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System Of A Stout - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 153
Gots: 36 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

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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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

- Batch 2 / 2014 vintage
- 22 oz. bottle poured into Hanger24 Barrel Roll tasting snifter on 5-Jul-14

- Batch 1/306
- 22 oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey teku glass on 13-Jun-13.

Woah, the aromas... roasted coffee dominate and it smells better than almost every single coffee I've ever had. Earthy, fresh-grounded coffee beans with hints of vanilla.

Taste begins with the roasted coffee and its very velvety... bold, hearty, and decadent, but it's not an overload that it obliterates your palate. Mild acidity; so balanced. Everything that I want in a perfect cup of joe is found here. It then transitions into a malty chocolate that flows around the sides of your tongue and with it brings hints of vanilla, oak, subtle spices that I cannot differentiate specifically, and the brandy (btw, I wouldn't have been able to guess the brandy unless I was told of it, but once aware of the fact, it connected the dots). Finishes with the usual roasty bitterness every good coffee stout should have. Good heat; no unwanted boozyness whatsoever.

This was tough for me to decide... but I'd have to say this is the 2nd best coffee stout (behind BCBCS '12) that I've ever had the delight of experiencing. Beachwood, please keep em coming!

Batch 2 was just as I remembered the previous batch. Permawant!

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4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

had this both in bottle and on tap at Beachwood Seal Beach.

Color is a rich dark roasted black with 2 inches of head.

Incredible coffee aroma and nice medium thickness.

Taste is a massive almost espresso like coffee and just insanely drinkable. I had two glasses on tap and cracked open a bottle when I got home. Julian is hitting home runs here. This is something special and was a great alternate between the Falcon IPA.

Tovarish was great but this is one of the those special coffee stouts that just has a whallop to it and goes down like no other. Damn near perfection.

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The aroma smacks of tons of rich roasted coffee. Heavy on the roast qualities with Christmas cardamom. A bit of milk chocolate sweetness.

The flavor follows with that dark roasted coffee throughout. There's a hint of the spice that compliments the coffee quite well with a spicy cardamon. Lots of milk chocolate throughout the palate with a luscious mouthfeel.

A heavy roast and heavy coffee brew and really is an exceptional coffee stout.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. One big COFFEE BOMB. Everything about this beer is incredible. Light brandy and oak aroma with strong coffee taste. Overall one excellent beer. Drinks incredibly smooth for 11%. Right up there with the better coffee stouts. Would really like to see them BA this beer in brandy oak barrels. Wish it had more presence of brandy. Would seek out and would drink again.

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4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Beachwood BBQ for the release event!

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark black with decent brown head that fades away slowly. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Probably the most interesting aspect of this beer. Overwhelming, complex nose on this. I pick up tons of coffee, chocolate, caramel, some char, and eventually the smell of the cardamom spices and dark fruits. Fantastic aroma!

Taste: Loads of bitter coffee dominate the palate followed by some chocolatey fudginess, vanilla, and finishes with slight woodiness. Was really hoping for more brandy, molasses, and cardamom with this one but it definitely doesn't disappoint.

Mouthfeel: Almost perfect, thick, creamy, and full. Little carbonation.

Overall: For what this beer is, it is very, very good. Was hoping for a little less coffee but we will see what some time does for this one.

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System Of A Stout from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.