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Onyx | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Halcyondays on 12-31-2011

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Nugganooch:
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of aquazr1
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Hessian257
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of user785335
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ Bruery Provisions

Look: Black and opaque with a 1/8 inch head and zero retention leaves behind a nice milk chocolate colored coating down the glass

Smell: Licorice and chocolate

Taste: Very lacking in the flavor department. The beer is just very malty with no real character to it. There is some chocolate malt licorice and ash present

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation and very sticky

Overall: Having had this one right after Tovarish this one was a complete let down and honestly just very uninteresting

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Photo of Modernrickk
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rckmo10
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beachgrrl
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drew_V_dt
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Yodo
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of PG2G
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Onyx from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 46 ratings
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