Planet Bean Coffee Stout | Spring House Brewing Company

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271 Ratings
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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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Photo of Deuane
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to SierraGs for getting lost in the fog and then stuck in the muddy mire of the breweries parking lot to finally obtain a couple of growlers of the 2009 release of this magical elixir. Shared with my coffee and stout loving in-laws after Thanksgiving dinner.

A-Deep, dark black, with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left decent lace.

S-Deep, rich roasted coffee with a nice supplement of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and a touch of earthy bitterness. Improves and gets more aromatic and intense with warming.

T-Rich and bold, dominating, deep, rich coffee flavour with accenting dark, milky chocolate, roasted malts and a linger earthy bite. This years version is a slight improvement over last years straight coffee taste. This one has a bit more depth.

M-Medium-heavy body with long lasting bitterness and a drying finish.

D-Yep...this is one of the best straight up coffee stouts (or beers for that matter) out there. The complexity, the freshness, the flavours...wow, simply awesome.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, 1/29/2011.
A 750ml caged/corked bottle, wire twisted so tightly that pliers needed to untangle... the cork was no picnic either. This is a bottle cellared for months, since spring 2010 when fine BA 'jyoungsbcp' sent. Poured to a pint glass at around 50°F.

'PLANET BEAN COFFEE STOUT' scrawled in marker across a silvery skull on a monochromatic/generic Spring House label.

A: Pours almost black, tinted fringes of amber. A healthy finger+ of light mocha head, fizzy then then settling to a thin, pockmarked cap. Terrific long-lasting retention, but simple rings and a few speckles of lace once sipping commences.

S: I neglected this one for many months, so my expectations were tame for the smell. But nooo... still a BIG coffee aroma, dark roast - sooty and ashy/mineral - with dark chocolate. Baked/burnt bread crumbs for a malty backing. Hints of iron/oxidation, but not off-putting at all... and completely forgivable, given the 11 month+/- age

T: A pretty simple flavor: coffee. Straightforward, espresso-type roast; musty and a little dry, a good char without becoming too astringent. Some burnt nuts and pine/citrus hop hints (a little tang at the finish, too). Even keeled and pretty well balanced.

M: Seemed a little thin at first, but gradually builds to a pretty wonderful coating. Enough carbonation prickle to be 'lively'. Lasting bitter roast in the finish. Gentle on the 'alcohol' feel, 7% seems to vanish.

D: If you enjoy 'coffee' flavor, then this is a beer for you. Among the better ones of the style I've tried, flavor- and aroma-wise... and I expect it would only be richer the fresher it is. Nearly a year-old and still a winner, plenty drinkable although fairly fatiguing on the taste buds as the bottle nears its end. Thanks, Josh, and sorry it took me so long to get to this one... Round 2 someday?

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Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 koopa
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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 philbe311
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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 DIM
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Update 3/27/17, from a 16oz can. This is nothing like what I reviewed below. This tastes like a thin porter with barely any coffee presence. What a shame, this was world class back in the day. I revised the score down from a 4.7, not looking forward to the other 3 cans...

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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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of rydev24
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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 NJpadreFan
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spring House- Planet Bean

A- Deep dark brown with a small filmy creamy tan head. Small 1 ring of lacing.
S- Fresh medium to dark roast coffee beans. Very pungent, amazing!
T- Sweet black coffee. Deep dark roasted beans. Fresh and strong coffee.
M- Like most others around here this was a bit thin and watery. Very little bitterness or astringency. Sweet sugary but a bit watery.

Overall- Amazing aroma and good fresh bean flavor. Find this 1.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PHBoiler
2/5  rDev -50.4%
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 hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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 grub
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

64oz growler.

pours deep brown with a big light brown head. the head drops fast but leaves lots of lace as it falls.

aroma is great. HUGE coffee character. dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. espresso. biscuit. whole wheat bread. light alcohol. a bit earthy. nice herbal component.

taste is good. lots of coffee and espresso. dark chocolate and a bit of milk chocolate. biscuit and whole wheat bread. light alcohol. herbal ans slightly earthy. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. love the coffee character. it's a bit intense, but good!

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle courtesy of Soonami. Label is black with orange-colored cartoon of a coffee pot holding hands with an angry mug of beer.

Out pours a cola body with sepia edges beneath a scant patch of light tan foam. The head disappears quickly to a ring of small bubbles. Aroma packs in big notes of freshly-brewed dark coffee. Nutty caramel notes and an earthy hop presence are in the mix as well. Surprisingly, this beer did not overwhelm me with coffee, but despite the excellent balance the nose is still dominated by the bean.

Iced coffee and a mild roastiness hits the tongue with dark berry undertones. Baker's chocolate and a porter-like dryness finish off each sip. The body of Planet Bean is reminiscent of a porter, too--thin and light in its carbonation. Overall, I was expecting a bit more from this highly-touted coffee stout. The coffee is strong (and fairly tasty) but the supporting cast is on strike.

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Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tap

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 brez8791
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of seeswo
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generously opened by Casey at a recent shindig. Pours dark brown / black with a small tan head. Smells nothing like any coffee stout I have had before in that it smells exactly like iced coffee...and it tastes exactly like iced coffee. A really weird beer to grade in that sense. Rating it at face value, the coffee flavor is strong, but doesn't meld with any malt presence, instead masking most of the qualities that make beer beer. The mouthfeel isn't really creamy and is maybe medium or a bit thin. Goes down easy. Overall - iced coffee. If you like it, you will like this beer.

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Photo of Houser
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of josephwa
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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