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Tunguska - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 23
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of shanblur
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of iadler
4.13/5  rDev +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!

Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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

Photo of cosmicevan
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Vierenner
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Mcculler
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Tunguska from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
90 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.