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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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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yespr (47115) - 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
anders37 (26878) - 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
mcberko (18583) - 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.

4
Oakes (18557) - 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
jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Draft. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of coffee, roast, chocolate, brandy, molasses and spice. Medium body.

4.2
brokensail (16633) - Dublin, 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.

4.2
bhensonb (15624) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 25, 2017
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark brown with a dark tan head. Aroma is mostly coffee over dark, dark treacle. Full bodied. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, treacle, and maybe a touch of wood. Brandy? Could be. Heat is not an issue. This is challenging to parse, but very flavorful.

3.8
djd07 (15342) - 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.

3.4
Ratman197 (15224) - 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.

3.8
kermis (14494) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours near black with a beige head. Aroma of roast, coffee, malt, caramel, coffee, espresso, chocolate and toffee. Flavour is over moderat sweet and bitter. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation.


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