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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +0.9%
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 +0.2%
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 +5.7%
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 +0.7%
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 -0.2%
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 +7.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +7.1%
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%
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 +0.7%
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%
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 +6.6%
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 +17.9%
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 +4.7%
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 +17.9%
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 -10.4%
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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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap for Beachwood L.B.'s 3rd Anniversary event. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours asphalt black with a 1/4-inch thick dark mocha head which fades to a thin cap and yields spotty lace.

N: Amped up roasted coffee/espresso, earthy and spicy.

T: Follows nose with a powerfully coffee forward roasty note, dark chocolate, slightly sweet and bitter.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Finishes roasty, rich, deeply layered coffee.

O: A sipper and thinker. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

awesome extra from cselby. enjoyed from an oversized 22oz TB batch 2 snifter

a - brew pours black with thin with nice head.
s - nose is espreso city. nice roast, great chocolate...really appetizing.
t/m - super smooth feel...milky stout with espreso. so desserty. so good.
o - overall, really pleasant surprise. great stout with great espreso notes. worth checking out.

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Photo of IKR
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage
Sampled in Bruery Tulip Glass

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a fair-sized medium beige head. nice looker.

Smell: Upfront coffee with some moderate dark chocolate notes.

Taste: Coffee, unsweetened baker's chocolate and some roasted malt notes. The beer finishes with the coffee notes, and some mild hop and roasted malt notes. The alcohol presence is very subtle for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with the perfect level of carbonation for the style (for my taste).

Overall: Even though this has been cellared (51F) for a few months the coffee still takes center stage. The prominent coffee, the good mouth-feel and the coffee nose work well for my tastes.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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

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Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of maximum12
1.5/5  rDev -64.6%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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