Tunguska - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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3.55/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
06-11-2011 20:16:51 | More by Jeffo
4.13/5 rDev +2%
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!
09-25-2010 02:17:20 | More by lackenhauser
4/5 rDev -1.2%
A- Pours a pitch black color with a nice brown head. Head has great retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.
S- Smells very fruity to start off with. Mainly dark fruits, cherries, raisins and plums. Followed up by a good amount of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.
T- A bit sweeter than I'd like. I thought this one was much better after I let it warm up a bit. Smell followed the nose really well. Tons of dark fruits, roasted malts, and chocolate dominating.
M- Fuller side of medium but nothing super thick. Carbonation was light.
D- Easy to drink just let it warm up a bit.
06-13-2010 07:52:31 | More by nrbw23
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
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!
06-29-2010 19:02:36 | More by jampics2
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
02-02-2012 14:09:30 | More by inlimbo77
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
06-24-2012 01:41:04 | More by david131
4.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-23-2012 01:21:48 | More by jaasen64
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
07-09-2010 18:20:55 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
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!
08-29-2010 12:43:37 | More by nlmartin
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
01-26-2012 02:58:56 | More by wvsabbath
3.68/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
11-20-2010 23:21:04 | More by MbpBugeye
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
07-01-2010 00:12:29 | More by Beejay
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
07-25-2010 19:54:22 | More by bamadog
Tunguska from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.