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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
I had this on tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, and, Wow, what a beer. Huge coffee aroma and flavor, creamy, rich mouthfeel and lots of nice hints of flavor. Loved it. It went down soooo smoothly

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9437) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick (8660) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADfan (616) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6811) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (11550) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blomster (259) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7870) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (396) - 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.

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