Tovarish | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States
beachwoodbbq.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by billshmeinke on 12-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#824
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
248
pDev:
8.1%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
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73
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52
Trade:
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4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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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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.

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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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 t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On Tap

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Deep black throughout with a thin light brown head that leaves spots and spiderwebs of lace down the glass.

A big aroma of roasted malt and sharp, powerful coffee notes.

The flavor follows suit, with huge amounts of roasted malt character and big flavors of coffee and bitter espressos and chocolates. Complete.

A big, thick, viscous, luscious, creamy mouthfeel. The hallmark of this beer.

Delicious.

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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of WickedBeer
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions. A Russian Imperial stout with lots of coffee. Black with a small head. Very lacy. Dark fruit. A tad astringent but otherwise a good representation of the style, even though I am not a coffee fan I enjoyed some of the expresso.

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Photo of Roguer
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Tovarish from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 248 ratings