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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tovarish is a bold Russian imperial stout brewed with a base of British Maris Otter barley and heaping amounts of roasted barley and specialty malts. It’s finished with a touch of blackstrap molasses along with espresso brewed with the finest Arabian Mocha-Java coffee from our friends at Peet’s. Tovarish is remarkably rich and complex. Savor the layers of roast and dark fruits with every sip.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sitzds (318) - - APR 8, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (3199) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2016
bottle shared by a friend. poured a darker black colour with a non lasting tanned head. noseof dark roasted espresso upfront, grinded coffee, roasted malts, dark cacao, but mainly coffee, maybe a bit overwelming, light green pepper notes, veggies, strong roasted taste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1865) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 16, 2016
The beer is black and heavy. It has a smallish light brown head. The liquid shows off some nice viscosity on the walls of the glass. The aroma has deep, rich coffee flavors on top of a roasty, dark chocolate fudge base. Coffee beans, caramel, cocoa powder, light vanilla. Mild hit of booze. Some peppery spice in the mix. The taste has a wonderful balancing strength of coffee and roast bitterness to the caramel and chocolate sweetness. The coffee flavor is full with a touch of brightness and fruit. Big fudge base. Lingering roast and vanilla finish. Big, chewy mouthfeel. It’s not quite full on brownie batter, but it’s close. This is a wonderful coffee imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (2080) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle from trade with Calvin. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma has lots of fresh ground coffee, roasted malts, cocoa powder, weak pepper fruit, quite spicy as well and with some liquorice here also. Nice! The taste has notes of chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, liquorice, cocoa beans, coffee beans and a slight savory end. Awesome stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (2125) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshare 16(ish). Pitch black pour with a dark tan head. Tons of fruity coffee, medium roast, licorice, ash, some tar and some sweet chocolates.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (10579) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 14, 2016
[2/2/16] Draught at Toronado in San Francisco. Black with a light brown head. Big aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Bittersweet flavor with coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, roast, a bit of dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Full-bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (5092) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 6, 2016
22 ounce bottle. Thanks Mike! Pours black with a smallish tan head. Aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate. Taste is strong coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (15953) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2016
Keg at Toronado, SF, 02/02/16. Black topped with a decent tan swirl. Nose is rich espresso, coffee cake, roasted tones, chocolate, dark malt. Taste comprises coffee grinds, coffee cake icing, toasted brown sugar, toffee fudge, light cocoa nibs, roast malt. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a well restrained alcoholic intermission. Mighty fine coffee drool.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (1397) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a medium brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, lots of coffee, dark fruits, pepperish. Taste is roasty, lots of coffee, dry, bitter, chocolate, malt, sweet licorice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (8229) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2016
On tap at Toronado. Pours black with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roasted malt, cocoa, wood. Thick mouth, chewy, dark chocolate, roast, wood, dry finish, very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (3835) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Draft at Toronado. A huge chocolate and rich coffee nose. Dark brown pour. Taste is more coffee forward than anticipated. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty dang good.


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