Planet Bean Coffee Stout | Spring House Brewing Company

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Planet Bean Coffee StoutPlanet Bean Coffee Stout
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Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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!

Added by Deuane on 02-28-2009

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Photo of jrallen34
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark, near black with minimal head. Smell is a big whiff of spent coffee grounds, taste is of freshly brewed medium roast coffee with no additives, faint taste of burnt grains. Pretty one dimensional in both fronts, but the uality of the coffee scent and flavor saves it. Body is pretty thin and almost watery for the style. Like the Kerplunk, it comes off as rather one dimensional in most areas, and what saves it is the quality of the input ingredients.

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by a generous soul - thanks to whoever you are.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust coffee on top of more coffee. Roasted malt aromas and unsweetened chocolate aromas are present as well but the coffee is in charge.

Tastes good. Roasted malt flavors with hints of char kick things off and are almost immediately overtaken by roasted coffee flavors. The roasted malt flavors fall out midway through the sip, leaving coffee and light char to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinakbility is good. I finished my glass and could have another without any problems.

Overall the nose on this beer is very nice however the flavor profile just wasn't fleshed out as well as I'd hoped. Still, this is a very good coffee beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Oil black with a thick, creamy layer of toffee colored foam. The foam layer looks inviting.

S - Dark roasted malt, mocha, and coffee beans.

T - Roasted coffee from start to finish.

M - Full medium body, creamy & silky in texture.

O - Packed full of coffee flavor.

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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 twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL courtesy of cmurren25, thanks man! Pours "darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night" with a fine-bubbled light brown foam. Some lacing, not much and retention is average.

Nose is coffee all the way. Husky beans, freshly ground! A little bit of sweet chocolate but the coffee really dominates.

Whoa, this is surprisingly easy to drink. Alcohol does not play much of a role here. Not really thick and chewy...nor is it thin; just goes down so damn fast. Acidic from the coffee and malt, fresh as hell tasting. Touch of sweetness makes this one of the best coffee beers I have ever had.

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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 AgentZero
3.4/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Adam for this bottle.

Pours pitch black with no light passing through and a surprisingly big thick tan head that remains a full inch-thick cap for the duration with very good lacing.

The aroma is dominated by heavily roasted coffee, dark chocolate malts.

The taste is a step up from the aroma in my opinion. It's still all about the coffee, but there's also a bit of roasted malts, vanilla and a shot of cream. Taste almost like a latte with an extra shot of espresso.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a lively carbonation. It's dry in the finish and has a nice body for a non-impy stout.

As a coffee lover, this was always going to hit the spot. It's a coffee-heavy stout with all the right supporting elements to keep things extremely drinkable. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy tan head. Retention is a about below average but finger ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This is all about the coffee. Dark roast coffee dominates with roasted barley upping the bitterness and char. Mild caramel and chocolate sweetness. Straightfoward, but pleasant.

3.5 T: The taste is big coffee as well. The base beer functions as a vessel for the coffee. It doesn't add a whole lot to the coffee flavor. Roasted barley adds more roast. It's fairly well balanced with a mild caramel and chocolate to combat the roast.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mildly creamy and super smooth.

3.5 D: It's good, but it's one dimensional.

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Photo of birchstick
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending this bottle my way!

A - pours a nice black color without much of a head

S - It smells like the grounds that were just left over in my French Press from this morning's coffee. Nice coffee aroma without much else in he mix.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice earthy roasted coffee flavors are all over the palate. There is hardly room for anything else as the coffee dominates this one, however I get a nice bitterness from a baker's chocolate flavor with a bit of coffee grinds. Solid coffee profile!

M - a little thin, but goes down smoothly. Leaves dry from the burnt malts.

D - I have this with eggs and pancakes. At times this tasted exactly like coffee, which was awesome. Once I was done eating some of the bitter chocolate and coffee came out which took a bit away from the flavor experience. Really solid coffee stout, one of the better coffee stouts I have had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1220th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22oz

Not sure if this was bottle from Cpabeer & Stormking47 or TroyG2352, so thanks to all of you

App- Black pour like coffee, brown head 2 finger. Great cling and stick.

Smell- Coffee grounds for days, earthy, dirt, dark chocolate. Was a bit ashy as well, but still picked up enough of the coffee to enjoy the aromatics

Taste- Really is like a black of coffee mixed in with a bit of malts. Has a thick licorice taste with a bit of anise but more prickly and mellow than stone. Maybe its too warm but if colder flavors wouldnt come forth as much.

Mouth- More of a light medium body with a lighter medium carbonation. Did leave a touch of ashy coffee but wasnt enough to really deter score to much. It was the lightness that brought it down for me.

Drink- A nice coffee forward stout. I am in the school of thought that when you say coffee and it needs to be a coffee stout. I think they found that beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into pint at standard tap philly. Pours a deep brown mud with thick tan head. Awesome coffee aromas...straight up coffee. Taste is roasted coffee and chocolate. Not much else but is delicious. Smooth as silk. This is a fantastic coffee brew...highly recommend this one.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.12/5  rDev -23%
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.

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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 Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
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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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 msubulldog25
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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?

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Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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

I shared this bottle with beerloco, mrsbeerloco, and mikey711 at a tasting today. Bottle acquired at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Appearance: Stock opaque with a 1 finger light brown crown that shows little retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Very strong slightly burnt malt and intense coffee notes dancing in an olfactory waltz.

Taste: Same as nose but with a slight cream note that really balances the roast malt out.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin but it works.

Drinkability: The burnt quality keeps me from wanting too much but this is a great beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Thanks to corby112 for this from our most recent trade!

A: Pours an absolutely shade of burnt motor oil black. No light getting throught this one. Sitting on top is a quickly dissipating, dark khaki head that starts off at about two fingers and then melts down to a whispy skim and thick ring. Some sticky ropes were left behind.

S: Extremely coffee forward. Heavily roasted dark roast/espresso with layers of burnt malt, cocoa nibs, fudge, and dark chocolate. Now and again I caught a faint cherry and/or lemon aroma, too.

T: Just as above with the addition of more ashy char, pepper, and robust chocolate. I could swear I picked up a meaty and roasty chipotle pepper flavor as well.

M: Right out of the fridge it poured a little on the thin side and only thickened a fraction as it warmed. Quite bitter and peppery.

D: Very easy to drink. A 7% coffee stout...damn near sessionable in my book.

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Photo of DIM
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a murky dark brown color. It poured with a lovely, frothy tan head that faded to some solid lace.

s: Coffee first, no doubt about it. Fresh, delicious, mildly nutty coffee backed by a trace of dark roasty malt.

t: This is definitely a coffee showcase, and I love it! This tastes like a fresh, perfectly prepared cup of coffee. There is a dark, toasty malt presence here as well. Sometimes coffee beers have a sour, been on the burner too long, finish. This has long roasted finish with a hint of chocolate that is spot-on.

m: Creamy, long lived carbonation and a slick, oily body.

d: I've been a big fan of what has come out of the barn so far, but I have a new favorite. If you love coffee and beer, this is a must try.

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Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.