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System Of A Stout - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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System Of A StoutSystem Of A Stout

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 140
Gots: 39 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
System of a Stout [Imperial Armenian Coffee Stout ] - 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 on 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 & enjoy this endlessly complex & nuanced beer.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 07-07-2012)
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Reviews by lsummers:
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4.2/5  rDev -3%

Had this on tap at Tony's Darts Away, pitch black with a great frothy tan lacing, sticks to your ribs! ... And the glass.

Smells straight up like coffee and chocolate with roasted oats. Hints of a sweet molasas.

Taste initially hits you with coffee but it's not overpowering and is blended quite nicely with the bitter dark chocolate and sweet molasses with some finishing roasty characters. The bitterness isn't overwhelming but hits more towards the backend.

It feels like it has some nice carbonation and it really helps hide the high abv, it's a warming beer but not boozy.

Overall I'm pretty impressed, I'm not a daily coffee drinker but I loved the stong coffee notes. This is definitely a special beer.

09-09-2012 18:25:52 | More by lsummers
More User Reviews:
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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for sending this my way, SubpoenaDeuces!

Black on black with a small foaming ring of tight brown bubbles. Leaves the glass oily and spotted on the way down.

Impressive and expressive freshly ground coffee aroma. This would perhaps be overwhelming for someone not a big fan of earthy, roasty, strong, acidic coffee, but I'm a big fan. Bring it on. Complemented by definite oak and an interesting spice (most likely, the added cardamom, but I wouldn't have said that blind). An earthy, roasty, expressive, coffee powerhouse.

Fairly bitter initially, but layers of bold ground coffee, oak, and earthy, interesting spice notes come together extremely well. I didn't pick up much spirit (brandy, in this case)--more of just a barrel presence. Full of flavor with the coffee leading the way. The blend/nuance could be a touch better, but this is very tasty.

Nearly full in body with low carbonation. Doesn't suffer from the prickly/acidic mouthfeel found in Perennial's Barrel-aged Sump, for example.

Fantastic. Excited for Beachwood's releases moving forward.

06-09-2013 15:14:15 | More by ehammond1
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-31-2014 20:18:50 | More by HoppySeb
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

10-14-2013 20:16:04 | More by acurtis
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

08-08-2014 13:56:37 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-15-2014 23:21:06 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-16-2014 21:39:04 | More by fthegiants
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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%

2013 Vintage

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a fairly small dark beige head that slowly faded. A dark beige ring sticks around for a while.

Smell: Mild brandy, fairly strong coffee notes, roasted malt aromas, and some brown sugar aromas. Nice nose.

Taste: Mild brandy, fairly strong coffee notes (good quality coffee), roasted malt note, some mild tannic oak notes, some mild brown sugar notes, and mild hop notes. The coffee notes are upfront but well integrated. Alcohol is well restrained for the listed ABV

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice mouth-feel on this one.

Overall: A good RIS, and at this time, my favorite coffee stout. I am a coffee snob and addict and this one works for me. The taste profile isn't all coffee and has several other tasty elements. Got to love it when a brewery in your hometown keeps kicking out good beers.

10-11-2012 17:37:21 | More by IKR
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-23-2012 19:40:51 | More by KBennall
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-12-2014 11:47:25 | More by Bunuelian
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-06-2014 08:08:27 | More by kmoen
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

07-03-2014 03:11:04 | More by LakerLeith
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-03-2014 00:30:55 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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4.39/5  rDev +1.4%

Being a System of a Down fan and coffee beer fan, this was a no brainer.

Appearance: inky black, dark brown half finger head, no lace.

Aroma: coffee, coffee, coffee, oak, char, vanilla, roast, chocolate.

Taste: strong bitter coffee, rich coffee, chocolate, roast, woody char.

Mouthfeel: pleasantly creamy, thick and full bodied.

Overall: the most coffee intense aroma I've experienced. As it warms, the flavors get a bit harsher than they start, but all in all, its fantastic and a coffee lovers creamy dream.

08-28-2013 20:56:42 | More by EgadBananas
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

07-03-2013 20:13:39 | More by CEDAMA
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

08-21-2013 13:59:24 | More by mcintire78
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-02-2013 22:50:17 | More by largadeer
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New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 10/3/13

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - pours with a medium size, light tan head - eventually fades to a borderline nonexistent cap, doesn't leave much lacing

Smell: Simply put, there is a lot going on here - loads of chocolate, molasses, spice, coffee, and dark fruit - burnt chocolate malts and some sweet chocolate syrup - coffee grounds - some decidedly exotic spices - definitely interesting

Taste: Coffee, chocolate, molasses, and some exotic intrigue - dark malts, roasty with some burnt - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, baker's chocolate - rich, dark coffee flavor - molasses and some burnt caramel, dark sugars - some pretty obvious alcohol flavor, not exactly hot, more of a brandy flavor - some wood, too - very, very complex

Mouthfeel: More or less a full body, creamy, low carbonation, nice finish

Overall: A great beer to... Wake up! Grab a brush and put on a little makeup!

This is rather complex. That is a phrase that I don't get to write as much as I used to. But this is truly unique. Definitely worth a try, definitely worth seeking out. I suppose I also need to try Armenian Coffee.

10-03-2013 20:47:15 | More by angrybabboon
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

06-03-2013 16:23:24 | More by Knocksvil
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

06-29-2014 14:33:42 | More by Kramerwtmf
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New York

5/5  rDev +15.5%

10-15-2013 00:08:06 | More by cestlavie
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

09-02-2013 19:57:51 | More by cfaulman
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4.48/5  rDev +3.5%

On tap for Beachwood's 1st Anniversary (7/7/12).

A: Pours black with a 1/2-inch tan head which lasts long and leaves stalactite lace.

N: Fresh roasted coffee, spices and brandy intermingle and play very well together.

T: Complex layers of roasty espresso, green cardamom, woody oak, sweet molasses and brandy. Unreal. The interplay between the coffee and spice and sweet brandy is amazing.

M: Rich, full bodied and moderate carbonation. Slightly oily and roasted bitterness on the finish.

O: Well Mr. Shrago, you nailed this. Considering how elaborate this was to brew, thanks for making such a fantastic offering. Congratulations on the 1st year and look forward to what comes next.

07-21-2012 16:26:29 | More by wethorseblanket
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-27-2014 16:29:58 | More by analogchainsaw
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-24-2014 04:23:10 | More by mbw314
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System Of A Stout from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
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