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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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. Its finished with a touch of blackstrap molasses along with espresso brewed with the finest Arabian Mocha-Java coffee from our friends at Peets. 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (2977) - Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2017
Draft at Phantom Carriage. Black with a dark tan head. Dark espresso roast. Bitter dark chocolate. Cold hot cocoa. Tasty stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (5839) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown. Aroma and flavor are chocolate, coffee, caramel, boozy molasses notes, faint dark fruit, and some earthy espresso character. Full body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7940) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2017
22. Thanks, uhhh...N? Think so. Pours an opaque matte black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that sticks around. Big forward dark chocolate, caramel, and molasses on the nose. Creamy thick body with moderate carb. Caramel, molasses, and dark chocolate on the mid palate, plus coffee. Long sweet finish (without being cloying). Beautifully done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (16949) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2017
Dark brown. Thin medium brown head. Has a whole lot of coffee on the nose, with some chocolate. On the palate, soft with a little bit of sweetness. Nice milk chocolate, and then the espresso beans kick in. They lend a strong coffee note, almost vegetal, and again sweet chocolate. A touch of alcohol in the finish, too. Not super complex, but all the notes it hits are good ones.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (16597) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2017
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out loads of espresso upfront, followed by roasted malt, and even more coffee. Flavour is rich, with loads of espresso upfront, followed by rich roasted malt. The coffee sure is pristine and complex. Wonderful stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (8684) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle bought in San Diego 3 weeks ago. Black with a tan head. Quite a lot of espresso both in the aroma and taste. Also dark chocolate and molasses. The body was almost full and the finish long. A nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirLimpsalot (4053) - SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2017
@Eddan 17-2-25 : trevlig ton av torr ocj stark kaffe. Eftersmak av choklad riktigt. Gott

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (1046) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2017
Poured from the tap (2016 version). Pitch black with tan head. Aroma is very coffee forward. Taste blends the coffee with nice dark chocolate and notes of mild ash throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer_queue (136) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2017
Bottled 12/12/16. Standard version; red wax (Portola Coffee Lab). Aromas dominated by espresso roast followed by smoky coffee beans & malts. Flavors start with a hit of intense dark roast coffeesmoky & slightly acidic. Middle features some caramel & molasses. Finishes with an ashy, burnt malt note and some lingering caramel sweetness. The coffee & malts create an extra dark chocolate note once it warms up. A lot of booze as it nears room temp. Thick, full texture and little carbonation. Dry as hell at the end as youd expect from an espresso RIS. At $16 a bomber, its a bit overpriced but still a very good example of the style. I also think Portola fucking sucks, so blame me for the slightly lower score.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (5633) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2017 (En ft BLAH): Une chair de poivron piquante, de lespresso finement aiguis, du chocolat noir et un aspect fruit bien calibr. Trs bon avec une base riche mais jamais encombrante. *Encore plus chocolat noir et mieux peaufin en bouteille.


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