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Planet Bean Coffee Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 113
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
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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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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -25.4%

02-20-2013 01:43:56 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark black with a mocha-colored head and some pretty good lacing. Lots of coffee in the nose with a bit of sweetness and malty roast; a bit of chocolate as well. Very similar taste with some bitterness from the coffee that works its way in quite well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Good drinkability--a very solid effort from a great little brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2010 10:58:03 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a mocha brown color and a tan cap that provides a bit of lacing

Smell: The best part about this beer - just smells like a freshly brewed cup of black coffee; plenty of roasty elements

Taste: Opens with the anticipated coffee flavor from the roasty aroma and, while it never really develops much complexity, the coffee flavors are perfectly captured from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; just a little thin for the style

Drinkability: If you like coffee, you will enjoy this beer; if you don't, you won't

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 03:07:40 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 16:50:45 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-24-2011 19:37:40 | More by nmann08
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womencantsail

California

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared at the PtY release on 2/5/10

A: The pour is black as night with a nice tan colored foam on top, but not much in the way of carbonation.

S: The nose is what I was hoping for! Very, very strong aromas of roasted coffee without much room for anything else. Perhaps a touch of roasted malt found its way into my nostrils.

T: Once again, this is sensory overload with the coffee. It's nearly like drinking a cup of the stuff. There is some noticeable roasted malt, but it seems to just contribute more to the coffee flavor.

M: The body was actually quite disappointing. The beer is quite thin and the low carbonation does not help to mask this deficiency.

D: Despite the poor body, this is still a very good beer. You certainly have to enjoy coffee to like this one, but I found it to be quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 20:39:06 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-10-2013 00:51:30 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-11-2013 18:11:56 | More by Texasfan549
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone Levitation tulip snifter.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Do people even sleep on this planet? Regardless, this brew pours a slightly ruby-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises dark-roasted coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. This is indeed what a coffee stout oughta smell like. The taste shifts heavily toward the coffee, while simultaneously bittering the dark chocolate up a bit. The roasted malts seem to get kinda lost in the shuffle. Still pretty tasty, though. The body leans toward the lighter side of medium (but never quite makes it there), with a light moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slightly watery feel. Overall, though a bit thin for my tastes, this is a damn fine coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 21:36:33 | More by TMoney2591
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largadeer

California

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Someone brought this to the Younger release last Friday, but I'm not sure who. Thanks, whoever you are.

It's black in the glass with a dark brown head that subsides quickly. The nose absolutely reeks of coffee, there's literally nothing else there. It's like inhaling used coffee grounds. One-dimensional but enjoyable. It's the same on the palate, massive coffee flavor with only a hint of malt backing it. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, I feel like this could use more body and a touch more malt to balance the huge coffee flavor. Very enjoyable overall, with an overly dominant but nicely executed coffee character.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 23:48:28 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-10-2013 01:14:25 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from HopDerek - thanks man! Served in a pint glass.

A - Good looking brew - pours with voluminous dark tan head with tons of lacing. Some ruby and caramel brown at the fringes - otherwise it's pretty black.

S - Roasted coffee beans, but backed with some nice caramel, molasses, cocoa, and nutty malts. I get the sense the coffee was more intense but has faded in the last few months. Still it's nicely balanced and pretty delicious smelling.

T - The taste is pretty much exactly how it smells, with maybe a bit more malt presence and caramel coming through. Again it's simple but very effective. The finish has some nice bitterness to it, but it doesn't linger too long.

M - The body is thinner, but not wholly inappropriate for a regular 7% stout. It's pretty soft and creamy, with nice mild tingly carbonation to it. Residual feel is roasty and sticky.

D - Dang! How much caffeine is in this shit? I think I'd be jittery after 750ml. Still - this stuff is going down fast thanks to the low ABV, soft texture and and excellent taste.

Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 23:46:31 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another coffee stout. Pretty good overall but too thin in the mouth. Beer is brown to black. Tan head, some lacing, mild retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is all coffee all the time. It smells like an iced coffee drink. That is all.

Beer is mildly sweet and thin with a strong coffee bitterness at the end. The malt is completely masked by the coffee. This is a decent stout but not the best I'd had.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 14:33:52 | More by drabmuh
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: growler

03-11-2009 12:20:46 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-02-2011 03:13:41 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 13:55:14 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:58:32 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the taproom in Lancaster. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some red at the edges. There is a layer of tan head that fades quickly.

Smell: Nutty malt with roasty coffee and a nice sweetness in the background. The overall smell is quite smooth.

Taste: Smooth coffee with nutty, roasted malt. The overall flavor is a bit creamy with some dark fruit. The finish is slightly bitter and full of roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice coffee beer. I wouldn't have minded if the body was a little bit thicker, but I would definitely have another.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 20:38:37 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-16-2013 13:05:21 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-03-2013 08:19:40 | More by beernads
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-09-2011 23:23:17 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

04-22-2011 17:00:18 | More by akorsak
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a personal first...my 4th time reviewing the same beer. On tap, via growler, bottle and now on the hand pump at Al's of Hampden on 4/25/11. What am I missing? Ah yes, the illusive nitro pour. This particular "one-off" included vanilla beans in the cask. I don't know why...I just can't say no to having this beer when I see it is available.

Served in a nonic, this brew appears a very dark brown, nearing blackness but it maintains lighter brown coloration and clarity around the edges of the glass. A finger of dark tan head appears and slowly fades to a thin layering atop the brew. As it recedes it leaves a webbing pattern of lace on the glass and across the top of the brew.

The smell of this brew is a dominating amount of fresh brewed coffee, very bold and hardly leaving any room for the nose to pick up on any other characteristics. Roasted grains? Maybe that's there but serious, this smells like straight coffee. As it warms, an underlying sweetness emerges smelling of sweet chocolate. Perhaps a bit of vanilla, but I'm really stretching and desperately searching to smell something other than coffee.

The taste of this brew is very roasted in flavor from a combination of the level of char to the grain and the flavoring of fresh coffee. It imparts a bitterness stuck somewhere in-between your typical bitterness of roaste malt and strong unsweetened coffee. A faint sweetness is evident underneath the bitterness that tastes mildly like vanilla which opens up a citrus element that balances out the brew but again is a type of citrus taste that doesn't seem to come fully from hops, perhaps this is a type of citrus note from the coffee as well. The aftertaste is lightly musty mixed with semisweet chocolate.

This is a very warming brew, I cant tell if I'm warm from the nice weather outside, the alcohol or the caffeine but dammit this brew warmed me up. It is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated. Very easy drinking. This hand pulled version of Planet Bean was the best I have experienced to date. In previous experiences I faulted this brew for being a little too light and watery, perhaps the vanilla bean or cask delivery was what this brew needed to mix things up a bit for me. I look forward to completing the circle of experiences and having this on nitro, I am anxious.

Serving type: cask

05-11-2011 19:14:57 | More by stakem
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from notes dated Sa, 07 Aug 2010 (the day of the Piggy Porter BBQ).

This was passed to me with a finger of deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was an inky dark brown with limited light penetration only at the edges. Nose had a charcoal-coffee scent, like French Roast coffee. In fact, it had been brewed using forty (40) pounds of locally roasted coffee. Zounds! Mouthfeel was slightly abrasive with a taste like iced coffee on the tongue. Finish was very coffee-like, lingering in its bitter intensity. I like coffee, I like beer and I liked this coffee beer, but it may not be for everyone.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 11:47:30 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on cask hand-pull at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours pitch black with a creamy one finger tall tan head leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malt, and a light vanilla sweetness. The addition of the extra coffee was not really needed as the normal Planet Bean is quite strong on the coffee, but it really worked. The vanilla became a bit lost in all the roast but it came thru as it warmed up a bit.

T - Ummm ok did someone pour some water in my beer? This thing is SUPER thin. The flavors are all there; coffee, vanilla, ect.; but the feel is really bringing this one down. The finish is a mix of light sweetness and lots of dark roast. I really want to give this one a better score but I just can't. If they can fix the feel this will be amazing.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately light carbonation. VERY thin feel with plenty of lingering dark roast in the finish.

O - I really enjoyed this one, minus the watery feel. I am a huge fan of the normal Planet Bean and this one is no different. The addition of the vanilla and extra coffee worked very well. If it wasn't for the feel this one would be scoring MUCH higher.

Serving type: cask

05-10-2011 00:19:00 | More by orangesol
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Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.