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CEO Stout - Right Brain Brewery

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CEO StoutCEO Stout

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44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 280
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 30.83%
Wants: 11
Gots: 51 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ffejherb on 12-03-2008

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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 280
Photo of SometimesIfart
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Right Brain CEO Stout.

Always ultra excited to try beer from an up and coming brewerh in my home state. Only jjst now started making its way to Southeast Michigan about a month ago. Found a single pint for 2.99 at my local craft shop and I'm really hoping for the best. First beer out of a brewery can leave a lasting impression. Enough talk, let's drink.

Look - From the sixteen ounce can hardpoured into a pint glass. This beer pours pitch black with a hands worth of some of the deepest mocha head I have ever seen ln any beer ever. The head is quite bubbly and lokks exceptionally creamy. Carbonation is impossible to get a true read on due to the depth of the brew. The head has thus far stuck around for quite some time as I am still unable to complete my pour. Finally finished and it js a beauty. After finishinf the drink only a lower medium level of stick remains in the glass.

Smell!- The nose is very much alike most canned lower ABV stouts. The biggest difference I'm noticing is that there is an almost wheat like presence here. Aside from that it brings a light amout of coffee and roasted malta with a tinge of meat smokiness upon a hard whiff.

Taste - The flavor profile starts off and largely remains a weaker to moderate amount of dark roast coffee and dark roastsed maltiness. A bit of a fruity like sweetness also becomes quite apparent as you allow the beer to really sit and warm. The coffee flavors linger around the mouth for an eternity though it doesn't come through as strong as you may like.

Feel - The feel is quite mouth filling although a tad on the watery side. Coffee flavors remain althroughout and the tongue is coated in a nice creamyness as expected due to the exceptional amount of head retention. The beer swallows easy and coffee like with a moderate level of bitterness. No sign of the alcohol pretty much as expected.

Overall - A typical lower ABV commercial stout for people who want an all day drinker that won't get them overly hammered. I would compare this heavily to the rochester mills milkshake stout though with a bit of an amped up flavor profile. Not exactly impressive, but also not bad whatsoever. For the price I do not think I would purchase this beer again. But as always, grab one and try it for yourself..

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives pitch black with a two finger head that leaves a decent amount of lacing

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, with roast, char and caramel underneath

Taste: Roast and chocolate tones, up front, with caramel adding some sweetness; earthy hop flavors build in the middle, along with the coffee and roast flavors in the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent beer but in a world filled with coffee stouts, this one doesn't stand out

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a thin halo of tan head. Nose of heavy roast and campfire smoke, rich toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Flavors are heavy smoke forward, with charcoal heavy notes, and a bitter roasted coffee backbone. Smooth and dry bodied, with a coffee and campfire aftertaste. The finish is smooth, light, and dry. Good beer.

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Photo of justinp444
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint it has a inch thick beige head of foam and a black body. Smell of coffee and chocolate with a small amount of roasted malt and a very sweet vanilla backing. Taste is a bit soda like but still drinkable with a large amount of coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt, just a bit of chocolate and only slightly watered down. It has a full moderately+ carbonated mouth feel with a bit of a moderate watered down body. A little bit too much crisp carbonation.

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Photo of miwestcoaster
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- dark body and tan head. Looks promising.
S- coffee and roasted malt.
T- some coffee but not much else.
M- very thin for a stout. I thought I was drinking an ale.
O- below average for a stout. Not recommended.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one right from the can and poured into goblet. Aroma is pure roasted coffee, slightly burnt. Not much in the way of any other notes. Taste follows, lots of roasted coffee and the bitter kind of bite that goes with. Mouthfeel is medium, towards the thin side. Decent, especially if you love coffee.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can pour. Kicks up a big frothy off white/tan head. Crackles with the coffee notes on the nose. Looks to all intents and purposes like a cold brew coffee. Undeniably, the mouthfeel is quite thin but retains a slight milky cream taste to it which adds a little more body. It is a little one note but if that is what you came here for then you are in business. A decent light stout for when you are not looking for something too heavy.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark chocolate brown. Light khaki head. Minimal lacing. Smells of burnt coffee. Taste is almost the same as smell. With little more cocoa, slight creme flavor and more bitter coffee taste. After taste is defintley coffee forward.
Not one of my favorite coffee stouts but still tasty. Also had this on tap and was waaay better then in the can.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated can at 51 degrees into snifter
Aroma strong coffee initially, weakens but still lasts throughout consumption
Head average (three cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring and broken layer.
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor predominantly coffee; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very strong coffee flavor, but I really enjoyed it. I described it to friends as "being punched in the mouth by Juan Valdez" because the coffee dominates, but as a coffee drinker I think it is nice.

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Photo of hardysf
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a thick caramel color head. Looks very nice in the glass. Not overpowering, but gentle smell of coffee and roasted chocolate.

Taste of black coffee with some balanced sweetness. Its a little thin and maybe slightly a tad too much carbonation which brings out the thinness just a bit.

Very solid regular stout. Will continue to be a go to when looking for a simple stout.

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Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pounder can into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a tan head. Some spotty lace clings to the glass and overall the brew looks good.

The smell is chocolate upfront with plenty of toast and coffee. It has a very sweet aroma that does not transcribe to the flavor.

The taste is more coffee forward than the nose suggests with an abundance of chocolate and some earth. Fruity alcohol is present mid-palate along with a mild bitterness to the finish.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Overall not a bad brew.

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Photo of Bobsbigbeershow
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite stout. Copious amounts of fresh coffee are used to brew the beer, to great affect. It's a coffee stout that actually will perilous up, perfect for a mid afternoon pint. You can find it in 16oz cans in just about any Michigan grocery store. For a 22oz bottle, check you're favorite beer store.

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Photo of ribby
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, with bown moderately creamy head. Aroma shows the roasted malt. Taste is towards the malty end, with significant roasted flavor but not crossing into bitterness. A hint of nuttiness and chocolate in the malt. A little under hopped, perhaps, but they got the malt perfect for a stout, so that is not a problem at all. Not just for stout fans.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful looking beer. Roasty and deep with chocolate and espresso on the tongue, plus a little malty sweetness comes through. Slight hops bitterness which lasts into the aftertaste. A little thin but probably appropriate for the style.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with khaki colored head. Just like the name says, there is chocolate, espresso, and oats on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some roasted malt.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Tasting 9/9/14

This is a black brew with a brown head about half a finger tall. It shows good retention and leaves lacing that's thin and bubbly but lots of it.
These guys got what they were going for. This thing smells like just-roasted coffee. There may be a little around it besides the coffee that does contribute, but there's no question the coffee is the show. I didn't know what this was before I drank it. There's a bit of toffee and a bit of toast/smoke around it, but this stout is barely distinguishable, and in fact basically tastes like carbonated coffee.
It does run thin for a stout, and I would say the body needs to be perked up and fuller. The roast runs through and dries it out, but adds a little too much as well. It's fairly smooth but there's a little interference.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%

1 PINT can
Served in a snifter

It is black as night. It was capped with three inches of mocha head that didn't stick around long leaving little lacing.

The smell is fresh roasted coffee.

The taste is loaded with coffee. It even coats my tongue like or the rare occasion that I imbibe a cup of joe.

The mouthfeel is where this beer is flawed. It is watery for a stout.

I liked this beer. It is loaded with coffee aroma and flavor. This is my first Right Brain beer, and I look forward to many more.

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Photo of rjp217
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can, no date...

A - Black as night, decent head but dissipates quickly. Lace is there but doesn't retain very well

S - Nice black coffee aroma, slightly nutty, cocoa powder

T - Coffee upfront, dark dark chocolate prevails, slightly bitter

M - Extremely thin feel, watered down

O - I get the low ABV to try and make it sessionable but I don't want to session coffee stouts. I think the coffee presence and taste is really good though. The dark chocolate is mentionable but the problem is it is way too thin and watered down. This brew is pretty average across all categories but the bottom line is that it has good initial coffee flavor but is too thin and has a watery presence that knocks it down a notch.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRPunk for the can, via the EPL Fantasy BIF. The can is awesome. Tasted 1 July 2014.

Pours dark, nearly black, but coffee brown at the edges. One finger of medium-light tan head, good retention and lacing. For a relatively low ABV stout, it's really nice.

Smell is coffee straight up. It's smooth and clean, but potent. The stout behind it it just robust enough to provide support.

Taste is a bit lacking. The coffee comes through more bitter, the stout is mostly char. It's just not full enough.

Feel is decent. Medium-light body, carbonation on the low side. Lingers charred bitter on the tongue.

This beer started strong, but faded as I worked my way through reviewing it. Needs more body, either in the feel or the flavor. Not bad, but didn't live up to what it appeared.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful tar black with a huge, light brown head.

Smells of coffee (obviously right?), roasted coffee malts, and nuts.

See above: This brew is pretty straightforward, coffee that is slightly nutty and a slight chocolate undertone.

This portion killed it for me, the thin mouthfeel is a shame. I wanted to see a bold and luscious mouthfeel to accompany the smell and flavors of this beer.

Overall, meh.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with reddish brown hue with a quick to fade beige colored head atop.Some coffee roast and char in the nose,as expected the coffee roast play a major role,some mild molasses is in there as well.Light and a little prickly in the feel,i was hoping for more of a creaminess to the body.Flavors of heavy coffee roast with a little mocha added,some earthiness in the finish.It's ok but a little lackluster in my opinion,now on a nitro draft/can....probably a different story.

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Photo of Vogie
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would consider this more of a Breakfast Stout light, which is actually quite nice. It has a great coffee and chocolate presence throughout, although it holds off on the thickness and lingering bitterness that you might expect in a stout. It may lack in the mouthfeel department, yet I strangely enjoyed the higher carbonation that was present. A nice session stout (if there is such a thing) or even introductory stout for those new to the style. This is my first beer from Right Brain and I really enjoyed it!


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Photo of Mavigo
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this off tap at HopCat in East Lansing. Was served in a pint.

A: Is a rich, dark black-brown color with a beige head with ample amounts of lacing.

S: Rich and sweet. Coffee, toffee, milk chocolate, barley, oats

T: Delicious. Very chocolatey and sweet. Tastes of coffee, oats, malts, barley as well but its really sweet in a milk chocolate kind of way.

M: Full bodied brew that is well balanced in terms of flavor and has good carbonation to it.

O: I bought this on a whim and I was not disappointed. Right Brain seems like a great little brewery from the northern part of my state. Bravo, try it.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Spartan213!

A deep black that leaves great lacing down the glass. Very sticky. Somewhat persistent light brown head of small bubbles. Very pretty, especially for a low ABV stout.

Nice roasted coffee notes throughout, along with more simple and straightforward black and dark malts. A hint of vanilla.

The flavor follows the aroma. Nice cold-pressed coffee character without any of the stale coffee flavor I sometimes worry about in beers like this. A hint of vanilla and definite chocolate emerge as well.

Thinner-medium bodied, though appropriate.

Very nice lower ABV coffee stout. A great Sunday beer to enjoy while watching football.

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CEO Stout from Right Brain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.