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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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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 138
Gots: 39 | FT: 8
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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3.33/5  rDev -23.1%

A- Dark as midnight with basically no light making its way through. 1/2 finger tan head lays still atop the dark waters.

S- Coffee forward. Caramel and faint cocoa. Some cake-like notes

T- Coffee again with lots of roasted character opens things up. Then a healthy dose of mint comes through....mint? It is very odd. Maybe the cardamom. No brandy to speak of. Not sure what the idea of the brandy soaked wood chips was about.

M- Full body and rich. Tingling feel. Dry and bitter.

O- Hmm. Not what I expected. Odd mix of coffee and mint/citrus that really seams to clash. No oak, no brand...no thanks. Quite disappointed I traded a Sump for this.

Bosoxfan20, Jul 18, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev -0.9%

Batch 2, blue wax
The beer pours an opaque black (dark brown in the light) topped by a foamy tan head that provides some mild lacing before fading...the blue wax is a pain to remove, as always. The nose had big cardamom spiciness and coffee upfront followed by a warming caramel sweetness and hint of alcohol. The taste is also relatively spiced, but it's in perfect harmony with the chocolatey malt sweetness and slight bitterness provided by the Armenian coffee and hops. The mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, sweet (not cloying), with masked booze, a biting, spicy bitterness that lingers, sufficient carbonation, and great drinkability. This beer is thoroughly enjoyable and has the perfect coffee/spice profile to compliment for the rich stout base.

ThePorterSorter, Jun 29, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Bomber of this from ScottO. Very happy to finally give this one a shot. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Batch 2
Blue Wax
Released May 2014

APPEARANCE: A transparent black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy, tan head with very good retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap leaving some creamy lacing down the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains with some nice lacing clinging the whole way down.

SMELL: Lots of coffee, sweet cream, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, and roasted malt aromas. Mostly roasted coffee beans and sweet cream, with obvious qualities from the cardamom as well. Very little oak, but the coffee and cardamom might be stealing the show here.

TASTE: Very coffee forward. Definite roasted coffee and espresso beans up front, with sweet cream and vanilla flavors at the swallow. Big, bold and persistent aftertaste of bitter and burnt coffee, sweet cream, vanilla, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of molasses as well. Sweet creamy flavors from the cardamom for sure, and some vanilla from the oak barrels. Heavy on the sweet cream, cardamom and bitter coffee beans. Really delicious. Actually tastes like morning coffee.

PALATE: Medium body and a touch higher carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch mouth-coating. A bit of a scratch as the swallow, but no heat. Bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Really good. Really, really good. The oak barrels are restrained in favor of the coffee and cardamom, though the vanilla sweetness is probably accented by the oak barrels as well. This beer works great and is very easy drinking. Would love to drink more of this stuff. Thanks again ScottO. Excellent stuff.

Jeffo, Jun 27, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

rjjhoffman, Jun 26, 2014
System Of A Stout from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.