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Planet Bean Coffee Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 207
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 121
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
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Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 BARFLYB
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"I grind my own beans." - Frank Drebin Police Squad, (The Naked Gun 33 1/3)

On-Tap at Capone's

A- Planet bean is a black coffee stout, that pretty much sums it up. Night time sky black with a semi sturdy dark tan mocha head that faded. Eventually this looked pretty dead flat and left no lace.

S- The best part of this planet is the smell, I could smell this for days, rivaling breakfast stout. Deep roasted coffee beans some french vanilla and underlining dark malts. Mostly coffee, some chocolate.

T- The taste does not live up to the nose, but this is still damn fine stuff. Coffee with alot of roast and some burnt qualities. Some faint milk cream in the back and alot of malt sweetness in the finish.

M- The feel is thinner than expected, planet bean is smooth going down and i would say it's pretty much medium with low carbonation. The coffee sticks around for a few with a slight bitter aftertaste for a sec. A slightly bigger body may have helped but planet bean is no slouch where it's at.

D- I'm surprised this is 7%, I thought it would be a bit bigger, the seven is hidden while the coffee is big. My 13oz was a perfect size, I don't think I could willingly do a bomber of this, it may be a chore.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a dark black with little head until the very end of the pour...where a small brown head appears. Lacing is light...but there.

Aroma is definitely coffee...and that's about it. That's not necessarily a bad thing either. Coffee smells great. A slight maltiness...and other than that...coffee again.

Flavor...hmmm, carbonation in this bottle seems way higher than it should, it's also thinner than I expected...those are the negatives. As for the positives: great dark french roast coffee. Who would have though there would be coffee flavors in this beer? Tangy in the middle...not sure why, but finishes with a great long lasting sweet coffee flavor and aroma in the nose. Also has a dry finish. So overall, very tasty...holds it's own, and well worth the wait for the release!

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to my homie Greg for hooking this up on such short notice over the Holidays. Shared this one last night with a few buddies and even used a little bit in a recipe for Chocolate Chip Beer Blondies. Delicious!

Pours black with a nice creamy tan head into my pint glass. Great Lacing and nice film layer of retention throughout the glass.

Aromas of intense french roast coffee, a bit oily and plenty of roasted bitterness. Some Burnt toast and the slightest hint of sweet chocolate. Taste follows and is bitter nearly all the way through. Very intense coffee bitterness and flavor. Delicious!! My only critique would be that I would've liked a bit more of a milk chocolately presence here to balance out the bitterness. Having said that, this beer is all about the Coffee flavor and I still love it like it is.

Nice creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation despite the growler being in transit for a few days in cold weather. Very drinkable for its abv and I could've easily handled the growler alone throughout a night or with the help of one friend (instead of 3).

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Photo of mikey711
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from brief notes

A: Dark Black with a fluffy mocha colored head that was over an inch thick, retained quite well and left very good lacing

S: Serious coffee smell that was pretty sweet with a nice bit of roastiness and some milk chocolate notes.

T: Very coffee forward and nicely balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Also some milk chocolate and mocha notes.

M: There is a slight bit of chalkiness but there is no booze and it is nicely creamy.

D: I split the growler with two other people and think i could have had pleny more. It is not heavy and just goes down real fast

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Photo of heliosphann
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
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).

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Photo of tpd975
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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 :)

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Photo of rpstevens
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to maximum12 for this secret santa gift. Poured from a bomber into a dogfish head signature glass. The pour yields a pitch black beer with a frothy two finger foamy mocha head. The head fades quickly to a tight mocha ring around the edges of the glass, leaving spotty, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is delicious roasted coffee. Just a perfect coffee roastiness in the nose. The aroma is a full dark coffee, like a quality french roast. There are no other scents present on this one, as you go back for more the depth of coffee quality changes, but there are no more beer smells, simply amazing. This is the the best coffee stout I have ever smelled, bar none.

After the nose on this one the flavors are a bit of a let down, but the beer is still delicious. First and foremost you get a big over roasted coffee flavor with excellent espresso notes. There is a decent amount of milk chocolate and a very slight peppery hop presence in the way back, but the roasted coffee comes back in full force and takes this one over. The taste is a bit too acrid and over-roasted on this one, but just barely. As the beer warms the chocolate notes gain some steam and are accompanied by some hints of vanilla for the first time (but they are still quickly subdued by the intense coffee notes).

The beer is medium to heavy bodied, the carbonation is perfect for the style and the alcohol never shows it's head. The beer has a slightly over-roasted acrid coffee flavor that detracts from the flavor and the drinkability just slightly. I almost feel like a higher abv would sweeten this beer up and make it perfect.... In the meantime an awesome beer that I am very happy I got to try.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to dashirey for a growler through GATM.

"An onyx, I've found an onyx!" Black as pitch and glossy, as many fingers as you could hold it with, that dissipate and leave a swath of light brown on the sides.
And the aroma of grinding coffee beans, so fresh, those chocolate covered espresso beans that you can chew for a pick-me-up on those late nights at the office... Intense. I don't know how else to describe it other than run your grandma's rolling pin over some day-fresh dark roasted beans, and this is what you get, what fills the whole kitchen, the glorious aroma of coffee.
You always used to hate this flavour when you were younger... the smell was otherworldy, but the flavour was simply too bitter... too dark. But now you embrace it gleefully, like sipping on a cold, carbonated shot of espresso, an overwhelming coffee flavour with just a bit of chocolate to balance. And that's it. "Well I never..." A beer that tastes like coffee. Like no other. Some vanilla and creme brulee notes come in as it warms, and balance the stellar coffee note.
Thick and fluffy, the carbonation carries this one on, a dry, bitter finish, one in which you expect some grounds to surface on your tongue, but it's just a silky, dry finish.
Absolutely for the coffee lover. Someone doesn't even have to like beer, just coffee. It's amazing that they've created a beer this coffee-like and maintained a bit of alcohol. A must-try for the beer and coffee lover.

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Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikereaser for the trade.

Nice stout pour. Thick and fuzzy, deep dark red that's nearly opaque. Topped with a two-finger head of chocolate brown fizz.

Smells rich and chocolately, like a combination of black coffee and hot cocoa with a bit of dry hops chilling out near the back end.

Tastes zippy bitter, like straight black coffee. This levels out midway through and get a little sweeter, little smoother, but the rich chocolate of the aroma is nowhere to be found. The coffee bitterness is woody and fruity, like a nice dark roast (sorry--I don't know enough about coffee to describe it properly). The ending is coffee bitter. It's a nice, varied bitterness, and there's enough going on to keep you interested all the way through.

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Photo of maximum12
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh out of the box just over a day ago & delivered from Pennsylvania by the incomparable beerisheaven, who continues to shovel rarities, semi-rarities, & plain damn good beer to the frozen tundra of the north.

The Planet is impenetrable black, like a Boundary Waters lake at midnight after the moon has set black. Smells like coffee. Not coffee. Good coffee. It has that gentle acrid roastiness without the bitterness that mars my enjoyment of some cofeee beers (& all coffee in general). Nothing else in the nose.

Planet Bean is a top-notch example of its style. I'm not sure I'd set it against Central Waters Coffee Stout, but it'd come in a hard second. The beans in the beer come out heavy in the taste, but there's excellent balance coming in behind. The malts sweep away any potential for bitterness, while accentuating the pleasant warmth of the roastiness. Even better, after coffee & malt have passed, there's a distinct dollop of chocolate in the afterparty. A sip, if not followed quickly by another, leaves an almost palpable coating of slick, liquid chocolate gripping every available surface. Nice touch.

The base beer is spot-on solid, no hint of water, the stout is poured-concrete foundation for the coffee. Easy to sip, especially for something pretty big & heavy.

Excellent beer. My first taste of Spring House, & from the taste of it, this seems like a brewery that warrants further exploration.

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Photo of Deuane
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of eyncognito
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made the trip out to Spring House last night for the release of Planet Bean. Picked up a couple of growlers and a couple of bottles from sympathetic people who purchased the bottle run before I got out there. Thanks to akorsak for throwing a couple of bottles my way which will in turn be shared with those on here.

Dove into the growler with apple pie dessert tonight to cap off Thanksgiving dinner.

A - Pours dark with a nice mocha head that leaves a small amount of lacing after settling.

S - It's all about the coffee here. A beautiful dark roasted smell that is beautiful on the nose. Dark roasted malts and a small amount of chocolate in the background but it really is all about the coffee.

T - Follows the nose and I must say that on careful consideration, I would have to say that this very well might be the best coffee infused beer made. I say that because it has a robust flavor but stops just short of going over the top. Whereas Peche and Founders might push the envelope a bit too far and leave a slight ashtray taste, the Bean stops short of being bitter. Again, a really robust coffee flavor with a dark roasted malt and slight chocolate profile sitting in the background.

M - Very pleasing. Not so thick to be chewy but not thin enough to disappoint. Really nice.

D - I finished off the growler with my wife and a friend who stopped by. We had numerous glasses served in a small snifter and we were all disappointed to see it come to an end. It is that good.

Congrats to Matt for a really outstanding beer. I wish I had more of this, I might have to make a return trip for more even though it is a good hike. It is THAT good. Get this one, I think you will find it outstanding. Bravo!!!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for picking me up a bottle and delivering it in person right to my house. I was more than happy to split it with a fellow appreciative BA. Shared with psycohops and poured into matching nonic pint glasses. The stout appears a nearly opaque deep dark brown color with two fingers of thick walnut colored foam. The foam settles to a thin layer and remains through nearly the entire glass. Nose and flavor are of huge espresso notes, with bitter-sweet chocolate, molasses, dark roasted coffee beans, bakers cocoa, and sweet creamy Kahlua notes towards the finish. I'm also getting a hint of smoke as it warms up a bit. The stout is amply carbonated, but falls short with a slightly thin body. Any coffee fan would really dig this.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch of tan foam

S - big coffee smell, espresso like aroma hits you hard, more so than any other coffee brew i've had before

T - up front strong coffee taste with some roasted malts in the background, but there is no doubt when you try it, this is a coffee stout like no other

M/D - light to medium bodied, but actually, I prefer it this way. this is one tasty brew, and honestly it makes you wonder if you'll be up all night with the caffeine. The coffee just hits you in the face. Great job on this one and i'd put it up to any coffee beer i've had.

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Photo of joe1510
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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!

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Photo of HopDerek
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

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Photo of joepais
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't wait I was going to crack this tomorrow morning while working on the car but I was too tempted. Now with that in mind I am thinking of a morning cup of coffee because that is what this smells like. I am craving some bacon and eggs now there is a little sweetness in the aromas It must be from the malts hands down the best nose on any coffee stouts I have tried.

Now before I get to the flavors, they are incredible. I must say the only flaw is it is a tad light in the mouth I think that my stouts and coffee should be on the thicker side of medium this tends to be a little week. Now on to where this shines again. The roasted espresso flavors are spot on leaving that same bitter dryness in the finish as a black cup of coffee. It is good to the last drop LOL

I have had a lot of coffee infused stouts in the past year, this is in the top five maybe three if it was thicker ;-). A big thumb's up to the brewer and Thanks Dan you were right I need to try this one. This growler will easly disapear tomorrow maybe with out help

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Photo of Kegatron
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had a sample or two off the tap and then growler

appearance was dark and had a nice mocha brown head

smell was like a dark coffee with no cream and no sugar.. almost like an espresso smell. it was amazing

taste was obvious COFFEE. what a nice and delightful taste of coffee but with the hint of a beer.

mouthfeel was smooth and could not tell it had a 7% abv.

drinkability would be great with friends to share with and also early in the morning.

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4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Via growler pour into tulip on 3/4/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Looks like a classic cup o' joe with a thin mocha-colored cap that receded to a ring of retention and garnered a bit of decorative lacing.

S - Coffee.

T - Um, coffee, coffee and some more coffee. Honestly, this beer is all about fresh ground coffee beans with just a hint of chocolate and a bit of earthy, roasted bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. A fair amount of earthy bitterness emerged in the finish and gained strength as the liquid warmed up.

D - Oh man, this is simply one of the best coffee stouts I've ever been privy to... seriously! Spring House will definitely be on my beer radar from here on out. Fantastic!

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