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Tenaya Creek Imperial Stout - Tenaya Creek Brewery

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Tenaya Creek Imperial StoutTenaya Creek Imperial Stout

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

07-11-2014 15:22:28 | More by MichiganderHB
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-05-2014 02:31:19 | More by elkinbrown
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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!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 05:08:51 | More by KFBR392
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-28-2014 07:39:20 | More by PappyVans
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-28-2014 05:07:35 | More by CWVegas
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-25-2014 23:39:50 | More by jaydoc
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-19-2014 16:00:25 | More by schnarr84
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-16-2014 16:23:00 | More by unclekeith
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-10-2014 19:25:17 | More by Ben7773
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-25-2013 15:31:10 | More by Nunya
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Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:45:02 | More by biboergosum
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-15-2013 01:56:30 | More by Mcooly
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 04:31:39 | More by wordemupg
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-10-2013 08:05:47 | More by Hopinista
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-10-2013 03:22:09 | More by Harvey98
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

12-05-2013 01:33:22 | More by themanilow
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

08-18-2013 06:08:48 | More by Yodo
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 17:09:41 | More by mjohnson17
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-11-2013 03:40:00 | More by oldvines
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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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4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Tenaya Creek Imperial Stout from Tenaya Creek Brewery
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