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Tenaya Creek Imperial Stout - Tenaya Creek Brewery

Tenaya Creek Imperial StoutTenaya Creek Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%


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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Broden

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-06-2012 22:22:43 | More by Broden
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CWVegas

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-28-2014 05:07:35 | More by CWVegas
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-25-2014 23:39:50 | More by jaydoc
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-19-2014 16:00:25 | More by schnarr84
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unclekeith

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-16-2014 16:23:00 | More by unclekeith
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Ben7773

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-10-2014 19:25:17 | More by Ben7773
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Nunya

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-25-2013 15:31:10 | More by Nunya
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:45:02 | More by biboergosum
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-22-2013 00:48:04 | More by IanSpindler
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Mcooly

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-15-2013 01:56:30 | More by Mcooly
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 04:31:39 | More by wordemupg
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Hopinista

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-10-2013 08:05:47 | More by Hopinista
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Harvey98

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-10-2013 03:22:09 | More by Harvey98
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-06-2013 03:52:04 | More by Kmat10
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themanilow

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

12-05-2013 01:33:22 | More by themanilow
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Yodo

Colorado

3/5  rDev -23.1%

08-18-2013 06:08:48 | More by Yodo
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bespin15

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-25-2013 20:01:50 | More by bespin15
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mjohnson17

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 17:09:41 | More by mjohnson17
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oldvines

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-11-2013 03:40:00 | More by oldvines
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mactrail

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a big, foamy brew with piles of carbonation. Big head and a sudsy mouthful. Dark brown color in the Duvel glass. Aromas of grainy malt and caramel.

Rich and spicy with a big, deep flavor. What is appealing about this one is the less sweet character with the nutty, edgy taste. Full malt flavor with a dark roasted taste, but more nutty than sweet. This has a grainy flavor that is more like really good bread with a touch of the burnt sugar. Some licorice taste and a hot sensation of alcohol. Not totally dry, but a great balance of malty sweetness with some hoppy bitterness.

The best of the several Tenaya Creek brews I've had and one worth seeking out. A great example of an American-style big stout. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Chandler. My only criticism: lose the wax dip, dudes.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 05:31:11 | More by mactrail
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rangerman21

Nevada

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber dated 12/12/12

Appearance- Dark, light has a hard time finding its way through the beer. The head is light brown.

Smell- Dark malts and a slight hint of booze.

Taste- Dark malts with a bitter hop finish. Bitter throughout, booze not overpowering

Mouthfeel- Chewy and smooth. Slightly more carbonated than some other Imperial stouts I've tried.

Overall- A robust brew that looks, smells and tastes like I would want an imperial stout to taste. The booze is not overpowering in the flavor, which is nice. I would definitely get this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 23:46:18 | More by rangerman21
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azdback

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-26-2013 03:40:00 | More by azdback
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/14/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, coffee, biscuit, nuttiness, toast, and light dark fruitiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of roasted flavors. Taste of dark chocolate, espresso, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, nuttiness, toffee, brown sugar, roasted coffee, and slight dark fruits. Fair amount of coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, nuttiness, coffee, and slight dark fruits on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial stout. Excellent balance and robustness of roasted and dark malty flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:31:12 | More by superspak
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-12-2013 16:33:56 | More by tbone1384
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I realize wax looks nice, but it made the crown cap quite difficult to remove... anyway...
22oz bottle with a 'bottled on' date of 12/14/11 poured into a pint glass
A: This is almost pitch black in color with a latte-colored one-fingered head
S: Coffee, roasted malt and some cocoa; quite muted
T: Again tons of coffee, roasted malts, some bitter cocoa, and I agree with the burnt toast finish
M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth, a pleasant bitterness
O: I'm going to have to keep my eye out for more from Tenaya Creek as both of the beers I've had from them have been enjoyable, this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 21:38:00 | More by ONUMello
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Tenaya Creek Imperial Stout from Tenaya Creek Brewery
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