“Opaque, black, coffee-like character. Bold, rich and creamy, hint of chocolate in finish.”
The Luna Coffee Stout is the third beer I’ve had from this Green Bay based brewery and restaurant. They also have a Gastropub in Milwaukee and an affiliated inn and restaurant in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. All three of these beers came by way of “Frequent Commenter Ben,” who snagged them on a recent trip up north.
The Amber Ale, which I did not review here, was an interesting twist on what can be a rather mundane style. There was a certain roasty-ness and kick of caramel that set it apart. The second offering I sampled was the Winter Land, which I enjoyed while watching people trying to dig out from 20 inches of snow in Chicago. As a stand alone porter this beer was solid, but what really did it for me was the addition of juniper berries that gave it a nice aroma of freshly sanded wood. I actually sampled the Luna Coffee Stout the same day as the Winter Land but thought I would save it for another time. This is that time.
The commercial description of this beer says it all. Honestly. It did pour an opaque black. I could almost shave using the reflection in the glass. It also produced a huge, tan head that billowed and bubbled before slowly fading away leaving gobs of sticky lacing on the glass.
The nose gave off aromas reminiscent of walking in to a local coffee shop. Not a Starbucks, mind you, but somewhere that brews a cup of joe that isn’t quite as strong. The flavors are dominated by subtle notes of coffee and espresso, freshly poured creamer and chocolate. The body of this beer is just about perfect; it’s not too heavy nor is it too watery.
If you want a bold, in your face coffee stout then this isn’t for you. But if you want a well balanced stout that also happens to have a nice bit of coffee to it then this is right up your alley.