Tunguska
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,727
ABV:
10.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,826
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 7.92%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
113
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Reviews by output01x:
Photo of output01x
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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 WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 lackenhauser
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 janubio
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On can at The Situation. Served in a wine glass. Black colour, small beige head with short retention. Almost no lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, sweet sherry wine, dried fruits, tobacco.
Full body, dense sticky texture, flat carbonation sweet finish.
Taste is just as rich as the aroma, but, unfortunately can is noticeable in some disgusting metalic notes.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +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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Photo of durwood64
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1%
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 akttr
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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 -2.7%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of neorunner
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 gordavidson
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tunguska pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s not quite “black as oil,” but it is dark. A bit of light does cut through and reveals some burgundy highlights at the edges. Nevertheless, it is a nice color. A soft tan head tops it. It rises to about a finger and a half in height before falling back. Lacing was a little sticky, but on the lighter side.

The nose is a little light on aromatics, but it does smell good. It starts out with a nice mix of roasted and chocolate malts. They seem to be present in roughly equal proportions. Roasted coffee follows. It smells relatively strong and blends well with the malt base. There is a bit of dark fruit, but it smells secondary. I’m getting some plum or raisin. It’s a nice touch and adds some quality depth. Alcohol is there, but really doesn’t smell all that strong. Not 10.8% territory anyway.

The flavor is pretty impressive. The malt base is a blend of roasted and chocolate varieties. The roasted flavor comes through nice and strong. Bittersweet dark chocolate complements it well and tastes really nice. Roasted coffee is nice and strong. As a coffee fan, that works well for me. It blends well with the malt base and adds a lot to the overall flavor. Dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin emerge late. They’re secondary, but definitely add something positive. Alcohol is there, but surprisingly, isn’t warm or hot. Finishes roasty and chocolaty.

Tunguska has a heavier body. It’s definitely viscous. Carbonation is light and soft. It’s very silky and smooth. For such a big beer, it’s very drinkable. I anticipated much more trouble with this bomber.

Tunguska is an impressive release from The Brew Kettle. It’s a nice American/Double Stout that’s relatively complex and very tasty. It’s deceptive for such a big beer though. It drinks far smaller than its 10.8% abv. Very good stuff. Easy recommendation.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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 nrbw23
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

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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Tunguska from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 113 ratings