Bean Me Up Coffee Stout | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 99
Photo of trygelski1
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased today at Pittsburgh PA location poured into a snifter glass:

Look: Pours an amazing jet black with about an inch of head. Lacing is present and retention is great throughout the consumption of this brew.

Smell: Tons of coffee on the nose! Also hints of chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: Taste follows the nose! Huge notes of coffee right off the bat. Then the hints of chocolate and malts shine through.

Feel: Medium bodied. Wish this was a bit heavier.

Overall: This is a very solid coffee stout. One of the better ones I have had to date. These guys at Fat Heads can do no wrong it seems. Glad I got a full growler of this brew! I recommend getting over there and grabbing a growler of this while you can.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour in a shaker pint glass at South Park Tavern:

Appearance: Black with a 1/4" thick dark tan head. Plenty of fine persistent lacing in strands and islands.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malts, and ground up espresso beans.

Taste: The first hit of flavor is like biting into a dark roast coffee bean, then there is a definite sweetness that follows, ending with roasted malts and a solid bitter note. Some burnt sugar flavors in there as well. The sweet hit nicely complements the coffee flavor up front.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick and dead on for a stout. A bit chewy, with something of a dry finish, but some lingering stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice stout and quite drinkable. I think I could have had another of these if I had the time. Very good by itself and paired nicely with the Philly cheesesteak pizza that I got at South Park Tavern. A very good coffee stout.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has an aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is roasted coffee, malts with a slightly bitter coffee finish. Leaves a clean pleasant aftertaste. Overall a delicious coffee stout.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Everything a beer enthusiast should expect and enjoy about a coffee forward stout . . . that's Bean me up in a nutshell. Also really appreciate the fact that this a 6.5% beer and able to drink a couple of these hefty stouts without being hammered. This one pours black of course. Aromas are coffee, chocolate and maybe some subtle hints of vanilla. Taste is the same. As another reviewer has already mentioned, this isn't as big and bold as say Peche Mortel but it is still very bold and thick.

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Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled at Save-On Craft Beer in Mentor, Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours black with barely any light getting through; light khaki head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas are full of roasted coffee. The coffee clearly dominates. Hints of chocolate and vanilla as well. The flavors follow the nose. Tons of strong roasted coffee. Espresso like. Lots of vanilla, especially in the finish. Solid bitterness, but there's a nice sweetness as well. The coffee clearly steals the show. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. Moderate carbonation and smooth, but feels thin at times. Fun to drink.

This is a very nice coffee stout. They let the coffee shine. Well crafted and very enjoyable. Well done.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler that made it's way back to NEPA from the Pittsburgh brew pub courtesy of my daughter....nice Father's Day present. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: A deep dark black color with a nice two finger light brown head. Nice full glass lacing sticks.

S: Loads of coffee on the nose mix with dark chocolate and some roasty notes. I pick up a slight woody tone too. Mostly coffee and chocolate though.

T: Yup, coffee is bursting at the start as it gets mixed with loads of dark chocolate that is bittersweet. Creamy flavors mix with some slight sweeter milk chocolate mid way through. Some roasted flavors with charred wood show up as the finish turns bitter with hops. The coffee flavor never departs and sticks around on the long finish. Nice beer.

M: Nice full mouthfeel that is sort of creamy but also bitter and a little bit of alcohol. Nice carbonation as the beer drinks easily.

O: A really nice and well done coffee stout. Not quite as robust as say a FBS or Peche Mortel, but still a really, really good beer. I enjoyed the whole growler throughout the day and had no problem finishing it. Very drinkable. Another solid beer by Fat Heads.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 05/30/15 notes. On tap ta the brewpub in Pittsburgh, PA.

Pours a dark brown color with one inch of brown head and low carbonation evident. Nose is nice, lots of chocolate, some light coffee. There is a lot more coffee in the taste, caramel malts, swete chocolate, charcoal, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and cream. Medium body and low carbonation, body is smooth as hell.

Overall very good, probably the best beer on tap not named Head Hunter. Worth checking out for sure, more coffee in the taste,

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smooth feel and smooth flavor. Almost seems like a dry Irish stout with some coffee in on the mix. Bean seems appropriate as a descriptor. Very full and earthy coffee tones. It's an easy drinking beer that's well done. I like it.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at 101 Beer Kitchen. Reviewed from notes.

Pours black with a small beige head and pretty strong carbonation. Smell is black licorice and coffee. Maybe some plum.

Taste is sweet with dark fruit, lots of black licorice. Not much coffee flavor, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is thick but not overpowering. Overall, very good.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Pour at the Taphouse .

Almost motor oil black with a tan frothy head. Tons of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. Very nice looking.

Smells of dark roast coffee and chocolate. Very simple but inviting.

Wow-lots of coffee up front and in the middle. Chocolate in the background. Lingering coffee fights to stay with minimal bitterness.

Soft carbonation makes this super easy to drink. Clean finish sets up for the next drink. Very nice.

This is a great, well made coffee stout. Lots of pleasant coffee flavor without the bitter bite. Recommended.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
Bean Me Up (imperial coffee stout)

LOOK: Pours a brownish black with no sediment. Light brown colored foam forms and laces the pint nicely. Appears like what you might expect of a coffee stout.

SMELL: Roast, wood tone hops, and certainly a fruitiness full of alcoholic esters. A bit of chocolate and sweet coffee emerges late.

TASTE: Rolled outs, roasted malts, mocha and booze are the major players here. There is a touch of dark fruits and even berry coming from the ale yeast fermentation. Hop bitterness is mild and leafy, kept mostly in check from the other big flavors. Wood and coffee bean come through late. Let this one warm up, that's where the coffee and malts really get to express themselves. Closer to room temperature, a vanilla infused coffee note comes through, which is the highlight of the drinking experience.

FEEL: Ultra smooth, full bodied, medium/low carbonation. Wouldn't surprise me if oats were used in the brewing process, as the beer is smooth and carries a light, oatmeal flavor to go with the coffee and roast.

OVERALL: Another solid beer from Fatheads. Big roast, moderate coffee, easy to drink.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown-black. Head looked nice after the pour. The surface is still coated with foam after fifteen minutes.

Very mocha in the nose. Notes of dark coffee and chocolate syrup. Roasty malts are semi-sweet and lightly grainy. Porter-like, with malty notes and vanilla accents.

Roasty and a little gruff. Stout-ier in flavor. Coffee, graham cracker, and roasted grain. And, alcohol. Quite a bit of that. Damages the mouthfeel a bit. Light cherry fruitiness punctuates a medicinal booziness. Dark fruits, too. Dry bitterness appears congruently with the fruitiness.

Hefty body, strongly boozy. Mild carbonation. Medium drinkability.

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

Enjoyed this brew out of a 16oz pint glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a thick dark brown ½-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong coffee and malty aromas with hints of chocolate in the background.

T: Slightly astringent coffee flavor mixed with chocolate and malt in good proportions.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a solid coffee stout - I was thoroughly impressed.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-09-10 at the brewery in Cleveland, OH (from notes) had again on 2014-11-27 in Pittsburgh at The Urban Tap (on tap)

A - Deep, dark brown with a 1/2-finger dark tan head and mild lacing.

S - Expresso, chocolate, hop oils, vanilla.

T - Even more expresso than the smell, mocha, vanilla, dark roast astringent. Very tasty.

M - Medium body and a surprisingly-high level of carbonation. Not thick. It really scrubs the pallete after presenting the big flavors.

O - This is a really good coffee stout. Flavors are comparable to the Founders Breakfast Stout although this isn't as thick or as high in alcohol.

Notes - This batch was entered in the Great American Beer Festival.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep rich dark black color with a small tan foam head. There is moderate retention and ample lacing.

S: Smell gets more distinct as it warms. Lots of rich dark coffee, milk chocolate and roasted nuts.

T: Starts off with a rich amount of coffee, very bitter tasting but not unpleasant by any means. In the middle there is some sweet milk chocolate and vailla. On the back end there is more coffee bitterness.

M: A nice medium bodied beer. Leaves a thick viscous and bitter taste on the palate.

O: This is a nice breakfast stout. If you enjoy the bitter coffee taste with a mild sweet back bone, this beer is for you.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown color maybe black with a good sized tan head. Pretty solid lacing and spotty lacing.

S- Is dominated by coffee, cream, and dark chocolate. Tiny bit of hops come through.

T- Taste is again quite a bit of coffee. Followed by a cream flavour, touch of vanilla and a bit of chocolate. Has a nice bitterness to it.

M- A little thin in body and low in carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of clickpush
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask beer served to pint glass. Dark, dark body presents with very thin topping of light tan lace. Aroma is coffee like, burnt, almost acrid. Exactly what is promised by the description on the menu. Flavors are heavily roasted malt, burnt coffee, and a tinge of mocha sweetness. Not much aftertaste to speak of, rare for a beer roasted to this magnitude. Body is limp and ineffectual. Drinkable with my meal but not something I'd wait in line for. Would try next time on tap.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry coffee and a roasty malt that is faint. In the taste, dry coffee, and a nice roasty malt off sets it well. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel and a semi dry coffee aftertaste. Nice dryness to a coffee stout and on cask, uber smooth.

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Photo of jampics2
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Fat Heads.

A decent looking stout - a black beer with a little head, but just enough to count. Settles down to a ring, not the best lacing but some occurred.

Love the coffee on this one, the dark roast in Lacuna really shines. But this beer is very much one dimensional in the nose, totally coffee dominated. Not that there's a huge problem with that, but I like some other subtleties like roasted malt, chocolate, and maybe some cream and those aren't prominent here.

Taste is great, there are many more flavors that emerge that made their way into the nose. A nice residual coffee roast dominates, but there is a good amount of chocolate and even some hoppy presence. Malt is good but a little too caramel for my tastes. I like a coffee stout to be all about the roast, not so much sweet caramel and toffee. But a solid tasting beer with some nice nuances.

Mouthfeel is a little light, I'd like a bit more chewiness. But overall this is a good coffee beer and one I could drink a lot of. Nice one, Matt.

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Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewers notes:
This silky stout is finished with Caribou Coffee's Lacuna Blend dark roast coffee. A nose of fresh brewed coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Creamy with flavors of bitter dark roast coffee & roasted malt. Hints of chocolate and even some vanilla come through almost cappuccino-like. Finishes clean and dry with some hop bitterness.

16oz pour, served in an English Style pint glass

A - served with a quarter inch of loose khaki colored foam. the beer is *very* dark brown, ruby highlights on the edges held up to light. random spotty lacing through the drink.

S - coffee dominated, creamed sweet fresh dark roast. dark chocolate, lightly roasted malt and a light nuttyness bring some sweetness. some earthy hops finish it out.

T - coffee comes through very nicely, extremely fresh and bitter yet balanced with some sweetness, a slight vanilla a great instant coffee powder which works great in a beer. dark roasted malts add another layer of bitterness. very yummy.

M - a little thin on the body, and carbonation is a tad hot...this detracts from an otherwise superb stout. a tad creamy, finishes a bit clean with some lingering coffee bitterness.

D - very nice, yet another impressive Fat Head's sided and heavy on the coffee but in a great way, only hampered by a mouthfeel that is a bit weak. give me some for breakfast (or dessert) anyday.

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Bean Me Up Coffee Stout from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
4.06 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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