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CEO Stout - Right Brain Brewery

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CEO StoutCEO Stout

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

05-18-2014 21:11:31 | More by oberon
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-25-2013 11:39:08 | More by DanGeo
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.

07-06-2013 18:37:52 | More by tectactoe
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.

01-13-2011 23:27:33 | More by TCHopCraver
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

02-07-2012 01:20:43 | More by TimoP
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

02-10-2014 15:14:30 | More by mikejonze
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.

10-06-2013 20:42:02 | More by ehammond1
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

10-21-2013 20:13:38 | More by acurtis
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-27-2013 04:15:20 | More by Reappropriated
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-26-2014 22:48:10 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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4/5  rDev +7%

02-07-2014 18:35:28 | More by king75
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

01-08-2013 15:20:13 | More by Sammy
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

09-24-2013 16:58:07 | More by rhoadester69
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-02-2013 23:30:08 | More by Gonzoillini
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.

05-25-2013 06:34:39 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

02-21-2014 06:22:31 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-22-2013 07:32:34 | More by beergorrilla
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

04-12-2013 01:54:52 | More by mzeld
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.

12-08-2008 01:56:53 | More by KC8LTL
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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.

07-19-2014 22:45:04 | More by larryarms847
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-31-2013 19:31:08 | More by DrIPA
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

01-22-2014 01:09:08 | More by Trent
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-13-2014 15:01:22 | More by Adrian-Keith
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

12-10-2013 03:42:10 | More by Stu_Grimson
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-05-2013 21:20:22 | More by Danielr26
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CEO Stout from Right Brain Brewery
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