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Planet Bean Coffee Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 118
Gots: 25 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Planet Bean Coffee Stout is smooth, dark, full-bodied, and satisfyingly rich. Coffee beans expertly roasted at Cumberland County Coffee Company give this stout its powerful aroma and pronounced fresh-brewed coffee flavor. Your only problem with this tempting brew will be resisting the urge to pour it in your coffee mug before work!

(Beer added by: Deuane on 02-28-2009)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

mikesgroove, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Deuane
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to SierraGs for getting lost in the fog and then stuck in the muddy mire of the breweries parking lot to finally obtain a couple of growlers of the 2009 release of this magical elixir. Shared with my coffee and stout loving in-laws after Thanksgiving dinner.

A-Deep, dark black, with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left decent lace.

S-Deep, rich roasted coffee with a nice supplement of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and a touch of earthy bitterness. Improves and gets more aromatic and intense with warming.

T-Rich and bold, dominating, deep, rich coffee flavour with accenting dark, milky chocolate, roasted malts and a linger earthy bite. This years version is a slight improvement over last years straight coffee taste. This one has a bit more depth.

M-Medium-heavy body with long lasting bitterness and a drying finish.

D-Yep...this is one of the best straight up coffee stouts (or beers for that matter) out there. The complexity, the freshness, the flavours...wow, simply awesome.

Deuane, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of eyncognito
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A growler courtesy of akorsak-huge thanks Adam-this beer was only marginally on my radar. I'm grateful for the chance to drink this coffee stout.

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Pitch black with a cappuccino colored head-that is to say there's some swirls of tan with darker tan all mingling together. Just outstanding. Leaves some decent lacework. Aroma is like stepping into a coffee shop. Huge coffee, it's like there is hints of sweet bakery that wafts in, only to be lost amongst the roasty java. It's like my nose is playing tricks on me- I swear I smell a Pepperidge Farm Piroutte for a moment.

Flavor just smacks of a dark roast cold pressed coffee. The coffee blends with the roast malt creating the impression of drinking dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Just the right hint of lactic sweetness prevents the coffee from becoming to acrid-although the roast is just perfect, so maybe they got it right. On par with the Emmy J's used by Central Waters and noticeably better than the coffee used by Bell's for their Java stout which is too acrid, almost ashy. Oh yeah, the finish is smooth java. Mouthfeel is definitely on the thin end of medium-which many may see as a touch of a weakness. Not me, just like Central Water's Brewhouse Coffee Stout-so smooth, velvety, but doesn't stick to the mouth. It just begs to be sipped, gulped, and with ample carbonation it is near perfect in my book.

Drinkable? Try perfect. I love coffee and I love a good coffee stout. This beer tops Founders Breakfast Stout, Bell's Java Stout, Peche Mortel with ease. It's even a slight notch better than my other favorite, Central Water's Brewhouse Coffee Stout. This is a coffee stout nonpareil.

eyncognito, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received this brew from Mr. Gibby over there in good ol' Philly. I'm a HUGE fan of coffee beers and this one is supposed to be one of the best. Can't wait. Drank from my Darkness snifter while watching the Olympics.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brown/black with a decent half finger dark brown head that fizzles away fairly quickly. A nice and spotty cap along with a thin collar and a bit of extremely light lacing.
Smell- Well probably not surprising but the nose is just full of rich coffee goodness. Lightly sweet and lightly chocolaty with more coffee mixed in and a touch of caramel. Almost a light vanilla mixed in and combined with the caramel there is a slight barrel like thing going. The coffee is 98% of the nose though.
Taste- Exactly what I was hoping for! Loads of rich roasted coffee that isn't bitter in the slightest. The roast is fairly intense but the beer isn't acidic or harsh what-so-ever. A touch of cream sort of adds a milky vanilla thing along with some light and earthy cocoa. Loads of coffee into the finish as it lingers and lingers. Can't believe this is 7%.
Mouthfeel- A bit waterier than I'd like as the body is on the small side of medium with a lightly oily feel and very light carbonation. Probably the only slight flaw in the beer.
Drinkability- Really really enjoyed this one. Probably not up to the level of Peche Mortel, Short's Cup O' Joe or Bell's Java Stout but it's damn close. They get a touch more body in this brew and it's one of the best. Thanks much Jeff, mucho appreciated sir!

younger35, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

Oh, that's impressive. Absolutely 0% light penetration with this one. It's black. It has a two-finger head of thick and creamy brown foam sitting on top. The retention is great. The lacing is on the thin side of things, but is very sticky.

Wow. The smell is just as impressive. This smells more like coffee than any other beer that I can think of. It smells more like coffee than beer, actually. It has elements of both fresh brewed coffee and fresh roasted coffee beans. Light hints of medium level sweetness chocolates. A very nice hint of vanilla caramels.
This smell is absolutely wonderful!

This is almost more like a glass of coffee than beer. The taste is totally coffee. A wonderful level of fresh roasted beans. Not overly roasted, at all. No bitterness. Mid-palate I get a slight touch of malty sweetness, along with a kiss of caramel, trying to break through. It gives a nice balance and reminds that, yes, this is a beer. Other than that though, it's all about the coffee.
This is absolutely everything that I've ever wanted from a coffee beer. Incredible.

It's got a medium to almost full body and a light-to-medium level of carbonation. It is very smooth and has a light hint of creaminess to it. Sort of like crushed velvet.

I have a hard time believing that this is 7.00%abv. It absolutely doesn't drink like it, at all. It is very easy drinking and I wish that I had more than just this one bottle. Either that or that Spring House would make a whole lot more of it, so that I could get more!

coldmeat23, Mar 04, 2010
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Photo of DIM
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a murky dark brown color. It poured with a lovely, frothy tan head that faded to some solid lace.

s: Coffee first, no doubt about it. Fresh, delicious, mildly nutty coffee backed by a trace of dark roasty malt.

t: This is definitely a coffee showcase, and I love it! This tastes like a fresh, perfectly prepared cup of coffee. There is a dark, toasty malt presence here as well. Sometimes coffee beers have a sour, been on the burner too long, finish. This has long roasted finish with a hint of chocolate that is spot-on.

m: Creamy, long lived carbonation and a slick, oily body.

d: I've been a big fan of what has come out of the barn so far, but I have a new favorite. If you love coffee and beer, this is a must try.

DIM, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a milky dark brownish black color that eventually settles into a black with brown hues and 2 fingers of foamy slightly burnt mocha tan head. Nice firm retention leaves some good clinging lacing lines. Smells of big honkin' coffee bean espresso goodness before you can even contemplate breathing it in- perfect for those incoherent mornings when you can't even think. This is definitely an eye opening brew, with some back tones of roasted malt and a hint of cream and chocolate to accompany the assertive coffee aroma.

Taste is pure in-your-face unadulterated steaming hot coffee action up front with an espresso edge, then some roasted maltiness to balance it out a bit and some help from chocolate and a touch of cream to sweeten it up. Full bodied with perfect carbonation. Smooth and creamy with roastiness out the wazoo, but still balanced. Definitely a brew the coffee lover will enjoy. The only downside to this beer is that I can't find the proper time to drink it. It's definitely packing some caffeine, and I'm pretty wired as of this review, but it seems kinda wrong to enjoy something so awesome so early in the day, but too late will leave you awake for hours, so drink this at your own discretion...but definitely try this if you can, it rocks!

HopDerek, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kegatron, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of JunkYardJake
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill at the brewery.
Pours black and beautiful with a full and frothy tan head. Retention and lacing are adequate. Smell is other worldy. More fresh roasted coffee in the nose than any other java brew I've come across. Leaves me salivating. Taste is very coffee forward, as expected. Nothing different or unique for a coffee stout, just better and fresher than any I've tried. Milder notes of cocoa lay under the surface to fill out the palate. Bitterness and carbonation is mild. Mouthfeel is a little bit more fluid than expected, which I didn't mind on this 90 degree afternoon. This growler went quickly so if you plan on sharing, get two.

JunkYardJake, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an opaque black color with large dark tan head that recedes at a moderate rate with good lacing. super strong coffee smell that's about the only thing one could possibly notice. taste is much the same. super smooth breakfasty stout like. absolutely fantastic brew!!! medium to full bodied with a creamy texture. long flavor duration, with so much coffee flavor it's almost unreal. this brew is a must try!

berpwillie, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Half pint, nitro tap at SH Tap Room.

Pour is a velvety, milk chocolate black with a light brown head that has nice retention and leaves thick sheets of lacing. Aroma is near perfect for a coffee stout; rich fresh pressed coffee with chocolate and malt sweetness. Nitro pour produces a thick and smooth, lightly carbonated milk chocolate body with a rich espresso flavor in the body and finish. Extremely fresh and roasty with pleasant sweet chocolate balance this reminds me of the early batches of this beer I was overwhelmed by. Later I've only tried old growlers and bottles and been less than impressed, but fresh this is still one of the best coffee beers I've had.

yourefragile, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of heliosphann
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

heliosphann, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of joe1510
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml

A huge "thank you" goes to Kegatron for sending this fairly new coffee stout my way, thanks Heath! I played hell getting the cork out of this bottle. The body of this beer is midnight black not a glimmer of light shines through this beer even when directly backlit. A silky mocha head rises to two fingers on the pour and eventually falls to a thick cap leaving behind spotty, sticky lacing. The head is incredibly silky and rich looking.

The nose is pure, unadulterated, dark roast coffee. This stuff is giving me a buzz from the smell alone. Very espresso like with undercurrents of caramel, hazelnut and dark chocolate. This very well could be the best nose on a coffee beer I have yet to come across. It's so deep and heavily roasted that upfront it's just like a steaming hot cup of coffee but deep pulls bring out the caramel and other qualities down below.

The aroma led me in the right direction. Big rich coffee hits right off the bat and pushes its way through the mouth leaving a slight bitterness to invade every nook & cranny. The caramel brings up the rear but is no match for the huge coffee. Sugar and cream add the finishing touch and are both stirred in modest amounts. There's some dark chocolate here and there but it's so minor to the huge coffee that it's almost an afterthought.

The mouthfeel is in the right place with a moderate body and an active enough carbonation to keep things moving. The huge coffee has a sweet and bitter thing going on that's quite enjoyable. My only minor issue with the mouthfeel is that the carbonation can be a little too high at times but for the most part it's right on.

The drinkability is ridiculous. For such a robust coffee infused beer I have to struggle to keep from slamming the each glass. Way too easy to drink for the style and abv.

Planet Bean is a stellar beer from Spring House! I would trade for this again in a heartbeat. It's one of the best coffee beers that I've ever had and I've had a good amount. Thanks for the chance at this one Heath and keep 'em coming!

joe1510, Apr 19, 2009
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Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.