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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
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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 116
Gots: 25 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 EgadBananas
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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 :)

Photo of jaxon53
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Florida9
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ffejherb
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Photo of Deuane
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +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?

Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Photo of wagenvolks
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.