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Tovarish - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing


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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.86%

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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Photo of drmcleod10


4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter/stout glass. Enjoyed on 4/3

A - Dark as night with a full fingered off white mocha head with decent lacing. Looks more coffee colored than completely opaque

S - Smells like expresso, coffee, dark chocolates, milk chocolates and some bitterness mixed in.

T - Taste is much the same with an explosion of expresso and coffee. The back end fills in with some dark chocolates. Really a well balanced coffee presence

M - Mouthfeel is nearly perfect with a full bodied lightly carbonated creamy mouthfeel. Chewy and delicious

O - This is one of the better coffee stouts that i've had. Up there with Blueprint LSD, Sump and various others

Seek this out if you can as it deserves a higher rating than it has. Think there may have been a few bad bottles out there

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:38:52 | More by drmcleod10
Photo of Stevedore


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber of the 2013 vintage. Picked this up while in LA. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter today, 2/5/2014. We drank this blind alongside Wake'n'Bake and FBS.

App- Viscous, thick dark black body. Minimal carbonation, perhaps a 1-finger dark mocha head that doesn't retain particularly well, although about standard for a RIS. A bit of lacing but not much.

Smell- Rich espresso. Lots of coffee up front. As it warms, I get more milk chocolates and bitter black coffee. Very rich and intense, though not the most complex.

Flavour- Lots and lots of coffee initially, but as it warms up just like the nose, more milk chocolates, baker's chocolates, bitter earthy coffee and some umami comes out to balance out the coffee. Very complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, creamy, perfect carbonation. A sipper. Aftertaste is a bit weak, like the coffee is fading despite being so present in the rest of the body. Would have liked the chocolate flavours in the malts to stand out more in the back-end. But its sort of nitpicking at this point.

Overall- Probably the best non-BA coffee stout I've had so far. This beer deserves more hype than its getting right now as a limited brewery-only coffee stout. Definitely a better beer than Stone Espresso RIS or GD Espresso Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 06:39:02 | More by Stevedore
Photo of maximum12


1.43/5  rDev -67.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks, kind of, to whomever it was that brought this to this weekend's tasting. Never heard of Beachwood nor this beer. 22 oz. bomber sampled out.

Pour is feisty, burgeoning mocha, enough that I wonder what's wrong with the beer. Nose is bat-outta-hell coffee or a metric tons of roast, no telling which - no malt, nothing else. Hmmm.

Tovarish isn't a good beer. Stale Folger's blankets the palate & assaults the senses for no good reason. Whatever else might be going on in the beer, it's covered up by this thin, nasty, cheap, aged coffee taste. Blech. Maybe an ounce plus & I'm headed for the sink.

Scanning the other reviews, I question whether this was even the same beer, or if we had a bad bottle, because it was drain-poured by everyone in the room. Straight-up terrible.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 21:32:40 | More by maximum12
Photo of largadeer


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Andrew.

Pitch black body topped by a finger of tan froth. A ton of mouthwatering espresso on the nose. Sweet and creamy with an earthy, pungent coffee aroma. Coffee is equally strong on the palate, largely earthy and ashy, a slight spicy note beneath. There's a nice chocolate and vanilla backbone with plenty of sharp roasted malt. Silky full body, strong espresso finish. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:22:00 | More by largadeer
Photo of DarthKostrizer


4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bruery Provisions

Look: Black and opaque with a 1/8 inch tan head and zero retention and leaves behind a very nice coating on the glass

Smell: Chocolate and coffee but a bit lacking on the nose

Taste: Chocolate upfront but the winner is mid palate with the great coffee note takes over the back end carries some licorice and dark fruits. Very nice

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation and just a bit sticky

Overall: I really really enjoyed this offering. I truly enjoyed the great coffee note the beer had to offer

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 20:05:35 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of ehammond1

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On Tap

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Deep black throughout with a thin light brown head that leaves spots and spiderwebs of lace down the glass.

A big aroma of roasted malt and sharp, powerful coffee notes.

The flavor follows suit, with huge amounts of roasted malt character and big flavors of coffee and bitter espressos and chocolates. Complete.

A big, thick, viscous, luscious, creamy mouthfeel. The hallmark of this beer.


Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 02:11:03 | More by ehammond1
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and rich espresso and espresso grounds. Taste is of dark roasted malt, espresso, and cocoa powder. There is a nice espresso bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with some really nice rich espresso aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 21:23:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions. A Russian Imperial stout with lots of coffee. Black with a small head. Very lacy. Dark fruit. A tad astringent but otherwise a good representation of the style, even though I am not a coffee fan I enjoyed some of the expresso.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 00:24:28 | More by Sammy
Photo of HopHead84


4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Growler shared by Julian at Strong Ale 2011, thanks! I loved the batch he brewed at Pizza Port Solana Beach so I was excited to try the version made on his system at Beachwood.

A: Black with a big toffee head. Excellent retention and scattered lacing.

S: Bold earthy, nutty coffee with dark chocolate and a little caramel. Smells awesome. Roasted grains meld with cocoa, molasses, and a little dark fruit. The coffee smells fantastic. I get no booze in the aroma.

T: Bitter and earthy up front with a fleeting sweetness that's almost instantaneously drowned out by a strong roasted malt profile with a burnt flair and robust earthy, nutty espresso notes. Dark chocolate is strong throughout, and alcohol is dangerously well hidden. The smooth finish is earthy and lightly bitter, with rich dark chocolate and lingering espresso.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, silky, and smooth, coating the palate. Alcohol warming is evident.

Overall: Excellent. A step up from Tovarish brewed at Pizza Port Solana Beach.

Serving type: growler

12-08-2011 17:03:34 | More by HopHead84
Photo of womencantsail


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Julian for bringing a growler to Strong Ale to share.

Black in color with a small khaki head. Rich espresso notes on the nose along with tons of roasted malt and molasses. A bit of dark, bitter chocolate and some burnt sugar notes. Maybe a touch of vanilla. The flavor has a lot of roast to it which plays well with the coffee. Heavy on the dark chocolate and a subtle earthiness. Moderately sweet from molasses flavors. Full bodied with smooth, medium carbonation.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2011 23:41:43 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BMan1113VR


4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours with a pitch black hue with a brown head. Absolutely incredible lace. A full sheet down the glass as you drink. Intense, and amazing to look at. Aromas are intense with espresso, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and roast. The malt seems a bit bready and biscuit like as well. Really inviting with mild (really mild for how big it is) alcohol. Flavors are great! Chocolate, roast, tons upon tons of espresso, very mild alcohol. Great balance of bitterness, dryness, alcohol, and roast. Somewhat dry on the finish, with some bitter coffee, rich chocolate, molasses, dark fruits. Bitterness (seemingly coffee) lingers. Creamy, velvety and full mouthfeel. Absolutely mouth coating, smooth and mildly warming (although you can really feel the affects of the alcohol on your second glass).

This beer is not "EXTREME" by today’s standards, but its subtlety and balance at this alcohol level (or any alcohol level for that matter) is beyond belief. In a word: exquisite!

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2011 17:42:53 | More by BMan1113VR
Photo of billshmeinke


4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

Pitch black with a finger of beige head. Great lacing. Looks perfect.

Smells of fresh espresso. Bakers chocolate, chocolate fudge, some vanilla. Super rich and lucious nose.

Tastes of coffee, chocolate fudge, vanilla, tar, some oats. Quite roasty, even some resiny hop flavors.

Thick, smooth, great carbonation. Impeccably balanced.

Wow, just wow. Kinda like Speedway or Infamous, but better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2011 02:37:03 | More by billshmeinke
Tovarish from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
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