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CEO Stout - Right Brain Brewery

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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ffejherb on 12-03-2008)
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Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

22 oz. bottle poured into my Samuel Smith Imperial Pint

A- A normal pour creates a 1-1/2 finger, dense, brown head atop a near jet body. Sustain is quite good and there's great stick left on the glass.

S- Loads of coffee. A little chocolate and other sugary sweetness. I'm thinking something along a Mack Fudge coffee with a single cream and a packet of Sugar in the Raw. The coffee gets even bolder with a little time to open up and warm slightly.

T- A little sweeter than the aroma lets on. Stills loads of medium-dark roast coffee and hints of chocolate and vanilla, especially in the finish.

M- Full bodied and quite viscus. Creamy carbonation. Really nice feel.

O- Awesome coffee stout. I would definitely buy this again. At a $6.99 for the 22, it's not too far off the better 12 oz'ers in a 4 or 6- pack. I really enjoy how robust the flavor is while clocking in at a modest 5.5% ABV.

GRPunk, Mar 31, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -7%

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.

oberon, May 18, 2014
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

DanGeo, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Black as night, with pretty much no shade of anything resembling color thoughout the entire body, even at the very edges. A frothy, light-mocha cap sits pretty and takes its time receding down towards the brew, all while leaving some hefty lacing along the sides of the glass.

Deep coffee makes up the largest portion of the aromatic profile, with a nice mix of bitter roast and creamy sweet, with a slightly larger lean towards the roasty side. Undertones of bittersweet cocoa and a sweet, oat softness transpose in and out, but this is pretty much coffee all day. It actually smells damn good if you're a coffee fanatic; not far from a black, roasty, iced coffee.

The aroma got me pretty excited to finally try the brew, but the first sip leaves me disappointed, namely with the mouth feel. I want it to be thicker. Much thicker. It's almost watery thing and it dissipates from my mouth quickly with ever sip. I know it's only 5.5% ABV, but I've had plenty of lower ABV oatmeal stouts that still had creamy, thick, and smooth bodies... This one does not.

Despite the lackluster build of the beer, the flavors are decent enough. Again, mostly coffee beans, roasty and lightly creamy, with a residual backdrop of mild brown sugar and roasted malt. The finish is packed with even more coffee, and the mouth is left with something resembling nuttiness; kind of woodsy and dry. A hint of chocolate pops through here and there, but is nothing but a bit-part.

Oats don't contribute much to the flavor, and certainly not to the mouth feel. Wait... this beer *does* have oatmeal, right? I was under the impression that CEO = chocolate, espresso, oatmeal, or at least that's what I heard. Either way, it smells great, tastes alright, but feels closer to water than a true stout. The mouth feel was killin' it for me, otherwise it's not a bad choice.

tectactoe, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

I had this at Right Brain on 1/11/11.

CEO Stout is handed to me looking somewhere in between dark brown and black. The head is of a dark khaki to light mocha color and is fairly negligible. There is not much lacing left behind save for some tiny dots on the pint glass.

Coffee is the main component in the bouquet and is supported nicely by roasted malts when agitated. I can also smell some light notes of bitter chocolate and nuttiness.

Coffee also takes the lead in the taste, with undertones of roasted malt, bitter cocoa, and peanut. I also taste a bit of dairy creaminess in the middle of a draught. The finish is a pleasant combination of bittering hops and acidic coffee.

This beer plays between light and medium in my mouth and is just a little creamy and silky. There is a lingering bitterness on my palate post-sip from the hops and coffee.

I found this to be a nicely drinkable stout and the most enjoyable Right Brain brew that I have had to date. It was very approachable and had a lot of good coffee stout characteristics going for it.

TCHopCraver, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev -19.8%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of mikejonze
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

mikejonze, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

ehammond1, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +7%

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.

Brenden, Wednesday at 09:07 PM
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Reappropriated, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

SoCalBeerIdiot, May 26, 2014
Photo of king75
4/5  rDev +7%

king75, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%

Very coffee, that is cold coffee, some expresso. Creamy mouthfeel. Big coffee aroma. Black with a llittle head, lacey. Average all around. Bottle from Steve in Warren.

Sammy, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of rhoadester69
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

rhoadester69, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Gonzoillini, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

650 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Mostly black. Some head. Not a lot. No wisps or lace.

Smell - Lots of coffee. Dominates the aroma. A little vanilla. Just a hint of beer back there.

Taste - Again the coffee dominates. Vanilla. Really strong coffee. Weak stout behind it. Just a bit of distinct malt roast.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Easy drinking stout.

Overall - Great coffee and mediocre beer. Great coffee really redeems it though.

Alieniloquium, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

beergorrilla, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

mzeld, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of KC8LTL
3.48/5  rDev -7%

This was one of the first beers I had from Right Brain when they opened last year. Since then I have had it quite a few other times. This is the beer that made me sit up and notice as a local that the new place had some decent beer. That said...

Appearance - inviting head that stays but doesn't get in the way.

Smell - Rich coffee, but not overboard. I'm not a coffee drinker, but this is still inviting.

Taste - Good, but honestly I was wanting and expecting more. Founders Breakfast Stout and Shorts Cuppa Joe just have so much more going on.

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery. I don't know what exactly it is, but it just seems like something is missing.

Drinkablity - Good sessionable Coffee Stout.

KC8LTL, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

larryarms847, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

DrIPA, May 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Trent, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Adrian-Keith, Jul 13, 2014
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CEO Stout from Right Brain Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.