Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #58
Ranked #984
4.33 | pDev: 8.08%
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States
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RyanK252 from California

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours nearly black with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasty, spicy coffee, herbal pine, earthy, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of smoke, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty, strong hit of espresso, peppery spicy, earthy, slightly herbal, faint smoke, dark bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, mild to moderate carbonation, nice creaminess, alcohol is completely hidden.

O: You can tell this bottle's got a little age on it from the way the coffee has evolved, but it's still very enjoyable. Nicely balanced, the flavor gets deeper as it warms.

Jan 23, 2020
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge coffee, milk chocolate, creamy, light roast, very well balanced, vanilla

One of the best non BA coffee stouts

On tap at Toronado in San Diego!!

Jan 20, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Clear skinny half pint glass
From: Hoffer’s Cigar Bar in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $7
Purchased: March 23, 2018
Consumed: March 23, 2018
Reviewed as: Russian Imperial Stout
Misc.: Part of a Beachwood tap takeover.

Had this at Hoffer’s as part of a four half-pour review day. Beachwood was one of my favorites and was looking forward to trying this one, which I had seen many times in beer stores and a few times on tap. Had never quite pulled the trigger though. Untappd description read, “Russian Imperial Espresso Stout made with Elida coffee from Portola Coffee Labs.” OK, let’s go.

Poured a dark brown-to-very dark color with one finger of khaki frothy head. No noticeable bubbles coming up, although it was dark at Hoffer’s. Decent watery lacing. Good spotty retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled toasted coffee malts, toffee, dark chocolate syrup, semi-char wood, molasses, licorice, anise and cocoa. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted roasty coffee malts, dark chocolate syrup, semi-char wood, molasses, toffee, dark fruit and cacao. (Taste - 4.50)

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

This was just a lovely beer. Would like to have this again and would like to have a bourbon barrel-aged version if they have one. (Overall - 4.50)

4.40 | 98 | A

Apr 10, 2018
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nutty brown color, relatively light on the pour for an RIS. Head production and retention are modest.

Nose heavily features rich coffee tones, although there is some stout hiding in the background. Espresso, chocolate, vanilla, red grapes, and dark fruit. Inviting and deeply warm.

Flavor is a touch more balanced, although it still heavily favors coffee. Molasses, espresso, chocolate, roast; very little char or ash; not particularly bitter; sweet but not overly so.

Thick, creamy feel; far too smooth than an 11.2% ABV brew should be.

This is a very solid and incredibly drinkable imperial coffee stout. It's an absolute pleasure to drink.

Jan 12, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I imagine this is what Raul would be drinking when it’s all snowy outside and Raul is cozying up with the Czarina - perfection. Just rich and all luscious like Queen Christina would die for. Can I take another sip? I think I shall.

Jan 06, 2018
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BEER88 from Washington

4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Apr 19, 2017
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mdfb79 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Mar 25, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Feb 17, 2017
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Feb 14, 2017
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KevSal from California

4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Feb 11, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Jan 20, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Jan 20, 2017
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JohnCassillo from California

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Jan 19, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Jul 06, 2016
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Furlinator from California

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

May 16, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

May 02, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Apr 01, 2016
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Mar 11, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Feb 29, 2016
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sukwonee from Washington

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Feb 28, 2016
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Jan 01, 2016
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dfillius from Iowa

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Sep 27, 2015
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Apr 07, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Apr 07, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
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

Mar 08, 2015
Tovarish from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 262 ratings