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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (3982) - 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 (1503) - 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 (1449) - 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 (2671) - 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 (7163) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3398) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2015
30 May 2015, tap at Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival. Black. Nose is spicy, coffee, brown sugar thin body and moderately fizzy. Bark chocolate, bitter coffee, spices, earthy. Great!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (3976) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2015
(Batch No. 2. 11.2%) Merci à Tommy pour le partage! Une bière qui a de la gueule. Un nez profond de café de haute qualité et de caramel foncé avec une présence affirmée d’épices orientales qui montrent une légère facette terreuse. Ça sent très bon et cela ouvre l’appétit! Au goût, une dose de café qui pique la langue et qui se fusionne habilement à un boisé imbibé d’une eau-de-vie légèrement chaude qui transpire une fine acidité. Une impression de cannelle est laissée sur mes papilles. Le soutien malté est une nécessité bienvenue. En bouche, voilà qu’elle montre une élégante corpulence avec ses bulles bien vivantes et sa texture huileuse. La finale est longue sur des notes de café poivré. Excellente.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (4020) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle (22 oz). Batch 2. From Dan, thanks! Split-4 ways.

Appearance: Black with a medium easy to revive beige-brown head and some lacing.

Aroma: Nice mix of coffee, fudge, brandy, molasses and mild spiciness. Not overpowering and everything blends well together.

Taste: Moderately sweet with a massive fudge presence along coffee, brandy, molasses, mild vegetal notes, light acidic presence, hints of oak and moderate bitterness.

Palate: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Silky mouthfeel. Coffee finish. Mild warming presence. Toffee aftertaste.

Overall: Extremely well balanced RIS that features coffee, fudge, molasses and brandy without any of the component overpowering the others. Flavorful, tasty and easily drinkable for the style. Not too boozy. Loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4319) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle shared by Tom. Thick black pour with creamy gold brown foam. Intense coffee aromas, brandy, rich roast coffee, caramel, light molasses. Taste is sweet, great coffee flavor, light roasty coffee acidity. Palate is med-full bodied, good carbonation. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2282) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Dark black pour with a slight tan head. Massive coffee nose, even though this bottle is from 2014. Well balanced, big coffee and chocolate in the taste with a hint of spice. Really nice.

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