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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 4.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1151) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
GABF 2013. Very dark brown, a bit thinner than I expected. Unique nose, of mostly coffee but also cardamom. Very smooth coffee stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blomster (255) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2013
22 oz bottle, shared by kmweaver, thanks! Dark brown blackish pour, tiny tan head. Awesome spicy coffee aroma, syrup, underlying spices. Dark roast coffee taste, chocolate, caramel. Full mouthfeel, long pleseant finish. I really dig this beer I didn’t even know existed 15 minutes ago. Thanks Ken!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
22oz bottle, courtesy of Beachwood. Thanks, guys! Pours a deep, dark chocolate-brown color; medium tan head with excellent lacing. Loads of well-roasted coffee, floral and spicy cardamom in the aroma, plus plenty of milk chocolate; nice balance of spiciness and rich dark malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3667) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2013
22 ounce bottle poured a clear amber brown with aromas of fresh pressed coffee, light vanilla, and aome soft earth. Flavirs are the same light on the palate, solid beer overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (338) - South Gate, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
S: Like other Beachwood coffee brews this is just straight up coffee, caramel cream. espresso, dark chocolate, cinnamin, and a hint of mollasses. P: Black with a finger brown head that dispences on to lacing. (the usual). T: Dark roast chocolate, some cinnamin and brandy, but doesnt go far beyond the coffee and it ends with a roast. M: soft carbonation and silky. O: Very good, slight boozy but still easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium brown body. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, molasses, and dark chocolate. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla, toffee, molasses, oak, and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4813) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick (7971) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4660) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (5925) - 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.

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