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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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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4.1
MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2017
My Bottom Line:
Roasted coffee beans meet whipped cream, chocolate and alcohol warmth in this most luxurious Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam decorates the brown-edged black.
-Coffee seems to develop a vegetal touch, but in the nose only.
-The mouthfeel on this one is to die for (if you are in the mood for dessert, of course).
-The finish is laced in pepper heat.

Bottle.

3.9
Ataraxia (561) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2017
Very dark brown color, frothy light beige head. Cinnamon, coffee, spices, some nuttiness, hints of vanilla, and brown sugar. A bit bittersweet but grows drier and more bitter. Gently carbed, creamy, and almost full bodied with a roasty coffee finish.

4
Bule (2228) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2017
22oz bottle pours a black color with a bit of beige head. Lots of spice overpower a little. Coffee bitterness.

3.7
ABUSEDGOAT (2788) - California, USA - JUL 4, 2017
Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, roast, chocolate, lightly spiced, some dried fruit. Medium to full body, not a typical Imperial Stout (chocolate coffee blah blah) and pretty well made, just isn’t great.

4
Oakes (18199) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2017
Dark brown, thin head. Looks nice. Deep sweet chocolate and coffee. Very sweet, lots of coffee, chocolate. Nice dessert stout though really a lot of sweetness.

4
mcberko (18422) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2017
On tap at Loyal Legion, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings mocha character, with dry cocoa, some cinnamon and medium roasted malt. Flavour is very robust, with lots of mocha and cinnamon. Rich and wonderfully textured. Excellent.

2.9
Mrnoluv (355) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 18, 2017
WOW! The smell alone is enough caffeine to wake the dead. The taste is very strong Armenian coffee and sodium! If you like bitter sweet, this isn’t it, this is straight coffee and salt taste isn’t for me just too damn salty, but if you like strong coffee with a sodium taste, you will love it.

4.2
Korcz (3389) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 14, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. It has a lot in common with Prairie Bomb on coffee/cocoa side. Gooood.

3.4
Ratman197 (15105) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2016
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and light oak with a smooth dry lingering chocolate finish.

4
Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2016
650ml bottle. Black with lasting head. Aroma of molasses, roasted malts, dark coffee, orange peel. Taste is more spicy and fruity than I imagined with coffee and chocolate playing a nice supporting role. Some sweet, bitter and umami flavours in there. Above all, very balanced and drinkable for an impy with some nice unique character.


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