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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.98/5.0   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31178) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16691) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11942) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10916) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9101) - 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
hopdog (8933) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8432) - San Diego County, 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8419) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Draft. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of coffee, roast, chocolate, brandy, molasses and spice. Medium body.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick (8133) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 21, 2012
On tap at Beachwood Brewing. Pours with a black hued body with a bit of red highlights around the edge when held up to the light. Big and creamy, fully retentive brown head. Aromas are huge. Coffee, spicy, orange zest, cinnamon, raisin, cardamom, brandy, oak, clove. Chocolate and fudge. Rich and intense. Flavors are big coffee and slightly boozy. Very in your face compared to Tovarish. Rich and spiced, lightly bitter, thick coffee and fudge. Feels like you need a spoon to drink it (while its not oppressive in the slightest, it is decadent). Some vanilla, light citrus, raisins and cardamom. Hugely viscous and creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation with low tannin. Still somewhat dry (considering what this beer is) in the finish despite the richness. Definitely warming. Good stuff.


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