Man, I love stouts. The more the merrier for me, and even on a hot day I have no problem pulling a stout beer out of the fridge, pouring that bad boy, letting it sit for about 5 minutes, and taking it outside and enjoying it on the deck. Some stout lately seem to be more on the porter side of things lately, which is fine, but when I want a stout, I want a thick, creamy, easy drinking brew with hints of chocolate, coffee, and bit of smokiness. So, what does Hinterland give me?
A relatively new brewery to Eastern Iowa shelves is Hinterland Brewery. Located in Green Bay, WI this newcomer can found in just about every liquor store now in Eastern Iowa. Year round offerings from this brewery include their pale ale, amber ale, IPA, and the beer I’m going to review today; their Luna Stout.
From the brewery: ( http://www.hinterlandbeer.com/)
” Luna Coffee Stout pours pitch black with hues deep mahogany. The two finger, fluffy, tan head recedes slowly leaving a nice, full lace for a very impressive look. With a solid, yet not overpowering aroma of coffee, you can still smell a hint of chocolate. The bold, rich taste of creamy coffee doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the flavors leaving a hint of chocolate to finish. On a cold winter night, you couldn’t ask for a better cold beer to warm you up.”
This was a pretty in your face coffee stout. Coffee dominates the senses as you can smell it right when you crack open the bottle. (Side note: Had this on nitro tap at The Old Fashioned in Madison, WI. Great stuff!) The pour is pitch black with the aroma of the coffee blasting through. Flavor is the same; dominate coffee with a hint of bitter dark chocolate. Let’s check my list for the perfect stout:
Creaminess: I would say right in the middle. Not as creamy as I like, but right between a porter and a stout.
Chocolate/Coffee/Smoke: Double Check on the coffee
Easy drinking: Check
All in all, a really great brew that satisfies what most stout fans are looking for. Not a fan of coffee? Then this probably not the brew for you, luckily I’m addicted to coffee so this is right up my alley.
STYLE: Coffee Stout
Purchased at: Hy-Vee
Pour: Black pour, thick tan head.
Aroma: Coffee dominates.
Taste: Luna coffee is the star of this brew.
My recommendations: If you like coffee, this is your stout. Also, this beer comes in 16 oz four packs. So, not your typical sized bottles; lots of beer in one bottle.