Planet Bean Coffee Stout - Spring House Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottle shared by a generous soul - thanks to whoever you are.
Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of robust coffee on top of more coffee. Roasted malt aromas and unsweetened chocolate aromas are present as well but the coffee is in charge.
Tastes good. Roasted malt flavors with hints of char kick things off and are almost immediately overtaken by roasted coffee flavors. The roasted malt flavors fall out midway through the sip, leaving coffee and light char to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.
Drinakbility is good. I finished my glass and could have another without any problems.
Overall the nose on this beer is very nice however the flavor profile just wasn't fleshed out as well as I'd hoped. Still, this is a very good coffee beer that's worth a shot.
05-20-2010 20:57:05 | More by glid02
2.45/5 rDev -39.2%
Poured from a 22oz bottle to a 14oz snifter.
Appearance: Removing the cap from the bottle produces a loud pop! The contents quickly attempts to erupt from the bottle. Luckily just covering the top keeps the contents at bay. A slow pour is required to keep the foamy head in check. Pours dark black with a puffy fluffy mahogany head.
Smell: Very little coffee, odd tart cherry aromas overwhelm everything else.
Taste: The flavors follow the nose. A little bit of coffee and roasted malt are quickly over powered by tart cherry and a slightly metallic taste. Finishes very acidic.
Mouthfeel: Over carbonated and thin.
Overall: This bottle is clearly infected. I've been wanting to try this for quite a while, but this was a real let down. I hope I get the chance to revisit this with a better batch.
03-20-2013 02:00:51 | More by dc55110
3/5 rDev -25.6%
Many thanks to JMFoster for this one. I love a good coffee beer!
This is also #BOTG 24! And, a nice Astros win over the Mets to celebrate here today.
Poured from bottle into CBS Snifter. Huge carbonation on this, loosely connected brown tan fluffy head. Almost a gusher. After getting it into the glass, its a rich black color, the tan head remaining floats around the top of the glass. Smell- roasted malt, espresso, chocolate. A weird tart whiff...marachino cherries? strange to be in this beer. Taste- stingy carbonation, the espresso and roasty notes are there, but so is an off tart flavor. Uh oh...I think we might have an infection here. The mouthfeel and stingy carbonation is a major detractor from this beer's appeal, and the tart presence bothers me. Other than that, this is a decent take on a coffee beer.
05-03-2012 00:41:27 | More by lnashsig
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
Review from notes. Consumed at the Moo Bar.
A: Pours practically black with a very large tan colored head. Upon opening the growler, the carbonation caused a little bit of an overflow. Nice retention and lacing.
S: Tons of coffee beans and coffee grounds. There is a little bit of underlying roasted malt and a little chocolate, but the coffee dominates the aroma.
T: Similarly coffee forward. Not quite as strong as the aroma, but the coffee still dominates the flavor profile, a combination of grounds and beans. A little bit of chocolate, but like the aroma, the coffee dominates.
M: Medium bodied, maybe a tad thin, but moderate carbonation.
01-29-2012 21:31:54 | More by mdaschaf
4.15/5 rDev +3%
Spring House- Planet Bean
A- Deep dark brown with a small filmy creamy tan head. Small 1 ring of lacing.
S- Fresh medium to dark roast coffee beans. Very pungent, amazing!
T- Sweet black coffee. Deep dark roasted beans. Fresh and strong coffee.
M- Like most others around here this was a bit thin and watery. Very little bitterness or astringency. Sweet sugary but a bit watery.
Overall- Amazing aroma and good fresh bean flavor. Find this 1.
02-19-2010 17:46:54 | More by NJpadreFan
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
from brief notes
A: Dark Black with a fluffy mocha colored head that was over an inch thick, retained quite well and left very good lacing
S: Serious coffee smell that was pretty sweet with a nice bit of roastiness and some milk chocolate notes.
T: Very coffee forward and nicely balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Also some milk chocolate and mocha notes.
M: There is a slight bit of chalkiness but there is no booze and it is nicely creamy.
D: I split the growler with two other people and think i could have had pleny more. It is not heavy and just goes down real fast
12-28-2009 00:58:50 | More by mikey711
4.6/5 rDev +14.1%
From a growler purchased at the brewery. Into an oversized tulip glass.
Pours the exact color of a coffee bean. Black with a brownish sheen to it. 2 fingers of rich and creamy mocha colored head sit on top, which bottoms out into a spotty layer of foam. This fires up immediately when swirled into a nearly 3/4 finger of rigid retention that just doesn't quit, leaving a frothy latticework of light tan lacing that just drenches the sides of the glass. Hot damn, this looks delicious! Like an iced coffee in my glass! Good god, the aroma is just buzz inducing, with espresso character that completely dominates the nose. Fortunately it doesn't overdo it though, with a back layer of slightly astrigent (and a bit smokey) roasted notes and a fairly supportive dose of sweetness that's definitely there but isn't readily distinguisable at first because of all that rich coffee character. Head brewer Matt Keasey used the cold-seeping technique to get his coffee extract and it really shows it here in the aroma. Just fabulous!
The taste pretty much brings the same awesomeness to the table. Maybe not quite as in-your-face as the aroma but still pretty darn great. Just layers upon layers of acrid espresso, roasted bitterness, and underlying chewy chocolate sweetness that coats the mouth. Roasted grains and coffee just LINGER long and loud on the palate with a steady dry bitterness that has my mouth begging for a sip of water between gulps of this spectacular java infused Stout! The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy in the mouth, with carbonation that has a stiff prickly feel to it at times (that helps bring out all of those roast and coffee accents) yet still maintains an overall soft feel as well. And this stuff is 7%? Get the F' out! This went down about as smooth as can be.
Hands down, thee best locally produced Coffee Stout that I've ever had and this one ranks right up there at the top with the best that I've ever had period! Not bad for a first time effort from a brewer that "just wanted to get one more Stout out before spring started". Awesome.
03-11-2009 12:20:46 | More by Kegatron
4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
Growler provided by a great BA, Akorsak. Served in a Pint Glass at an annual Christmas Party.
A: Looks like black coffee in my glass, a portent perhaps? Half a finger of Mocha head that vanishes fairly fast. Not much lacing going on.
S: Mega blast of intense roasted, bitter black coffee. Insanely potent to the point that you question, is it really beer in my glass???
T: First sip is as quoted from my friend "A punch in the face from Juan Valdez." That is pretty spot on, but I'd also add an intense burning from the bitterness on the finish. After a few more sips it starts to become very enjoyable. This beer is really all about the coffee. Next to the big roastiness, espresso and chocolate flavors are the most noticeable. Easily the most coffee forward beer I've ever had. Could be a little more balanced with more chocolate flavors, but that'd most likely detract from what makes this brew so unique.
M: Medium bodied. Carbonation was very spot on, but I would have liked the beer to be a bit thicker.
D: Seeing how I took down about half a growler of this in an evening, I'd say it's pretty drinkable. The 7% ABV is hardly noticeable, and the biggest drawback is the harsh bitterness from the coffee.
Before trying Planet Bean, I'd heard how crazy the coffee was in this stout. Turns out the hype lived up in this case as this is the most coffee intense beer I've ever had. This is a delight for coffee stout fans (and probably most coffee drinkers I'd assume).
12-27-2009 03:54:21 | More by heliosphann
4.15/5 rDev +3%
A firkin of Planet Bean with vanilla beans at Al's of Hampden. Jwiss and Stormking were lurking, harassing the pups...
A: The stout is appropriately black, a darkness that is at once comforting and forboding. A thin, cask-y head can along and was quickly gone.
S: The nose is the richest, smoothest coffee around, an aromatic wonderland punctuated by sweet vanilla beans. A nice ale to sniff.
T: The vanilla is stronger than I was expecting, able to deftly overpower most of the rich coffee base. That coffee, normally a bright intense dose, is more restrained, having been soothed out in the firkin. Still good, the coffee lacks something that the vanilla is glad to fill in for. The underlying stout is still mild, a nice take on the regular stout style.
M: The vanilla stands out, perhaps more than it should. Good news is that it doesn't turn the ale into a sugary wasteland. There is still plenty of Planet Bean goodness to supplement the vanilla beans.
I came to Al's for the IPA Good Friday and instead started off with an American stout. Yes, it's that good.
04-22-2011 17:00:18 | More by akorsak
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
Before I can even get to the review, I have to note that this cork is toughest that I've encountered... That's not a knock nor a compliment, just an observation...
A - An active cascading pour gives way to two plus fingers worth of brown chunky and slightly rocky head with modest retention that gives way to a full rich frothy lace... Opaque abyss black color... Trace amounts of lacing clings to the glass...
S - It should come as no surprise the the coffee dominates the nose, and while its quite potent I expected slightly more... The coffee scent is reminiscent of a cup of french pressed dark roast.. Also present are some very faint hints of roasted malt and even fainter hints of dark chocolate...
T - The intense coffee flavor dominates the palette... Some roasted malt and a touch of licorice rise on the finish..
M - Terrific... Lush and creamy... Medium to full bodied... Just the slightest touch of carbonation... A little on the thin side, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing in this case...
D - One of the most insanely quaffable stouts that I've ever encountered... Remarkably smooth, especially given the intensity of the coffee components... Even more impressive is that this offering comes from microbrewery host in a barn in Amish country... This one gets bonus points for that...
04-18-2010 02:10:47 | More by philbe311
3.05/5 rDev -24.3%
Dark as night, with a nice mocha-esque head.
Dark, roasted coffee jumps out at you, with some chocolate, and roasted malty notes.
Taste is very much coffee forward, but unfortunately, thats the bulk of what I can get from it..nothing really else. While the coffee taste is great, a one-pump-chump does not a great beer make. Aside from a slightly bitter finish, complex is far from a descriptor here.
Even for merely an American stout, the body is a bit thin and lacking, though creamy.
Smelled wonderful, lacked in complexity, and overall wouldn't seek out again. Glad the bottle was shared.
01-23-2011 05:11:48 | More by EgadBananas
4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
Growler to pint glass, filled by the brewer at the barn.
A: Jet black and COMPLETELY opaque, even when held up to light. Anywhere between an average and a large head, depending on your pour. Frothy, a little creamy and an uneven rocky cap with various peaks here and there. The head lasts fairly long and eventually reduces to a film where most of the bubbles build up along the edge of the glass. After an aggressive pour, it is a real treat to watch the head settle. The darker, denser bubbles play "plinko" as they bounce around and fall down in between the lighter colored bubbles.
S & T: First place goes to the freshly brewed, roasted coffee aromatics. They are up front and in your face. Honorable mention goes to the caramel and chocolate chip cookie malt backbone. The sweet malts are huge but out-duelled. The hops are almost non existent but the resin does pull through. Both the smell and taste are incredible and the few points each category lost were due to lack of complexity. If you enjoy a stout dominant in coffee aroma and flavor, this is DEFINITELY for you.
M: Medium to full body, almost no detectable alcohol. Great carbonation and still very smooth. Lightly bitter.
D: Drinks incredibly well for such an assertively flavored brew. I will be back to Spring House before the last batch of this seasonal goes.
11-29-2009 20:15:35 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.93/5 rDev +22.3%
Oh snap. I get to try the Planet Bean. I had waited a long, long time to try this one. 750ml bottle was corked and caged, and served at cellar temp. Poured into a pint glass and this one were consumed on 02/03/2010.
The pour was simply stunning, rich dark black in color with a nice one inch head of foam that just sat up on the top ever so gently. Never really receding but just dropping tons and tons of lacing all over the glass. Best coffee aroma I have ever come across in a beer. Rich, dark, well roasted. No sign of bitterness just the sweet, medium roast that was simply amazing. Even warming seemed to simply accent this even more bringing forward loads of rich coffee, hints of chocolate and even a touch of vanilla. Such a smooth, even flavor I was beside myself with every sip. It seemed to start to take on a life of its own after a few minutes. Rich decadent coffee with a touch of a bourbon edge, just really wonderfully done. Not sure if that was just me picking that up but there was this wonderful sense of richness to it that it almost tasted like an oak like barrel influence. Again stunningly done. Near perfect full body with a richness that was sincerely second to none. I just kept going back to it over and over and over some more.
One of the best beers I have ever had hands down. Deserves every heap of praise it gets. Too bad there is just not more of it out there.
02-04-2010 16:50:45 | More by mikesgroove
Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.