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Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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From:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
 
California, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #77
ABV:
11.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,205
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 8.1%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
216
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 14, 2022
Added:
Dec 01, 2011
Wants:
  72
Gots:
  50
SCORE
96
World-Class
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Reviewed by Absolut from California

4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank.

A delightful beer. Full of espresso, dark toasty goodness and dark chocolate.

A prime example of the style. Extremely well done.
May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.32 by Mikexw from New York

Jun 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Feb 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.39 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Feb 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.33 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Oct 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by cd34 from Illinois

Oct 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by izzyismyrott from Indiana

Jul 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.7 by kdown from California

May 13, 2018
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.2 by BarrelAgedG from California

Apr 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by FBarber from Illinois

Mar 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.19 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Mar 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by krome from Illinois

Mar 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.36 by spark3148857 from Ohio

Feb 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Feb 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Jan 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.23 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Jan 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by pkalix from California

Jan 07, 2018
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.06 by Bowers-Brew from Illinois

Nov 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Sep 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.08 by jaydoc from Kansas

Sep 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by eldoctorador from Chile

Aug 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.23 by mig100 from Texas

Jul 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.28 by avas from New York

Jun 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.46 by Frosty11161 from California

Jun 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by Brian29 from Ohio

May 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.28 by mrcraft from California

May 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.18 by Raziel313 from California

May 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by dleiner from New York

May 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.11 by elemenohpee1 from California

May 04, 2017
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Reviewed by BEER88 from North Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Reviewed by mdfb79 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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
 
Rated: 4 by vfgccp from New York

Mar 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Feb 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Brolo75 from California

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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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