Planet Bean
Spring House Brewing Company

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From:
Spring House Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Stout - American
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 12.22%
Ratings:
272
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 04, 2018
Added:
Feb 28, 2009
Wants:
  113
Gots:
  29
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: 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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3.98 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania on Jul 04, 2018
 
4.25 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2017
 
3.75 by Bdel34 from Pennsylvania on Aug 05, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in June 2017. Drank it about 2 weeks after purchase. No packaged date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark black with a thin tan/brown head. Head is thin, and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass, more than most stouts.

Smell: Strong aroma of coffee and roasted nuts. There is a hint of chocolate as well, but overall the roasted coffee is most pronounced.

Taste: This beer is apply named 'Planet Bean', as the coffee flavor dominates. There are additional flavors of roasted malts, and chocolate. There is some hop bitterness to enhance the taste and add some complexity, but it is dominated by the coffee flavors.

Mouth-feel: Strong, and with a very smooth creamy body. Matches the 7.0% alcohol listed ere, I do not see the ABV on the label. Sweet and not as bitter as some other stouts.

This is an interesting stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. It is very smooth. It is too creamy and I would prefer a little more hop bitterness, but I would buy this again.

Jun 24, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin off white to almost ran foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Messy lace leaves some filminess. The aroma had a soft sweet to roasty blend of dark and milk chocolate malts. Obvious amount of roasted coffee beans. Sly vanilla underneath. The flavor blends sweet to roast between coffee bean, milk and dark chocolate. Vanilla seems barely there. Nicely blended roasty to sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a good sessionability about it. Mild carbonation. Soft acidity, but acceptable. ABV felt good. Overall, nicely done coffee stout. I would have this again if I could get it.

Jun 24, 2017
 
3.6 by TheWolf from Delaware on May 21, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

16oz pounder can poured into an East End Brewing snifter:

Look: Pours a nice jet black color with about an inch of head present and little to no lacing!

Smell: Tons of coffee on the nose along with a bit of chocolate and roasted malts!

Taste: Taste pretty much follows the nose on this one! Lots of coffee present and some chocolate. Getting some bitterness from the coffee.

Feel: Medium bodied. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Wish this had a bit more of a heavier body though.

Overall: Nice coffee stout here! I would revisit this one when it comes out next year!

Apr 16, 2017
 
3.5 by Roberto11232 from New York on Mar 26, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CHickman from New York

Pours pitch black color with a nice brown 1-2 finger head that faded slowly and left really good lacing. Smells of cold pressed coffee, roasted malts, charred wood, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, faint piney hops and brown sugar. Really nice to inhale, great start to this brew.

Taste drops off quite a bit. This is roasty with nice coffee and burnt malt notes, but then it's basically like a Guinness with some Starbucks bold poured in it. It's a good beer and tasty, yet not close to how good it smells. There are roasted grains, chocolate, light espresso and charred notes but it lacks the robust coffee I got in the nose. It's thin and a little watery, lacking the stout texture I expected, but it went down easy enough and masked the 7% ABV quite well. Overall it's an above average beer, mostly because the coffee accents were so enjoyable.

Mar 17, 2017
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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

16 oz can poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Black. 1-2 fingers of deep brown head. No light penetration.

Nose
Medium roast coffee, caramel, raisin, prune, dusted cocoa, and roasted barley.

Taste
Medium roast coffee served black. Caramel and light roasted barley. Hints of raisin and prune with a dusting of cocoa.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, and balanced.

Overall
Easy drinking with a nice coffee flavor backed by a mellow Stout base.

Mar 15, 2017
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3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Boccu from New York

Pours black with one finger brown head. Very light lacing. Aroma is deep coffee and hints of sugar cane. Taste is coffee not as deep as the aroma showed. Very thin and over carbonated for a coffee stout.

Mar 15, 2017
 
4.25 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania on Mar 14, 2017
 
4.08 by mrosenfeld32 from Pennsylvania on Mar 12, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

Can dated 1/25/17 into pint glass. Pours a nice oily black, with no shading around the edges. Thin tan head. Initial impression is coffee and more coffee, with maybe a hint of cream and sugar. Really, you could almost swap this into your coffee mug and hardly notice the difference. Smooth mouthfeel; too much carbonation for a stout. Finish is coffee too.
Kind of one-dimensional. Not quite enough body for a stout. Over-carbonated. But not too bad, all things considered.

Mar 08, 2017
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3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Pours cola black with two fingers of tan head that leave decent lacing.

Creamed coffee, nutty malts, chocolate and a hint of vanilla compete in the nose.

The nutty malts are front and center in the taste. Greasy spoon quality coffee grounds are present, too, fairly stale with a slight cherry note. It has a dry, milky, woody finish, without a whole lot of depth. Not at all creamy, chocolatey or robust, either.

Relatively thin bodied with strong carbonation.

Worth a taste, but too dry and too thin for my taste. Sort of reminds of what a coffee Guiness would taste like. If that sounds good to you, you might enjoy it more.

Mar 05, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a black body with minimal head and no lace. Coffee bean aroma with slight lactic and sweet notes. Smooth body as there is a coffee taste is with sweetness and hint of lactic quality and clean finish.

Mar 04, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a pounder can at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer is a gift from my brother Brian. thank you!
The beer pours a dark cola color with no light passing through my glass. I get a 3 cm spongey tan head with a fairly assertive pour. The foam fades slowly leaving dense lattice on my glass and a very sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is heavy with coffee grounds, very roasted and slightly bitter coffee scents. There are some light milk chocolate hints but coffee is dominant and the booze and hops are both absent at this juncture.
First sip reveals a light to average body with mild carbonation and a bit of sticky texture. Easy drinking for a bigger stout, a little more body would enhance this beer.
Flavor is all coffee with roasted and a little bitter grounds mixing together. I do get just a little bit of sweet chocolate, but the finish is all coffee with some lingering roast. I dont get hops nor booze on the taste profile either. I find this beer easy to drink, it is a little one dimensional, but it is good for what it is, a nice coffee themed beer.

Mar 04, 2017
 
3.62 by Budlum from Maryland on Feb 25, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by citizencane from Pennsylvania

Solid blend of dark malts and coffee taste. Pours dark translucent black with slight to moderate head. Slightly thin on taste. Not great, but certainly not bad and quite drinkable too.

Feb 21, 2017
 
4.25 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Feb 03, 2017
 
3.77 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2016
 
4.08 by ArtZan from New Jersey on Nov 29, 2016
 
3.91 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Nov 07, 2016
 
3.81 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Nov 07, 2016
 
4.25 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania on Aug 17, 2016
 
4.4 by malfunxion from New York on Jul 02, 2016
 
3.87 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania on May 28, 2016
 
4.03 by SonictheBeerhog from New York on Apr 25, 2016
 
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Apr 22, 2016
 
3.88 by pulito001 from Pennsylvania on Apr 09, 2016
 
3.75 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Mar 30, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pinyin from New York

Served 38F from the 22 ounce bomber into a 14 ounce tulip.

Dark brown light black.

Nose is cat piss acidic brewed coffee. Sweet, malty and roasty.

Taste is very similar to Kerplunk, but not quite as good. This is much more acidic. Coffee is the most dominant flavor in the profile, followed by dark malts. This has a very acidic taste to it. Which is somewhat expected for a coffee stout. There is a hollow and acidic aftertaste. I think they slightly overdid it with the coffee on this one, but the base stout is still really good. Similar to Kerplunk and Big Gruesome.

Mouthfeel is really nice, aside from the acidic aftertaste. Thick, smooth, with beautiful head retention.

No bottle dates on any of these Spring House Bombers. No idea when they produced or bottled. Spring House stouts do tend to taste better with age (4-8 months), so it's not a huge deal, but there is so little information on the labels with regards to ABV%, product description and bottle dates. I really wish the marketing people here would be somewhat more descriptive.

Mar 20, 2016
 
3.55 by acurtis from New Jersey on Mar 13, 2016
 
3.96 by GameOfBeers from Pennsylvania on Mar 13, 2016
 
4.16 by jjd315 from Pennsylvania on Mar 05, 2016
 
3.83 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Mar 05, 2016
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3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Alieniloquium from Florida

650 mL bottle. Black body. Smell is intense coffee. Pretty nice coffee aroma, too. Rich without being acidic. Taste is equally strong coffee. There's barely any beer here. Less rich. Sharp and bitter coffee. Light nutty malt and that's it. Light body, but maybe just seems that way because of all the coffee. Not bad. Not great.

Mar 01, 2016
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by oldn00b from Virginia

Pours about jet black, a bit thin (but not in a bad way) with no lacing and a fizzy head that recedes quickly.

Nose is coffee.

Flavor is huge on Coffee. This is coffee and a bit of stout - coffee is hugely dominant.

Nice, smooth, well rounded mouthfeel.

Not complex, not a lot going on. But huge, really nice coffee flavor. Would definitely have again.

Feb 20, 2016
 
3.98 by Dicers from Colorado on Feb 19, 2016
 
4 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania on Feb 15, 2016
Planet Bean from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 272 ratings