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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9713) - 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 (2929) - 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 (520) - 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 (2288) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4653) - 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 (19065) - 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 (10619) - , 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 (7419) - 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 (2614) - 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 (5885) - 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.

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