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Planet Bean Coffee Stout | Spring House Brewing Company

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Planet Bean Coffee StoutPlanet Bean Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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!

Added by Deuane on 02-28-2009

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Photo of pinyin
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of oldn00b
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Pours jet black, light tan lacing for a head.

Smells of brown sugar, fresh roasted coffee, licorice, and toffee.

Tastes of brown sugar, coffee, licorice, and toasted bready malts. Coffee bitterness throughout.

Medium body with stinging carbonation.

Very good dark stout with some strong licorice and coffee flavor. Fairly unique and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Paid about 9 bucks for this which is more than the regular imperial stout so it MUST be good!

A - Light pour produced a 1/4 of head that dissipates quickly beer color as deep dark and black as I always want.
S - Very nice brewed coffee with chocolate and mild mocha bean bitterness.
T - Like a cold cup of coffee this beer is what I wanted Terrapin Wake and Bake to be strong coffee taste smooth with lingering bitterness and a semi sweet body making for a tasty beer experience,
M - So smooth and bold with straight up cold coffee taste.

Overall I don't care if people say it's one dimensional because its a great dimension a coffee flavored stout done right! If you need more add the whipped topping!

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Photo of Omnium
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Pitch black with a finger of fizzy light tan head, no lacing.
S - Coffee bomb. I mean its a lot, which is amazing, it smells so fresh, some bitter dark chocolate roasts, a hint of smokiness. Not complex by any means, but wow on the coffee.
T - Full out coffee assault, tons of freshly roasted and ground coffee, bold and black, dark earthy bitterness from it, light nuttiness, toasted grain, roasted chocolate malt, almost like baking chocolate.
M - This is what I like least about this beer, its kinda thin, a tad watery if you will, fizzy, which makes it shockingly easy to drink, but I'd rather prefer this to be thick and viscous, chewy, let it linger more.
O - If you love coffee beers this is a must try beer, tons of fresh coffee flavor. That being said it is a very one-dimensional kind of beer, I would like to see this amped up with more malt and alcohol, thicken up the feel and add some complexity to it.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy tan head. Retention is a about below average but finger ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This is all about the coffee. Dark roast coffee dominates with roasted barley upping the bitterness and char. Mild caramel and chocolate sweetness. Straightfoward, but pleasant.

3.5 T: The taste is big coffee as well. The base beer functions as a vessel for the coffee. It doesn't add a whole lot to the coffee flavor. Roasted barley adds more roast. It's fairly well balanced with a mild caramel and chocolate to combat the roast.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mildly creamy and super smooth.

3.5 D: It's good, but it's one dimensional.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours pitch black. The head is a ligth tan in color, but fizzy and quickly dissipates. I don't like nitros, but I prefer the head on a Stout to stick around atleast a bit longer than this.

Smell: Perfect. Exactly as I imagine any coffee stout should smell. Like coffee. It has a hint of sweetness, which I do like to add some sweet creme to my coffee generally.

Taste: Pretty good. But not quite as good as I had hoped. While coffee is the most upfront flavor, obviously, it seems a bit light, and not as robust as I had hoped. Like a light roast.

Feel: Not as full bodied as I'd like it to be. Feels a little thin for a coffee stout.

Overall: It's really good. I'm only nitpicking because I expected it to be better.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Oil black with a thick, creamy layer of toffee colored foam. The foam layer looks inviting.

S - Dark roasted malt, mocha, and coffee beans.

T - Roasted coffee from start to finish.

M - Full medium body, creamy & silky in texture.

O - Packed full of coffee flavor.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really well done coffee stout from Springhouse. I was worried at first considering I haven't been a fan of their other beers, but this one really wows me. Huge coffee nose with roasted malts and dark chocolate. Flavor is a blast of coffee, some roasted malts, dark chocolate, a touch of licorice, and a nice cacao sweetness.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth with just enough carbonation to carry the flavors through. Well done, Springhouse.

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Photo of PHBoiler
2/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bottle poured into tasting glasses at a bottle share

Bottle was roughly 3 weeks old.

The beer pours jet black with some deep brown shading around the surface. Not really any head and hard to agitate any out of the beer. The smell delivers coffee notes but not really anything else.

This beer tastes like 2 day old office coffee. The beer has absolutely no body. It is just as thin as coffee as well. I'm surprised someone would put this in a bottle. This recipe needs to be blown up. The coffee flavors taste stale, burnt, and old. They're strong but not palate numbing. The mouthfeel is so thin, which in this case helps the flavor leave quickly. A huge miss here.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.99/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 22, this one pours a deep, dark brown that looks black at a glance, but when held to the light, there's no ruby - just a deep, root-beer brown. A sandy tan/brown head rises on the pour but falls to a film in a minute or two.

At first it smells just like cold-pressed coffee, but upon closer inspection, there's a dry, roasty barley beneath. Really mono-tone with the roasted bean and barley, but delightfully so.

Starts with a nice blend of dry, clean raosted notes, almost like a clean brown ale crossed with a porter and soaked in coffee, which is quite enticing, but the delight doesn't last. It quickly nose-dives into an astringent, bitter, over-roasted coffee flavor. What was awesome in the nose came back to bite this beer in the flavor. Too bad.

Feels clean and smooth with just a soft foam of carbonation to add a touch of viscosity.

This is really almost too much to drink. The astringent over-roasted coffee flavor has made me contemplate a drain-pour, but I think I'll hold out. Too bad.

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Photo of Giantspace
2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Large format bottle with no date anywhere. $6.?? at WFM. Poured into two pint glasses. Purchased about a week or two ago from the cold room. Label is different than the one shown. Capped not corked.

A- Very dark and murky. Sludge(coffee grounds?) from the bottom of the bottle changes the color to a lighter brown. Sticky head disappears about half way through the beer. Looks watery once the head dissipates.

S- Very coffee forward smell but it reminded me of crunching on a coffee bean more than a good cup of brewed coffee, dissipates after a few minutes.

T- coffee and some vanilla in the finish. Some roast but really nothing great here. Watery old iced coffee is what this reminds me of.

M- Thin and watery like a bad cup of diner coffee. Very little carbonation in the mouth.

O- Not one I will go back to. FBS blows this away and is a much better price point as well. Maybe this was an old bottle? Coffee smell was there so I think it was pretty fresh. Tried to support another local but this beer is unsupportable.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of dc55110
2.49/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a 14oz snifter.

Appearance: Removing the cap from the bottle produces a loud pop! The contents quickly attempts to erupt from the bottle. Luckily just covering the top keeps the contents at bay. A slow pour is required to keep the foamy head in check. Pours dark black with a puffy fluffy mahogany head.

Smell: Very little coffee, odd tart cherry aromas overwhelm everything else.

Taste: The flavors follow the nose. A little bit of coffee and roasted malt are quickly over powered by tart cherry and a slightly metallic taste. Finishes very acidic.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated and thin.

Overall: This bottle is clearly infected. I've been wanting to try this for quite a while, but this was a real let down. I hope I get the chance to revisit this with a better batch.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to JMFoster for this one. I love a good coffee beer!

This is also #BOTG 24! And, a nice Astros win over the Mets to celebrate here today.

Poured from bottle into CBS Snifter. Huge carbonation on this, loosely connected brown tan fluffy head. Almost a gusher. After getting it into the glass, its a rich black color, the tan head remaining floats around the top of the glass. Smell- roasted malt, espresso, chocolate. A weird tart whiff...marachino cherries? strange to be in this beer. Taste- stingy carbonation, the espresso and roasty notes are there, but so is an off tart flavor. Uh oh...I think we might have an infection here. The mouthfeel and stingy carbonation is a major detractor from this beer's appeal, and the tart presence bothers me. Other than that, this is a decent take on a coffee beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1220th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

Not sure if this was bottle from Cpabeer & Stormking47 or TroyG2352, so thanks to all of you

App- Black pour like coffee, brown head 2 finger. Great cling and stick.

Smell- Coffee grounds for days, earthy, dirt, dark chocolate. Was a bit ashy as well, but still picked up enough of the coffee to enjoy the aromatics

Taste- Really is like a black of coffee mixed in with a bit of malts. Has a thick licorice taste with a bit of anise but more prickly and mellow than stone. Maybe its too warm but if colder flavors wouldnt come forth as much.

Mouth- More of a light medium body with a lighter medium carbonation. Did leave a touch of ashy coffee but wasnt enough to really deter score to much. It was the lightness that brought it down for me.

Drink- A nice coffee forward stout. I am in the school of thought that when you say coffee and it needs to be a coffee stout. I think they found that beer.

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Photo of KevSal
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to shanepb fir this guy, sent to me in a lif (along with a hopslam and backwoods bastard). thanks shane

22oz bomber split into two eclipse snifters. label looks awesome! no bottling date

a- looks above average, super dark with a small brown head

s- lots of roasted coffee with a slight plastic scebt in the bachend, not sure what that is but ive encountered it before. definilty delivers the coffee, like a straight cup of joe.

t- taste is pleasant. nice coffee not to overwhelming, with a hint of chocolate. feels like its missing something. still easy to drink.

m- much thinner than i was expecting until i noticed on here its 7% so its just about right.

o- tasty brew. has a lot going for it. its no wnb or fbs but id definitly delivers the coffee craving.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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.


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Photo of Retail1LO
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750mL bottle into a 22 oz. Founders CBS snifter. Special note to kick off the review: This was the longest cork I've ever seen in a beer bottle. It measures nearly a full 1 1/2". I had to extract it with a pair of pliers.

Beer pours a midnight black with roughly a pinkie finger's width cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. The smell is big time coffee. Coffee, and nothing else. Period. JUST coffee...and it's delightful. Dark and roasty with just a hint of sweetness. The taste is more of the same. It's like a carbonated cup of black coffee. This is very coffee forward, and at times, it's hard to imagine you're drinking a beer and not some carbonated coffee beverage. Very good indeed. The mouthfeel is a pleasant surprise. Unlike many coffee beers, this is smooth without either a high level of acidity, or a bitter finish. It doesn't linger save for a little bit. Very clean for the style. Overall this is a very very solid coffee stout, and one I'm glad to have had the chance to enjoy.

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Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of bbeane
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a very light brown head that quickly disappears. Beer is black in color

S- Coffee, nutty, burnt. Very dry aroma

T- The coffee and toasty flavors of the stout mesh perfectly. The coffee flavor isn't overwhelming but perfectly complimentary to the stout beer. A hint of sweetness becomes more present as it warms

M- A little thinner than it probably should be with light/medium carbonation

O- A bit tame compared to some of the other stouts they're putting out, but a solid beer for sure, especially for coffee lovers


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Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

After having sampled a bottle of Planet Bean that was easily 6+ months old, I had a "fresh" pour of it on draft at the Spring House Taproom. In comparison to my review from the bottle, some minor things are different, noted below:

S: Fresh coffee beans, slightly roasted and not overly charred or so black tasting. It's a nice balanced coffee flavor this time, a bit more mild and inviting. I also got a bit of chocolate that I didn't get from the bottle. Certainly an improvement from an aged bottle, the coffee is definitely meant to have this certain fresh, brightness to it I'm gathering.

T: So much better, the coffee bean flavor has a slight bitterness to it but it's again very mild. The roasting is just right, not stale, overly roasted or off. It's quite rich and I get some nice caramel and chocolate malts this time too, giving this a good depth of flavor.

Everything else was essentially the same as the bottled version. It's not my favorite coffee-forward beer however, as with other coffee beers, this is most certainly better consumed fresh.

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Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
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