Luna Coffee Stout | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Luna Coffee StoutLuna Coffee Stout

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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of Mikey58
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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.


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Photo of deadbody
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of samie85
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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

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Photo of anglagard1
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of drizzam
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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.


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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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."

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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 Mdog
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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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 n2185
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of Mandark
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of duffcalifornia
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of KeefD
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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