Tunguska | The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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108 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States
thebrewkettle.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nrbw23 on 06-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
108
Reviews:
53
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
17
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of SomethingClever
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Pitch black body with almost no head just a slight film around the rim of the glass.

S: Rich umami flavors, earthy, inky smells like salty meat

T: Lots of the same flavors shine through umami, rich salty meats, a touch sweet, some rich burnt malts

M: Heavy beer not really thick but clingy. This beer holds your tongue.

O: This is a different beast then I think most stout drinkers are looking for, but for some reason it resonates with me. It's rich Umami, soy sauce base and slight smokiness work for me. I think most people will not like it, but I am digging this beer.

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Photo of trparky
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of dailyminefield
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LFinCO
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SanFranJake
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesMantooth
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A lot of chocolate malt on display here. A dark, bitter chocolate. Burnt sugars and grains along with a moderate amount of hops add even more bitterness. All in all, there are good flavors of caramel, dark fruit, and molasses, and chocolate all against a very full, malty body, but it is just a little rough around the edges, and a little tough to get through. Very rich, and sort of cloying. Reminds me of Bell's Expedition fresh. I think some age will really help this beer.

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Photo of wroywel
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PassMeAZima
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of ScottJWing
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsucks
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ddedhed
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of brauseboof
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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Photo of brycevolk
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Foss1nj
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of jonandhisflask
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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Tunguska from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
4.01 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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