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 Alieniloquium
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
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 orangesol
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on cask hand-pull at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours pitch black with a creamy one finger tall tan head leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malt, and a light vanilla sweetness. The addition of the extra coffee was not really needed as the normal Planet Bean is quite strong on the coffee, but it really worked. The vanilla became a bit lost in all the roast but it came thru as it warmed up a bit.

T - Ummm ok did someone pour some water in my beer? This thing is SUPER thin. The flavors are all there; coffee, vanilla, ect.; but the feel is really bringing this one down. The finish is a mix of light sweetness and lots of dark roast. I really want to give this one a better score but I just can't. If they can fix the feel this will be amazing.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately light carbonation. VERY thin feel with plenty of lingering dark roast in the finish.

O - I really enjoyed this one, minus the watery feel. I am a huge fan of the normal Planet Bean and this one is no different. The addition of the vanilla and extra coffee worked very well. If it wasn't for the feel this one would be scoring MUCH higher.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone Levitation tulip snifter.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Do people even sleep on this planet? Regardless, this brew pours a slightly ruby-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises dark-roasted coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. This is indeed what a coffee stout oughta smell like. The taste shifts heavily toward the coffee, while simultaneously bittering the dark chocolate up a bit. The roasted malts seem to get kinda lost in the shuffle. Still pretty tasty, though. The body leans toward the lighter side of medium (but never quite makes it there), with a light moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slightly watery feel. Overall, though a bit thin for my tastes, this is a damn fine coffee stout.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is nearly black, with a thick, tan head that leaves copious lacing all over the glass. The aroma is dominated with coffee, as if I were in a coffee shop. The beer is really one dimensional, but isn't that the intent here? Just a huge coffee presence throughout the aroma and taste. The body is a bit thin, with a healthy bitterness present in the finish. This beer is designed for coffee lovers. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

This is a personal first...my 4th time reviewing the same beer. On tap, via growler, bottle and now on the hand pump at Al's of Hampden on 4/25/11. What am I missing? Ah yes, the illusive nitro pour. This particular "one-off" included vanilla beans in the cask. I don't know why...I just can't say no to having this beer when I see it is available.

Served in a nonic, this brew appears a very dark brown, nearing blackness but it maintains lighter brown coloration and clarity around the edges of the glass. A finger of dark tan head appears and slowly fades to a thin layering atop the brew. As it recedes it leaves a webbing pattern of lace on the glass and across the top of the brew.

The smell of this brew is a dominating amount of fresh brewed coffee, very bold and hardly leaving any room for the nose to pick up on any other characteristics. Roasted grains? Maybe that's there but serious, this smells like straight coffee. As it warms, an underlying sweetness emerges smelling of sweet chocolate. Perhaps a bit of vanilla, but I'm really stretching and desperately searching to smell something other than coffee.

The taste of this brew is very roasted in flavor from a combination of the level of char to the grain and the flavoring of fresh coffee. It imparts a bitterness stuck somewhere in-between your typical bitterness of roaste malt and strong unsweetened coffee. A faint sweetness is evident underneath the bitterness that tastes mildly like vanilla which opens up a citrus element that balances out the brew but again is a type of citrus taste that doesn't seem to come fully from hops, perhaps this is a type of citrus note from the coffee as well. The aftertaste is lightly musty mixed with semisweet chocolate.

This is a very warming brew, I cant tell if I'm warm from the nice weather outside, the alcohol or the caffeine but dammit this brew warmed me up. It is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated. Very easy drinking. This hand pulled version of Planet Bean was the best I have experienced to date. In previous experiences I faulted this brew for being a little too light and watery, perhaps the vanilla bean or cask delivery was what this brew needed to mix things up a bit for me. I look forward to completing the circle of experiences and having this on nitro, I am anxious.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from HopDerek - thanks man! Served in a pint glass.

A - Good looking brew - pours with voluminous dark tan head with tons of lacing. Some ruby and caramel brown at the fringes - otherwise it's pretty black.

S - Roasted coffee beans, but backed with some nice caramel, molasses, cocoa, and nutty malts. I get the sense the coffee was more intense but has faded in the last few months. Still it's nicely balanced and pretty delicious smelling.

T - The taste is pretty much exactly how it smells, with maybe a bit more malt presence and caramel coming through. Again it's simple but very effective. The finish has some nice bitterness to it, but it doesn't linger too long.

M - The body is thinner, but not wholly inappropriate for a regular 7% stout. It's pretty soft and creamy, with nice mild tingly carbonation to it. Residual feel is roasty and sticky.

D - Dang! How much caffeine is in this shit? I think I'd be jittery after 750ml. Still - this stuff is going down fast thanks to the low ABV, soft texture and and excellent taste.

Good stuff!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin off white to almost ran foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Messy lace leaves some filminess. The aroma had a soft sweet to roasty blend of dark and milk chocolate malts. Obvious amount of roasted coffee beans. Sly vanilla underneath. The flavor blends sweet to roast between coffee bean, milk and dark chocolate. Vanilla seems barely there. Nicely blended roasty to sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a good sessionability about it. Mild carbonation. Soft acidity, but acceptable. ABV felt good. Overall, nicely done coffee stout. I would have this again if I could get it.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Another coffee stout. Pretty good overall but too thin in the mouth. Beer is brown to black. Tan head, some lacing, mild retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is all coffee all the time. It smells like an iced coffee drink. That is all.

Beer is mildly sweet and thin with a strong coffee bitterness at the end. The malt is completely masked by the coffee. This is a decent stout but not the best I'd had.

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Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ShanePB
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"I grind my own beans." - Frank Drebin Police Squad, (The Naked Gun 33 1/3)

On-Tap at Capone's

A- Planet bean is a black coffee stout, that pretty much sums it up. Night time sky black with a semi sturdy dark tan mocha head that faded. Eventually this looked pretty dead flat and left no lace.

S- The best part of this planet is the smell, I could smell this for days, rivaling breakfast stout. Deep roasted coffee beans some french vanilla and underlining dark malts. Mostly coffee, some chocolate.

T- The taste does not live up to the nose, but this is still damn fine stuff. Coffee with alot of roast and some burnt qualities. Some faint milk cream in the back and alot of malt sweetness in the finish.

M- The feel is thinner than expected, planet bean is smooth going down and i would say it's pretty much medium with low carbonation. The coffee sticks around for a few with a slight bitter aftertaste for a sec. A slightly bigger body may have helped but planet bean is no slouch where it's at.

D- I'm surprised this is 7%, I thought it would be a bit bigger, the seven is hidden while the coffee is big. My 13oz was a perfect size, I don't think I could willingly do a bomber of this, it may be a chore.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and no lace. Coffee bean aroma with slight lactic and sweet notes. Smooth body as there is a coffee taste is with sweetness and hint of lactic quality and clean finish.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yourefragile
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Half pint, nitro tap at SH Tap Room.

Pour is a velvety, milk chocolate black with a light brown head that has nice retention and leaves thick sheets of lacing. Aroma is near perfect for a coffee stout; rich fresh pressed coffee with chocolate and malt sweetness. Nitro pour produces a thick and smooth, lightly carbonated milk chocolate body with a rich espresso flavor in the body and finish. Extremely fresh and roasty with pleasant sweet chocolate balance this reminds me of the early batches of this beer I was overwhelmed by. Later I've only tried old growlers and bottles and been less than impressed, but fresh this is still one of the best coffee beers I've had.

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