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CEO Stout | Right Brain Brewery

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Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ffejherb on 12-03-2008

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 302
Photo of Bobsbigbeershow
5/5  rDev +30.2%
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 hosehead83
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into a standard pint glass
Dark black in color with two-inch tan head
Aroma-Dark roasted coffee and chocolate
Taste-I had the growler for over a week before opening, and it being the first one I've ever bought, I was a bit concerned about the carbonation. No worries mate! It poured frothy and true just like on tap. To me it seemed a little mellower than on tap-Still big, in-your-face coffee with dark chocolate notes, but not quite as bitter a finish.
Needless to say, I have no more growler anxiety, as the flavor and freshness was every bit as good as on tap!

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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 GordonQuid
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a Murphy's pub glass.

Black as night with a ruby hue around the rim of the glass. Thick oatmeal head, good thick lace clings.

Smells of dark malts; patent, roast and chocolate. Bready freshness and coffee.

Taste is huge coffee and biscuit, bready chocolate and oatmeal dryness in the finish. This is quite a dynamic stout. This is a bit more mellowed from the staight on-tap I've sampled. Seems to have shifted shape for a week in the growler. Extremely gratifying and sessionable.

Drinkable. YES!

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Photo of GRPunk
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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 NateDyk47
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4 pack of pint cans.

Look: very dark brown, thin tan head, light lacing
Smell: delicious coffee smell, hint of chocolate
Taste: chocolate & coffee, mildly bitter aftertaste
Feel: medium bodied & lightly carbonated. Very drinkable.

Overall: very enjoyable stout. I'll definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of hardysf
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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 ribby
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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 superspak
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was bottled very recently. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas a huge dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, light smoke, and light caramel. Fantastic aromas with great strength and balance of coffee and dark roasted notes. Taste of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, toffee, and caramel. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, toffee, light char, and caramel on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark roasted flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. The big nose didn’t mirror in the taste, but it is still nice. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent coffee stout. Very nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors; and very easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Terry's Terrace in Harrison Township, Michigan for $6.95 a pint.

Appearance: Pitch black. Tan and frothy head... boy is the appearance section of reviews getting redundant... especially for stouts! The lacing is what really makes this beer, though... basically a wall of lacing through the majority of the beer. Above average.

Smell: Espresso/coffee. Through and through. That's really it. Roasty coffee and espresso... what else should I say? One dimensional, but it's what I expected given the beer's description, and it didn't disappoint.

Taste: Espresso/coffee. The oatmeal in this beer adds a silkiness to the mouthfeel, too. Man... this is an easy drinking, tasty beer. Good or bad, whatever you'd consider it, this drinks like a cold, black cup of coffee. A really delicious coffee-forward stout that goes down easy and is very enjoyable.

My first from Right Brain, and it won't be my last. I'm sure my minor buzz has something to do with my elevated ratings for this beer, but dammit, I don't think it'd be much, if any, different if I were completely sober. A stout for the coffee/espresso fan, without a doubt.

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Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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 TX-Badger
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Barnoloid
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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 smalenberg
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint at the Berkley Front.

A - Black as a moonless night with a thin chocolate brown ring of foam.

S - Did I order beer or iced black coffee? Wow that's a lot of coffee! In the best way possible. The deep, rich, roast didn't allow me to get other notes, but it immediately took me back to some of the best cups of coffee I've ever had in France or Italy. No quite espresso, but very rich.

T - This is lovely. Full of rich full-bodied black coffee with none of the bitterness. I'm guessing a debittered black must have been used.

M - Full bodied and complex that lingers on the tongue in the same way coffee does.

O - This is a great beer and highly recommended.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Deuane
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark brown body with ruby highlights with a light tan head that reduced slightly and left decent lacing.

S-Fairly bold coffee with roasted malt accents.

T-Coffee and roasted malt upfront. Nice dry bitter finish form the coffee/hop combo.

M-Medium body and smooth. Good lasting coffee/hop bitterness and flavours.

D-Solid but not spectacular. This one is in need of a bit more boost...in the coffee and body. Like Founders Breakfast Stout Light.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of MikeyRx
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with thin tan head leaving nice lacing.

S- Toasty, chocolate and coffee.

T- Starts with roasty malt, choc nibs, coffee finish and lasting aftertaste.

M- Moderate in body with light carbonation. Very smooth!

Extremely smooth and easy to drink, very coffee stout!

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours in a snifter - Pitch black with a ring of creamy mocha head. Not much lacing or head retention to speak of.

S - Coffee, espresso, chocolate.

T - Bold cofee flavor, espresso, some of the sweetness comes through in the form of chocolate flavors in the back end.

O - Solid stout, I'd love to have this at the brewery in TC. This is definitely worth a try if you can your hands on a bomber.

Notes - 22oz bomber shared by Closer Paul in garage with myself, Tom and DLP while watching the Tigers clinch their 3rd Straight AL Central.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Kerrie
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hmm, I was expecting more from this brew, but perhaps it's better on tap?

A- Pitch black, little head with no retention, and almost no lacing. It does look like black coffee, which is the only way I take my coffee.

S- Smells like coffee, though without the lingering coffee aroma in the air that you'd get from the pot or hot mug.

T- Cold coffee, but not too strong or weak. No complaints here. The coffee aftertaste lingers and that's quite nice.

M- This is where I'm most disappointed. It's way too thin for my tastes. That said, since black coffee isn't as thick as a normal stout, perhaps that's what they were aiming for? I'd prefer it to be a bit creamier, though.

Overall, it delivers as a coffee stout, but I'd rather try something more full-bodied next time.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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 Stevem68
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color with an aroma of coffee and some roasted malts. Flavor is coffee and roasted malts. There's a touch of bitterness from the coffee. This actually drinks pretty light and the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall the is a solid beer but a little lighter than you would think by looking at it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I got a couple bottles of Right Brain's CEO Stout from my friend Ben for Christmas, it came in the limited gift set sold only at the brewery. I tried this beer during my visit to Right Brain in the Fall, I thought it was a nice Coffee Stout, but since Right Brain Just started Bottling their beers and this is the first one they Bottled, I thought I should sit down with a bottle and give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label. it's pretty well done, and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice pitch black color that didn't let any light come through with three fingers worth of fluffy light mocha colored head that died down to a thick ring that left lots of nice lacing. This was a very good looking beer, there was nothing that was wrong with it.

S- The aroma start of with loads of coffee that impart a real nice gourmet coffee aroma that is pretty damn good. After that comes a slight grainy aroma followed by a light amount of caramel and a noticeable amount of dark chocolate to round out the aroma. The aroma was very good, it had a great coffee aroma with some other nice aromas that made it smell more complex then just Black coffee.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but lighter. It starts off with with some coffee flavors that are nice but they aren't as rich and nice as they were in the aroma. After that comes some grainy and roasted malts flavors followed by a lower amount of sweetness. Towards the end comes a slight bit of chocolate followed by a light amount of medium bitterness and some astringent coffee bitterness with a grainy and black coffee like aftertaste. This beer had a nice taste to it, but the thinner flavors held it back from being as good as it could be.

M- Pretty smooth, a little watery, on the thinner side of being medium bodied and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was average, the carbonation and drinkability were good, but it just felt too thin and watery for the style.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and an above average example of the style, it had some great coffee aromas but it fell a little short after that. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth and the flavor did a decent job at holding my attention, a bomber of this is a good amount, I wouldn't want any more than that. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both very good with the aroma having lots of great coffee aspects that I enjoyed. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was just to thin and watery for the style, it would really benefit from a thicker body. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice Coffee Stout, and I recommend giving it a try. All in all I liked this beer but there is room for improvement and it doesn't come close to being my favorite Coffee Stout, Founders Breakfast Stout still holds that title. Nice work Right Brain, It's nice to see you guys getting your brews out there to the public, you can be sure I will be trying some more of their releases. Thanks a lot Ben, this was a kick ass gift.

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