CEO Stout
Right Brain Brewery

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Stout - American
Ranked #660
Ranked #27,226
3.8 | pDev: 11.32%
Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris.
This was poured into a glass mug.
The appearance was a fairly thick dark brown close to black color topped with a finger and a half's worth of off white foamy head. slid off to leave some messy lace.
The aroma had some dark fruits, milk chocolate, some roasty coffee bean, and some vanilla wafer/bean character.
The flavor moderately leaned towards a combination of toasty coffee, dark fruits, dark chocolate, dark toast and nuts. Subtle aftertaste of sweet coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruits and dark toast.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Nice carbonation with a good grip rolling into the finish.
Overall, as an American stout I would say this works. Yup I would come back to.

Jun 15, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with a foamy tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee. Tastes of coffee with a bit of sweetness. Thin mouth feel.

Apr 28, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow this was an amazing beer. Surprisingly flavorful, rich, complex and enjoyable despite not being an imperial stout. Pours a deep, dark rich brown color with some nice tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of lots of dark roast coffee, mocha chocolate, caramel, roasted nuttiness, malt and some vanilla. Taste follows the nose, and the flavors are just so well-balanced, rich and luscious. Smooth, silky, moderately creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. An excellent stout from a great local brewery.

Jan 30, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a copper tinge when held to the light, and a finger of beige head.

Smells of coffee, toasted malts, vanilla and chocolate.

Tastes of coffee, chocolate, toasted malts, and molasses.

Medium body, with medium low carbonation.

Got this for Christmas from my brother, drinking in Muskoka April 10th, 2018. Really nice, not overly heavy, flavourful brew.

Apr 10, 2018
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FRivard from Michigan

3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Opaque with a style appropriate caramel head smells of medium cold brew coffee with a hint of toffee caramel. Nice robust big bodied coffee flavor on the nose feels heavier and carries more weight than your typical 5.5 stout finishes dry but the coffee stays well into the finish. Overall a medium drinking full flavored coffee stout

Dec 31, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging. Tan, finger width head that fizzes away rather quickly, leaving behind a mostly barren surface and a razor thin, broken ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Cold coffee, chocolate, caramel and mild cream.

Taste - Follows the nose. Cold, day old coffee. Mild chocolate with hints of caramel and cream. Mild, sweet finish with a faint trace of roast.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with light, tingly carbonation. Drinks easy enough but has a flat finish.

Overall - I like this beer, but it's not even close to some of the better coffee stouts out there in the world.

Nov 15, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour, tan head, aromas are strong espresso, some chocolate, and char.

Taste is led by the espresso, but the chocolate is pretty prevalent, too, and there’s a slightly creamy feel from the oatmeal. Well done by Right Brain.

Nov 09, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark black beer with a tan head that fades and leaves a few specks of lacing behind. The aroma is amazing and full of chocolate, coffee and sweet, roasted malt. The taste is not as sweet as the aroma but it is perfect for this beer. There is a light sweetness, lots of chocolate and some amazing coffee. There is a pervasive roastiness and a nice char finish. I really think this is a great beer.

Oct 13, 2017
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Pours dark brown with a big bubbly tan head that retains fairly well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet lactose and roast coffee.

The flavor is sweet sugary lactose and chocolate with big ashy roast coffee and a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent coffee stout. A bit too much lactose and ashy roast that don't mesh well.

Jul 20, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown. Short, foamy, tan head that lasts shortly.

Smells roast malt, coffee and light dark chocolate.

Tastes mostly coffee and roast malt. Followed by caramel malt and lighter chocolate. Dry finish with coffee linger. Lighter medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

May 29, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dammit I trade too much with Midwestern peeps, I can't even remember who threw this in as an extra but thank you! Dark brown pour, thin tan head 1/3". Aroma smacks heavily of coffee, dat boi did good. Roasted malt, not heavy underneath that.

The coffee continues to drop first and foremost in the taste. Not an overly thick stout, some would say watery or thin, but its just a normal regular ass coffee stout, not an imperial thick sludge barrel aged one. Not thin, just not heavy and thick. Reasonable. Good use of chocolate malt. Could be called a porter. Whateva.

So I guess this one is gonna come in above the median rating. I guess locals don't know what they got, since this isn't something you need to Chicago pour, it doesn't rate as highly as it should. Or maybe its not rare. I think its simply a very good coffee beer that I would crush with regularity if it was around here.

Sep 15, 2016
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Cr0wley from Michigan

5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favourite beers in general, I absolutely love coffee stouts. I taste a slight amount of chocolate as well. Dark brown, coffee smell, coffee stout taste, and a nice carbonated but not too carbonated mouthfeel.

Sep 15, 2016
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goblue30 from Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts off promising, but quickly goes down hill. Too much carbonation, very thin mouth feel and lacking flavor. Far from fantastic, but definitely not undrinkable.

Jun 05, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color with an aroma of coffee and some roasted malts. Flavor is coffee and roasted malts. There's a touch of bitterness from the coffee. This actually drinks pretty light and the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall the is a solid beer but a little lighter than you would think by looking at it.

May 13, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with a slightly f khaki colored head. Aroma is of malts and coffee. Lots of coffee actually. It's flavor follows suit (more coffee). It is medium bodied. Good flavor, good beer, but relatively basic.

May 09, 2016
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4 pack of pint cans.

Look: very dark brown, thin tan head, light lacing
Smell: delicious coffee smell, hint of chocolate
Taste: chocolate & coffee, mildly bitter aftertaste
Feel: medium bodied & lightly carbonated. Very drinkable.

Overall: very enjoyable stout. I'll definitely be buying this again.

Apr 28, 2016
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carlborch from Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark, dense, black pour with a 2-inch, tan, and creamy, pocketed head. Poured from the 16 oz can into a straight-sided pint glass. The head settled in at 3/4 inch. Coffee, malt, and cherry in the nose. Medium light body, with very modest carbonation, and distinct coffee flavor. Light, fresh, dried tart cherry notes with a coffee backdrop as it lingers. Some Belgian lace forms. Very smooth. Much lighter than expected. The light body and low malt, makes me think of Porter more than Stout. Very drinkable and refreshing, however, I may hesitate before I pick it up again.

Jan 17, 2016
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Strix from Wisconsin

2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light head that fades to nothing.

Coffee and roasted malt in the nose.

Taste is heavy on the coffee. This actually could pass for coffee. Not getting a lot of malt or anything else going on.

Mouthfeel thin, undercarbonated.

A decent simple stout, lacking complexity a bit though. I considered putting in the microwave. It's pretty much exactly like coffee.

Jan 03, 2016
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Raime from Greenland

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Right Brain CEO Stout.

Always ultra excited to try beer from an up and coming brewerh in my home state. Only jjst now started making its way to Southeast Michigan about a month ago. Found a single pint for 2.99 at my local craft shop and I'm really hoping for the best. First beer out of a brewery can leave a lasting impression. Enough talk, let's drink.

Look - From the sixteen ounce can hardpoured into a pint glass. This beer pours pitch black with a hands worth of some of the deepest mocha head I have ever seen ln any beer ever. The head is quite bubbly and lokks exceptionally creamy. Carbonation is impossible to get a true read on due to the depth of the brew. The head has thus far stuck around for quite some time as I am still unable to complete my pour. Finally finished and it js a beauty. After finishinf the drink only a lower medium level of stick remains in the glass.

Smell!- The nose is very much alike most canned lower ABV stouts. The biggest difference I'm noticing is that there is an almost wheat like presence here. Aside from that it brings a light amout of coffee and roasted malta with a tinge of meat smokiness upon a hard whiff.

Taste - The flavor profile starts off and largely remains a weaker to moderate amount of dark roast coffee and dark roastsed maltiness. A bit of a fruity like sweetness also becomes quite apparent as you allow the beer to really sit and warm. The coffee flavors linger around the mouth for an eternity though it doesn't come through as strong as you may like.

Feel - The feel is quite mouth filling although a tad on the watery side. Coffee flavors remain althroughout and the tongue is coated in a nice creamyness as expected due to the exceptional amount of head retention. The beer swallows easy and coffee like with a moderate level of bitterness. No sign of the alcohol pretty much as expected.

Overall - A typical lower ABV commercial stout for people who want an all day drinker that won't get them overly hammered. I would compare this heavily to the rochester mills milkshake stout though with a bit of an amped up flavor profile. Not exactly impressive, but also not bad whatsoever. For the price I do not think I would purchase this beer again. But as always, grab one and try it for yourself..

Nov 13, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives pitch black with a two finger head that leaves a decent amount of lacing

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, with roast, char and caramel underneath

Taste: Roast and chocolate tones, up front, with caramel adding some sweetness; earthy hop flavors build in the middle, along with the coffee and roast flavors in the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent beer but in a world filled with coffee stouts, this one doesn't stand out

Nov 10, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a thin halo of tan head. Nose of heavy roast and campfire smoke, rich toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Flavors are heavy smoke forward, with charcoal heavy notes, and a bitter roasted coffee backbone. Smooth and dry bodied, with a coffee and campfire aftertaste. The finish is smooth, light, and dry. Good beer.

Oct 26, 2015
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justinp444 from Michigan

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint it has a inch thick beige head of foam and a black body. Smell of coffee and chocolate with a small amount of roasted malt and a very sweet vanilla backing. Taste is a bit soda like but still drinkable with a large amount of coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt, just a bit of chocolate and only slightly watered down. It has a full moderately+ carbonated mouth feel with a bit of a moderate watered down body. A little bit too much crisp carbonation.

Sep 26, 2015
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miwestcoaster from Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- dark body and tan head. Looks promising.
S- coffee and roasted malt.
T- some coffee but not much else.
M- very thin for a stout. I thought I was drinking an ale.
O- below average for a stout. Not recommended.

Aug 16, 2015
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one right from the can and poured into goblet. Aroma is pure roasted coffee, slightly burnt. Not much in the way of any other notes. Taste follows, lots of roasted coffee and the bitter kind of bite that goes with. Mouthfeel is medium, towards the thin side. Decent, especially if you love coffee.

Jul 28, 2015
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can pour. Kicks up a big frothy off white/tan head. Crackles with the coffee notes on the nose. Looks to all intents and purposes like a cold brew coffee. Undeniably, the mouthfeel is quite thin but retains a slight milky cream taste to it which adds a little more body. It is a little one note but if that is what you came here for then you are in business. A decent light stout for when you are not looking for something too heavy.

Jul 25, 2015
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