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

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Added by nrbw23 on 06-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
108
Reviews:
53
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
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28
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17
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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 gford217
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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 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 prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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 whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of masterofsparks
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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

Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 wvsabbath
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DaveHack
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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

Photo of Beejay
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 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 lackenhauser
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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 gordavidson
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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 bigbluebeerguy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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