System Of A Stout | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

System Of A StoutSystem Of A Stout
BA SCORE
94.6%
Liked This Beer
4.33 w/ 298 ratings
System Of A StoutSystem Of A Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States
beachwoodbbq.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

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.

Added by Halcyondays on 07-07-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#703
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
298
Liked:
282
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
7.85%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
192
Gots:
64
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 298 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Phineasco
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Motor oil black with 2 inch khaki head.
Smell: Coffee, spearmint, leather, and tobacco.
Taste: Coffee, oak, pumpkin, and spearmint.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and toasty.
Overall: A great unique tasting stout.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nrod
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brianmandell
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Blasterbum
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrcraft
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darktronica
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The cardamom and molasses really make this a refreshing standout from an increasingly crowded field of double-digit BA coffee stouts. Full-bodied with a big nose, and the coffee is a robust, earthy blend. The brandy is also a nice touch that imparts a bit of brightness and fruit flavor on the palate.

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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tan ahead. Black in color. 2017 vintage consumed fresh.

Loving the coffee here. Not burnt or over roasted. Some nice spices with vanilla, molasses, and caramel. Cocoa and chocolate.

Full bodied. A little syrupy sweet. Nice mouthfeel.

Really surprised with how much I enjoyed this one. Well crafted.

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Photo of rcjennings
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marlowe57
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Loyal Legion Portland on tap. Happy beer week! Oh my this is good. Black, not much head a little lacing. Cardamom in the aroma, cardamom first in the taste too. Black coffee. Unprocessed sweetness, I guess that's the molasses, and alcohol at the finish. Moderate mouthful not overly thick. Sipping as I type and it's strong :-)

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Photo of elemenohpee1
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Frosty11161
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of dro7
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fluffy head, aroma is coffee and spices. Flavor is very clean and smooth, no bitterness, sweet coffee, spices, and syrup flavors. I do not get much oak flavor, so that is why I downgrade this slightly. Nonetheless, this is overall an excellent stout. I mistakenly thought this was barrel aged but it seems to be aged with oak chips, thus it does not have a boozy aroma and flavor. Because of that, it makes it smoother and easier to drink. This is basically a creamy coffee with spices and syrup.

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Photo of pkalix
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drahodo
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eyenigma
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Will avoid restating the obvious on this one, as it's been covered. But I will say the interesting thing of note on this beer is the Cardamom spice. I've been on a stout kick lately, and I was pleasantly surprised with a distinct and unique taste in my mouth. After a while, they start to taste very similar. I appreciate Beechwood put a different spin on things, and the spice is very pronounced on both the nose and the taste. This is relatively easy to come by and will be one I stock up on if I see it on shelves.

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System Of A Stout from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Beer rating: 94.6% out of 100 with 298 ratings
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