Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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85
very good

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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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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 TheQuietMan22
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 16-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a Guinness imperial pint. The color is an almost opaque black; just a tiny hint of light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Three fingers of thick, milkshake colored head dissipated very slowly and left trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: I caught of whiff of roasted goodness the moment I popped the cap. Espresso, caramel, chocolate, and there are nonroasted version of each keeping it balanced. There is also molasses, toffee, and milk chocolate. It also has oatmeal smoothness as it warms.

Taste: Lots of espresso, though it does not overpower the taste buds. However, it does seem to dominate the other flavors, which it keeps cowering in its shadow. Fleeting hints of caramel, chocolate, molasses, and lactose cross the tongue. The mouthfeel is dry, but also a touch creamy.

Drinkability: It is some pretty sinister stuff, and I would not mind drinking it with that chick from the Aaron Rodgers / Discount Double Check commercials (that is, if she has time away from hanging out at her State Farm office). (1,105 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 GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein, the beer is jet black, with a thick, foamy, dense, towering head of tan, big bubbled head. The aroma is bordering on a big bag of coffee grinds, with the slightest hint of dark chocolate hidden in there. Flavors are rich and strong, and heavy in (you guessed it) coffee. Dark roasted and slightly bitter, the coffee profile rides a somewhat creamy and sweet backbone of malt. Flavors are a bit one dimensional. Smooth bodied, but the overt bitterness gives it a somewhat dry feel, as well. Very dynamic on the tongue and in mouth. The head retention is impressive. The aftertaste is a mild version of the taste, with a slowly weening coffee profile. The finish is slightly drying, with a slight linger to the roastiness. Decent, but not amazing. (780 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Near black color where no light shines through. Modest beige head but it leaves plenty of ring lace (bordering on a film of lace).

Mild cocoa aroma with some semi-sweet chocolate, burnt toast and weak coffee.

The flavor is extremely burnt, like from too much black patent malt. It tastes like day old coffee (in a decent way). The body is light with a high carbonation. Very dry and bitter from the overly toasted malts. (422 characters)

Photo of bearsxco
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black as night with a one finger tan head. Consistent lacing that stays on glass. Smells just like a black coffee. Tastes as good as it smells and looks. Coffee right up front with a slight after taste of chocolate. Perfect carbonation and consistency . Not a heavy stout. Can certainly drink more than one. Just a great beer. Glad I tried and will buy more. (371 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 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 MaxSpang
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE

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.

SMELL

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

TASTE

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.

MOUTHFEEL

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.

OVERALL

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.

Cheers. (1,684 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 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 gonuts31
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of davemcr
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (398 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 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 Mikey58
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
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. (810 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 deadbody
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (613 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 womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (364 characters)

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