System Of A Stout | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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System Of A StoutSystem Of A Stout

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Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States

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

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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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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
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

Photo of jason_nwx
3.14/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of amano_h
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't really know much about Armenia, no less its coffee; I knew a Turkish foreign exchange student once, who told me that her country and Armenia took turns committing mass genocide on each other. Other than that, this is a case of first impression on my nose and palate...
Cold-brew coffee, caramel, burnt bark, sticky thick molasses, light smoke, and floral/herbal like aromatic notes plead the pre-motion trial. Whereas the cold-brew coffee raises a 12(f) motion to strike on all other aromatic parties involved, the light smoke and the floral and herbal notes claim enough substance and connections to the beer to survive the 12(f) motion. Further along the procedure, the coffee eventually raises a 12(b)(6) motion toward the remaining parties and prevails on grounds that there aren't any longer any claims on which relief can be granted.

A similar situation unfolds upon the appellate court of the palate. Whereas coffee, caramel, smoked wood, molasses, and what I'm assuming is herbal/floral cardamom initially bring claims as parties to the suit, the coffee makes a motion for JMOL seeing as how it's the only relevant party with an actual claim to the flavor.

The case is almost dismissed in favor of the coffee, until the palate decides that brandy should be joindered as a relevant party after some time and temperature has passed, and the cardamom still has a relevant claim to the issue at hand. In the end the coffee finds itself as the plaintiff suing for custody of the palate over defendants cardamom and brandy; although the palatal arbiter initially enters judgment in favor of coffee, a JNOV is entered by the Supreme Court of the brain in favor of the cardamom and brandy as they remain relevant and lasting factors.

Medium-bodied. Gorgeously silky and creamy mouthfeel. Light unintrusive carbonation. Absolutely no heat detectable.
Other than the body, this beer has changed quite a bit since I last tried it four years ago; I remember the body being a little more substantial, and the coffee flavors being a little more expressive. The floral cardamom notes are an unexpected surprise in the right direction.
I'd put my money in saying that this beer wasn't quite meant for aging. Drink it now, and savor.

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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Top shelf stout! Rich flavors of toffee, spice, coffee, roasty malt. Mouthfeel is medium thick. Very smooth. Has the sweetness but is very balanced with the usual bitter flavors that kill other stouts. Excellent overall, will purchase again!

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of DanGeo
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kevindp9
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phineasco
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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