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Tunguska - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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BA SCORE
90
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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 degerbah
2.9/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

degerbah, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

twiggamortis420, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of masterofsparks
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

masterofsparks, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of jsurfs82
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jsurfs82, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of DaveHack
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

DaveHack, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Sammy, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

inlimbo77, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.55/5  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.

Jeffo, Jun 11, 2011
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 MbpBugeye
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip. A nice big khaki colored head rises from my aggressive pour. The result is intricate lacing composed of microscopic groupings of fine bubbles. Your typical solid black body.

S- This one has a pretty strong smell. You dont need to bury your nose in the glass, but you will want to anyway. Its a very nice smell. Its very vinous with big notes of berry, licorice, milk chocolate, and just the right amount of roast.

T- For what ever reason this beer takes me back to my earlier days of beer drinking. Back when I first discovered that I like big stouts. It reminds me a little bit of Old Rasputin. Its just a nice, basic RIS with loads of vinous, fortified red wine character. Berries, figs, lots and lots of licorice, chocolate and plenty of roasted malts. Tobacco is the dominant lingering flavor, along side a hoppy bitterness.

M- Carbonation is appropriately low and the body is appropriately thick. It makes for a smooth, rounded feeling with a little bit of an oily coating left behind.

MbpBugeye, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

TKEbeerman, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of mikey711
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

mikey711, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of bamadog
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerman207 for cracking this one the other night at a tasting at his place. The review is from notes taken on 7/24/2010 and poured from the bottle to an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pour is darkest brown/near black, very much like fresh brewed coffee; starts with a scant dark tan head that fades quickly to a thin island skim and thin ring around the surface; body is totally opaque; a few spots of brown lacing are left behind, but most just and oily film that eventually slides back into the drink.

Smell: Smell is very rich and robust -- lots of burnt toast-like malts mixed with dry oats and some bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Nice and robust, just like the nose -- lots of burnt toast-like maltiness, hints of bittersweet chocolate and dry oats -- very much reminiscent of burnt toast and chocolate no back cookies; for being 10.8%, I'm surprised the alcohol doesn't make much of an appearance, so it's blended and masked quite well.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, but as always with this particular style, I feel that the body could and should be thicker; body is smooth and fairly creamy due to the weight and light carbonation; a semi-dry sticky coating is left hanging around and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: Moderate because of the weight and the higher AV, and of course, the body could be a little thicker; I really like the nose and flavors though.

bamadog, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Auror
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Auror, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of output01x
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

output01x, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours an oily black, opaque and viscous, with a thick dollop of tan head slowly spinning in the middle of the beer. Very nice lacing as you drink it.

Smells of dark chocolate, espresso, alcohol, and slight sour barley malt. Not as smooth in smell as other Russian Imperial Stouts I've had.

Has a strong barley malt start, smooths out with a yeasty chocolate, hints of mocha, and vanilla, and ends wth a slight hop bitterness.

Has a decent, creamy mouthfeel, with a bit of a tang as it goes down.

At almost 11%, this is a monster of a beer. Decent to the taste, it warms the belly.

TheHoppiest, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of nkersten
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

nkersten, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, purchased @ Rozi's.

After missing this at the Fat Heads Brewers Brawl, then missing it AGAIN at the Kettle, I was thrilled to hear it had been bottled.

Into my snifter. Pours a dark opaque black, if you gave this to BP they would spill it in the Gulf. Small tan head sticks around, looks great!

Smell is dark fruit, chocolate, and other roasty flavors. Smells sweet and perhaps a touch boozy, but pretty good so far.

Well, I don't hate it. Sweet chocolate syrup, roasted coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, and cherry are all present and balanced, but there's a slight tar taste I find distracting. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer and I would have it again, but its profile just doesn't match *my* flavor preferences for a RIS. This would probably be someone else's favorite in the world - and I do think a nice bourbon barrel treatment would make this quite amazing. Actually, TBK, PLEASE do a bourbon barrel of this for Ogrefest next year. I'll be first in line!

Mouthfeel is really nice, body is full and carb is so creamy and perfect. And this drinks quite well even though I don't love one component of the taste. It's growing on me, and I'm very happy this is another balls to the wall no sell out offering from the Brew Kettle. Big ups!

jampics2, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

BeerBuckeye, Jun 24, 2012
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
Photo of MrDanno96
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: "Black as oil" - the label doesn't lie! Pitch black with about a finger of light tan head. Some foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very malt forward nose, but somewhat subdued. Dark chocolate for sure with notes of roasted malt, dark fruit and maybe a little licorice. A little vanilla and soy comes through as well.

T: Very sweet, almost no hop presence. Lots of sweet chocolate flavor mixed with dark fruit and some licorice. A little oxidation perhaps? Hints of soy, but not really in a bad way. A little roasty bitterness provides some balance. Very complex, but borderline too sweet.

M: Spot on with the mouthfeel - very thick and almost chewy, with just a hint of alcohol towards the finish. Just what I'm looking for in an RIS.

O: A solid RIS. The aroma and flavor confuses me a bit - I can't tell if it's slightly oxidated or if the soy flavor is supposed to be there. Either way, a good RIS and a great deal at $5.99/bomber

MrDanno96, May 14, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer was served chilled and in an Imperial Pint glass. The beer will be allowed to warm up during consumption to a more proper temperature.

Appearance: The body of the beer is black. The head is a fluffy light nugget tan coloration. The head quickly resolves to a ring of foam. Concentric rings of foam mark the beers rapid departure from my glass.

Smell: Cocoa dipped cherries rolled in dark roasted coffee. Dates and figs flow around my nose. Not a bad stab at all!

Taste: Roasted dark coffee, berries, cherries, dates and figs oh my. A few of the roasted notes near burnt in a pleasing fashion. Not a trace of the 10.8% alcohol in the flavor.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has low carbonation is very velvety smooth! The body of the beer is medium plus. The beer is very nearly full bodied. I detect no alcohol in the mouthfeel of this beer. As far as drinkability the beer was consumed far faster than I really wanted to drink it. Well played!

nlmartin, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of BJRHOMEBREW
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Belmont party supply last time i was in Dayton

A- Poured a dark black with a thick rich head that lingered till the last drop.

S- Roast barley, chocalate, hints of dark fruit and soy sauce.

T- Very surprised. I could not find a date on the bottle, but this one tasted like it had some nice age on it. Almost like drinking a lighter dark lord. Slightly oxidized with a strong soy presence. Raisin and plums with a nice roast finish.

M- Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, with a slight warm alcoholic finish.

O- I was quite impressed with this one. Wish i would have picked up more when i was back home.

BJRHOMEBREW, Jan 22, 2011
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Tunguska from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
90 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.