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Luna Coffee Stout | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings:
408
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
25.07%
 
 
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Luna Coffee StoutLuna Coffee Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 09-16-2006

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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 408
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May have poured it too cold, because I dont really get any bubbles or head. hm. Body is pitch black.

Kind of smells like Wake n Bake or FBS. Nice coffee presence with a bit of bitter chocolate floating around in the background.

Oh bitter. oh so freaking bitter. Upfront with espresso beans and 100% Dark bakers chocolate. The base beer is a bit weak, All i get are the coffee and chocolate. Too bitter and unbalanced.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is rich black with brown hints. It has a bubbly head with some lacing.

Nose is rich coffee with sweet malt and toffee.

Taste is plenty of smoke. Coffee tastes burnt. Malt is roasted and tasty; not very sweet at all.

Mouthfeel feels a bit flat: lacking in carbonation but still refreshing.

Overall, it is an alright coffee stout.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe I got a bad bottle but this beer was disappointing. I was expecting a nice frothy stout but got a metallic taste instead. Jet black pour with a medium tan head. Smell is coffee and roasted malts. Flavor was not there, metallic and old coffee taste.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I woke with some coffee stout in my nonic pint.

Appearance- The head is mocha colored and has a width of about a finger. The foam looks dense, and has a smooth lid. The head stays more or less the same until the first sip, then falls quickly, leaving behind small specks of ring-lace. The body is almost an opaque black, but a few dark brown highlights escape.

Smell- Great espresso and coffee bean aroma is mixed with a slightly acidic, roasted character. It could be more pronounced, defined, but it is still appropriate.

Taste- All espresso and coffee bean on this one, there is a nice wallop of roast and acidity in the finish that lasts for a long while. I will admit, it is a little one note, not really any cream or vanilla to accompany the coffee, but that does not make it a bad coffee stout. I think it works just loading up on the coffee bean flavor and letting it ride.

Mouth feel- This one is a little too thin, which is unfortunate with the high acidity from the roast. It leaves the feel at an almost caustic level. I would not call it hard to drink, or an unwelcome one, but this could be done much better.

Overall- Hinterland has brewed a stout that has coffee, coffee, and then more coffee to spare. I really appreciate this beer for that. However, the nose could be just as big as the palate. After all, one of the best parts of coffee are the aromatics. Lastly, beef up that body so that is not like downing a cold cup o' joe.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black coffee hue with a big frothing tan head forming thick, this beer is pitch black it eats all visible light waves. Head leaves behind even patterned speckled lacing as it dwindles. Aroma dark chocolate, strong espresso dark nearly burnt malts. Black patent malt with some coffee notes. As it warms I get more creamed coffee notes in the nose, than I did initially out of the fridge. Dry roasted malts it's a one note flavor profile with dark nearly burnt old coffee water, the texture is so watery for a stout and the Luna Coffee mentioned on the label is lacking big time hints of dry roasted coffee but nothing like I've tasted in other coffee beers. Mild green fruity character shows up after a few sips even hints of sourdough bread, really a dry roasted malt fest. One pint bottles is pretty nice, a beer out of Green Bay, the Steelers would have won the superbowl if this beer were against any of the dark offerings from East End in the Burgh. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh with astringent dark roasted malts and coffee beans, leaves an unpleasant bitterness on the palate and for a stout this is a dry stout with coffee that is remarkably thin for being a stout. Carbonation is moderate doesn't add or take anything away from the party, this is my second straight coffee beer and I'm wide awake...guess what the coffee infused amber ale I just had sleighed this big brusing pitch black coffee stout from the North.

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Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Luna is black, even to the point that scant brown comes through even at the very edges when held directly to the light. The head seems to struggle to form as first but does, to one finger in height. It doesn't last long but doesn't fade away entirely and does leave legs on my snifter.
The aroma evidences heavy malts, as does the flavor. Roast is the main factor, but raw coffee comes through past the char. A bit of bitter cacao natural to the process is also evident. This is pretty straight up. This one does lend itself to a bit of tang and astringency, though, particularly in the finish.
The feel is light for a stout, no question. It has a nice, abiding smoothness but falls a little flat. The roughness of the astrincency translates to a somewhat harsh dryness in the end.
Not bad, all in all. Smooth it out, balance it, get that astringent element out, and it's great.

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Photo of mrelizabeth
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- like a shot of espresso. black, minimal head but present.

s- not a good aroma.

t- surprising. like a gravel road on a rainy day. the simple dark malts compliment a good punch of coffee. nitro helps the flavors blast through.

m- pleasant. the coffee isn't too thick, but does stick around a little bit.

o- our first hinterlands beer. great move to keep it simple. would be a wonderful brunch beer.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: thick, smokey, coffee, roasted bittersweet notes.
Coffee bean, caramel malt nose.
Very dark brown semi opaque with a dark head of lace with lattice on glass. full but not heavy body.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stone pint.

A- pours a dark brown with a 2" thin, bubbly cola head. Some blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- roasted malts, coffee, and nuts.

T- roasted, almost burnt malts. Coffee and some bitter chocolate at the finish.

M- thin body with medium carbonation.

O- ok coffee stout, but needs more body to it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a dense opaque black with a thin tan head even with a rigorous pour it is soon gone. There is a slow gentle carbonation.

S- The coffee black malt has dark rich caramel malt support.

T- The big dark coffee blend with black roasted malt that has some nice dry and chalky qualities and a nice roasted malt linger.

M- The light mouthfeel has a big scrubbing fizzy finish that scrubs the tongue and no alcohol heat.

O- The big coffee softer stout flavor with is rich but not much depth and is a bit thin in the body with a nice dry finish.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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).

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of bearsxco
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of Strix
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of MaxSpang
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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)

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.68/5  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.

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Photo of gonuts31
4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of davemcr
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of beancounter
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.