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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
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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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mynie

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2009 01:28:43 | More by mynie
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +13%
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!

Serving type: growler

03-05-2009 04:33:14 | More by ffejherb
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-05-2009 07:08:22 | More by Deuane
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2010 00:36:06 | More by BARFLYB
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 00:02:35 | More by GbVDave
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Jersey

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

Spring House- Planet Bean

A- Deep dark brown with a small filmy creamy tan head. Small 1 ring of lacing.
S- Fresh medium to dark roast coffee beans. Very pungent, amazing!
T- Sweet black coffee. Deep dark roasted beans. Fresh and strong coffee.
M- Like most others around here this was a bit thin and watery. Very little bitterness or astringency. Sweet sugary but a bit watery.

Overall- Amazing aroma and good fresh bean flavor. Find this 1.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 17:46:54 | More by NJpadreFan
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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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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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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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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 16:39:04 | More by rfgetz
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Consumed at the Moo Bar.

A: Pours practically black with a very large tan colored head. Upon opening the growler, the carbonation caused a little bit of an overflow. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Tons of coffee beans and coffee grounds. There is a little bit of underlying roasted malt and a little chocolate, but the coffee dominates the aroma.

T: Similarly coffee forward. Not quite as strong as the aroma, but the coffee still dominates the flavor profile, a combination of grounds and beans. A little bit of chocolate, but like the aroma, the coffee dominates.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a tad thin, but moderate carbonation.

O:

Serving type: growler

01-29-2012 21:31:54 | More by mdaschaf
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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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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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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 04:58:19 | More by ClockworkOrange
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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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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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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2009 21:21:27 | More by DIM
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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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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Before I can even get to the review, I have to note that this cork is toughest that I've encountered... That's not a knock nor a compliment, just an observation...

A - An active cascading pour gives way to two plus fingers worth of brown chunky and slightly rocky head with modest retention that gives way to a full rich frothy lace... Opaque abyss black color... Trace amounts of lacing clings to the glass...

S - It should come as no surprise the the coffee dominates the nose, and while its quite potent I expected slightly more... The coffee scent is reminiscent of a cup of french pressed dark roast.. Also present are some very faint hints of roasted malt and even fainter hints of dark chocolate...

T - The intense coffee flavor dominates the palette... Some roasted malt and a touch of licorice rise on the finish..

M - Terrific... Lush and creamy... Medium to full bodied... Just the slightest touch of carbonation... A little on the thin side, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing in this case...

D - One of the most insanely quaffable stouts that I've ever encountered... Remarkably smooth, especially given the intensity of the coffee components... Even more impressive is that this offering comes from microbrewery host in a barn in Amish country... This one gets bonus points for that...

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 02:10:47 | More by philbe311
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Phelps

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ejyoung, poured into snifter.

Dark, opaque mahogany, becoming thinner at the edges and giving up some amber highlights. A thin swarm of bubbles swirls and pops away within seconds.

The aroma’s vibrant with coffee — this stuff smells like a coffee shop. Freshly crushed medium roast beans, tangy dark chocolate, a touch of sourdough. It would be better if it wasn’t so tangy, actually.

The flavor’s just like the nose, but smoother. Medium roast coffee, cocoa nibs and the touch of sourdough are there again, but upon the swallow, toasted bread rolls in and blends with the sharp coffee, smoothing it out. Hops lend a soft, earthy bitterness.

Silky body, a touch above medium light, with gentle, tingly carbonation. Just a touch of alcohol numbs the tongue, but it’s well hidden for the most part. Very smooth, mostly sweet finish.

Planet Bean’s very coffee-forward — perhaps too much. A bit more backing flavor would be advised, but I’m not complaining too much.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 06:08:17 | More by Phelps
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kbutler1

Minnesota

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

Bottle courtesy of mothman. He played the guessing game with me and poured this one without me knowing what it was. It poured a really dark brown almost black color with a tan head that collars really well. HUGE notes of coffee in the nose, I mean fresh ground French Roast here. The roast coffee takes center stage in the taste unsurprisingly with some other notes like vanilla and some leather. The taste is exceptional. It has an almost nutty like finish for me as well. Not as bitter as expected being so roasted. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 18:49:27 | More by kbutler1
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birchstick

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 19:12:20 | More by birchstick
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joe1510

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 02:43:47 | More by joe1510
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 21:20:44 | More by DrinkSlurm
Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
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