Tunguska - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 101
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 5.76%
Wants: 28
Gots: 15 | 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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and deviant to its core, the play off of Russian imperial stout lands in the U.S. to take on a dry and roasty tone that doesn't back off of the strength but promotes a bitter finish to boot.

The Brew Kettle's Tunguska's ominously dark hues are a shade off of black, simmering like bold roast coffee in the snifter. As those espresso roast aromatics fuel the scent, a backdrop of smoky chocolate, walnut and burnt toast round out its medley. And with the creamy-dry sweetness of scorched molasses and heavy cream, its taste is certainly well supported.

Across the middle, the palate becomes coated with seared malt sweetness, dipping into the over-cooked caramel taste at times. But its a perfect bed on which the espresso, bitter baker's chocolate, walnut and toasty elements rest. As the marshmallowy texture subsides, dryness sets in and gives the finish a surprising rate of drinkability.

Its full texture engulfs the mouth with its creamy char, but then its weight and sweetness is carried away by strong carbonation. Creamy at first, but dry in finish- the drying taste exposes the abrasive edges of smoke and singed grain in the stout's waning moments. Its warm and spicy finish however is smooth and quite easy for a stout of its stature. (1,253 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dry chocolate malts, cocoa powder, walnuts, toasted nut, scorched marshmallow with little to no sweetness, honey toffee and a bit of alcohol on the palate. A bit of tinny alcohol and astringent in feel. Well done stout with great complexity. (241 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Roast malt and big cocoa sweetness in aroma, with a hint of coffee.

Flavor is roast dominant, with bitter coffee and a slightly astringent finish. Slightly sweet chocolate opens the profile, which counters the modestly acrid roast malt initially. There's a nice nutty malt presence underneath. Light boozy notes are contrasted by dark cherry. This does not drink like a 10.5 percent beer. (389 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
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) (1,095 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,905 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,200 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Tighthead Oktoberfest shaker pint glass.

Thanks to johnyb for this bottle!

Nothing like contemplating a century-old explosion in Russia than a stout and Dodgeball on the tube. Right? Anyway, this stuff pours a bleak black-brown topped by a finger of khaki-tan foam. The nose is pretty meek and one-sided, comprising only some light roasted malts, straight outta the bag from the homebrew store. The taste holds notes of burnt malts, light vinyl, and some bitter dark greens. However negative those words sound, things come across well as a hoppy stout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, despite a weak, barely-descript smell and an overly-thin body, this was a generally enjoyable drinking experience. (770 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,099 characters)

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber split into a pair of snifters. The brew pours black wth a finger of mocha colored head. It displays decent powers of retention. Some brown clarity is noted around the edges. Spotty fingers of lace stick to the glass.

The aromatics smell full of oats with a grainy freshness with mild roast and chocolate character. A hint of raisins and light anise blends into more roasty quality with charcoal.

The taste is bitter and char-like with plenty of dark roasted grain flavoring. Mild black licorice, freah oats and molasses. As it warms up, lots of chocolate and minor coffee tinged emerge with some dark alcohol hints.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. A nice beer overall that was well balanced and enjoyable with the alcohol inclusion being well masked. This brew shares remarkable similarities to hoppin frog's boris. (866 characters)

Photo of david131
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown--not quite black...very little off whitish head.

S- Good amount of dark fruits, some chocolate and coffee.

T- all of it follows through well in the taste. Still sweet from the fruits, but bitter coffee and chocolate also present. Solid taste.

M- Its a tad thin. The taste is robust, a little boost, but blends well

Overall- A solid brew. Its not magnificent, but a fine heed by the folks at Brew Kettle. (435 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of cwguy5
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 (661 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (272 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber with no bottle date information. I think I got this bottle in November though. Poured into DFH signature glass and split 3 ways.

A: Pours a huge deep brown color. Not as dark as "motor oil" as described. Very faint tan head. Forms around the edges. Swirl causes tight bubbled tan head. Lots of lacing.

S: Strangely I don't smell the roasted malts. I get deep dark fruits: prunes and plums and raisins. I do get a little coffee bitterness there too.

T: Weird muted bitterness in tip of tongue. Then I get coffee and dark chocolate and mocha etc. It might be oxidized a bit, if that is possible this early on. I do pick up some of those dark fruits that I smelled as well. And there is some booze there that isn't hidden well.

M: Full bodied.

O: It's OK. I guess from the descriptions I was expecting a little more, and different flavor profiles. (861 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (771 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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! (652 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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 (915 characters)

Photo of shanblur
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of iadler
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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! (1,146 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from about a year ago...bottle received in a BIF, forget which one and from who...sorry!

22oz bottle poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter.

Well, the label says "Black as Oil"...pretty much right on! 1/2 finger of khaki colored head formed on top of the tar like body. The bubbles receded quickly, leaving behind very little lace.

The nose has some grassy characters up front which took me aback for a second. The backbone is right with the style though...roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee.

The taste is pretty much where the nose indicates. Coffee/chocolate dominant with some molasses and toasted grains in the background.

The mouth feel is on the thicker side of medium...sticky with little carbonation.

Nice offering by Brew Kettle. Worth seeking out for sure! (794 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doops cracked this one open on random night last week. Bottle says it's like oil. Sounds like my kind of brew. Thanks Doopie!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A transparent brown pour, relatively thin for the style, yields a one finger, medium-looking, tan head with decent retention. Black in the glass with lover carbonation evident. Head fades to a wisp and clings to the sides. A slight ring and wisp remain leaving a few dots of lacing down the glass. Average at best, and certainly doesn't resemble oil.

SMELL: Big nose on this one. Massive. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and piles of molasses and soy sauce. Some caramel and toffee in there as well. This is a massive, menacing malt bomb of a nose. The soy is a little worrisome, but the rest of it is just big and intimidating. Love the big, bold roasted and molasses aromas, but not so much the soy sauce. Score averages out.

TASTE: Monstrous flavors as well. Roasted malts, dark, pure chocolate with lots of licorice as well. Piles of sweet molasses; very sweet. Some slight flavors of bitter coffee and chocolate at the swallow, with slight notes of soy sauce again. A big, bold, and sweet aftertaste of molasses and caramel, with some roasted and minor bitter notes trying to balance the show. Big stuff, and perhaps a little too sweet for some. Reminded me much of Dark Lord ’09.

PALATE: Medium body and medium-higher levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, smooth, but lighter than hoped. Goes down fine, a slight burn after the swallow, and finishes relatively mouth coating.

OVERALL: This was a massive malt bomb. Unfortunately the palate was a little too light to really support the massive flavor profile, and the look a little too thin for a big, bruiser of an imperial stout, but everything about the nose and flavor was huge. There was a little too much soy in the nose that luckily wasn’t as present in the flavor, but nevertheless, the sweet molasses and caramel flavors may simply be too much anyway. In all honesty, this brew reminded me of Dark Lord 2009 with a slightly thinner and lighter body. Glad to have tried this one and could have had more, but wouldn’t go out of my way to get this one again. Thanks for sharing Doops. This was a monster. (2,258 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (794 characters)

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