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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a foamy tan head and spotty lacing. Nose is coffee, dark chocolate, toffee and prune. Creamy almost full body with a sharp tang. Taste is big coffee, molasses, tobacco and bitter licorice. Perfect for the coldest night in the last two years. Nastrovya!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4772) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2014
Pitch black, deep khaki head. Molasses, syrup, coffee, chocolate, fudge and sweet. Chewy palate, coffee, chocolate, syrup, chewy finish, hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sitzds (280) - - APR 8, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1650) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
HMOG 2014. This is the first of this brewery for me and this brew was never on my radar. One of the surprise highlights of the day. Thick black pour. Then the bombastic coffee just takes over. One of the biggest coffee components to a beer that I have ever had. And that is a complement in my book. Some may think over the top, but the bold, rich dark coffee with just a medium sweetness is something that resonated with me. Lovely in an aggressive way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (2613) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle (22 oz). Shared by AdamJackson, thanks! Pitch black with a medium brown head that leave nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by espresso... a tad harsh at first, but it then open and became enjoyable... there’s also caramel, dark chocolate and molasses. Taste is also dominated by coffee (a little less than aroma, but it’s still the main component by far) along dark chocolate, caramel and liquorice. Bitter coffee finish. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Big bubbles. A tad harsh and very coffee forward, but not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2343) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Thanks DontDrinkBeer for sending this over. Split 3 ways in Quebec with some friends at room temp.

A - Poured a 2 finger creamy milk chocolate head with big ’ol bubbles. Fades very slowly to some sticky lacing. Pitch black

S - Nose is big roasted day-old espresso. sort of a raw element to this one. chocolate, cocoa, espresso and licorice.

T - Insanely coffee forward. A lot of coffee like raw espresso beans just chewing on them by the handful with little bits of dates, chocolate, licorice and sweet cheap jelly beans in an assortment of dark flavors.

M - Oily, thick almost no sweetness

O - This beer just blows away your palate with coffee and fruits. It’s so freaking coffee forward that I honestly would rather just make espresso.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metallion66 (104) - - FEB 21, 2014
Excellent big, thick, robust brew with a creamy tan head. Aroma is of coffee primarily with a taste that follows through. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2014
22 oz. bottle shared by GT2- thanks again, GT! Pours a deep brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a ton of espresso, with backing chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits. Flavor of coffee, chocolate, roasted and toasted malts, burnt sugar, and some dark fruits. Medium-bodied, with a roasty mouthfeel and moderate to medium carbonation. Nice, very coffee-forward imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle at RBWG Room 411 Aloft Tasting. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of fresh espresso, coffee bean, roast chocolate and vanilla. Touch of molasses. Full bodied. Delicious. One of the top 10 from the weekend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (6481) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle share by GT, thanks! Pours black with an earthy brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a nice coffee note that is supported by dark grains, roasted malts and a hint of dark fruits. Flavor has rich coffee that matches nicely with dark chocolate, dark grains and a hint of dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (1980) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle at aLoft courtesy of GT2. Pours a orange color with white head. Black coffee, bitter, malty aromas and flavors.

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