definitely use a little more body. It's very drinkable however, and I could see myself drinking two of these 16oz bottles in a sitting and not getting sick of it like I would with other coffee stouts. Decent stuff!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 20:40:16 | More by KeefD
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge billowing head on this, fluffy latte tinged peaks, leaving a mess of sticky lacing all over the glass.

Woody, roasty coffee in the nose, dried dark fruit, tobacco. A vague sweet chocolate note as it warms to room temperature. Softer and generally less acidic than many coffee stouts.

Some coffee bite on the palate, rich and roasty but not acrid or overly bitter. Mellow dark roast coffee, dark unsweetened chocolate, mild roast barley in the background. Easy drinking, somewhat lighter feel, though it delivers a decent amount of coffee flavor.

I'd been wary of the bottles due to the lower fill level, but i'm glad to report the beer is perfectly fine.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 01:04:52 | More by emerge077
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4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack of this in Wisconsin a few weeks ago. I'd never heard of the Hinterland at the time, but I'm always game for a coffee stout that I haven't tried before.

Pours dark brown/black...looks like dark roast coffee in the glass. A 1.5 inch tall tan colored head forms at the top before dissipating relatively quickly and leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Nose is full of roasted malts, coffee, and maybe some hints of chocolate.

The flavor of coffee hits my tongue first, as it should considering this is a coffee stout! Even though the coffee is the featured flavor, it isn't totally dominant. Some bittersweet chocolate flavors are in there as well as the roasted malts. The finish is slightly bitter from the coffee, but there is also a touch of sweetness in there.

Mouth feel is a tad thin and there seems to be a generous amount of carbonation. I would prefer a little less fizz and a little more of a creamy texture, but that is a personal preference. Drinkability is high as long as you are a fan of coffee. Because it isn't as thick as some stouts, it is easy to plow through a bottle in a reasonable amount of time.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 01:22:39 | More by ratedz
Photo of Greggy


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 01:35:50 | More by Greggy
Photo of ZAP


4/5  rDev +10.2%
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..


Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:03:46 | More by ZAP
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 13:17:47 | More by Onenote81
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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 22:14:55 | More by morimech
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of light brown head that fades down. No lace. Color is near black.

Aroma: A lighter roast of coffee with chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Some hints of caramel.

Taste: It has a somewhat sharp coffee taste to it with creamy lactose flavors up front. Earthy hops. Milk chocolate. Vanilla. Roasted, but not over the top.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, roasted, and smooth. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a bittering coffee flavor.

Overall, a decent coffee stout. The other flavors could have been more rich to fill out the body. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 23:11:43 | More by mothman
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 18:54:23 | More by sweemzander
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4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap in the Craft Brewers Tent @ the Wisconsin State Fair on 8/9/10. Served in a clear plastic cup.

Pours black, with about a ½ finger of smooth and creamy mocha head. Solid nitro looks, retaining at about the same level the whole way through and drenching the sides of the cup with lacing. The aroma is dark feeling and crunchy in the nose with coffee and roasted malts, while thick sweet notes of chocolate and caramel come in off the sides. A touch of earthy hops mingle in with some of the roasted character.

More of the sweetness from the malts emerges at the forefront of this in the taste, with chocolate and tangier notes of caramel. There's just a well done coffee flavor to this, being roasted but not coming off as overly burnt or astringent in any way. Blackened roast pulls up the backend of the profile, finishing with a dry roasted feel that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a touch of sharpness to the feel up front but this is mostly smooth and creamy in the mouth, helping make all of that roasted character go down a little easier.

This was my first beer from Hinterland and I was impressed. This had some rather robust and roasty coffee flavors but stayed well balanced with the sweetness and the nitro-pour and accessible body on this really kicked the drinkibility up a notch. Well done.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-26-2010 14:28:48 | More by Kegatron
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 14:38:04 | More by koopa
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4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 02:37:48 | More by hoppymcgee
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 18:54:57 | More by oregonskibum
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4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Pours a dark mahogany with two fingers of mocha foam.

S - Big coffee nose with dark chocolate.

T - Mainly coffee on the palate, with a chocolate character that's more like milk chocolate than I would have guessed from the nose. A touch sweet, with hints of dark fruit.

M - A tad thin, but not out of range for the style.

D - I wish this had a bit more heft - it's imperative that you drink this at cellar temp or above, because it's nearly lifeless directly from the refrigerator. All in all, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:58:49 | More by trbergman
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 23:14:26 | More by blackie
Photo of beerwolf77


4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 01:15:48 | More by beerwolf77
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4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 08:46:55 | More by cokes
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 02:15:10 | More by dirtylou
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4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-25-2009 01:12:52 | More by Florida9
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4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint at the Brewery's pub, in Green Bay. Served cold (just right...) in a pint clear glass beer challice

A) Rich dark chocolate. Carbonation rises all around the glass naturally in the true stout style. Ample tan head settles nicely and lasts throughout the pour

S) Roasted fine coffees, raisins, sweet pastry

T) Malty sweet but just right (hint) bitter too. Smoked peat, subtle spice

M) Creamy smooth, medium body, balanced

D) Too many brewers produce stouts by the pound. A meal in a glass? Hardly -- it's a beer... or rather an ale.
An excellent effort. A truly easy drinking stout. Going to be tough to find here in Chicago,but worth a look.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-15-2009 03:29:14 | More by bskrtz
Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.