CEO Stout | Right Brain Brewery

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CEO StoutCEO Stout

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Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ffejherb on 12-03-2008

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Cr0wley
5/5  rDev +30.9%
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.

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Photo of goblue30
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of jp32
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of carlborch
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Strix
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of Raime
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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..

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of justinp444
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of miwestcoaster
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.05/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark chocolate brown. Light khaki head. Minimal lacing. Smells of burnt coffee. Taste is almost the same as smell. With little more cocoa, slight creme flavor and more bitter coffee taste. After taste is defintley coffee forward.
Not one of my favorite coffee stouts but still tasty. Also had this on tap and was waaay better then in the can.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated can at 51 degrees into snifter
Aroma strong coffee initially, weakens but still lasts throughout consumption
Head average (three cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring and broken layer.
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor predominantly coffee; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very strong coffee flavor, but I really enjoyed it. I described it to friends as "being punched in the mouth by Juan Valdez" because the coffee dominates, but as a coffee drinker I think it is nice.

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Photo of hardysf
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a thick caramel color head. Looks very nice in the glass. Not overpowering, but gentle smell of coffee and roasted chocolate.

Taste of black coffee with some balanced sweetness. Its a little thin and maybe slightly a tad too much carbonation which brings out the thinness just a bit.

Very solid regular stout. Will continue to be a go to when looking for a simple stout.

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Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pounder can into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a tan head. Some spotty lace clings to the glass and overall the brew looks good.

The smell is chocolate upfront with plenty of toast and coffee. It has a very sweet aroma that does not transcribe to the flavor.

The taste is more coffee forward than the nose suggests with an abundance of chocolate and some earth. Fruity alcohol is present mid-palate along with a mild bitterness to the finish.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Overall not a bad brew.

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Photo of Bobsbigbeershow
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite stout. Copious amounts of fresh coffee are used to brew the beer, to great affect. It's a coffee stout that actually will perilous up, perfect for a mid afternoon pint. You can find it in 16oz cans in just about any Michigan grocery store. For a 22oz bottle, check you're favorite beer store.

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Photo of ribby
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, with bown moderately creamy head. Aroma shows the roasted malt. Taste is towards the malty end, with significant roasted flavor but not crossing into bitterness. A hint of nuttiness and chocolate in the malt. A little under hopped, perhaps, but they got the malt perfect for a stout, so that is not a problem at all. Not just for stout fans.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful looking beer. Roasty and deep with chocolate and espresso on the tongue, plus a little malty sweetness comes through. Slight hops bitterness which lasts into the aftertaste. A little thin but probably appropriate for the style.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with khaki colored head. Just like the name says, there is chocolate, espresso, and oats on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some roasted malt.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Tasting 9/9/14

This is a black brew with a brown head about half a finger tall. It shows good retention and leaves lacing that's thin and bubbly but lots of it.
These guys got what they were going for. This thing smells like just-roasted coffee. There may be a little around it besides the coffee that does contribute, but there's no question the coffee is the show. I didn't know what this was before I drank it. There's a bit of toffee and a bit of toast/smoke around it, but this stout is barely distinguishable, and in fact basically tastes like carbonated coffee.
It does run thin for a stout, and I would say the body needs to be perked up and fuller. The roast runs through and dries it out, but adds a little too much as well. It's fairly smooth but there's a little interference.

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