Planet Bean Coffee Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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Planet Bean Coffee StoutPlanet Bean Coffee Stout

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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 117
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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Photo of vinny21bal
1.25/5  rDev -68.9%

Photo of PHBoiler
1.93/5  rDev -52%
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.

Photo of Rempo
2/5  rDev -50.2%

Photo of dc55110
2.45/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Photo of newbeeraday
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of sludgegnome
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of urwithdave
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Photo of Giantspace
2.81/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Photo of meatyard
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Photo of Spider889
2.95/5  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?

Photo of lnashsig
3/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of VikeMan
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of jculler82
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Auslander
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of stmgl01
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of domnalbrecc
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Khazadum
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.