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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4200) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Sampled at GABF 2012. Pours an oily, opaque black with some thin, beige head. Nose is malty, nutty, coffee, burnt caramel. Flavor is sweet, malty, sugary, molasses, nuts. Full bodied, sticky finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick (7253) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Sample at GABF 10/11/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. The beer pours black with a medium beige head and patches of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of black coffee, licorice and sweet malt. The finish is roasty with a lingering mocha aftertaste. Very good stout, and my favorite beer of the day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4117) - Utah, USA - OCT 17, 2012
GABF 2012
Appearance: Black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts,roast coffee and woody. Taste of coffee, roasted malts and fresh beans. Nice and smooth

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (5575) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Drank in Denver for GABF 2012. One of the more interesting beer. Pours a pure black color with a small white head. A huge nose of brandy and coffee. The flavor is super sweet brandy, figs, tobacco, coffee, spices. Very good and harmonious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Black color with tan sheen. Big mocha coffee, dark roast malt, cane sugar aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Espresso coffee flavors with sweet chocolate, deep roast malt--very good

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8558) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Dark black pour, brown head. Aroma is so full of coffe, licorice, spice, bitter dark chocolate, cane syrup. Flavor follows with rich and roasty spice, coffee, chocolate, prunes, licorice. Hella good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (7900) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Tap at Beachwood Long Beach. Opaque, inky pour. Medium mocha foam. Webby, thicker lacing. Nose is all coffee- acidic lemon, caramel, roast. Taste is more coffee with salted caramel, bitter chocolate. Still a bit green feeling, but the coffee character is very intense. Palate is silky, rich, salty, buoyant. Very nice.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (29691) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2012
From tap at Bruery Provisions. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee herbal. Smooth toffee, dark malty and smooth coffee. Bitter and light sweet, dark roasted malty. Bitter and dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Poured on tap at the Beachwood BBQ 1st Anniversary bash. It is almost black in the glass with a medium head. It also had good lacing. in the glass the is a sweetness like molasses with some vanilla. Slight nose of alcohol. Taste is big with coffee, vanilla and black licorice. The oak chips give the beer depth and uniqueness. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (9950) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Black in color with a great tan head. Wonderful retention and lacing. Enormous, almost overwhelming coffee aroma. There’s a very nice vanilla note to it, a touch of oak, and tons of cocoa and dark chocolate. Of course, some roast, but great sweetness. The coffee steals the show on the palate, as well. Mild wood and brandy notes, a touch of vanilla and roast, and quite a bit of chocolate, toffee, and molasses. Just wonderful stuff.


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