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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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"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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4482) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Batch 1 & 2. Black pour with tan head. Batch 2 is entirely coffee, roasted and all. Batch 1 has coffee, roasted and light bell pepper aromas. Light roasted, chocolate and coffee flavors. Flavors are more coffee forward on batch 2, batch two definitely better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (18904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee and cardamom aroma with hints of vanilla. Roasted malty oaky coffee spicy brandy flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10426) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Draft. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of coffee, roast, chocolate, brandy, molasses and spice. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7226) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2014
22 oz. bottle sampled at RBSG, the grand tasting. Pours a deep brown with a dark tan head. Notes of cardamom, coffee, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, earth, tobacco, roasted malts - the coffee and spices almost give a bit of cinnamon to it. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich palate. Really nice coffee imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2538) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle via trade. Nose is a ton of coffee with a tobacco and ashy thing too. Taste is slightly tangy and boozy and then shows off some chocolate and then changed to an alcohol warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5260) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to Rainer. Pours a dark brown with beige head that lasts. The aroma is crazy potent coffee, spice, and wood. Medium moutfeel with a strong coffee bean, oak, booze. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4186) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle (on Christmas)... Poured jet black with a thin forming head. Aroma of brandy liquor and coffee. Wow! This tasted so nice. Strong, dominant coffee tones that were smoothed out by the barrel here. Wood and spirit alcohol came in especially towards the finish. Also notes of roasted grains, molasses, mocha, and big roasted coffee all the way through. Couldn’t get enough of this stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Dark Black in Color, terrific dark malts roast and chocolate flavors. Loved the aroma and the flavor is almost perfect. Great coffee flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eachnotesecure (81) - Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Sampled at GABF13. Smells like fresh roast coffee and has a winning balance to boot. This isn’t an overpowering coffee stout in any way, but it’s one of the best I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
On tap at GABF 2013, had a lot of spice and ginger like aromas and taste, was hard to get past the spice.

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