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Tenaya Creek Imperial Stout - Tenaya Creek Brewery

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tenaya Creek Brewery visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Greatness will be remembered. This massive black beer with an off-white head is obtained by brewing Pale, Carmel, Chocolate, Roast, Victory and Black Malts! A thick, stick to your tongue body is balanced with a malty sweet finish and bitterness from Magnum Hops. Long live the King.

(Beer added by: tonistruth on 12-18-2007)
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

spinrsx, Oct 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Corson, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Jul 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

MichiganderHB, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

elkinbrown, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/7/13

Appearance: pours with a medium bodied thickness. Sits black in the glass. Halfback finger of off white head nicely poured on the pour then dissipated to the edges of the glass. No active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: black licorice and mossy hops greet the drinker. Light roasted coffee with some sweeter malt notes. Caramel and molasses round out the back end.

Taste: oak and black licorice mesh well on the front. Toffee, molasses, with a lighter yet still roasted malt body. Hop presence is subtle yet adds a rustic earthiness. The finish is a lingering licorice sweetness.

Mouthfeel: sticky sweetness with subtle roasted malt dryness.

Overall: an excellent imperial stout from Tenaya. Wasn't too impressed with their IPA but this made up for it. Buy a few and sit on them!

KFBR392, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Smarty_Pints, May 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

PappyVans, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

CWVegas, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

schnarr84, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

unclekeith, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Ben7773, Jan 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Nunya, Dec 25, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz tarnished gold wax capped bottle. What, no hot chick depicted on this particular label for this brewery?

This beer pours a solid, light-destroying black, with the barest of basal cola highlights, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet somewhat creamy light brown head, which leaves some awkward Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, mild toffee notes, bittersweet chocolate, day-old coffee, muddled dark fruit, earthy and leafy hops, and a touch of warming alcohol. The taste is big chocolate and caramel malt, dry toffee, well-creamed coffee, prunes, plums and a fig/date adjacent fruitiness, a hint of black licorice, earthy, weedy hops, and more simmering, generally innocuous booze.

The carbonation is soft and fairly cuddly, the body medium-heavy in weight, generally smooth, with just a tinge of ashy residue, and more or less creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, caramel, and toffee barely tempered by the equally lingering drying coffee, weak hops, and sidling alcohol notes.

A pleasant big-ass Imperial stout, the cocoa and other sweetened components not let free to run rampant, but rather integrated with the multifaceted drying essences. All to the end game of a drinkable, and duly warming sipper, something more than capable of salving the heat and judgement after the fact of spicy Chinese food and in-law get-togethers.

biboergosum, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

IanSpindler, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Mcooly, Dec 15, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml gold waxed bomber poured into tulip 10/12/13

A black right out of the bottle with a solid two finger mocha head that slowly falls leaving partial rings deep down the glass

S loads of plum, heavy on the char, some coffee, bakers chocolate, raisin and prunes, I get some honey with just a hint of citrus

T even more char then the nose, burnt espresso, still lots of dark fruit, some more char and she just tastes dark all-around

M medium full, soft carbonation, bitter, with dark chocolate and char lingering on the finish for ages

O fruity and charred, ultra dark roast and that suits me fine, no booze at any point, I mean zero liquor

at 7$ this ones a bargain, drinks great fresh with very well concealed booze, if you don't mind the burnt malt this one will work well for ya

wordemupg, Dec 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Hopinista, Dec 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Harvey98, Dec 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Kmat10, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

themanilow, Dec 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Yodo, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

bespin15, May 25, 2013
Photo of mjohnson17
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White Wax: 2012 batch, bottled 12/12/12
Poured into a BCBS snifter

A: Pours a near opaque jet black with a nice finger length of knaki head.

S: A very faint dry roast nose. There really isn't much nose on this beer. A bit of a disappointment after the beautiful appearance on the pour.

T: Dry, roasted malt. Dark chocolate. Lots of bitterness. A hint of caramel. This is exactly what I expect from a stout out of Nevada, super dry and bitter like the desert.

M: Well carbonated for a imperial stout. A nice full mouthfeel washing over the pallet with a dry, sticky coating.

O: A solid stout. Prior to azdback sending this bottle to me I had never heard of Tenaya Creek. So I had no preconceived notions of the brewery and the beer. I was surprised and happy with the result. This beer isn't mind-blowing, but it's a solid beer true to the style and pretty impressive from Las Vegas, an area not particular known for this style. I enjoy this beer because it fits with what I would think would be a Nevada Imperial Stout. Very dry and roasty, like the desert.

mjohnson17, May 22, 2013
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Tenaya Creek Imperial Stout from Tenaya Creek Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.