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Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | 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 ZAP
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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..


ZAP, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

Onenote81, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

morimech, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

mothman, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

sweemzander, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Kegatron, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

koopa, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

hoppymcgee, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

oregonskibum, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of trbergman
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

trbergman, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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

blackie, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

beerwolf77, May 28, 2010
Photo of cokes
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

cokes, May 25, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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

dirtylou, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Florida9
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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.

Florida9, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of bskrtz
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

bskrtz, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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).

BeerBelcher, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of nsmartell
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer at first as part of the 3 - 6 0z tasting flite at the brewery's new Milwuakee location and then on it's own in a pint glass.

Appearance: Looked fantastic. Dark brown with a thick, creamy brown head.

Smell: Sweet coffee and roasted malt.

Taste: Nice coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very nice and smooth. Everything I hoped it would be.

Drinkability: Excellent. This is definitely a god session beer for me.

The best of the bunch of the 7 beers they had on tap.

nsmartell, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Winter
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this to go with dessert at Hinterland in Milwaukee. Served in a tall narrow glass. Black in color with a creamy tan head. Reminded me a lot at first glance of how a Guinness or Beamish head appears. After taking a sip, it's no doubt that this is from a nitro tap. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt on the nose. The full-bodied mouthfeel is silky smooth, which I attribute to the nitrogen. Amazing flavor. Dark malt and roasted coffee are most noticeable in the flavor. Coffee though is not overpowering or bitter at all. Creaminess almost gives it a nice creamed coffee taste also. Long finish has a bit of a dryness to it.

One of the best coffee stouts I have ever tried. So smooth and tasty. Perfect beer to replace coffee with during dessert at the restaurant.

Winter, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Into a .4L glass, pours pitch black, opaque darkness with the thickest of inch+ heads, light tan and super creamy, never less than a half inch think, amazing. Lacing is exquisite, leaving a coating all downt the glass. World, take note: this is what a stout should look like!!

Aroma is a little let down, just a but, a little weak, but what I get is a nice coffee and dark malt, and maybe its something else, but is it a little sour? Perhaps.

And in the taste, there is that coffee, though what you first notice is the supreme creaminess, thick, soft, just fantastic mouth, with just the slightest bit of carbonation to keep it lively. Taste is like the mouth, smooth and mellow cafe, very appropriate with the Thelonius Monk playing. Some black malt much be in there, and even though soft and subtle, strong enough to cut right through all the spiciness of my fish tacos.

Now, if I were thinking, I would have asked if they did growlers, and brought home several pints of this delicious brew, or trade it to spread the word on this masterpiece.

objectivemonkey, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Perfect. Dark mahogany brown with a thick and creamy brown head. Lacing is magnificent. Retention is at 3/8 of an inch for the entire life of the beer. Gorgeous.

Aroma: Sweet coffee liquor, espresso beans, vanilla syrup, cream, subtle sour fruit.

Taste: La Chouffe espresso liquor poured over strong coffee with a hint of cocoa powder, sweetening syrup, and just the slightest dash of a sour, acidic compound.

Mouthfeel: Luscious, creamy, blanketing, soft and comforting. Light carbonation, rich thick body. Fantastic.

Drinkability: Flawless. Sessionable.

One of the best stouts I’ve had from a Wisconsin brewery. Perhaps the best. Compares to Speedway in many ways.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 16, 2006
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Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.