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Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 374
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | 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: 114 | Hads: 374
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)

Photo of anglagard1
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of drizzam
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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! (721 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 feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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." (712 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (402 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 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 Mandark
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of KeefD
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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! (806 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of ratedz
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of Greggy
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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..

Solid (251 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 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 mothman
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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. (619 characters)

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 Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,350 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)

Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.