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%
 
 
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116
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30
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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Oil black with a thick, creamy layer of toffee colored foam. The foam layer looks inviting.

S - Dark roasted malt, mocha, and coffee beans.

T - Roasted coffee from start to finish.

M - Full medium body, creamy & silky in texture.

O - Packed full of coffee flavor.

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

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Pours a rich, dark, near black with minimal head. Smell is a big whiff of spent coffee grounds, taste is of freshly brewed medium roast coffee with no additives, faint taste of burnt grains. Pretty one dimensional in both fronts, but the uality of the coffee scent and flavor saves it. Body is pretty thin and almost watery for the style. Like the Kerplunk, it comes off as rather one dimensional in most areas, and what saves it is the quality of the input ingredients.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A firkin of Planet Bean with vanilla beans at Al's of Hampden. Jwiss and Stormking were lurking, harassing the pups...

A: The stout is appropriately black, a darkness that is at once comforting and forboding. A thin, cask-y head can along and was quickly gone.

S: The nose is the richest, smoothest coffee around, an aromatic wonderland punctuated by sweet vanilla beans. A nice ale to sniff.

T: The vanilla is stronger than I was expecting, able to deftly overpower most of the rich coffee base. That coffee, normally a bright intense dose, is more restrained, having been soothed out in the firkin. Still good, the coffee lacks something that the vanilla is glad to fill in for. The underlying stout is still mild, a nice take on the regular stout style.

M: The vanilla stands out, perhaps more than it should. Good news is that it doesn't turn the ale into a sugary wasteland. There is still plenty of Planet Bean goodness to supplement the vanilla beans.

I came to Al's for the IPA Good Friday and instead started off with an American stout. Yes, it's that good.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Paid about 9 bucks for this which is more than the regular imperial stout so it MUST be good!

A - Light pour produced a 1/4 of head that dissipates quickly beer color as deep dark and black as I always want.
S - Very nice brewed coffee with chocolate and mild mocha bean bitterness.
T - Like a cold cup of coffee this beer is what I wanted Terrapin Wake and Bake to be strong coffee taste smooth with lingering bitterness and a semi sweet body making for a tasty beer experience,
M - So smooth and bold with straight up cold coffee taste.

Overall I don't care if people say it's one dimensional because its a great dimension a coffee flavored stout done right! If you need more add the whipped topping!

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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 whatname
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of hozersr
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JNForsyth
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of maximum12
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh out of the box just over a day ago & delivered from Pennsylvania by the incomparable beerisheaven, who continues to shovel rarities, semi-rarities, & plain damn good beer to the frozen tundra of the north.

The Planet is impenetrable black, like a Boundary Waters lake at midnight after the moon has set black. Smells like coffee. Not coffee. Good coffee. It has that gentle acrid roastiness without the bitterness that mars my enjoyment of some cofeee beers (& all coffee in general). Nothing else in the nose.

Planet Bean is a top-notch example of its style. I'm not sure I'd set it against Central Waters Coffee Stout, but it'd come in a hard second. The beans in the beer come out heavy in the taste, but there's excellent balance coming in behind. The malts sweep away any potential for bitterness, while accentuating the pleasant warmth of the roastiness. Even better, after coffee & malt have passed, there's a distinct dollop of chocolate in the afterparty. A sip, if not followed quickly by another, leaves an almost palpable coating of slick, liquid chocolate gripping every available surface. Nice touch.

The base beer is spot-on solid, no hint of water, the stout is poured-concrete foundation for the coffee. Easy to sip, especially for something pretty big & heavy.

Excellent beer. My first taste of Spring House, & from the taste of it, this seems like a brewery that warrants further exploration.

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Photo of madelf66
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jrallen34
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Nate, poured into my Hill Farmstead glass... Dark brown pour with a light tan head, great thick ring, good lacing... The aroma is strong fresh coffee, lots of coffee bean, a little roast. All coffee, but great... The taste is actually really flat. Coffee is present, but its flat and old. Mouthfeel is really light. Finish is stale coffee not a big fan.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zekeman17
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikereaser for the trade.

Nice stout pour. Thick and fuzzy, deep dark red that's nearly opaque. Topped with a two-finger head of chocolate brown fizz.

Smells rich and chocolately, like a combination of black coffee and hot cocoa with a bit of dry hops chilling out near the back end.

Tastes zippy bitter, like straight black coffee. This levels out midway through and get a little sweeter, little smoother, but the rich chocolate of the aroma is nowhere to be found. The coffee bitterness is woody and fruity, like a nice dark roast (sorry--I don't know enough about coffee to describe it properly). The ending is coffee bitter. It's a nice, varied bitterness, and there's enough going on to keep you interested all the way through.

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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 THECPJ
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of jaxon53
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Gatordaddy
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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