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CEO Stout - Right Brain Brewery

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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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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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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

10-21-2013 20:13:38 | More by acurtis
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

06-10-2014 00:40:43 | More by Texasfan549
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

06-10-2014 00:32:19 | More by kjkinsey
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

10-24-2013 05:22:53 | More by ygtbsm94
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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-10-2013 17:44:37 | More by imperialking
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

07-27-2014 01:45:45 | More by drewone
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

02-10-2013 04:58:01 | More by superspak
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-02-2013 23:30:08 | More by Gonzoillini
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

11-23-2012 02:00:43 | More by dmorgan310
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

10-15-2012 03:30:36 | More by Zaphog
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-20-2013 21:17:23 | More by tobelerone
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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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4/5  rDev +7%

03-12-2013 21:58:07 | More by chippo33
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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
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New York

1/5  rDev -73.3%

03-09-2013 03:23:04 | More by BGsWo22
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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at Right Brain Brewery on 11/29/08. Described as follows: "Made with espresso from Great Northern Roasting Company. Roasted and delivered in the hour for this fine beer."

A - Deep, dark brown body with walnut hues and patchy burnt tan head that left decent lacing around the glass.

S - Big coffee aroma overall with dark roasted malt and earthy hop notes as well.

T - The coffee and roasted malt character persists throughout, with some astringent nuttiness emerging in the backend. This stout finishes with an earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a smooth, warm mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This one finishes with quite a good bit of bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty solid coffee stout overall, although I'd like to see more of a cream/vanilla sweetness to balance out the bitterness. Otherwise, this stout was quite nice.

12-03-2008 18:11:56 | More by ffejherb
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4/5  rDev +7%

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.

12-06-2008 12:24:57 | More by Deuane
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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
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4/5  rDev +7%

12-27-2013 18:09:36 | More by tommy5
Photo of Bung


3.69/5  rDev -1.3%

22oz. Picked up in GR on a trip home. A very dark black pour, just a thin layer of tan head. Minimal retention or lacing.

Aroma, a nice coffee, some chocolates and hazelnut. Roast malt is pretty faint.

Taste, Again a real nice coffee and hazelnut. Some more roast malt here. Coffee and light anise finish. Definetely a coffee forward brew.

A little on the lighter side, making it quite a nice session type stout. No alcohol to speak of.
Maybe a could use a little more stout to round things out, but coffee beer fans will approve.

07-31-2013 02:14:03 | More by Bung
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-13-2013 00:08:00 | More by hilgart1
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-30-2013 22:32:42 | More by mrebeka
Photo of StoutHunter


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

01-01-2013 22:19:21 | More by StoutHunter
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CEO Stout from Right Brain Brewery
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