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Luna Coffee Stout | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Luna Coffee StoutLuna Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States

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: 414
Photo of KTCamm
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark black, some foam. Mostly settles but light layer remains. Rich malty nose, nutty, with just a hint of coffee. Dark chocolate too. The taste is much more coffee than not. Full & throughout. Roasted bitter close. Smooth mouthfeel. Need a little more balance.

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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 mothman
3.45/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of mverity
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, creamy looking black with a large creamy deep-tan head. Very good lacing, very good legs. Thick wisps on the surface and medium collar. Aroma and taste are of very deep malt, burnt coffee, and dark chocolate. Full body and low carbonation lend to a great thick, rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark looking pour, some ruby on the edges in light. Light brown head that laces nicely. The nose is aggressive bitter coffee. That pretty much overpowers any other aromas. The taste follows suit, the intense, bitter coffee is the star. I do like that flavor, but prefer it a bit more subdued in a beer. The body is only medium and the carbonation is a bit high for the style. A solid coffee stout, particularly if you like the aggressive bitter versions of the style.

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

Pint bottle. Dark dark brown pour, miniscule light tan head.

Aroma, coffee, roast malt, light anise and cocoa.

Taste, coffee, near burnt malt, dark chocolate. Anise, light pine peaks through at the end.

Light side of mid bodied. Just a tad watery, but the carbonation is light so it is not prickly. Drinks pretty easy.
A bit one dimensional, but it is advertised as such. Worth trying, a pretty sessionable coffee stout.

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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 mjpolzin
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown towards black with a tan head that leaves ample lacing.

The smell is of roasted iced coffee.

The taste is of coffee grounds - iced and roasted with sweet dark malt undertone. The taste of coffee (not espresso - much more American black coffee) is roasty enough in the finish - nearly hits burnt.

Plenty of coffee here. The dark malt, other than a hint towards chocolate doesn't do much to add to the complexity - It is heavily roasted black coffee overall.

It's coffee with a dark malt backing.

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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 flexabull
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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 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 Victory_Sabre1973
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours pitch black, with minimal head. The nose is coffee, which is to be expected. The taste is fairly coffee flavored. It is kinda wattery feeling, though.

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Photo of minterro
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at a local market place in Beloit WI. Recommended from my cousin Meghan. As a packers fan with a cat named Luna couldn't really resist buying this one.

4 pints for around 12 dollars.

A&S: very sweet coco and mocha aromas from this one. Jet black colored beer, like pretty watery from the pour. Nice tan head that sticks around for a while.

T&M: Very different from the smell, not a whole lot upfront or mid except for hints of caramel. Pretty bitter (like a burnt coffee) even for the style. Very drinkable, not very thick, semi smooth pretty average for the style.

Overall: Elements of this beer are excellent, but the taste is really not great and it really takes away from the good elements.

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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 MickeyBeer
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a pint bottle from the local Binny's. Never really heard of it before, but I thought I would give it a try.

A- Pours an almost opaque black color with a little bit of tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Pretty lightly carbonated and no real lacing to speak of.

S- The smell has a good deal of coffee aromas as well as chocolate. Sweet and malty, but no real hop aroma.

T- Pretty sweet taste, a lot of coffee flavor as well as chocolate.

M- I was surprised at how light the mouthfeel of this beer is. It is not as creamy or chewy as most other stouts.

O- A solid stout for the price. Not the most complex beer for the style, but still a flavorful brew.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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).

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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 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 onefortheroad74
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great beer, not necessarily an easy beer but definitely not pretentious. Great nose of roasted grains and black coffee. A bit more carbonation than expected but it worked. This is a great choice for the stout fan or coffee lover. Not a quaffer but not a one pint princes. Overall better than average for the style, an overall good choice.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle, courtesy of eorwar (thanks Erik!), into a CCB tulip. No dating on the bottle.

A - Pours a nearly coffee-black, with soft highlights against the light. Huge, pillowy three fingers of head, with great lacing and good retention.

S - Cocoa and milk chocolate, and plenty of medium-roast coffee, without the staleness that coffee stouts can have so often.

T - More bitter than I would've guessed. Chocolate takes a back seat to the coffee, which now comes across a little stale, and then some hoppy bitterness takes over.

M - It seems fairly creamy at first, but finishes watery. I'd like it to be more full to help support the coffee flavors. Long-ish dry finish.

O - Usually by this time of year I've finished off all of my coffee stouts, so it's nice once in a while to pull one out and remind myself what I like about them. This was good but not great; middle of the pack.

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Photo of zac16125
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint glass into a mug

Received this as an extra, thanks!

A: Pours a completely opaque jet black with a huge 2.5 fingers width of dense light mocha colored head, which hangs around forever until it dissipates down to a drinkable level.  Leaves a good amount of lacing down the side of the glass.  Really pretty beer.  

S: A little bit of coffee, an acidic/medicinal character, a touch of sweet malts. Not very impressive here.

T: Lots of roasted malt, milk chocolate, mild coffee notes, some bitterness on the finish.  Simple, but very tasty.

M/D: Smooth, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, good drinkability.  

O: Overall, a solid brew here. Real disappointing nose, but the taste and mouthfeel make up for it. Paired perfectly with a large Sunday brunch of bacon eggs and cinnamon pancakes.   I would drink again.  

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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
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