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Tunguska | The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by nrbw23 on 06-13-2010

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Reviews:
52
Ratings:
106
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
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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 TMoney2591
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Tighthead Oktoberfest shaker pint glass.

Thanks to johnyb for this bottle!

Nothing like contemplating a century-old explosion in Russia than a stout and Dodgeball on the tube. Right? Anyway, this stuff pours a bleak black-brown topped by a finger of khaki-tan foam. The nose is pretty meek and one-sided, comprising only some light roasted malts, straight outta the bag from the homebrew store. The taste holds notes of burnt malts, light vinyl, and some bitter dark greens. However negative those words sound, things come across well as a hoppy stout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, despite a weak, barely-descript smell and an overly-thin body, this was a generally enjoyable drinking experience.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Jeffo
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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 SerialHiker
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black as oil as promised…a dark khaki head that settles in about a finger width thickness…(4/5)

Smell: Strong chocolate notes blended with oatmeal and malt…chocolate is dominate throughout…really not overly eventful unless you like huffing coco essence…(3.25/5)

Taste: Coffee and chocolate flavors explode as soon as they hit my tongue…oatmeal malt and hops are the underbelly as expected…robust all around leaving very little room for bitterness…apparent it’s a higher alcohol content beer…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Fluffs right up, creating a milk chocolate clouds that lingers…oatmeal and malt flavors consume back of my tongue…one drink lasts a while, but it’s hard to cover the alcohol taste…(4/5)

Overall: The flavor is fantastic, chocolate and coffee notes blend fantastically with the malt and hops…the carbonation makes a cotton candy like fluff that is very flavorful…I recognize that it’s an imperial stout, but the alcohol is a bit too dominant…it could be toned down a bit and that would create a more balanced, flavorful beer…(3.75/5)

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 BeerBuckeye
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown--not quite black...very little off whitish head.

S- Good amount of dark fruits, some chocolate and coffee.

T- all of it follows through well in the taste. Still sweet from the fruits, but bitter coffee and chocolate also present. Solid taste.

M- Its a tad thin. The taste is robust, a little boost, but blends well

Overall- A solid brew. Its not magnificent, but a fine heed by the folks at Brew Kettle.

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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 BJRHOMEBREW
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 Brenden
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite black as oil, but it does in fact look more like motor oil than it would if it was black, pouring a thick, viscous dark brown. A tan head forms and, while a bit on the wispier side, maintains what it's got (about 1/2 to 3/4 of a finger) for the entirety. Lacing is a bit leggy with some spotting as well.
The bigness of this beer pours out of the bottle as soon as it's opened. This is definitely a strong beer worthy of a beer geek's expectation of an RIS, as the roast is prominent but doesn't dominate so much that plenty of other aromas and flavors don't come out with it. There's a big complementary note of plum and perhaps raspberries along with a toffee and caramel sweetness, but far from cloying or overly sweet as bitterness from char stays alongside it. Some baker's chocolate and the impression of coffee. Stick with it and some anise-like notes, not as evident as in a proper doppelbock, do make an impression.
The feel is right, big (make that huge), inky, thick and viscous without being any more cloying than the flavor on the tongue. This is a big-bodied beer, as it ought to be, though there's enough smoothness and liveliness to make it good without crossing to special.

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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 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 mgbickel
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Tunguska from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
4.01 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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