Planet Bean Coffee Stout | Spring House Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
springhousebeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
271
Reviews:
120
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
12.16%
 
 
Wants:
116
Gots:
30
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of acurtis
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a mocha brown color and a tan cap that provides a bit of lacing

Smell: The best part about this beer - just smells like a freshly brewed cup of black coffee; plenty of roasty elements

Taste: Opens with the anticipated coffee flavor from the roasty aroma and, while it never really develops much complexity, the coffee flavors are perfectly captured from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; just a little thin for the style

Drinkability: If you like coffee, you will enjoy this beer; if you don't, you won't

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Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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 largadeer
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Someone brought this to the Younger release last Friday, but I'm not sure who. Thanks, whoever you are.

It's black in the glass with a dark brown head that subsides quickly. The nose absolutely reeks of coffee, there's literally nothing else there. It's like inhaling used coffee grounds. One-dimensional but enjoyable. It's the same on the palate, massive coffee flavor with only a hint of malt backing it. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, I feel like this could use more body and a touch more malt to balance the huge coffee flavor. Very enjoyable overall, with an overly dominant but nicely executed coffee character.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that settles to a thick ring. Color is black.

Aroma: Cocoa, roasted malt, and coffee. Very sweet. Vanilla notes and caramle make up the sweetness. A very nice nose.

Taste: Rich, strong coffee. Chocolate with vanilla and caramel. A nice dose of rasted malts. Earthy hops add a layer of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and roasted. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with some nut flavors.

Overall, a pretty good coffee stout. the aroma is pretty good and the taste follows up nice. Decent drinkability as well.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark black with a mocha-colored head and some pretty good lacing. Lots of coffee in the nose with a bit of sweetness and malty roast; a bit of chocolate as well. Very similar taste with some bitterness from the coffee that works its way in quite well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Good drinkability--a very solid effort from a great little brewery.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler purchased at the brewery. Into an oversized tulip glass.

Pours the exact color of a coffee bean. Black with a brownish sheen to it. 2 fingers of rich and creamy mocha colored head sit on top, which bottoms out into a spotty layer of foam. This fires up immediately when swirled into a nearly 3/4 finger of rigid retention that just doesn't quit, leaving a frothy latticework of light tan lacing that just drenches the sides of the glass. Hot damn, this looks delicious! Like an iced coffee in my glass! Good god, the aroma is just buzz inducing, with espresso character that completely dominates the nose. Fortunately it doesn't overdo it though, with a back layer of slightly astrigent (and a bit smokey) roasted notes and a fairly supportive dose of sweetness that's definitely there but isn't readily distinguisable at first because of all that rich coffee character. Head brewer Matt Keasey used the cold-seeping technique to get his coffee extract and it really shows it here in the aroma. Just fabulous!

The taste pretty much brings the same awesomeness to the table. Maybe not quite as in-your-face as the aroma but still pretty darn great. Just layers upon layers of acrid espresso, roasted bitterness, and underlying chewy chocolate sweetness that coats the mouth. Roasted grains and coffee just LINGER long and loud on the palate with a steady dry bitterness that has my mouth begging for a sip of water between gulps of this spectacular java infused Stout! The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy in the mouth, with carbonation that has a stiff prickly feel to it at times (that helps bring out all of those roast and coffee accents) yet still maintains an overall soft feel as well. And this stuff is 7%? Get the F' out! This went down about as smooth as can be.

Hands down, thee best locally produced Coffee Stout that I've ever had and this one ranks right up there at the top with the best that I've ever had period! Not bad for a first time effort from a brewer that "just wanted to get one more Stout out before spring started". Awesome.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

"Planet Bean" is right...damn. Coffee, coffee, coffee. This is definitely among the coffee-est beers I've ever had...surpassed perhaps only by Triumph Brewing's "Grover's Mill Coffee & Cream Stout," I'd say. Poured a deep mocha brown with a small tan head. The smell: coffee. Roasted coffee dominates all, with some dark malts apparent. The taste...makes me wish I actually liked coffee. But yeah, more coffee, very roasty, and some dark roasted malts trying to peek through. As a stout, it was a little thin-bodied, but still very good and not lacking in flavor. Did I mention coffee? Coffee.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

O:

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh snap. I get to try the Planet Bean. I had waited a long, long time to try this one. 750ml bottle was corked and caged, and served at cellar temp. Poured into a pint glass and this one were consumed on 02/03/2010.
 
The pour was simply stunning, rich dark black in color with a nice one inch head of foam that just sat up on the top ever so gently. Never really receding but just dropping tons and tons of lacing all over the glass. Best coffee aroma I have ever come across in a beer. Rich, dark, well roasted. No sign of bitterness just the sweet, medium roast that was simply amazing. Even warming seemed to simply accent this even more bringing forward loads of rich coffee, hints of chocolate and even a touch of vanilla. Such a smooth, even flavor I was beside myself with every sip. It seemed to start to take on a life of its own after a few minutes. Rich decadent coffee with a touch of a bourbon edge, just really wonderfully done. Not sure if that was just me picking that up but there was this wonderful sense of richness to it that it almost tasted like an oak like barrel influence. Again stunningly done. Near perfect full body with a richness that was sincerely second to none. I just kept going back to it over and over and over some more.
 
One of the best beers I have ever had hands down. Deserves every heap of praise it gets. Too bad there is just not more of it out there.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from notes dated Sa, 07 Aug 2010 (the day of the Piggy Porter BBQ).

This was passed to me with a finger of deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was an inky dark brown with limited light penetration only at the edges. Nose had a charcoal-coffee scent, like French Roast coffee. In fact, it had been brewed using forty (40) pounds of locally roasted coffee. Zounds! Mouthfeel was slightly abrasive with a taste like iced coffee on the tongue. Finish was very coffee-like, lingering in its bitter intensity. I like coffee, I like beer and I liked this coffee beer, but it may not be for everyone.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a SAVOR snifter. Very excited for this one, it's been on my Wants list since I joined BA.

a - Pour a dark brown color with a reddish tint and one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, light cream, light bready malts. As expected a ton of coffe up front, and pretty good.

t - Tastes of coffee grinds, roasted malts, vanilla, light bread and cream. Not the biggest fans of the coffe grinds, and seems a bit watered down. A step down from the nose.

m - Light to medium body and bit overcarbonated. Body is a tiny bit watery.

o - Overall a good beer, but I was a bit disappointed. The body was a bit thin and I wasn't the biggest fan of the coffe grind taste. Would give another shot but wouldn't seek it out again.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared at the PtY release on 2/5/10

A: The pour is black as night with a nice tan colored foam on top, but not much in the way of carbonation.

S: The nose is what I was hoping for! Very, very strong aromas of roasted coffee without much room for anything else. Perhaps a touch of roasted malt found its way into my nostrils.

T: Once again, this is sensory overload with the coffee. It's nearly like drinking a cup of the stuff. There is some noticeable roasted malt, but it seems to just contribute more to the coffee flavor.

M: The body was actually quite disappointing. The beer is quite thin and the low carbonation does not help to mask this deficiency.

D: Despite the poor body, this is still a very good beer. You certainly have to enjoy coffee to like this one, but I found it to be quite tasty.

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Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
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