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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
"System of a Stout" is an imperial stout infused with all the traditional ingredients of a savory cup of Armenian coffee: cardamom, molasses, coffee (of course), and brandy. In the kettle, the beer is lightly dosed with green cardamom for exotic spice notes. Molasses adds a richness that seamlessly blends in. The finished beer was then aged for several days masterfully roasted coffee from Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa. The beer was then aged for several weeks on Armenian brandy-soaked oak chips for yet another dimension of flavors and aromas. Take your time and enjoy this endlessly complex and nuanced beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1914) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Bottle blue wax. Big yummy barrel and coffee chocolate aroma. Black color tan head. Taste is bitter coffee and very bitter chocolate. Fruit from brandy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
furthur (546) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle, black beer, almond colored head. Aroma is coffee, metal, smoke, chocolate, something spicy. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, cardamom, vanilla, and more coffee. Palate is decent, not thick, carbonation subdued. This is almost all coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle:   Nearly black, thin to moderate foamy beige head, nice lacing.   Assertive coffee nose.   A little cream and sugar.   Its like spicy coffee with a little vodka throw in on the backside.   Very smooth, some vanilla seems to be coming out as it warms.   This one was nice, soft bitterness, a little bit of peppery spiciness seems to come out on the backside.   Moderate body, smooth mouthfeel.   I really enjoy this big yet easy to drink stouts.   Lingering spiced and peppery like coffee on the finish.   Tasty!   Thanks Rob!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2015
22 oz bottle acquired via trade on BA. Thanks, bro. Pours a thick and viscous opaque blackish hue. Dark, thicker with a frothy light brown head. A frothy ringer sits atop and laces ok. Aromas present some nice espresso jabs, coffee and cardamom. A bit of oak and roast, some toasty malts. Nutty malts and earth, some faint dark fruit with brandy and oak. Initial is fuller body, a bit sticky and full with some nice oak presence, a coolness with smoky and toasty malts, roast and espresso, coffee and some caramel. A bit of caramom, sweetness and roasty malts. A bit of toast, more cardamom and biscuits. Oak, some vanillin and warmth. A bit of brandy fruit cuts through that espresso and biscuity roast at times. The toasty carmelized elements are substantial with that coffee and espresso, cardamom elements tapering out. Some nice vanilla, lingering roast malts and touches of gentle Vienetta as we taper out. That oaky element never really gets going, some gentle dark fruit wafts. Tasty stuff. Not too full but flavorful and enveloping the palate. Firm nose, good pour, really nice flavors and flow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8904) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle shared by Adam, thanks! Pours black with with a creamy brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has strong roasted malts, coffee and dark grains with a bit of molasses underlying. Flavor has strong roasted malts and a good amount of coffee and a backbone of dark grains and molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4060) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle: Poured a dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma is mostly coffee, but also had molasses, and spice. This was a pure blast of strong coffee that had hints of spice and booze. So good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle shared at a tating. Pours pitch black, little to no head. Intrusive spicy aroma, loads of cloves and liquorice that I was not fond of. Body was quite alcholic and spicy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
berntholer (1488) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
dense beige head leaves structured lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is coffee, cardamom, chocolate. taste like aroma, lots of coffee, some alcoholheat, sweet with bitterness from the roasted malts. very dense mouthfeel, soft carbonation. lovely!bottle 65cl

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2744) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Black pour. Small tan head. Little lacing. Huge coffee aroma. Taste is the same with some chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (8085) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours near black with a beige head. Aroma of roast, coffee, malt, caramel, coffee, espresso, chocolate and toffee. Flavour is over moderat sweet and bitter. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation.

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