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8 Buffalo | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Russian Imperial Stout according to the brewer.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 75
Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a tulip, the brew appears black in color with a dark mocha cap that fades to a thin film.

The aroma is pleasant with cocoa, vanilla, caramel, oak and bourbon.

Initial flavors are earthy and meaty then oak, bourbon, roast, earth and char comes into play.

Its medium to lighter in body with modest carbonation. Pretty decent stuff.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 0.25L-draft (8.45 oz.)
Glass: Panama 66 snifter glass
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.50
Purchased: May 13, 2016
Consumed: May 13, 2016
Misc.: N/A

Snuck out from work on a Friday when I saw on BLAH’s Twitter feed that this became available on the day before. Everything I’ve had from Beachwood has been good from what I remember and this one looked like it would be just as good. Hoping for somewhere in the 4.20-4.35 range.

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki tan, rocky head. Very good amount of thick, spotty lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled dark chocolate, smooth bourbon, espresso, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, hints of molasses and Mud Slide. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted dark milk chocolate, dark espresso, caramel, toffee, light butterscotch, oaky bourbon, boozier than the nose, but does not taste 12 pct., wet cocoa, roasty malts, cookie dough and hints of sugary molasses. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Just a very good beer. Not quite great, but very good. Close. (Overall - 4.25)

4.22 | 94 | A-

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Photo of Tommo
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a friend, absolutely blown away. Perfect level of barrel on a wonderfully smooth imperial stout. Amazing integration that drinks really easy for 12%. Glad i got to try this one

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Inky black with a thin khaki head. Big oak and bourbon nose. Tastes of molasses and brown sugar as well. On the sweeter side. Little to no carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer that truly showcases barrel aging.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This really is an incredible beer but only for a bourbon/stout lover. The amount of oak/bourbon flavors that come across not only in the aroma but the flavor as well, is almost too much. I loved it but I can see someone being turned away because it's so dominant. Great looking beer and super smooth but just a bit over the top at times for a BA brew.

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Photo of Absolut
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured on tap 8-9-15 at the Blue Palms Anniversary Party


pours a dark midnight black. no head at all.

smells and taste of oak, molasses, bourbon, malt, and espresso.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to iguenard for sharing the bottle!

Pours dark with a thin mocha head with not much in retention or lacing. Nice nose of roasted malt, espresso, molasses, bourbon. The taste is of roasted malt, char, bourbon with hot alcohol and bittering hops on the finish. Thick and creamy. Not bad!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cookie dough notes that really opo as it warms, with a big bourbon bite on the finish and a boozy fade. A fun beer and big thanks to Kyle. In my opinion, better than both Tovarish and System of a Stout....guess I don't much enjoy the coffee that Beachwood uses?

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, cookie dough, vanilla, char, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is very good beer that has great barrel aged characteristics that work very well with the base beer.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Almost inky. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Really bourbony. Fudgy chocolate. Vanilla. A little licorice.

Taste - More chocolate than the nose. The bourbon kicks in. Sharp woody bourbon. Licorice. Bitter coffee finish. Pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Boozy. Nothing terribly offensive for the style, though.

Overall - Really good stuff. Good barrel and a tasty stout behind it.

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Photo of gregoryG
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was one of the best overall experiences ive had with a beachwood beer. As far as the taste of the beer, the subtle heat comes up first making way for a nice profile of the roasted malt character which gives off sweet flavors of vanilla, chocoalte, and subtle bourbon flavor. the taste finishes with complimentary bitter chocolate taste. The mouthfeel has a good amount of viscosity, feels like what im looking for in a BA imperial stout. One of the better stouts that was put into a barrel IMO.

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8 Buffalo from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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