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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beachwood continues to please and this is no exception. Batch 1 and Batch 2 tasted side by side. There were differences of opinion. Score here is for Batch #1 - more creamy, chocolaty and rich all around. Batch #2 is very similiar but lacks some of the complexities and nuances.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours nearly black with a very thin tan head. Nose is quite unique; cocoa, lactose, cardamom, vanilla, and a slight boozy sweetness, reminds me a little of horchata. Taste is a little more traditional with milk chocolate and delicate roast coffee leading the way, a bit of a cardamom/cinnamon spice character in the background, there's definitely a roasty bitterness present but it seems to fade as the beer warms. Not much sign of that 11% ABV here. Feel is smooth but drying, little carbonation.

Overall, this is a tough beer to pin down and rate, there's a definite complexity but the final product almost seems a bit muddled. Obviously the beer is still very tasty, just not quite mind-blowing.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
3.45/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of xdtfx
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

2013 bottle I think, this was a nice rich stout with a perfect balance of coffee richness/bitterness. Not overpowering coffee, that I usually prefer. Was a well done and balanced coffee stout, I will seek this out again for sure.

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

Photo of swanfungus
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrGone
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMBSH
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of _morandi_
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ronricorossi
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of raynmoon
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer. The nose and mouthfeel is where this one excels. Black with a brown head, nice lacing, and smells, of faint coffee and cinnamon. Nothing overbearing. The flavor follows suit, but not quite as luscious as one would imagine. Still overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of Modernrickk
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MLDucky
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

If you are a beer geek and a coffee addict this is as good as it gets. The only reason I do not see 5's all around on this one is only because the people rating this beer do not know anything about what they are rating.

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Houser
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of richloma
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Last years, very subtle flavors but really good

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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