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Tovarish - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 68
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: billshmeinke on 12-01-2011

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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beachwood Brewing Company - Tovarish - Russian Imperial Espresso Stout , batch 3. (11.2%) brewed in Long Beach , CA. 96/100 on BeerAdvocate

"Tovarish is an impossibly complex imperial stout that boasts an array of rich flavors and aromas... Infused with roasted coffee from Portola Coffee Lab ."

Kak dela Tovarishes? - How are you comrades? Tovarish in Russian simply means "comrade" and indeed I think it may live up to that name with this beer . This is an extremely limited release beer , rotated twice a year at least . I am not sure how many cases they produce of this , but I know that Batch 1 back in 2011 had only around 60 cases of this locally distributed in that area . So around 720 bottles of Tovarish back then , I assume more of this beer is being produced now , since the brewery has grown to be one of the best in California . I am excited to try this monstrosity of a Russian Imperial Stout . Nostrovia!

Pour : About as thick as oil , and as I poured this I got a whiff of the aroma and it smells well, amazing ! Back to the pour , the pour is really dark , pitch black and no light getting through . The head is a thick , dense frothy mocha brown , and huge amounts of lacing . Like a wave of chocolate that recedes tides back and forth . Looks like a huge beer, I can't wait to get the aroma on this beer .


Aroma : Huge amount of fresh coffee grounds. Big , big espresso notes on this beer . Like someone quadruple shotted this beer with espresso before capping the beer. Dark chocolate , milk chocolate , an earthy quality I get from really good coffee beans . A faint bitterness that isn't overwhelming like Sump was . I will say this , I like this aroma better than Sump , also better than Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout . It's just my opinion , and this isn't even barrel aged at all , but I get a really faint dry wood aroma too . Like cedar , or birch . It's very complex!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Explosion of espresso! Coffee , dark chocolate , milk chocolate , and I get a little bit of a chocolate ice cream taste when it's around 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit almost like melted Moose Tracks or something , with a touch of peanut butter ! This is so dang good ! Mouthfeel is thick , creamy , and delegate with tons of flavors as the beer warms more and more . A super complex and delicious RIS.

Verdict : 4.8/5 . This is truly one of the best non barrel aged stouts and coffee stouts I have ever had . Beachwood Brewery knows what they are doing way down south to please everyone , everywhere their beers may go ! Fantastic job guys ! Nostrovia !!

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best non barrel aged stouts you can find.
Beautiful pouring from bottle to glass, great espresso aromas!!
Taste is bursting with espresso from start to finish, opens as warms some sweetness coming thru.
I really am impressed with Julians ability to make porters/stouts with or without barrels. If you got a friend in Long Beach visit them next time This beers released!

Photo of dfhhead25
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well balanced between roast, chocolate, and espresso.

Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3

Appearance: The thick tan head settles in at a couple of fingers thick; the liquid is pitch black and the lacing and legging are both impressive

Smell: Espresso tones dominate, with roast and black bread underneath

Taste: With a tip of the hat to the black bread and the roast, the espresso tones of strong coffee and dark fruit dash to the forefront with chocolate flavors building; bitterness builds, after the swallow, from both the hops and the roasty elements

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Beachwood is a bit under the radar but those who know the brewery and its craft know that this beer should be among the whales

Thanks, fthegiants, for the opportunity

Photo of sillyhed8
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is an excellent stout. The chocolate and coffe aromas are mind blowing! I will be dreaming of the next time I have another glass in front of me.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

20 oz bottle poured into tulip for #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood in Seal Beach. Black opaque body with a light brown head that settles to a thin layer. Occasional lacing. Aroma is espresso, roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and dark fruits. Taste starts with moderately bitter coffee and nutty flavors then shows a light malty, chocolate sweetness. Medium-plus body, thick and creamy texture, moderate to soft carbonation, slightly bitter coffee ground finish.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Tovarish from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.