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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 ClockworkOrange
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for picking me up a bottle and delivering it in person right to my house. I was more than happy to split it with a fellow appreciative BA. Shared with psycohops and poured into matching nonic pint glasses. The stout appears a nearly opaque deep dark brown color with two fingers of thick walnut colored foam. The foam settles to a thin layer and remains through nearly the entire glass. Nose and flavor are of huge espresso notes, with bitter-sweet chocolate, molasses, dark roasted coffee beans, bakers cocoa, and sweet creamy Kahlua notes towards the finish. I'm also getting a hint of smoke as it warms up a bit. The stout is amply carbonated, but falls short with a slightly thin body. Any coffee fan would really dig this.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch of tan foam

S - big coffee smell, espresso like aroma hits you hard, more so than any other coffee brew i've had before

T - up front strong coffee taste with some roasted malts in the background, but there is no doubt when you try it, this is a coffee stout like no other

M/D - light to medium bodied, but actually, I prefer it this way. this is one tasty brew, and honestly it makes you wonder if you'll be up all night with the caffeine. The coffee just hits you in the face. Great job on this one and i'd put it up to any coffee beer i've had.

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Photo of joe1510
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A huge "thank you" goes to Kegatron for sending this fairly new coffee stout my way, thanks Heath! I played hell getting the cork out of this bottle. The body of this beer is midnight black not a glimmer of light shines through this beer even when directly backlit. A silky mocha head rises to two fingers on the pour and eventually falls to a thick cap leaving behind spotty, sticky lacing. The head is incredibly silky and rich looking.

The nose is pure, unadulterated, dark roast coffee. This stuff is giving me a buzz from the smell alone. Very espresso like with undercurrents of caramel, hazelnut and dark chocolate. This very well could be the best nose on a coffee beer I have yet to come across. It's so deep and heavily roasted that upfront it's just like a steaming hot cup of coffee but deep pulls bring out the caramel and other qualities down below.

The aroma led me in the right direction. Big rich coffee hits right off the bat and pushes its way through the mouth leaving a slight bitterness to invade every nook & cranny. The caramel brings up the rear but is no match for the huge coffee. Sugar and cream add the finishing touch and are both stirred in modest amounts. There's some dark chocolate here and there but it's so minor to the huge coffee that it's almost an afterthought.

The mouthfeel is in the right place with a moderate body and an active enough carbonation to keep things moving. The huge coffee has a sweet and bitter thing going on that's quite enjoyable. My only minor issue with the mouthfeel is that the carbonation can be a little too high at times but for the most part it's right on.

The drinkability is ridiculous. For such a robust coffee infused beer I have to struggle to keep from slamming the each glass. Way too easy to drink for the style and abv.

Planet Bean is a stellar beer from Spring House! I would trade for this again in a heartbeat. It's one of the best coffee beers that I've ever had and I've had a good amount. Thanks for the chance at this one Heath and keep 'em coming!

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Photo of HopDerek
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a milky dark brownish black color that eventually settles into a black with brown hues and 2 fingers of foamy slightly burnt mocha tan head. Nice firm retention leaves some good clinging lacing lines. Smells of big honkin' coffee bean espresso goodness before you can even contemplate breathing it in- perfect for those incoherent mornings when you can't even think. This is definitely an eye opening brew, with some back tones of roasted malt and a hint of cream and chocolate to accompany the assertive coffee aroma.

Taste is pure in-your-face unadulterated steaming hot coffee action up front with an espresso edge, then some roasted maltiness to balance it out a bit and some help from chocolate and a touch of cream to sweeten it up. Full bodied with perfect carbonation. Smooth and creamy with roastiness out the wazoo, but still balanced. Definitely a brew the coffee lover will enjoy. The only downside to this beer is that I can't find the proper time to drink it. It's definitely packing some caffeine, and I'm pretty wired as of this review, but it seems kinda wrong to enjoy something so awesome so early in the day, but too late will leave you awake for hours, so drink this at your own discretion...but definitely try this if you can, it rocks!

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Photo of joepais
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't wait I was going to crack this tomorrow morning while working on the car but I was too tempted. Now with that in mind I am thinking of a morning cup of coffee because that is what this smells like. I am craving some bacon and eggs now there is a little sweetness in the aromas It must be from the malts hands down the best nose on any coffee stouts I have tried.

Now before I get to the flavors, they are incredible. I must say the only flaw is it is a tad light in the mouth I think that my stouts and coffee should be on the thicker side of medium this tends to be a little week. Now on to where this shines again. The roasted espresso flavors are spot on leaving that same bitter dryness in the finish as a black cup of coffee. It is good to the last drop LOL

I have had a lot of coffee infused stouts in the past year, this is in the top five maybe three if it was thicker ;-). A big thumb's up to the brewer and Thanks Dan you were right I need to try this one. This growler will easly disapear tomorrow maybe with out help

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Photo of Kegatron
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
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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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had a sample or two off the tap and then growler

appearance was dark and had a nice mocha brown head

smell was like a dark coffee with no cream and no sugar.. almost like an espresso smell. it was amazing

taste was obvious COFFEE. what a nice and delightful taste of coffee but with the hint of a beer.

mouthfeel was smooth and could not tell it had a 7% abv.

drinkability would be great with friends to share with and also early in the morning.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Via growler pour into tulip on 3/4/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Looks like a classic cup o' joe with a thin mocha-colored cap that receded to a ring of retention and garnered a bit of decorative lacing.

S - Coffee.

T - Um, coffee, coffee and some more coffee. Honestly, this beer is all about fresh ground coffee beans with just a hint of chocolate and a bit of earthy, roasted bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. A fair amount of earthy bitterness emerged in the finish and gained strength as the liquid warmed up.

D - Oh man, this is simply one of the best coffee stouts I've ever been privy to... seriously! Spring House will definitely be on my beer radar from here on out. Fantastic!

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Photo of DIM
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a murky dark brown color. It poured with a lovely, frothy tan head that faded to some solid lace.

s: Coffee first, no doubt about it. Fresh, delicious, mildly nutty coffee backed by a trace of dark roasty malt.

t: This is definitely a coffee showcase, and I love it! This tastes like a fresh, perfectly prepared cup of coffee. There is a dark, toasty malt presence here as well. Sometimes coffee beers have a sour, been on the burner too long, finish. This has long roasted finish with a hint of chocolate that is spot-on.

m: Creamy, long lived carbonation and a slick, oily body.

d: I've been a big fan of what has come out of the barn so far, but I have a new favorite. If you love coffee and beer, this is a must try.

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