System Of A Stout | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

System Of A StoutSystem Of A Stout
BA SCORE
4.33/5
299 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:
#702
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
299
pDev:
7.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
64
Trade:
6
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 299 |  Reviews: 46
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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Photo of billshmeinke
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pitch lack body with some faint hints of brown when gel to light. Two finger latte foam covered head, leaves ample lacing left behind. Dies down to Hal a finger head that hangs about for ages.

Smells of cardamom, chocolate, toffee, molasses, and a hint of coffee.

Tastes brings outs big cardamom it's with acidic coffee, later gives way to toffee and molasses, perhaps a hint of vanilla, bitter/acidic coffee and cardamom flavors linger throughout.

Mouthfeel is big and moderately carbonated with some tangy acidity. Well balanced and creamy. Not as thick or cloying as many similar and stouts.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slack
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown in color and clear in the edges. About a half an inch of head that settles to near nothing on the edges. Lacing is minor as it drinks down.

Nose is coffee, more coffee, oak, spice - a bit of cinnamon, a bit of cardamom.

Taste is sweet brandy, cardamom, cinnamon, oak/smoke (molasses), black coffee, and a bit of booze.

Mouthful is heavy to medium and smooth. Carbonation is low. Finish is dry.

Wow this is good. The Coffee is upfront and throughout but is supported by a nice spice base. The barreling also adds a bit of depth. Very very drinkable. Seek it out.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IrishColonial
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bilco
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of needMIbeer
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of facefox
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeff1973
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tightner
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black with a small khaki head. Dissipates quickly. This beer is phenomenal. Hits you in the face with heavy amounts of coffee and chocolate. I didn't get any spice. A little thin. The best beer beachwood makes by far.

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Photo of BoredRocks275
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow what an amazing beer. So much coffee smell and taste and so balanced. Because it is not barrel aged it is very smooth and no too sweet. Beachwood continues to dominate

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Photo of 1424IpA
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbdpsu82
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

System Of A Stout from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 299 ratings
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