Onyx
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #661
ABV:
11%
Score:
90
Ranked #15,090
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 6.8%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
48
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Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
90
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Reviews by Halcyondays:
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Halcyondays from California

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours black with a light fizzy off-white head, some lace.

S: Dark chocolate, licorice, very dark malty smell.

T: Heavy sweet roasted malt and dark chocolate, brownie like at times. Expansive flavour.

M: Full-bodied, this is not bashful, everything about this beer is big. Creamy, attacks the palate.

O: Very impressive. Straight up RIS is becoming somewhat of a dying breed lately. A great beer by Beachwood to bring it back.

Dec 31, 2011
More User Reviews:
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evanwoertz from California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jul 02, 2019
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap as part of the Darkside flight at Bruery Provisions. A little sour, a sipper, but good tasting. Big roast aroma. Average mouthfeel, which is below par for a RIS. Somewhat too roasty to be very drinkable. Chocolate, nuts, burnt almond, unusual hopping. Altogether different, but I much preferred their Tovar RIS. Still impressed with Beachwood offerings.

Jan 20, 2012
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drewone from California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Feb 20, 2012
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largadeer from California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 16, 2016
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HopHead84 from California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/21/2012

On tap at Toronado for Beachwood night. 

A: Black as a moonless night. The head is brown and exhibits good retention. Lacing is scattered. 

S: Earthy semisweet chocolate and roasted malt. There's a whisper of coffee and a little cocoa. Licorice accompanies a faint molasses note.

T: Roasted grains meld with dark chocolate and licorice. Molasses is light and bitterness is earthy in character.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky.

Overall: A nice RIS. Recommended.

Jan 22, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing at bu11zeye’s 10,000th rating tasting. I believe it was shared by bman1113vr, but I may be wrong.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a ton of chocolate and roasted malt in it. The flavor is more of the same, with the chocolate and roasted malt complimented by some smoked notes. The beer is fairly sweet overall and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Jul 07, 2012
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brokensail from California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Pours black with a finger of khaki colored head. Heavy on the roasted malts with a strong coffee and licorice note. There is a touch of burnt sugar aroma to it as well. Definitely a bit of molasses and dark chocolate, too. The flavor is similar. Somewhat bitter with all of the roast, molasses, and coffee flavors. A touch of sweetness of licorice and toffee. Some burnt sugar and a little bit of cocoa and dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Jan 22, 2012
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Sellen from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 14, 2020
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ehammond1

3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Black throughout with a small brown head that leaves dots of lacing.

Big aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and some licorice.

The licorice flavors are more prominent in the flavor than they are in the aroma, with the roasted malt and dark chocolate character following next.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good, though Tovarish is significantly better.

Feb 02, 2012
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John11486 from California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Feb 15, 2012
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benzalman from California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 02, 2016
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Rckmo10 from California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Jan 23, 2012
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jlt6116 from California

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 06, 2016
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zestar from California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Jul 03, 2014
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kmanjohnson from California

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 03, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, some acidic coffee flavors, and subtle cocoa. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavors are slightly muddled.

Jan 22, 2012
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Gobzilla from California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 14, 2015
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kjkinsey from Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 27, 2016
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user785335 from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 19, 2015
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spark3148857 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

May 26, 2014
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lballstar from California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Jan 10, 2012
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I tried the Onyx at the brewery. It poured an opaque black with tan head that left some lace. The scent had faint hints of roast. The taste had some sweetness and roast. The Mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Sep 14, 2016
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Nugganooch from California

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the pub – Long Beach, CA
Notes taken from 06/03/14 – Taster from flight

A: Black as coals in the glass and completely opaque with a semi-thick viscous look. Thin capper of mocha cream rests across the top displaying some good retention. A bit of scattered lacing decorates the glass after each sip.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate flourish with some complimenting Espresso coffee. Has a touch of earthiness with some licorice spice underneath. Very mild charcoal roast noted. Smells sweet and dessert like with all the chocolate noted.

T: Taste is a delicious blend of creamy dark chocolate and rich espresso roast. There is a healthy dose of peppery hop bitterness that brings a certain loamy quality to the brew with layers of licorice spice mixed in. I get some caramelized dark fruit and a bit of underlying brown sugar and molasses sweetness without ever cloying up the brew. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden for an Imperial brew at 11% ABV. Very delectable with lots of dark chocolate highlights.

M: Full bodied brew served up in a creamy lush texture. Slightly lower carb with an oily slickness that really coats the palate. Some prickly upper moderate bitterness cuts through the body and lends to a soft drying effort in the finish. Lightly warming alcohol presence. Very balanced overall and never too syrupy.

D: This was the highlight from the flight of tasters. One of the better Non BA stouts I have had in sometime. Good balance in roast with lots of chocolate and a perfectly creamy mouth feel.

Jun 24, 2014
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mindfuldave from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apr 20, 2015
Onyx from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 48 ratings