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Planet Bean Coffee Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

Planet Bean Coffee StoutPlanet Bean Coffee Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.97%


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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wagenvolks

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 15:53:18 | More by wagenvolks
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Schwarzbart

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: An awesome pour from the growler. The next closest thing to this is a nitro style pour. The head is around 3 fingers of tanish brown, frothy, rocky head. It recedes fairly quick, but leaves a nice frothy covered top and lots of frothy lace. Pitch black color all the way.

S: It smells totally of fresh ground coffee. Some chocolate notes deep down in there, but mostly I'm just thinking about a ton of ground coffee.

T: The taste is super roasty malts and fresh ground coffee. This is the closest to coffee that I've ever had a beer taste and yet it still keeps a good stout beer taste, which is maintained by the grassy hop finish. As the beer warms, the grass hop notes are detected all throughout. Also a dark, high percentage cocao chocolate taste is giving this a taste of chocolate covered coffee beans.

O: The beer yielded a super smooth effect like anise does, almost like a numbing smoothness. Really dark chocolate has that same effect for me and this beer does it also. Overall, I'm wondering how much coffee this really is. It's quite drinkable overall and treats all my senses, but I don't drink coffee because of the caffeine and I rarely drink any caffeinated beverages and this beer has upset my stomach, which leads me to believe there is quite a bit of coffee in this one. It could be because I ate nuts earlier today while disc golfing and now it is rather late at night, but regardless, for those that don't drink caffiene, you will have to be careful with this one. This kept me awake for quite some time. I drank before dinner one other time and it was ok, but then again I only had one pint and during this session, I had two pints and like I said later in the evening. I averaged the ratings from the 2 different sessions.

Serving type: growler

05-01-2011 13:02:12 | More by Schwarzbart
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
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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AgentZero

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 05:06:54 | More by AgentZero
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Florida9

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thin black and still a bit translucent. Forms a smallish light tan head. Little retention or lacing.

S: Overwhelming scent of coffee. Roasted malts to a lesser extent.

T: Cheap acidic coffee, served black, with a moderate coffee bitterness than hangs on the tongue. Maybe some roasted malts in the background, but the coffee predominates.

M: Medium in body, but feels thin, especially given how I prefer to have my coffee (and my stouts). Appropriate carbonation.

D: The lightness of this beer, along with the coffee flavor, made this one a relatively easy drinker. The acidity is a bit distracting, but, overall, this wasn't a bad beer. It just isn't a great beer, either.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 19:07:00 | More by Florida9
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Darkness Snifter

Thanks to Axic10 for this want

Brought this to a tasting, It was a nice "light" beer to start of the stouts. This poured a beautiful black body with a tan head. The nose is distinctly sweet coffee and hints of vanilla, but nothing much more than that. And for a coffee stout, that is okay. The taste, is like having a thinner cold cup of coffee. Now while it might not be that strong, it really has no other flavors than the ones mentioned previously, but it works for this stout. The mouthfeel was a touch on the acidic side to kind of take away from the overall taste enjoyment, but with the nice medium body this was a pretty damn fine beer to drink if I do say so myself.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 16:36:47 | More by Vdubb86
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, 1/29/2011.
A 750ml caged/corked bottle, wire twisted so tightly that pliers needed to untangle... the cork was no picnic either. This is a bottle cellared for months, since spring 2010 when fine BA 'jyoungsbcp' sent. Poured to a pint glass at around 50°F.

'PLANET BEAN COFFEE STOUT' scrawled in marker across a silvery skull on a monochromatic/generic Spring House label.

A: Pours almost black, tinted fringes of amber. A healthy finger+ of light mocha head, fizzy then then settling to a thin, pockmarked cap. Terrific long-lasting retention, but simple rings and a few speckles of lace once sipping commences.

S: I neglected this one for many months, so my expectations were tame for the smell. But nooo... still a BIG coffee aroma, dark roast - sooty and ashy/mineral - with dark chocolate. Baked/burnt bread crumbs for a malty backing. Hints of iron/oxidation, but not off-putting at all... and completely forgivable, given the 11 month+/- age

T: A pretty simple flavor: coffee. Straightforward, espresso-type roast; musty and a little dry, a good char without becoming too astringent. Some burnt nuts and pine/citrus hop hints (a little tang at the finish, too). Even keeled and pretty well balanced.

M: Seemed a little thin at first, but gradually builds to a pretty wonderful coating. Enough carbonation prickle to be 'lively'. Lasting bitter roast in the finish. Gentle on the 'alcohol' feel, 7% seems to vanish.

D: If you enjoy 'coffee' flavor, then this is a beer for you. Among the better ones of the style I've tried, flavor- and aroma-wise... and I expect it would only be richer the fresher it is. Nearly a year-old and still a winner, plenty drinkable although fairly fatiguing on the taste buds as the bottle nears its end. Thanks, Josh, and sorry it took me so long to get to this one... Round 2 someday?

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 17:41:39 | More by msubulldog25
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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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jrallen34

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 05:51:06 | More by jrallen34
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

64oz growler.

pours deep brown with a big light brown head. the head drops fast but leaves lots of lace as it falls.

aroma is great. HUGE coffee character. dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. espresso. biscuit. whole wheat bread. light alcohol. a bit earthy. nice herbal component.

taste is good. lots of coffee and espresso. dark chocolate and a bit of milk chocolate. biscuit and whole wheat bread. light alcohol. herbal ans slightly earthy. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. love the coffee character. it's a bit intense, but good!

Serving type: growler

02-04-2011 05:49:21 | More by grub
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 05:11:48 | More by EgadBananas
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%
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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SolomonGrundy

California

3.85/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 20:33:12 | More by SolomonGrundy
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to mikereaser for sending me this in the Coffee BIF. Sered this chilled, in a snifter, from a 750 ml bottle with a pretty sweet label. Left this to warm a bit on the counter.

Appearance: Planet Bean pours out an inky, pitch black. A semi hard pour brings about a finger of coffee brown head. Head settled quickly into a thin layer of brown foam atop the beer. Some thin webby lace was left behind.

Smell: Thick, rich, freshly roasted coffee out front. Smokey, roasted malt aromas soon follow. Touches of caramel around the edges. Nice full nose on this beer.

Taste: Wow, is this beer or coffee? Strong coffee in the mouth. A bit of sugary sweetness right behind it. Plenty of roasted malt goodness. A small hint of hops buried deep in the background. Toffee is noticed. Finishes with another tasty splash of bitter roasted coffee. Nice flavor. Alcohol warms.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thinner, almost watery mouthfeel. My preference is a little thicker for the style. Carbonation is on the lower side.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking brew. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 18:17:23 | More by jaxon53
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deuane shared a growler of this with me; thanks Deuane!
Planet Bean has a black body with a dark tan head with large bubbles as crown.

Coffee. Lots of Coffee. Blindfolded, I'm pretty sure most people would think this beer was actually coffee, even with the slight malt notes in the background.

Fresh black coffee. If you're a coffee lover, or just a lover of coffee beers (that's me), then you will love Planet Bean. Tons of coffee flavors take over this beer from start to finish. The malt peaks its head up a little bit in the middle, offering flavors of chocolate and roasted malt, but those flavors just don't stand up to the coffee for long. I swear that amongst the coffee I can pick up a little bit of American hops in the finish, but that could just be some bitterness from the coffee flavors.

Definitely enough heft to the body, and the carbonation makes it just a little bit creamy.

Planet Bean is one of the best coffee stouts that I have ever had.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2010 00:04:24 | More by Hojaminbag
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJ's 7th Anniversary.

Appearance: Pitch black with a thin mocha head.

Smell: Pure iced coffee. Really strong robust coffee nose, deep dark chocolate, roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted coffee, chocolate and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and really smooth.

Drinkability: I was really impressed by this. I've had it before but this was a wow experience. Amazing on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 02:44:45 | More by Axic10
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 18:04:52 | More by Tucquan
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:23:11 | More by BarrytheBear
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle in a trade with beerisheaven- thanks!!

A: appears pitch black with a light brown head, decent retention, opaque, small amount of lacing

S: intense notes of fresh ground gourmet coffee, this is followed by a rich caramel character with some evident sweetness on the finish. Not a whole lot of roastiness as I would expect with a coffee stout, this aroma features the more decadent side of coffee...very nice

T: big bold notes of coffee up front, dark roast, with a considerable amount of cane sugar and caramel sweetness to balance out the bitter character. This reminds me of the coffee character that is present in Coffee bender... very coffee forward and very unique

MF: medium body.. a tad bigger than I would expect for a 7% stout, very smooth

D: this is a coffee lovers stout, I feel like the base beer isn't quite big enough for all of the bold coffee notes which leaves a somewhat sweet brew, over all very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 06:02:38 | More by homebrew311
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bonkers

New Jersey

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

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is obsidian black, no highlights, slight white head, nice lacing. The aroma is more intense than any Starbucks I have ever walked into, pure unadultarated coffee. The flavor is heavy, black dark roasted coffee. It has a lingering bitter coffee finish. It is lightly carbonated and IMO very thin for a stout. A real shame the body could not match the intense flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 00:27:38 | More by bonkers
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klikger

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Black, billowing brown head & good lacing

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, a little smoky

T - Espresso beans and licorice --> more and more bitter, unsweetened coffee. For me, this is a one-note beer. It's an absolutely delicious note, though...I'd love to have this with breakfast sometime.

M - Very light for a stout

D - Too close to coffee to have a ton (I'm a 2-cup-a-day guy), but the light body helps.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 00:21:03 | More by klikger
Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.