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System Of A Stout | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#980
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
330
pDev:
7.87%
 
 
Wants:
190
Gots:
62
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 330 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of Futbolmanby
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vivs85
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RPM3334
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Embracing the exotic in each and every way possible the brewers at Beachwood embrace the weird, the unheard of, the hard to find combinations of Armenian coffee, cardamom and brandy soaked oak for a taste that takes the imperial stout where it has never gone before.

This System of a Stout comes with an extremely dark brown, easily mistaken as black for an appearance of an ominously dark milkshake. Crowned with a stubborn mocha froth, the beer leads with a host of dark and earthy coffee with bold chocolate, walnut and a toasted, slightly smoky spice not far off of cinnamon and menthol. Sweet and chocolaty on the tongue, the taste of tiramisu meets the texture of cake batter.

Deeply caramelized, the sweetness is joined with molasses and buckwheat honey as the ale crosses middle palate, while also giving rise to black walnut, espresso, burnt toast, campfire and bittersweet chocolate. Trending savory, sweet, lavish and velvety on the tongue, a late spice of brandy, kahlua and peppermint intertwine for a broad and friendly balance to the extended sweetness.

Full and decadent, the beer is off chewy and creamy like a fine latte. The earthiness of cardamom hits the throat like cinnamon and allspice once the brandy, oak tannins and coffee grounds disguise its curry like character. A long and savory aftertaste once again evokes a sense of tiramisu but with the spicy bite of exotic additions to the brewing process. If this beer could be a person, it would definitely grow up to be a stripper.

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Photo of Dark_Scarecrow
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crobinso
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ice_Cream_And_IPAs
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can with a canned on date of 5/1/18; into a snifter.
Appearance- black, no light with just a ring of caramel colored bubbles along the glass; no lacing.
Smell - dark roast coffee, oak barrels and cardamom!
Taste - like drinking a cup of coffee from an oak barrel; mild cardamom compared to the nose and for over 11%, the booze is fairly disguised!
Feel - smooth and a very easy sipper; flavorful and no lingering booze as it sits!
Overall- solid all around; nothing that gets too cute, just a well crafted big coffee stout!

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Photo of rudzud
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black with a nice thin mocha head that fades to leave nice lacing, light wisps and a thin halo. Great legs.

S - Big aromas of fresh ground coffee, nice and nutty. Lightly chalky coffee and chocolate, little molasses, light cardamom. Nice faint brandy notes with just a little more oak note.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with excellent rich coffee notes, nutty roast. Slightly bitter grinds, sweet molasses, nice cardamom notes. Big dark chocolate notes, fudgy brownies. Excellent spice notes and dark fruits. Flashes of light oak and slightly sweet brandy.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, full bodied. No alcohol at all.

O - Overall this was a rather excellent Russian imperial stout. The coffee is excellent here along with the spice notes. Very surprising!

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud
Light fizzy head, swirls up a decent mocha fizzy head with a bit of lacing, long legs, pitch black beer

Nose is awesome, loads of fresh roasted coffee, fresh brewed exotic coffee, big nutty coffee, nice spices, clear cardamom, a bit of a fig fruit, other potpourri like spices, a little molasses candy and candied dates, a touch of brandy and apple cognac like and touch of oak chips, maybe a bit of cinnamon and walnut like spice

Taste brings loads of dark chocolate and coffee, roasted fresh coffee, a little nutty fresh brewed coffee, a bit fudgey, nice spices, baking spices from the roast and possibly oak, a bit from the spices added with some cardamom and fig, candied dates again, sweet almost syrupy molasses but not super molasses, a touch of a brandy sweet flavor, a bit of oak as well, a touch of bitterness, nice fresh spice bitterness too, an almost cinnamon bark and fresh baking spices blended with dark chocolate cocoa, great combination of flavors, lingering dark chocolate, spices, fig, brandy notes, tons of fresh coffee

Mouth is rich thicker bod, a hint of alcohol, decent carb, bit creamy

Overall incredible blend of everything

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4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown body, dark enough to be nearly black. Half finger offwhite head. Smell is spice, black coffee, honey and molasses, a bit of whiskey heat, but not much. The coffee is different than the typical drip black coffee. I'm not sure how to describe it. It's less roasty and more earthy. In any event, it's very nice and cuts the whiskey a little bit along with the honey. Milk chocolate and molasses add an appropriate sweetness to balance the coffee. Mouthfeel is medium fuller bodied, good carbonation, smooth and not too hot at all. Interesting take on a coffee stout with the added adjunct spices.

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Photo of edthehead
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boilerup
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.52/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of user785335
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlvinLin
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 562Brew
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AuntBea
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhillipMicupp
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of addicted2thebarrel
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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System Of A Stout from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 330 ratings