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Tunguska - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 101
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 31
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: nrbw23 on 06-13-2010

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to drgonzo3705 for this super generous extra.

a - opened and filled my founders sniftery tulip. Solid classic double imperial stout...dark as night and frothy offwhite head. Visible carbonation. Quite attractive.

s - roasty malts, somewhat porter like. Some vanilla but mostly barley like malts. Malt bomb.

t - Wow...SOLID. This is a phenomenal brew. Good amount of roasty malts and a good amount of smoke in there. Chocolate. Excellence.

m - smooth. Oaty. Pretty perfect for the style.

o - overall - ISO more. This was one of the best surprises I've had in a long time. Really fantastic. This beer should be called "Bill & Ted's" since it is so excellent.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of david131
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pitch black, oily liquid with a light mocha head that settles to a thin covering.

S- Smoky coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol. Complex and really intriguing.

T- Same as the aroma but with just a bit of a metallic aspect. Despite of that, it is really tasty and well made. It is a bit old school- in a good way. The more I get into it, the more it reminds me of a blend between a fresh Stone IRS and a FFF DL.

M- Oily but maybe a bit thin. The carbonation is spot on and the alcohol is a bit warm. Just right.

O- A very well made beer. A bit of a supper, which is expected for the style. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Beejay
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of shanblur
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date. Poured from 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

A - Pitch black with a 2 finger tan head which leaves moderate lacing.

S - Roasted malt and dark fruit predominates over chocolate and a subtle coffee aroma.

T - Strong dark fruit flavor with a roasty character. Subtle chocolate.

M - A moderate carbonation and a medium body.

Complex taste of dark fruit. Does not drink like a 10% beer. Very nice.

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Photo of Mcculler
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Vierenner
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fabulous beer ... and from my homestate! Not sure if it's being more widely distributed or if I've just overlooked. Either way, what a great surprise! Purchased at Dorothy Lane Market in Oakwood.
I've been focusing on Imperial Stouts for the last 6 months ... found some winners and some losers. This is certainly a winner, and at a price point which puts it at the top of the value curve.
A: Typical dark color; beautiful, persistent head
S: Subtle sweet aromatics
T: Complex flavors, nicely balanced with a slight hop bite.
M: Smooth!
I will be purchasing again ... perhaps a case!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Black with tan tiny, nice thick 1/2 head, great lacing.

Smell - Malts, smoke, chocolate, coffee, sweet brown sugars, molasses, cocoa, some dark fruits, oat. Has a creamy, cherry aroma also. Doesnt smell like a imp, more like a porter.

Taste - Nice roasty malts along with chocolate and coffee are main flavor. Has a nice, creamy, caramel flavor also. Alcohol does show up at the end but really, this is incredibly smooth and flavorful. Minor dark fruits along with cocoa round the great taste out.

Mouthfeel - Big, thick beer, lots of flavors. Tounge gets the malts, coffee, chocolate, and palette recevies the reminding flavors along with some fruits and alcohol warmth. Aftertaste is fairly smooth and sweet.

Overall - Really nice and tastly, and dangerous at such alcohol % with such drinkabilty. Reminds me alot of hopping frogs boris irs with such a great mix of coffee, chocolate and malts. The price as usual with brew kettle is great at 5.99$ a 22oz. Still would be a great beer @ 10.99$. Excellent, really cant wait to try this barrel aged. Ris fans must give this a shot. Brew kettle does it again.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Bonis
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Probably the blackest stout I've seen. Pours almost black from the bottle to pint glass. Label says "black as oil".... Agreed! Nice finger of dark tan head. Leaves a nice lacing for a stout.

S - Espresso and coffee. A little bitter chocolate. Sweet and lots of roasted malts, almost giving it a slightly smokey smell. Alcohol is there but it smell is very good.

T - First thing I want to note is that I taste very little alcohol, wow, very impressive at almost 11%. It's just an explosion of imperial stout flavors. Intense roasted malts and chocolate. Not as much coffee as I expected but I get a touch with each sip. The bitter smokey finish is nice, and makes for a well balanced brew. Although I don't taste much alcohol, it's there, this beer is warming in the gut. Nice example of an imperial stout overall.

M - You might not realize it's an imperial stout by the feel of this one. Somewhat thin bodied and goes down smooth. Not much carbonation. Nicely done here by the Brew Kettle.

D - Decent for a stout, but you won't see a super drinkable beer at this abv. I like this one a little on the warmer side. Not gonna lie, this is NOT one you want to race to finish. Take it easy or else you'll regret it the next day.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This American Double/Imperial stout might be 'Black as Oil', as seen on the label, but it is not fully opaque. Highlights of scarlet and orange are seen at the bottom edges of the glass, while a tight-bubbled crown of khaki colored foam is seen up top. Extensive sheets of BB-shot lace help the cause.

The nose is roughly equal parts dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans, with very little hoppiness. It's wonderfully aromatic and solid as a rock, which is what all versions of the style should aspire to. My palate should be pleased.

Tunguska delivers the good with loads upon loads of roasted malty style. This is definitely one of The Brew Kettle's better beers... and should only improve as it continues to warm and the flavors have time to show their stuff. Flavor intensity is definitely not an issue and we're only in the upper half of the first glass.

An appealing char suggests that black malt has been added, in addition to a few metric tons of chocolate and roasted. Sweetness is right up there too, though the beer is not over the top in that regard. Specifics include high-cacao dark chocolate, espresso, a generous shot of blackstrap molasses, and hints of vanilla bean. Was honey used?

Thanks, in large part, to a palate-swamping amount of flavor, alcohol is nowhere to be found. Its effects on the central nervous system are another matter. The mouthfeel is huge and oily and heavily silky and clings for all it's worth. Great job here.

The Tunguska explosion, which was felt to be due to the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet, occurred above Russia on June 30, 1908. The Brew Kettle Tunguska explosion occurred (and continues to occur) in my mouth on April 17, 2011. Bottom line: damn good beer that is a steal at only $5.99 per bomber.

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Photo of iadler
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not quite "Black as Oil" but pretty darn close; the rocky tan head fades a bit too quickly but leavea nice patches of lace behind

Smell: A dark fruit-oriented aroma that makes me think of a RIS; plenty of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, as well; hints of licorice and molasses round out the profile

Taste: An alcohol bite, up front, with ensuing prune, caramel and chocolate flavors; by mid-palate, the licorice and molasses elements appear; after the swallow, sweeter flavors develop (perhaps a tad too sweet) though the complete package returns in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: I would like to see the sweetness dialed back just a bit, but this is otherwise a very nice beer; given the flavor profile, I would suggest the style should be categorized as a RIS, particularly given the name and the red star on the label

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of alexsdad06 poured into a tulip.

Pours inky black with a thick tan head that recedes to rocky cap and leaves some light lacing.

Massively roasted black malts, licorice and lots of bittersweet bakers chocolate. There is some espresso and dark fruits on top of that.

Taste is hefty - black malts, molasses and licorice. Thick chocolate flavor and slightly bitter espresso. Lots of burnt toast and oatmeal in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation and very creamy overall.

This is a very drinkable impy stout and I certainly didn't feel the burn of the 10.8% ABV.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter. Pours very dark brown color with a dense 1 finger tan head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some decent lacing is left on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits, and maybe a bit of smoke as well. Nice aromas here, with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and some dark fruits. A small amount of bitterness noticed on the finish that lingers with some spiciness. Big chocolate and roasted flavors linger on the finish as well. Light to medium carbonation and very full bodied. No alcohol on the taste and a decent warming on the finish. Very well hidden for the alcohol level. Very creamy and viscous body. All around great imperial stout! Very well put together.

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Photo of neorunner
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blind Bomber #6 from Round 2 of the Blind BIF thanks to Nate (nlmartin).

Dark brown/black pour with a thin industrial brown head that disperses to a ring of carbonation around the glass. Initial aroma hits are strong malt, dark fruit, and cocoa nibs. Flavor is coffee and chocolate and lactose all swirling together like a rich chocolate beer shake. The tinge at the end seems to be higher on my palate, like bitter chocolate but elevated? I would guess its coffee, but all these blind beers are playing mind games with me. This is screaming milk stout and I'm lovin it. Body is medium and finish is wet with a light lingering bitterness. You love it while its happening but it lets you know it was there.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black in color-nice tight tan head on top. Aroma is on the lower end if the spectrum. Some roasted and choclate malts going on but nothing in great quantities. Big, heavy roasted and dark chcolate flavors dominate. Moderate espresso like quality. Nice grainy taste. Body is very smooth and silky-almost comes of as "thin" for the style. Very drinkable and enjoyable. 10%? Could have fooled me!

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Photo of cwguy5
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sammy, 22oz into a tulip. 60 IBUs.

Black in colour, light tan head that appears quite dense. Sticky lacing and good retention. Nose has some light roast, smoke, gentle fruitiness, licorice and prominent chocolate notes. Taste has more roast, dark fruits, a bit of brown sugar, less licorice. Hopping is evident, and imparts a moderate amount of bitterness. Big body, but the booze is hidden well. A tasty imperial stout and one of the standouts of the evening.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to DonFrap for bringing this one to the tasting this week. Poured into Founders snifter. Bottle split 3-ways.

A- Pours a very dark brown pretty much black, slightly translucent around the sides, but not dark as oil as the description on the bottle says. Not too much carbonation. Pours with about a finger of mocha brown head that fairly quickly recedes. Decent spotted lacing that has good retention.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, some lightly roasted malts. About average aroma strength.

T- Smooth dark chocolate, some coffee, a tiny bit of vanilla and some very light roasted malts in the background. A tiny bit of booze but very well hidden.

M- Smooth, creamy, abv very well hidden for 10.8%, goes down easily, very nice for this high abv.

O- I didn't know too much about this brewery before trying it, but I was very impressed. Definitely not the best stout we had during our mini-stout tasting that we had tonight, but definitely compares to the others. Very well done, very smooth for the abv, and a nice overall pleasant flavor. I would definitely drink this one again.

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Tunguska from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
89 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.