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Tunguska - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 24
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nrbw23 on 06-13-2010)
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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Dark brown, near black body with a soapy tan head. Chocolate, molasses, roast. Hints I coffee. Oily and viscous feel. A touch of smoke. Pretty good.

Huhzubendah, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

brycevolk, Aug 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Foss1nj, Jul 27, 2014
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jonandhisflask, Jun 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

DangerDawg, May 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

masterofsparks, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

wisrarebeer, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Kegatron, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Adamostella, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

imperialking, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

HeyYoMar, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

JoshuaWagy, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

djtomain, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bigbluebeerguy, Jul 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

vande, Jun 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

mjw1200, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

akttr, Mar 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jsurfs82, Mar 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

sixerofelixir, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Stinger80OH, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of SerialHiker
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black as oil as promised…a dark khaki head that settles in about a finger width thickness…(4/5)

Smell: Strong chocolate notes blended with oatmeal and malt…chocolate is dominate throughout…really not overly eventful unless you like huffing coco essence…(3.25/5)

Taste: Coffee and chocolate flavors explode as soon as they hit my tongue…oatmeal malt and hops are the underbelly as expected…robust all around leaving very little room for bitterness…apparent it’s a higher alcohol content beer…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Fluffs right up, creating a milk chocolate clouds that lingers…oatmeal and malt flavors consume back of my tongue…one drink lasts a while, but it’s hard to cover the alcohol taste…(4/5)

Overall: The flavor is fantastic, chocolate and coffee notes blend fantastically with the malt and hops…the carbonation makes a cotton candy like fluff that is very flavorful…I recognize that it’s an imperial stout, but the alcohol is a bit too dominant…it could be toned down a bit and that would create a more balanced, flavorful beer…(3.75/5)

SerialHiker, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of prototypic
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tunguska pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s not quite “black as oil,” but it is dark. A bit of light does cut through and reveals some burgundy highlights at the edges. Nevertheless, it is a nice color. A soft tan head tops it. It rises to about a finger and a half in height before falling back. Lacing was a little sticky, but on the lighter side.

The nose is a little light on aromatics, but it does smell good. It starts out with a nice mix of roasted and chocolate malts. They seem to be present in roughly equal proportions. Roasted coffee follows. It smells relatively strong and blends well with the malt base. There is a bit of dark fruit, but it smells secondary. I’m getting some plum or raisin. It’s a nice touch and adds some quality depth. Alcohol is there, but really doesn’t smell all that strong. Not 10.8% territory anyway.

The flavor is pretty impressive. The malt base is a blend of roasted and chocolate varieties. The roasted flavor comes through nice and strong. Bittersweet dark chocolate complements it well and tastes really nice. Roasted coffee is nice and strong. As a coffee fan, that works well for me. It blends well with the malt base and adds a lot to the overall flavor. Dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin emerge late. They’re secondary, but definitely add something positive. Alcohol is there, but surprisingly, isn’t warm or hot. Finishes roasty and chocolaty.

Tunguska has a heavier body. It’s definitely viscous. Carbonation is light and soft. It’s very silky and smooth. For such a big beer, it’s very drinkable. I anticipated much more trouble with this bomber.

Tunguska is an impressive release from The Brew Kettle. It’s a nice American/Double Stout that’s relatively complex and very tasty. It’s deceptive for such a big beer though. It drinks far smaller than its 10.8% abv. Very good stuff. Easy recommendation.

prototypic, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite black as oil, but it does in fact look more like motor oil than it would if it was black, pouring a thick, viscous dark brown. A tan head forms and, while a bit on the wispier side, maintains what it's got (about 1/2 to 3/4 of a finger) for the entirety. Lacing is a bit leggy with some spotting as well.
The bigness of this beer pours out of the bottle as soon as it's opened. This is definitely a strong beer worthy of a beer geek's expectation of an RIS, as the roast is prominent but doesn't dominate so much that plenty of other aromas and flavors don't come out with it. There's a big complementary note of plum and perhaps raspberries along with a toffee and caramel sweetness, but far from cloying or overly sweet as bitterness from char stays alongside it. Some baker's chocolate and the impression of coffee. Stick with it and some anise-like notes, not as evident as in a proper doppelbock, do make an impression.
The feel is right, big (make that huge), inky, thick and viscous without being any more cloying than the flavor on the tongue. This is a big-bodied beer, as it ought to be, though there's enough smoothness and liveliness to make it good without crossing to special.

Brenden, Jan 07, 2013
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Tunguska from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
90 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.