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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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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 101
Photo of MrDanno96
3.89/5  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

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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 output01x
3.74/5  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.

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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 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 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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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of nkersten
3.81/5  rDev -5%
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.

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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 MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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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 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 nlmartin
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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!

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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 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 TheHoppiest
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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!

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Photo of bamadog
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of degerbah
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of mikey711
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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

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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 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 jampics2
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

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