Tunguska - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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Reviews by Mcculler:
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured at Tellers of Hyde Park in Cincinnati, an intense, light absorbing, bowling ball black - no highlights - under a relatively thin tan head that sticks around.
Smells of root beer - good root beer with all the complexity (mint, licorice, sassafras, etc. that implies) - and chocolate.
Tastes of root beer and chocolate.
Nice and creamy in the mouth and ultimately so pleasant to drink its actually a quaffable 11 percent abv imperial stout.
Damn - I keep saying Ive stopped enjoying Imperial Stouts, and then I taste something like this or Boris ... Surprising .. a really nice beer
12-02-2010 03:02:10 | More by Mcculler
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev +4.4%
Bottle purchased 7/2011
A - Pours black with half a finger of tan head. Head has decent retention. No real lacing to speak of, but normal for the abv.
S - Huge chocolate aroma to start off the aroma, with some dark fruits, roasted malt and faint coffee. Aroma has some sweetness to it, but it isn't overwhelming. Nice.
T - Similar to aroma, chocolate is really the star here, mostly dark chocolate with a bit of sweet chocolate. The roasted malt brings a nice balancing bitterness to the taste, which is slightly sweet overall. Some nice dark dried fruit flavors.
M - Full mouthfeel that is initially sticky/sweet, but has enough bitterness later to prevent the sweetness from becoming too much.
O - This is a very tasty imperial stout, and a good value at $5.99 a bomber. A little too sweet to be superb, but definitely something I would have again.
10-20-2012 01:56:45 | More by warnerry
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a very deep brown with a rather impressive head.
S: The smell is very roasty, with hints of extremely dark chocolate. Noting too intricate as far as stouts go.
T: The taste follows suit. Roasted malt, almost as roasty as a porter. Lacking of the intense explosion of coffee and chocolate like the label says.
MF: The mouth feel is almost right on for a stout. I'm really enjoying how full the body is, and the carbonation is just right to give the feel it's smooth creamy quality.
D: Above average for a stout, the drinkability is good.
Over all, Tunguska is an excellent stout to pick up just to have. I do enjoy it's simplicity. This would be a good baseline to base your ratings for other stouts off of. I'd like to thank strikertown for sending this rare regional out!
08-04-2010 00:05:34 | More by TKEbeerman
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
Pitch black body appears completely opaque with a deep tan head...forms thick with fine even lacing... Aromatics offer up deep cocoa notes and dark coffee notes along with dark roasted malt tones. Flavor has dark cocoa notes with hitns of soy sauce dark chocolate malts flooding the palate. A very heavy dark malted chocolate ball expression with each sip exitsted with my initial sip. That trend continues a very dessert like chocolate note exists, wih every sip. Full bodied chocolate malts express fully with an even bodied carbonation level even if it feels full to the level of expression where you totally enjoy it all. Drinkability overall is awesome brew that I want to enjoy over and over again, great big dark brew that will live on through flavor and flavor alone.
04-29-2011 20:30:06 | More by WVbeergeek
2.9/5 rDev -28.4%
Pours a dark coal black with barely a quarter inch of brown head. The aroma is non-descript with only a slight malty character. The taste is initially of choclate malt, but has a terrible booziness to the aftertaste that gives it a very unfinished feel. This beer might benefit from some aging. The booziness and unpleasant aftertaste make it painful to finish the bomber. This is probably one of my least favorite imperial stouts.
07-25-2010 00:45:53 | More by degerbah
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
01-07-2013 11:48:28 | More by Brenden
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
Big thanks to Chris for this bottle!
A: Pours an oily black color with a small mocha colored head on top. Reduces to a ring around the top. Nice rings of lacing along the glass.
S: Nice, deep aroma of dark chocolate, some caramel, and brown sugar. Slightly sweet as well, with a little bit of an oat aroma.
T: More chocolate on the flavor profile, some sweet oat flavor combined with some lightly roasted malt. Very faint dark fruits add a bit of depth as well.
M: Medium bodied, extremely smooth, with moderate carbonation. No sign of the 10.8% at all.
O: Impressed with this beer, easy drinking and smooth. Great beer to sip during the game!
01-22-2012 20:49:45 | More by mdaschaf
3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
Bottle courtesy of roymunson - thanks! Pours pitch black with a mocha head and great retention and lacing considering the abv. Smells like earthy hops, chocolate, roasted malts, slight brine odor. Taste is similar to smell, coffee, bitter roasted malts, some earthy hop flavors, a bit of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a light/medium carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, but a bit boozey.
12-16-2010 02:06:33 | More by nkersten
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
complex, a reddish brown appearance and lacy. Big bitter. Coconut from the barrel,. An IPA 60 level of hoppiness. Interesting characteristics that do not come together to offer good drinkability. Bourbon does not pull it together. Good roasty aroma. A little disappointed.
02-26-2012 06:02:27 | More by Sammy
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
Huge thanks to Jack for sending me just so I could try and review it. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Blue Point Snifter.
A: Standard pour yields a 2 finger semi-fine light brown head with decent retention. Beer is as the label claims: black as oil. Lacing is stringy and spotty and with good cling.
S: Nose is deep and aromatic. Espresso, sweet soy sauce, and a bit of raisins and prunes in the background. Everything is tied together nicely by a hoppy background.
T: Smoky and burnt malt upfront with an unmistakable alcoholic heat. I feel all 10.8% of this one. A second sip reveals sweet dried dark fruits in the background along with a smooth hop backbone. Good balance here between some rather bold flavors. Ends with a bit of licquorice and chocolate tapering out to a finish of burn malt sour and bitterness. Slight presence of hop bitterness in the aftertaste that lingers and coats the mouth.
M: Medium bodied with little to no carbonation and very smooth in the mouth and going down. A bit hot for my tastes but considering the high ABV, well executed. Finish is messy and aftertaste lingers and coats the palate.
D: Definitely one of the better "hoppy imperial stouts" that I've come across. The body is a bit thin and the beer is quite hot. However, the flavors here are very well balanced and complement each other well throughout the experience. Its also super smooth considering the heat. I definitely wouldn't mind having this one again. Try it if you get a chance. An under-the-radar stout for sure.
07-09-2010 18:20:55 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.21/5 rDev +4%
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.
01-13-2013 04:02:46 | More by prototypic
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
A: Very deep brown, that sits black with a mocha colored head about an inch thick and holds well. there is a a touch a lacing as well but overall it is not great
S: Very roasty with touches of bitter and sweet chocolate. Some plume notes and a touch of smokiness and a mild hop presence as well
T: Heavily roasty and bitter but the bitterness is kind of overpowered by dark fruit notes that are slightly tart.
M: Slightly chalky, yet thick, it is a little cloyingly sweet but not terrible
D: A pint is fine but the chalkiness and fruitiness threw me off on this one
07-22-2010 00:16:35 | More by mikey711
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A strong pour releases a mammoth 3-finger mocha-colored head that sticks around for the majority of this beer's short life inside my glass. The body is almost perfectly black with no traces of color when held to light. Lacing is thick and well-coating.
Caramel jumps out with dark malts and mocha also in the nose. The aromas are certainly delicious but disappointingly dull. If the aromas were bolder, this could potentially be the tastiest-smelling beer I have ever been witness to.
Dark malts combine with chocolate and coffee to create a typical Imperial Stout flavor. But there is more, as a dark fruit sweetness is also present. Black cherries help to pull this beer from the mundane to the intriguing. A slight alcohol warmth is also detected at the very back of the throat after each sip.
Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer coats your mouth well but isn't too sticky. It is dangerously close to syrupy, but keeps the drinkability.
04-27-2011 06:11:27 | More by output01x
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is very strong, the brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some charred/burnt malt and a little bit of licorice. There's also a good roasty bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and the alcohol isn't very noticable either, which helps makes this easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd definitely buy this again.
09-02-2010 22:21:41 | More by bluejacket74
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
A: Dark brown as as I pour it. In the glass it is black with an amazing head. Creamy, fluffy, and resilient, this beer looks awesome.
S: Dark chocolate. Malty with hints of brown sugar. Perhaps a hint of licorice in there as well. Smells like a chocolate, coffee, malt milkshake.
T: Chocolate and coffee fill the flavor profile, with an excellent roasty finish. There is a very nice bitter note in the finish that really turns your head, but is not overpowering. The booze is very well hidden.
M: It feels fairly thin for the style, which makes it seem a little more quaffable. Dangerous at this ABV. There is a certain softness to the feel of it that I really enjoy.
D: I really enjoy this beer. Well rounded, well balanced between bitter and malty. Looks great, tastes great, and smells great. This is my first beer from the brew kettle, but based on this brew, it certainly won't be the last.
07-01-2010 00:12:29 | More by Beejay
3.48/5 rDev -14.1%
22 oz bomber courtesy of kirok. Pours pretty much black with only a few reddish highlights at the edges. Nice, rich and dense brown head sticks around well enough and nice lacing.
Nose is plentiful cocoa powder and sweet chocolate. Some raspberry fruitiness comes out and tropical alcohol makes the scorecard as well.
Raspberry jam meets melted bakers chocolate with a few shots of whipped cream vodka dropped in. Roastiness is there, but more of a background flavor. Not much in the way of hops but the beer still finishes rather dry from the big alcohol. Its ok, but not very well integrated. Mouthfeel is average at best, leaning a little thin. Seems like with a few tweaks this could be quite good. Ive had a few BK offerings and this one falls about in the middle.
01-28-2012 01:31:58 | More by twiggamortis420
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Poured into a snifter.
Pours a inky, oily, black with a thin mocha head that drops fairly quickly. Evidence of some lacing.
Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol.
First sip is of dark fruits (prunes, figs, dark raisins), licorise, very sweet, candied oranges, and an alcohol bite. No hop flavor or aroma to speak of. Finish is long with brandied prunes.
Mouthfeel is huge, chewy, roasted flavors coat the mouth.
Good drinkability. One of the better Brew Kettle brews that I've tried so far.
02-13-2011 04:43:52 | More by JamnesCameron
4.05/5 rDev 0%
reviewed from notes taken on 9.16.11. thanks to Bogforce for this one!
A - pitch black with thin, light brown head that faded to a wisp rather quickly; this one looks pretty serious
S - chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee
T - follows nose with strong roasty, coffee, and chocolate notes with some dark fruit as well (the label suggests just so and it seems pretty accurate); alcohol is hidden pretty well just some warming toward end
M - nice, active carbonation on a thick, stout body; light, bitter aftertaste
O - for a big stout this is very drinkable as a sipper; striking and bold flavors and a heavy body; would recommend and would try again for sure
02-26-2012 07:50:27 | More by cwguy5
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Thanks to exitmusic00 for bringing this over. Served in a Founders snifter.
A- It says black as oil on the label, and that is pretty spot on with a pitch black body and a dark brown highlight below the two finger head. Leaves some small lines of lacing behind.
S- Smells like a chocolate coffee infused brownie with dark chocolate, espresso beans, vanilla, cream, gram crackers and roasted malt. There is also some dark fruit present with fig, plum and some black cherries. Very complex and appealing aroma.
T- Plenty of dark chocolate with some coffee, gram cracker, vanilla and roasted malt. There is some subtle dark fruit, but not nearly as strong as suggested by the aroma.
M- Medium carbonation and body. A nice syrupy mouthfeel that is a bit boozy, but still drinks like a 6-7% than the 10.8.
O- This was priced as a 5.99 bomber and if this was available in Chicago, I would buy this in a heartbeat. The aroma was my favorite attribute and constantly developed as it warmed up. Of course the taste did not live up to the aroma, but this was a great beer from a brewery that should get some more spotlight. Thanks again for this Matt!
09-26-2011 00:57:33 | More by iadler
Tunguska from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.