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Planet Bean Coffee Stout | Spring House Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
249
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
12.56%
 
 
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Photo of jaxon53
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to mikereaser for sending me this in the Coffee BIF. Sered this chilled, in a snifter, from a 750 ml bottle with a pretty sweet label. Left this to warm a bit on the counter.

Appearance: Planet Bean pours out an inky, pitch black. A semi hard pour brings about a finger of coffee brown head. Head settled quickly into a thin layer of brown foam atop the beer. Some thin webby lace was left behind.

Smell: Thick, rich, freshly roasted coffee out front. Smokey, roasted malt aromas soon follow. Touches of caramel around the edges. Nice full nose on this beer.

Taste: Wow, is this beer or coffee? Strong coffee in the mouth. A bit of sugary sweetness right behind it. Plenty of roasted malt goodness. A small hint of hops buried deep in the background. Toffee is noticed. Finishes with another tasty splash of bitter roasted coffee. Nice flavor. Alcohol warms.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thinner, almost watery mouthfeel. My preference is a little thicker for the style. Carbonation is on the lower side.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking brew. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deuane shared a growler of this with me; thanks Deuane!
Planet Bean has a black body with a dark tan head with large bubbles as crown.

Coffee. Lots of Coffee. Blindfolded, I'm pretty sure most people would think this beer was actually coffee, even with the slight malt notes in the background.

Fresh black coffee. If you're a coffee lover, or just a lover of coffee beers (that's me), then you will love Planet Bean. Tons of coffee flavors take over this beer from start to finish. The malt peaks its head up a little bit in the middle, offering flavors of chocolate and roasted malt, but those flavors just don't stand up to the coffee for long. I swear that amongst the coffee I can pick up a little bit of American hops in the finish, but that could just be some bitterness from the coffee flavors.

Definitely enough heft to the body, and the carbonation makes it just a little bit creamy.

Planet Bean is one of the best coffee stouts that I have ever had.

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Photo of Axic10
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJ's 7th Anniversary.

Appearance: Pitch black with a thin mocha head.

Smell: Pure iced coffee. Really strong robust coffee nose, deep dark chocolate, roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted coffee, chocolate and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and really smooth.

Drinkability: I was really impressed by this. I've had it before but this was a wow experience. Amazing on tap.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-12-11 at the brewery.

A - Dark brown or black (the lighting level was low in the brewery so I'm not sure which it is). It has a nice tan head that sticks around awhile. Not much lacing.

S - Tons of freshly-roasted, good coffee with some caramel sweetness. I believe the IBU=30, so the hops are adding some character and complimenting the astringency from the roasted grains.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation give a smooth feel.

D - Tasty indeed but I preferred the Kerplunk Chocolate Stout to this.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 bottle with a snazzy new label courtesy of Axic10. Thank you Alex! Shared with milwaukeeclassic following an absolute battle royale with the most temperamental, stubborn, irritatingly stubby cork. In the end, that little bastard met his match.

Deep rich brown nearing blackness. Swirling mocha puff spends a brief visit before moving on.

Smells of coffee, caramel, coffee, caramel, coffee, and caramel. Fresh beans and really lively. Not really overly complex, but delicious just the same.

The taste here cannot match the vibrance from the nose. Coffee presence is fresh and slightly bitter but there's neither enough body nor sweetness to carry this beer to elite levels. Rather, it's one note coffee and not much else. Given a heftier body and some added richness, this beer could be really nice. As is, it's an above average coffee stout. Enjoyable, but not special.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle in a trade with beerisheaven- thanks!!

A: appears pitch black with a light brown head, decent retention, opaque, small amount of lacing

S: intense notes of fresh ground gourmet coffee, this is followed by a rich caramel character with some evident sweetness on the finish. Not a whole lot of roastiness as I would expect with a coffee stout, this aroma features the more decadent side of coffee...very nice

T: big bold notes of coffee up front, dark roast, with a considerable amount of cane sugar and caramel sweetness to balance out the bitter character. This reminds me of the coffee character that is present in Coffee bender... very coffee forward and very unique

MF: medium body.. a tad bigger than I would expect for a 7% stout, very smooth

D: this is a coffee lovers stout, I feel like the base beer isn't quite big enough for all of the bold coffee notes which leaves a somewhat sweet brew, over all very nice.

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Photo of bonkers
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is obsidian black, no highlights, slight white head, nice lacing. The aroma is more intense than any Starbucks I have ever walked into, pure unadultarated coffee. The flavor is heavy, black dark roasted coffee. It has a lingering bitter coffee finish. It is lightly carbonated and IMO very thin for a stout. A real shame the body could not match the intense flavors.

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Photo of klikger
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Black, billowing brown head & good lacing

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, a little smoky

T - Espresso beans and licorice --> more and more bitter, unsweetened coffee. For me, this is a one-note beer. It's an absolutely delicious note, though...I'd love to have this with breakfast sometime.

M - Very light for a stout

D - Too close to coffee to have a ton (I'm a 2-cup-a-day guy), but the light body helps.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of meatyard
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a a very dark, basically opaque, brown with hints of reddish brown at the edges when held to a strong light. There is a 3-finger, mocha colored head that has some retention and leaves nice lace.

The smell is a potent, fresh roasted coffee bean aroma that knocks out anything else that might be there.

The taste is much more of the same as in the aroma but with a bit of bitter, burnt coffee taste. There isn't so much a coffee flavor in beer as a coffee bean flavored beer without the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium tending toward thin with continued carbonation.

Drinkability: Not so great in this area. There is just too, (too), much coffee going on in this beer. I would have been more than satisfied with 6 ounces instead of a 750 ml. I let this warm up and over the course of 30-45 minutes nothing much changed but at least I was able to drink the whole bottle.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mothman. He played the guessing game with me and poured this one without me knowing what it was. It poured a really dark brown almost black color with a tan head that collars really well. HUGE notes of coffee in the nose, I mean fresh ground French Roast here. The roast coffee takes center stage in the taste unsurprisingly with some other notes like vanilla and some leather. The taste is exceptional. It has an almost nutty like finish for me as well. Not as bitter as expected being so roasted. Very good.

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Photo of urwithdave
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A big thanks to captinredbeard for hooking me up with this! I've been wanting it for quite some time!

A- pours black in color. Some brown highlights when held to the light. A two finger mocha head. Nice retention and some spotty lacing left behind.

A- surprise! Yeah, coffee leads the way. A strong, dark, black coffee at that. Some distant hints of dark chocolate.

T- very bitter, charred, burnt coffee. I love coffee and coffee stouts, but this is just not doing it for me. The strong char must cover any vanilla, because I'm getting no vanilla at all. Maybe a bit of dark chocolate, but again, it's hard to differentiate any flavors since the char is so intense.

M- another dissapoinment for me. This "stout" is water thin. The carbonation is moderate. The finish is dry, but there is a bitter char after taste that is just dirty tasting.

D- No thanks! It was high on my wants list and I'm very glad that I had the opportunity to land this bottle, but I don't think I would ever drink it again. I had very high hopes for this one. Maybe I just had a skunked bottle. I read through many reviews and most of them were obviously pretty high.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Who's the man? Alex is the man. Thanks again Alex! 2010 bottle poured into my lovely snifter.

A- Black as night! Well, maybe not a night out in the boonies. I'd put it at a city night with brown-caramel edges. The head isn't that classic mocha, but mocha light. It is off-mocha. Nothing overwhelming present in this glass. Just a faint skin of head with a strong collar.

S- Well, like its name it has coffee here. However, its that sickening coffee left on the burner for hours smell that people complain about. I loved it! Its so original in how it handled its aroma. Burnt coffee morphing into roasted and charred grains moving into tobacco notes and finishing with paper cinders.

T- Another let down beer when you take it onto your palate. The bouquet is fantastic, but all this gave me was faint smoke, tobacco, and burnt grains in a jumble. It was all talk and no walk. Not even any coffee flavors to note.

M- Really watery for a stout. Very little hugging. No stickiness. It was just... plain.

D- Sure, this was an easy drinker with no alcohol presence, but would I ever want to drink it again? Definitely not. Undercarbonated, underwhelming, and definitely bland in character.

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Photo of BarronWolfgang
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is by far the best tasting coffee stout that I have ever tasted. Many have tried to create this combination, but very few have succeded. Without the coffee, this alone would be a great tasting stout, but the coffee combination makes it even better. It's very smooth and refreshing. This is something that you could easily drink for breakfast!

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Photo of berpwillie
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an opaque black color with large dark tan head that recedes at a moderate rate with good lacing. super strong coffee smell that's about the only thing one could possibly notice. taste is much the same. super smooth breakfasty stout like. absolutely fantastic brew!!! medium to full bodied with a creamy texture. long flavor duration, with so much coffee flavor it's almost unreal. this brew is a must try!

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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill at the brewery.
Pours black and beautiful with a full and frothy tan head. Retention and lacing are adequate. Smell is other worldy. More fresh roasted coffee in the nose than any other java brew I've come across. Leaves me salivating. Taste is very coffee forward, as expected. Nothing different or unique for a coffee stout, just better and fresher than any I've tried. Milder notes of cocoa lay under the surface to fill out the palate. Bitterness and carbonation is mild. Mouthfeel is a little bit more fluid than expected, which I didn't mind on this 90 degree afternoon. This growler went quickly so if you plan on sharing, get two.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL courtesy of cmurren25, thanks man! Pours "darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night" with a fine-bubbled light brown foam. Some lacing, not much and retention is average.

Nose is coffee all the way. Husky beans, freshly ground! A little bit of sweet chocolate but the coffee really dominates.

Whoa, this is surprisingly easy to drink. Alcohol does not play much of a role here. Not really thick and chewy...nor is it thin; just goes down so damn fast. Acidic from the coffee and malt, fresh as hell tasting. Touch of sweetness makes this one of the best coffee beers I have ever had.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Thanks to corby112 for this from our most recent trade!

A: Pours an absolutely shade of burnt motor oil black. No light getting throught this one. Sitting on top is a quickly dissipating, dark khaki head that starts off at about two fingers and then melts down to a whispy skim and thick ring. Some sticky ropes were left behind.

S: Extremely coffee forward. Heavily roasted dark roast/espresso with layers of burnt malt, cocoa nibs, fudge, and dark chocolate. Now and again I caught a faint cherry and/or lemon aroma, too.

T: Just as above with the addition of more ashy char, pepper, and robust chocolate. I could swear I picked up a meaty and roasty chipotle pepper flavor as well.

M: Right out of the fridge it poured a little on the thin side and only thickened a fraction as it warmed. Quite bitter and peppery.

D: Very easy to drink. A 7% coffee stout...damn near sessionable in my book.

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by a generous soul - thanks to whoever you are.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust coffee on top of more coffee. Roasted malt aromas and unsweetened chocolate aromas are present as well but the coffee is in charge.

Tastes good. Roasted malt flavors with hints of char kick things off and are almost immediately overtaken by roasted coffee flavors. The roasted malt flavors fall out midway through the sip, leaving coffee and light char to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinakbility is good. I finished my glass and could have another without any problems.

Overall the nose on this beer is very nice however the flavor profile just wasn't fleshed out as well as I'd hoped. Still, this is a very good coffee beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this from jyoungsbcp. Thanks, Josh!

Pouring jet black with zero highlights, this beer is capped with a light brown head with excellent retention and nice lacework. This is a particularly attractive stout.

The nose is pure and simple - coffee. Top quality roasted coffee with a great roasted bitterness, some chocolate, a little earth - spot on, really. The base stout is obliterated, but really, that isn't a bad thing. Great stuff.

The palate, though, is a lot more disappointing. While the coffee character is strong, there's also a noticeable tartness/acidity present. Again, this is almost all about the coffee, with just a little cocoa. Drying on the finish with a coffee bitterness, this is decent. Light in body, maybe even thin, there just isn't enough heft to the beer to balance out the big coffee flavor. Carbonation is moderate, this is decent. Not as amazing as I'd hoped, but it'd do.

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Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Before I can even get to the review, I have to note that this cork is toughest that I've encountered... That's not a knock nor a compliment, just an observation...

A - An active cascading pour gives way to two plus fingers worth of brown chunky and slightly rocky head with modest retention that gives way to a full rich frothy lace... Opaque abyss black color... Trace amounts of lacing clings to the glass...

S - It should come as no surprise the the coffee dominates the nose, and while its quite potent I expected slightly more... The coffee scent is reminiscent of a cup of french pressed dark roast.. Also present are some very faint hints of roasted malt and even fainter hints of dark chocolate...

T - The intense coffee flavor dominates the palette... Some roasted malt and a touch of licorice rise on the finish..

M - Terrific... Lush and creamy... Medium to full bodied... Just the slightest touch of carbonation... A little on the thin side, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing in this case...

D - One of the most insanely quaffable stouts that I've ever encountered... Remarkably smooth, especially given the intensity of the coffee components... Even more impressive is that this offering comes from microbrewery host in a barn in Amish country... This one gets bonus points for that...

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some times you wonder if you're drinking the same beer as the previous raters. This one really needs to warm up. Poured aggressively this one produced a full finger dark tan loose foamy head that was gone in the blink of an eye, without leaving much collar. The smell is like strong darkly roasted coffee beans. A decent amount of tingly carbonation is lost without much supporting body. The mouth feel is quite thin, almost watery. The full on roasted coffee flavor rocks, but again, without any stickiness it's like a cold cup of coffee. I'm really glad that i had the opportunity to consider it...thanks Ryan.

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Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Adam for this bottle.

Pours pitch black with no light passing through and a surprisingly big thick tan head that remains a full inch-thick cap for the duration with very good lacing.

The aroma is dominated by heavily roasted coffee, dark chocolate malts.

The taste is a step up from the aroma in my opinion. It's still all about the coffee, but there's also a bit of roasted malts, vanilla and a shot of cream. Taste almost like a latte with an extra shot of espresso.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a lively carbonation. It's dry in the finish and has a nice body for a non-impy stout.

As a coffee lover, this was always going to hit the spot. It's a coffee-heavy stout with all the right supporting elements to keep things extremely drinkable. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this bottle with beerloco, mrsbeerloco, and mikey711 at a tasting today. Bottle acquired at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Appearance: Stock opaque with a 1 finger light brown crown that shows little retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Very strong slightly burnt malt and intense coffee notes dancing in an olfactory waltz.

Taste: Same as nose but with a slight cream note that really balances the roast malt out.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin but it works.

Drinkability: The burnt quality keeps me from wanting too much but this is a great beer.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A special thanks to my buddy Brian for making this one possible. Out of my DFH snifter, pretty sure this was a bottle from this year. The cork was pretty tough to get out...

A-Very short, light tan head, that dissipates quickly. Pitch black in color, and allows no light to pass through.

S-Smells of rich, fresh ground, dark coffee. The smell is so dominant, that I really don't notice anything else.

T-Somewhat bitter upfront, but transitions to a nice flavor of black coffee. It smoothes lightly, and then hits with a strong coffee aftertaste. Could be a little heavier on the malt, and not so coffee dominant

M- Honestly, it's just a little too thin for my liking. I expected it to be a little thicker, and have a bit more mouth to it.

D-Very drinkable, despite the somewhat bitterness. As a coffee lover, I find myself keep reaching for more and more. The lingering coffee flavor in my mouth keeps me craving more.

All in all a very solid beer, and among the top coffee flavored beers I've had. I forget what coffee was blended, but it is very tasty and dark. The smell is crazy strong, and just reeks of coffee. I'd definitely grab another bottle if given the opportunity.

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Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.
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