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Planet Bean Coffee Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 207
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 121
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: Deuane on 02-28-2009

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!
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Photo of PHBoiler
2/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bottle poured into tasting glasses at a bottle share

Bottle was roughly 3 weeks old.

The beer pours jet black with some deep brown shading around the surface. Not really any head and hard to agitate any out of the beer. The smell delivers coffee notes but not really anything else.

This beer tastes like 2 day old office coffee. The beer has absolutely no body. It is just as thin as coffee as well. I'm surprised someone would put this in a bottle. This recipe needs to be blown up. The coffee flavors taste stale, burnt, and old. They're strong but not palate numbing. The mouthfeel is so thin, which in this case helps the flavor leave quickly. A huge miss here. (674 characters)

Photo of dc55110
2.49/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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. (803 characters)

Photo of Giantspace
2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Large format bottle with no date anywhere. $6.?? at WFM. Poured into two pint glasses. Purchased about a week or two ago from the cold room. Label is different than the one shown. Capped not corked.

A- Very dark and murky. Sludge(coffee grounds?) from the bottom of the bottle changes the color to a lighter brown. Sticky head disappears about half way through the beer. Looks watery once the head dissipates.

S- Very coffee forward smell but it reminded me of crunching on a coffee bean more than a good cup of brewed coffee, dissipates after a few minutes.

T- coffee and some vanilla in the finish. Some roast but really nothing great here. Watery old iced coffee is what this reminds me of.

M- Thin and watery like a bad cup of diner coffee. Very little carbonation in the mouth.

O- Not one I will go back to. FBS blows this away and is a much better price point as well. Maybe this was an old bottle? Coffee smell was there so I think it was pretty fresh. Tried to support another local but this beer is unsupportable. (1,028 characters)

Photo of urwithdave
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A big thanks to captinredbeard for hooking me up with this! I've been wanting it for quite some time!

A- pours black in color. Some brown highlights when held to the light. A two finger mocha head. Nice retention and some spotty lacing left behind.

A- surprise! Yeah, coffee leads the way. A strong, dark, black coffee at that. Some distant hints of dark chocolate.

T- very bitter, charred, burnt coffee. I love coffee and coffee stouts, but this is just not doing it for me. The strong char must cover any vanilla, because I'm getting no vanilla at all. Maybe a bit of dark chocolate, but again, it's hard to differentiate any flavors since the char is so intense.

M- another dissapoinment for me. This "stout" is water thin. The carbonation is moderate. The finish is dry, but there is a bitter char after taste that is just dirty tasting.

D- No thanks! It was high on my wants list and I'm very glad that I had the opportunity to land this bottle, but I don't think I would ever drink it again. I had very high hopes for this one. Maybe I just had a skunked bottle. I read through many reviews and most of them were obviously pretty high. (1,150 characters)

Photo of Spider889
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of therealnomayo. I finally pulled this up from the cellar to drink tonight.

No abv or description on the label. Corked and caged bottle. The cork was a bitch to pull out, my wrist is sore after the 5 minute long fight with the damn thing.

Poured into my Cigar City snifter. Black with a rich looking head. The head was a dried cigar paper color with semi-large bubbles gurgling to the surface. As quickly as it rose, the head fell back to leave just a small ring of bubbles around the edges. Lacing was minimal but present.

Smells a little light and fruity for a coffee stout. My initial reaction is that not enough coffee was used, or that the yeast wasn't the best choice for the style. With subsequent followup, the coffee presents itself more and more, though it's still nothing like the sublime aroma you get from Founders Breakfast Stout. There are plenty of other coffee beers out there that also have a more pleasing coffee aroma. The Planet Bean version of the style is more harsh and almost dirty tasting, if that makes any sense.

The taste is full of coffee. The coffee is very bitter and ashy. Like cigarette butt ashy. An earthy profile lies beneath the thick coffee roast, and again, a slight fruity flavor is present, but not welcome. The aftertaste lingers on the bitter coffee and ash, but gradually fades into bakers chocolate.

Mouthfeel is immediately very thin bodied for a stout. Then comes the bitterness that pervades every aspect of the beer. Finally, each sip finishes very dry, coating my mouth with the physical aftermath of the ashy flavor.

Overall this is a sure-fire coffee bomb. The sad thing is, I have had many beers with more coffee flavor. Here, the coffee exhibits many of the negative aspects of extreme coffee usage, without all of the qualities that normally make a coffee stout my favorite style ever. I want to say the beans were burned or used in the boil kettle (which seems to be the worst possible time to add coffee from what I hear). Definitely a cool beer to have tried, but I honestly am floored at the high marks this beer has gotten in the past.

Is this a super rare/sought-out tick and I just didn't know it? (2,185 characters)

Photo of meatyard
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a a very dark, basically opaque, brown with hints of reddish brown at the edges when held to a strong light. There is a 3-finger, mocha colored head that has some retention and leaves nice lace.

The smell is a potent, fresh roasted coffee bean aroma that knocks out anything else that might be there.

The taste is much more of the same as in the aroma but with a bit of bitter, burnt coffee taste. There isn't so much a coffee flavor in beer as a coffee bean flavored beer without the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium tending toward thin with continued carbonation.

Drinkability: Not so great in this area. There is just too, (too), much coffee going on in this beer. I would have been more than satisfied with 6 ounces instead of a 750 ml. I let this warm up and over the course of 30-45 minutes nothing much changed but at least I was able to drink the whole bottle. (871 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.99/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 22, this one pours a deep, dark brown that looks black at a glance, but when held to the light, there's no ruby - just a deep, root-beer brown. A sandy tan/brown head rises on the pour but falls to a film in a minute or two.

At first it smells just like cold-pressed coffee, but upon closer inspection, there's a dry, roasty barley beneath. Really mono-tone with the roasted bean and barley, but delightfully so.

Starts with a nice blend of dry, clean raosted notes, almost like a clean brown ale crossed with a porter and soaked in coffee, which is quite enticing, but the delight doesn't last. It quickly nose-dives into an astringent, bitter, over-roasted coffee flavor. What was awesome in the nose came back to bite this beer in the flavor. Too bad.

Feels clean and smooth with just a soft foam of carbonation to add a touch of viscosity.

This is really almost too much to drink. The astringent over-roasted coffee flavor has made me contemplate a drain-pour, but I think I'll hold out. Too bad. (1,022 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (821 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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. (597 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Who's the man? Alex is the man. Thanks again Alex! 2010 bottle poured into my lovely snifter.

A- Black as night! Well, maybe not a night out in the boonies. I'd put it at a city night with brown-caramel edges. The head isn't that classic mocha, but mocha light. It is off-mocha. Nothing overwhelming present in this glass. Just a faint skin of head with a strong collar.

S- Well, like its name it has coffee here. However, its that sickening coffee left on the burner for hours smell that people complain about. I loved it! Its so original in how it handled its aroma. Burnt coffee morphing into roasted and charred grains moving into tobacco notes and finishing with paper cinders.

T- Another let down beer when you take it onto your palate. The bouquet is fantastic, but all this gave me was faint smoke, tobacco, and burnt grains in a jumble. It was all talk and no walk. Not even any coffee flavors to note.

M- Really watery for a stout. Very little hugging. No stickiness. It was just... plain.

D- Sure, this was an easy drinker with no alcohol presence, but would I ever want to drink it again? Definitely not. Undercarbonated, underwhelming, and definitely bland in character. (1,190 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Nate the Great.

A - Dark brown, almost black, beer that had a decent looking brown head that faded to a nice ring.

S - Real big coffee on this one, it definately lives up to the name. Little bit of chocolate and roast.

T - Taste is just so-so, a bit of a letdown from the nose. Coffee and some dark chocolate, but it tastes a little bit thin, and kind of borning.

M - Lighter side of medium, little bubbly.

D - Easy enough to get down, but it's not a great beer, don't care a ton for this. (511 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

"Planet Bean" is right...damn. Coffee, coffee, coffee. This is definitely among the coffee-est beers I've ever had...surpassed perhaps only by Triumph Brewing's "Grover's Mill Coffee & Cream Stout," I'd say. Poured a deep mocha brown with a small tan head. The smell: coffee. Roasted coffee dominates all, with some dark malts apparent. The taste...makes me wish I actually liked coffee. But yeah, more coffee, very roasty, and some dark roasted malts trying to peek through. As a stout, it was a little thin-bodied, but still very good and not lacking in flavor. Did I mention coffee? Coffee. (638 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generously opened by Casey at a recent shindig. Pours dark brown / black with a small tan head. Smells nothing like any coffee stout I have had before in that it smells exactly like iced coffee...and it tastes exactly like iced coffee. A really weird beer to grade in that sense. Rating it at face value, the coffee flavor is strong, but doesn't meld with any malt presence, instead masking most of the qualities that make beer beer. The mouthfeel isn't really creamy and is maybe medium or a bit thin. Goes down easy. Overall - iced coffee. If you like it, you will like this beer. (582 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Nate, poured into my Hill Farmstead glass... Dark brown pour with a light tan head, great thick ring, good lacing... The aroma is strong fresh coffee, lots of coffee bean, a little roast. All coffee, but great... The taste is actually really flat. Coffee is present, but its flat and old. Mouthfeel is really light. Finish is stale coffee not a big fan. (370 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this from jyoungsbcp. Thanks, Josh!

Pouring jet black with zero highlights, this beer is capped with a light brown head with excellent retention and nice lacework. This is a particularly attractive stout.

The nose is pure and simple - coffee. Top quality roasted coffee with a great roasted bitterness, some chocolate, a little earth - spot on, really. The base stout is obliterated, but really, that isn't a bad thing. Great stuff.

The palate, though, is a lot more disappointing. While the coffee character is strong, there's also a noticeable tartness/acidity present. Again, this is almost all about the coffee, with just a little cocoa. Drying on the finish with a coffee bitterness, this is decent. Light in body, maybe even thin, there just isn't enough heft to the beer to balance out the big coffee flavor. Carbonation is moderate, this is decent. Not as amazing as I'd hoped, but it'd do. (919 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark, near black with minimal head. Smell is a big whiff of spent coffee grounds, taste is of freshly brewed medium roast coffee with no additives, faint taste of burnt grains. Pretty one dimensional in both fronts, but the uality of the coffee scent and flavor saves it. Body is pretty thin and almost watery for the style. Like the Kerplunk, it comes off as rather one dimensional in most areas, and what saves it is the quality of the input ingredients. (470 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a SAVOR snifter. Very excited for this one, it's been on my Wants list since I joined BA.

a - Pour a dark brown color with a reddish tint and one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, light cream, light bready malts. As expected a ton of coffe up front, and pretty good.

t - Tastes of coffee grinds, roasted malts, vanilla, light bread and cream. Not the biggest fans of the coffe grinds, and seems a bit watered down. A step down from the nose.

m - Light to medium body and bit overcarbonated. Body is a tiny bit watery.

o - Overall a good beer, but I was a bit disappointed. The body was a bit thin and I wasn't the biggest fan of the coffe grind taste. Would give another shot but wouldn't seek it out again. (920 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry xmas to me. Thanks to Beerisheaven for this one.

A: Pours a very deep dark black hue with a very very tall mocha head. Nice retention with some big chunks of spotty lace.

S: Wonderful bold coffee aromas. Coffee grounds melded with chocolate.

T: Mostly coffee, but not overly bold. Nice fresh espresso, bitter coffee grounds and a hint of chocolate malt.

M: Medium in body, smooth, pretty tasty if you are a fan of the coffee beer.

D: Pretty good. Could use a bit more depth. Coffee forward which I won't complain about. I could see how others would though.

Overall it is a Win! Love what these guys are doing. Keep it up, and please send me more :) (660 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle courtesy of Soonami. Label is black with orange-colored cartoon of a coffee pot holding hands with an angry mug of beer.

Out pours a cola body with sepia edges beneath a scant patch of light tan foam. The head disappears quickly to a ring of small bubbles. Aroma packs in big notes of freshly-brewed dark coffee. Nutty caramel notes and an earthy hop presence are in the mix as well. Surprisingly, this beer did not overwhelm me with coffee, but despite the excellent balance the nose is still dominated by the bean.

Iced coffee and a mild roastiness hits the tongue with dark berry undertones. Baker's chocolate and a porter-like dryness finish off each sip. The body of Planet Bean is reminiscent of a porter, too--thin and light in its carbonation. Overall, I was expecting a bit more from this highly-touted coffee stout. The coffee is strong (and fairly tasty) but the supporting cast is on strike. (933 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-12-11 at the brewery.

A - Dark brown or black (the lighting level was low in the brewery so I'm not sure which it is). It has a nice tan head that sticks around awhile. Not much lacing.

S - Tons of freshly-roasted, good coffee with some caramel sweetness. I believe the IBU=30, so the hops are adding some character and complimenting the astringency from the roasted grains.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation give a smooth feel.

D - Tasty indeed but I preferred the Kerplunk Chocolate Stout to this. (531 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some times you wonder if you're drinking the same beer as the previous raters. This one really needs to warm up. Poured aggressively this one produced a full finger dark tan loose foamy head that was gone in the blink of an eye, without leaving much collar. The smell is like strong darkly roasted coffee beans. A decent amount of tingly carbonation is lost without much supporting body. The mouth feel is quite thin, almost watery. The full on roasted coffee flavor rocks, but again, without any stickiness it's like a cold cup of coffee. I'm really glad that i had the opportunity to consider it...thanks Ryan. (612 characters)

Photo of KevSal
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to shanepb fir this guy, sent to me in a lif (along with a hopslam and backwoods bastard). thanks shane

22oz bomber split into two eclipse snifters. label looks awesome! no bottling date

a- looks above average, super dark with a small brown head

s- lots of roasted coffee with a slight plastic scebt in the bachend, not sure what that is but ive encountered it before. definilty delivers the coffee, like a straight cup of joe.

t- taste is pleasant. nice coffee not to overwhelming, with a hint of chocolate. feels like its missing something. still easy to drink.

m- much thinner than i was expecting until i noticed on here its 7% so its just about right.

o- tasty brew. has a lot going for it. its no wnb or fbs but id definitly delivers the coffee craving. (773 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 bottle with a snazzy new label courtesy of Axic10. Thank you Alex! Shared with milwaukeeclassic following an absolute battle royale with the most temperamental, stubborn, irritatingly stubby cork. In the end, that little bastard met his match.

Deep rich brown nearing blackness. Swirling mocha puff spends a brief visit before moving on.

Smells of coffee, caramel, coffee, caramel, coffee, and caramel. Fresh beans and really lively. Not really overly complex, but delicious just the same.

The taste here cannot match the vibrance from the nose. Coffee presence is fresh and slightly bitter but there's neither enough body nor sweetness to carry this beer to elite levels. Rather, it's one note coffee and not much else. Given a heftier body and some added richness, this beer could be really nice. As is, it's an above average coffee stout. Enjoyable, but not special. (878 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to good pals Disgrace and Inkmama in Lancaster, PA for this!!! Cheers!!

Pours a dense, dark black. Short finger of tannish head that fizzles into a thin rim of foam. Decent, line-like lacing. Middling carbonation. So far it's a Stout!! Wow, the aroma's are really amazing. It's exactly like a dark chocolate covered espresso bean; even down to the sort of gritty "texture" of it...Not much else in the aroma profile, as the coffee and chocolate notes are totally dominant. Flavor is interesting. Very tangy from the coffee and chocolate malt right upfront. A dry stout for sure. The middle shows a lot more of the coffee overtones, and although they are robust, they aren't dominant like the aroma implied. Not as sweet as I expected, though the sweetness does pull around late in the drink. Just a touch of sweetness, mind you. Finish is medium length and carries a dash of hops, but mostly the coffee and dark chocolate notes round it out. Surprisingly light bodied, however. I guess I'm more used to big oatmeal stouts. This is very drinkable and is average heft at 7% ABV. Bottles run around $7, so it ain't cheap ale. This is a good beer, with noce coffee and chocolate notes, but the base stout is hovering around average. If you are in or around Lancaster, PA it's worth a try for sure.

What I like most: The surprisingly well-balanced flavors.

What I like least: The lack of complexity.

Verdict: Worth trying if you are near the brewery, but a little bit expensive for what you get. (1,501 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending this bottle my way!

A - pours a nice black color without much of a head

S - It smells like the grounds that were just left over in my French Press from this morning's coffee. Nice coffee aroma without much else in he mix.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice earthy roasted coffee flavors are all over the palate. There is hardly room for anything else as the coffee dominates this one, however I get a nice bitterness from a baker's chocolate flavor with a bit of coffee grinds. Solid coffee profile!

M - a little thin, but goes down smoothly. Leaves dry from the burnt malts.

D - I have this with eggs and pancakes. At times this tasted exactly like coffee, which was awesome. Once I was done eating some of the bitter chocolate and coffee came out which took a bit away from the flavor experience. Really solid coffee stout, one of the better coffee stouts I have had the pleasure of trying. (943 characters)

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Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.