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RATINGS: 49   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2286) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Black pour. Nice dark chocolate flavor with a bit of toffee and some toasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Sample during RBSG. From notes. Chocolate, coffee, caramel and bourbon. Oaky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1387) - sacramento, California, USA - NOV 28, 2014
On tap at capitol beer. Pours black. Really bitter coffee with a big roasted malt backbone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10147) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle.... Pours tar-black with a small, creamy, lightly-tanned head. Great retention. The aroma is a fusion of charcoal and spice-rack goodies, flanked by more-restrained notes of earthy chilies and bourbon barrel. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and airy carbonation. The flavor is a carbonic blend of burnt bitterness, black patent malt, coal and charcoal. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5027) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Black with a khaki head. Rich coffee, creamy chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, smooth. Excellent palate, coffee, coffee, chocolate, oak, great finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10002) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2014
22oz bottle. Poured a black color with a tan head. Coffee, dark chocolate, and some dark fruits. Some vanilla and wood too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (2968) - Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Peanut butter and coffee aromas. Bitter coffee, bitter roasted malts. Wow, so bitter. Below average mouthfeel. Average body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (546) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle - pours dark black. Spice, coffee, oak, and chocolate aroma. Strong chocolate tastes with some spice and coffee notes. Solid! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2349) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Enjoyed at FWIBF 2014... Huge coffee aroma... Dark black color... Flavor is coffee, brandy, roasted malts... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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