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Planet Bean Coffee Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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Planet Bean Coffee StoutPlanet Bean Coffee Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 00:09:36 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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younger35

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received this brew from Mr. Gibby over there in good ol' Philly. I'm a HUGE fan of coffee beers and this one is supposed to be one of the best. Can't wait. Drank from my Darkness snifter while watching the Olympics.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brown/black with a decent half finger dark brown head that fizzles away fairly quickly. A nice and spotty cap along with a thin collar and a bit of extremely light lacing.
Smell- Well probably not surprising but the nose is just full of rich coffee goodness. Lightly sweet and lightly chocolaty with more coffee mixed in and a touch of caramel. Almost a light vanilla mixed in and combined with the caramel there is a slight barrel like thing going. The coffee is 98% of the nose though.
Taste- Exactly what I was hoping for! Loads of rich roasted coffee that isn't bitter in the slightest. The roast is fairly intense but the beer isn't acidic or harsh what-so-ever. A touch of cream sort of adds a milky vanilla thing along with some light and earthy cocoa. Loads of coffee into the finish as it lingers and lingers. Can't believe this is 7%.
Mouthfeel- A bit waterier than I'd like as the body is on the small side of medium with a lightly oily feel and very light carbonation. Probably the only slight flaw in the beer.
Drinkability- Really really enjoyed this one. Probably not up to the level of Peche Mortel, Short's Cup O' Joe or Bell's Java Stout but it's damn close. They get a touch more body in this brew and it's one of the best. Thanks much Jeff, mucho appreciated sir!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 20:14:03 | More by younger35
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

Oh, that's impressive. Absolutely 0% light penetration with this one. It's black. It has a two-finger head of thick and creamy brown foam sitting on top. The retention is great. The lacing is on the thin side of things, but is very sticky.

Wow. The smell is just as impressive. This smells more like coffee than any other beer that I can think of. It smells more like coffee than beer, actually. It has elements of both fresh brewed coffee and fresh roasted coffee beans. Light hints of medium level sweetness chocolates. A very nice hint of vanilla caramels.
This smell is absolutely wonderful!

This is almost more like a glass of coffee than beer. The taste is totally coffee. A wonderful level of fresh roasted beans. Not overly roasted, at all. No bitterness. Mid-palate I get a slight touch of malty sweetness, along with a kiss of caramel, trying to break through. It gives a nice balance and reminds that, yes, this is a beer. Other than that though, it's all about the coffee.
This is absolutely everything that I've ever wanted from a coffee beer. Incredible.

It's got a medium to almost full body and a light-to-medium level of carbonation. It is very smooth and has a light hint of creaminess to it. Sort of like crushed velvet.

I have a hard time believing that this is 7.00%abv. It absolutely doesn't drink like it, at all. It is very easy drinking and I wish that I had more than just this one bottle. Either that or that Spring House would make a whole lot more of it, so that I could get more!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 01:49:21 | More by coldmeat23
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vinny21bal

Illinois

1.25/5  rDev -68.9%

01-24-2014 02:07:49 | More by vinny21bal
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jjayjaye

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 21:31:29 | More by jjayjaye
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-27-2013 20:15:06 | More by calcnerd
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-23-2011 13:29:54 | More by sideshowe
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -6%
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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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-17-2013 20:10:10 | More by scottbrew4u
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joepais

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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

Serving type: growler

03-14-2009 02:26:55 | More by joepais
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PHBoiler

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 14:38:15 | More by PHBoiler
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:28:55 | More by meatyard
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-02-2013 14:44:42 | More by jkane101
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-29-2009 20:15:35 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Rempo

Indiana

2/5  rDev -50.2%

11-20-2011 20:49:14 | More by Rempo
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Serving type: growler

03-17-2009 01:28:36 | More by HopDerek
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 02:32:26 | More by Giantspace
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cam. Thanks for sharing the growler of this beer.
This review is from notes from earlier tonight, August eighth, two thousand eleven, common era.

A - dark black body, red light through the edges, a minimal tan head.

S - a great coffee aroma, nice roast. Kind of one-dimensional, but it's a great coffee smell

T - sweet cherry, dark and bitter coffee, fairly dry.

M - smooth, medium-thin body, somewhat drying.

O - this is a good coffee stout. A couple of improvements, and it's excellent (less awkward sweet flavor, thicker body, etc)

Serving type: growler

08-12-2011 02:01:40 | More by ColdPoncho
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750mL bottle into a 22 oz. Founders CBS snifter. Special note to kick off the review: This was the longest cork I've ever seen in a beer bottle. It measures nearly a full 1 1/2". I had to extract it with a pair of pliers.

Beer pours a midnight black with roughly a pinkie finger's width cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. The smell is big time coffee. Coffee, and nothing else. Period. JUST coffee...and it's delightful. Dark and roasty with just a hint of sweetness. The taste is more of the same. It's like a carbonated cup of black coffee. This is very coffee forward, and at times, it's hard to imagine you're drinking a beer and not some carbonated coffee beverage. Very good indeed. The mouthfeel is a pleasant surprise. Unlike many coffee beers, this is smooth without either a high level of acidity, or a bitter finish. It doesn't linger save for a little bit. Very clean for the style. Overall this is a very very solid coffee stout, and one I'm glad to have had the chance to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:15:28 | More by Retail1LO
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-16-2013 00:57:38 | More by fdig23
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Gtreid

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-28-2013 03:15:16 | More by Gtreid
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

12-19-2013 23:10:31 | More by sludgegnome
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Khazadum

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 00:07:32 | More by Khazadum
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

10-22-2013 21:46:15 | More by pearljam118
Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.