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Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nrbw23 on 06-13-2010

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52
Ratings:
106
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
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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 david131
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 jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 Bonis
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Probably the blackest stout I've seen. Pours almost black from the bottle to pint glass. Label says "black as oil".... Agreed! Nice finger of dark tan head. Leaves a nice lacing for a stout.

S - Espresso and coffee. A little bitter chocolate. Sweet and lots of roasted malts, almost giving it a slightly smokey smell. Alcohol is there but it smell is very good.

T - First thing I want to note is that I taste very little alcohol, wow, very impressive at almost 11%. It's just an explosion of imperial stout flavors. Intense roasted malts and chocolate. Not as much coffee as I expected but I get a touch with each sip. The bitter smokey finish is nice, and makes for a well balanced brew. Although I don't taste much alcohol, it's there, this beer is warming in the gut. Nice example of an imperial stout overall.

M - You might not realize it's an imperial stout by the feel of this one. Somewhat thin bodied and goes down smooth. Not much carbonation. Nicely done here by the Brew Kettle.

D - Decent for a stout, but you won't see a super drinkable beer at this abv. I like this one a little on the warmer side. Not gonna lie, this is NOT one you want to race to finish. Take it easy or else you'll regret it the next day.

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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 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 JamnesCameron
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a inky, oily, black with a thin mocha head that drops fairly quickly. Evidence of some lacing.

Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol.

First sip is of dark fruits (prunes, figs, dark raisins), licorise, very sweet, candied oranges, and an alcohol bite. No hop flavor or aroma to speak of. Finish is long with brandied prunes.

Mouthfeel is huge, chewy, roasted flavors coat the mouth.

Good drinkability. One of the better Brew Kettle brews that I've tried so far.

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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 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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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 cwguy5
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken on 9.16.11. thanks to Bogforce for this one!

A - pitch black with thin, light brown head that faded to a wisp rather quickly; this one looks pretty serious

S - chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee

T - follows nose with strong roasty, coffee, and chocolate notes with some dark fruit as well (the label suggests just so and it seems pretty accurate); alcohol is hidden pretty well just some warming toward end

M - nice, active carbonation on a thick, stout body; light, bitter aftertaste

O - for a big stout this is very drinkable as a sipper; striking and bold flavors and a heavy body; would recommend and would try again for sure

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Photo of neorunner
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 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 iadler
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to exitmusic00 for bringing this over. Served in a Founders snifter.

A- It says black as oil on the label, and that is pretty spot on with a pitch black body and a dark brown highlight below the two finger head. Leaves some small lines of lacing behind.

S- Smells like a chocolate coffee infused brownie with dark chocolate, espresso beans, vanilla, cream, gram crackers and roasted malt. There is also some dark fruit present with fig, plum and some black cherries. Very complex and appealing aroma.

T- Plenty of dark chocolate with some coffee, gram cracker, vanilla and roasted malt. There is some subtle dark fruit, but not nearly as strong as suggested by the aroma.

M- Medium carbonation and body. A nice syrupy mouthfeel that is a bit boozy, but still drinks like a 6-7% than the 10.8.

O- This was priced as a 5.99 bomber and if this was available in Chicago, I would buy this in a heartbeat. The aroma was my favorite attribute and constantly developed as it warmed up. Of course the taste did not live up to the aroma, but this was a great beer from a brewery that should get some more spotlight. Thanks again for this Matt!

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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 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 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 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 Vierenner
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fabulous beer ... and from my homestate! Not sure if it's being more widely distributed or if I've just overlooked. Either way, what a great surprise! Purchased at Dorothy Lane Market in Oakwood.
I've been focusing on Imperial Stouts for the last 6 months ... found some winners and some losers. This is certainly a winner, and at a price point which puts it at the top of the value curve.
A: Typical dark color; beautiful, persistent head
S: Subtle sweet aromatics
T: Complex flavors, nicely balanced with a slight hop bite.
M: Smooth!
I will be purchasing again ... perhaps a case!

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Photo of shanblur
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date. Poured from 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

A - Pitch black with a 2 finger tan head which leaves moderate lacing.

S - Roasted malt and dark fruit predominates over chocolate and a subtle coffee aroma.

T - Strong dark fruit flavor with a roasty character. Subtle chocolate.

M - A moderate carbonation and a medium body.

Complex taste of dark fruit. Does not drink like a 10% beer. Very nice.

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