Tovarish | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BEER88
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 12/17/16 poured into a big snifter! Nice and jet black with a inch of foamy tan head, lacing left behind when consumed. Whoa smell is rich coffee and roasty malts, but mainly espresso! Yeah the taste is definitely the same, roasted coffee beer with a hint of sweetness. The feel is full but not chewy along with a light bitterness in the back from the coffee. Overall I dig it and I am definitely going to buy more! Cheers.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a little head and moderate carbonation evident. Coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and burnt malts. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice coffee stout.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a mocha colored head, head dissipated quick, very little carbonation, no light comes through.

A: Lots of coffee, dark roasted espresso, dark chocolate, char, smoke, roasted malts, not getting any alcohol on the nose, smells promising.

T: Freshly ground dark coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, char, smoke, moderate amount of bitterness like dark coffee and chocolate, espresso lingers and roasted malts linger in the aftertaste, very nice.

M: Full bodied, creamy, smooth, finishes dry.

O: Amazing beer, lots of espresso, dark chocolate, alcohol is well hidden for 11.20% ABV and it's real easy drinking, another winner from Beachwood.

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

Pour at the Modern Times Carnival of Caffeination. Tovarish was definitely overshadowed by all of the hyped beers at the festival, but this one can hold its own against most of them. Really well made; definitely underrated.

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Photo of KevSal
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

red waxed bottle into a perfect stout glass. immediately upon pouring the aroma came through strong

looks great in the glass, comepltely dark with a huge 4 finger head.

aroma was really nice, espresso coffee, chocolate, and nice malty sweetness in the back

taste is tops. layers of rich coffee, chocolate and a real nice base comes thru really good

the mouthfeel is medium thick, medium carb and the abv is well hidden

overall it's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes this work out so well, but i realized that rather than thinking what i like about this beer im thinking about what i didn't like and that's a good sign! it is certantly tasty!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ and Brewery in Long Beach, CA.

This one pours a very dark black, with a off white head, about one inch, and lots of lacing.

It smells like super rich coffee, roasty with very creamy and sweet chocolate, with light smoke, and charred malt.

This is medium bodied, with a very creamy and rich mouthfeel.

This just about nails the style. A near perfect coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean, rich, deep dark brown to black with a creamy looking tan head that has legs when you tilt it! Smells of espresso, tons of roasted barley, and dark bakers chocolate. Tastes of espresso, roasted malt, some spiciness almost as if from peppers, chocolate, and some dark fruit sweetness. Feels smooth, creamy, a little spicy, a bit prickly even, and ends dry. Overall, this is a great espresso induced RIS, but the look and aroma were the biggest highlights for me. Cheers!

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a very thin, light brown head that disappears very quickly. Had the 2016 edition on draft at Beachwood last weekend, and it was as excellent as the previous versions I've tried out.

On the nose, you get roasted coffee and chocolate everywhere, and that's carried on through to the taste. For the ABV and aggressive flavors involved, it's an incredibly smooth and easy drink. There's a slight bite at the back-end, but it's only to remind you of the excellently bitter flavors of the beer. Mouthfeel's warm and moderately carbonated. This goes down far too easily for what it is.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Black in color.

Roasted malts. Lots of caramel. Chocolate and coffee. Rich and creamy. Very malty.

Medium to full bodied. Ends sweet and roasted.

Solid coffee stout. Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bruery 8th Anniversary celebration on 05/14/16.

Thick texture with roasted dark malt and a dominant black coffee presence. An outstanding coffee stout.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was really nice. Tons of roast espresso on the nose and a really nice creamy mouthfeel. This one really thickened up as it warmed and the complexity of the espresso really came through.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Spieglau stout glass.

Beer is completely opaque black with a light tan head.

The aroma is astringent roast malt with coffee and chocolate.

Taste is a lot more smooth than the aroma. Imperial milk chocolate stout at the start followed by bitter malt coffee roast flavor.

Deliciously complex.

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Photo of cvm4
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #4 - Bottled on Dec. 14, 2015

L - Pours a pitch black body with a faint half finger dark khaki colored head. The head really has no retention nor does it leave much lacing.

S - Oh man, the nose on this is just pure cold brewed coffee that dominates. Sweet fudge and dark chocolate peak through with roasted malts.

T - Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts all around. Bitter coffee hits you at the ending. Not a really sweet beer here.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Was really wanting a fuller body here. Body is smooth and it has a dry ending.

O - Really such a coffee forward beer. If cold brewed coffee was a beer, this would be it.

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Photo of Myotus
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 50°F from a 22oz bottle (bottled on 14Dec15) into a snifter. Consumed on 28Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a half fingers of light brown (not quite khaki) foam that shrivels into a line of foam within 35 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. There are no visible rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of sweet coffee entangle with strong aromas of bitter roasted malts (bitterness intensity 3/5), mild aromas of vanilla and sweet chocolate along with hints of molasses, smoked goodness, and wood.
TASTE: Very strong bittersweet coffee flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by strong bitter roasted malt (bitterness intensity 4/5) flavors. Mild flavors of vanilla and smoked goodness continue the taste profile. Subtle sweet chocolate and hints of wood enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down incredibly smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild, but pleasant dryness. A strong and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: I never thought that I could like a beer full of such roastiness. Not very sweet, either. These guys did an amazing job on this.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.... this is one of the most coffee forward beer I have ever tasted. I personally love espresso and strong cold brew. This tastes like more like a cold brew with a cube of brown sugar. So impressive. Love the mouth feel too.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aged two years, and thanks to Joepeter for sharing! On to the beer:

There's room for one more imperial stout. Tovarish comes out as a being a little drier, more roasty stout thanks to the addition of espresso. It also hides its alcohol content very well, so credit both the aging process and Beachwood for making that possible.

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Photo of dfillius
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 2013 vintage on 1/5/2014
A: Pitch black liquid. Brown head with great head retention
S: Intense coffee, some banana, some alcohol as it warms.
T: Nicely bitter, strong coffee flavor! Very nice. Sweet and chocolatey.
M: Very bitter from the coffee though finishes sweet.
O: Mmmmmm. Delicious.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Batch 2

Rich and tarry, scorched molasses, and very bitter coffee that at times shows very acrid and overly roasted and carries a heavy body..wanted to really like this but it's unrelenting, unbalanced, and underwhelming.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

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

Smell - Fudge and coffee. Simple, but nice.

Taste - Really rich coffee. Dark chocolate. The coffee flavor gets sharper in the back end. Coffee bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Exceptional coffee stout. Always impressed by Beachwood.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

A gargantuan brew to say the least. A malt bomb with an espresso wrap, the roasted character is nothing for the faint of palate, as it dominates for the most part. Clearly a sipper and certainly a brew you’d want to share due to its size.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 11.2%
AVAILABILITY: Winter Seasonal

LOOK: Pitch black; thick brown head

SMELL: Brown bread, spent coffee grounds, burnt sugar, black currants, molasses

TASTE: Sweet, full bodied, very creamy, bitter espresso, charcoal, molasses, roasted grain, balanced hopping, warming, burnt raisins, mild broth, spicy alcohol; roasty, bitter, semisweet finish

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Photo of keags_beer
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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 !!

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of sillyhed8
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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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