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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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87
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Panny for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Bottled 12/14/11.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and quite smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:35:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a thin tan head. Roasted malts rule the aroma. Coffee, dark chocolate, and mild ash along with some cocoa powder and a hint of molasses to provide some sweetness. The flavor is also heavily roasted. Light ash, plenty of coffee, and a touch of licorice. Lots of bitter dark chocolate, light molasses and toffee sweetness. A touch of burnt toast and bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 03:31:48 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-03-2012 13:41:17 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-10-2012 14:24:10 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-25-2014 23:39:50 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -22.9%

08-07-2012 23:18:18 | More by GRG1313
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biboergosum

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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mactrail

Washington

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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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-15-2014 11:42:14 | More by zestar
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

09-10-2012 01:30:50 | More by drewone
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wordemupg

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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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back in luggage from a trip to Las Vegas (and Utah). Wax sealed bottle from December 2011. Good looking stout looks black and thick in the pour and the glass; rocky tan head has good retention and the lacing is also strong. Aroma is roasty, almost charred, with lots of black coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and anise.

Taste is quite bitter and roasty, finish is somewhat dry, feels lacking in overall sweetness to counter the bitter charred note a bit. Again there is a black coffee flavor, with the chocolate/cocoa aroma not manifesting itself so much in the taste. Hints of anise, piney hops, boozy warmth.

A little too thin bodied for my taste, with medium carbonation. Again a little dry and overall not bad but not a standout or a beer that I felt had particularly exceptional flavor or richness for an imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 03:55:03 | More by tobelerone
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce waxed topped bottle, bottled on date of 12/14/11. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stays around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like bittersweet and milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a little bit of berries. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like bittersweet and milk chocolate, roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, and some hops. There's a lingering roasty bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating, and it's also well carbonated. It's a decent enough brew, but I don't think it stands out compared to other imperial stouts. With that being said, I still think it's worth trying. $6.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:14:52 | More by bluejacket74
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the brewpub.

This Imperial Stout was very dark (opaque) black with very thin foam (though some brown foam could be coaxed). The smell was dark malt with some grain and chocolate notes; as it warmed, some alcohol could also be noted. The taste was rich and malty with flavors of unsweetened chocolate, caramel, molasses, and dried fruit (especially in the finish). The mouthfeel was smooth with full body and low carbonation. It was dry overall with a dry, malty finish. This was a good, easy drinking imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2007 18:35:45 | More by UncleJimbo
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scottfrie

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Bottled 12/26/2011. Thanks Rizalini!

A: Pours damn near black with a large, thick, and dense light mocha colored head that slowly faded into a great frothy film leaving sticky rings of thin lace down the glass.
S: Very roasted nose with notes of chocolate, peat, roasted wood and a bit of earthy hops and fresh coffee. Smells great!
T: Extremely thick and rich flavors of dark chocolate, earthy peat, roasted malts, and a hint of espresso. The finish has a great dark chocolate bitterness, and the finish is pretty smoky. Strong and bitter.
M: Full body, very thick and heavy mouthfeel, with smooth carbonation. Nice and chewy.
O: A very good and easy to drink stout. Alcohol is hidden well, and the smoky flavors are delicious and interesting enough. Nothing too crazy but extremely delicious all around. Thanks Bryin!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:16:23 | More by scottfrie
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Bung

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Picked up in Columbus OH. Not a terribly dark black pour, quite a bit of brown. Light tan head, thin layer that lasted well.

Aroma, roast malt anise, dark chocolate. Some pine bitterness.

Taste, Good roast malt and black licorice/anise. More coffee here. The piney herbal hop bitterness kicks in the end. Just needs a little more malt backbone.

Lighter body, maybe a tad thinner, but a nice creamy quality to it. Alcohol is pretty hidden and drinks well. Just a bit more bitter than I prefer.
Reminds me a bit of the Smuttynose RIS, but a tad thinner.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 02:38:11 | More by Bung
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-30-2014 06:02:06 | More by Smarty_Pints
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a black color with a nice brown head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is quite a bit of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of dark fruit.

T- Taste follows the nose pretty well. Almost like a bakers chocolate, dry and a touch of bitter. A good amount of char here and fairly light coffee.

M- Medium in body and fairly light in carbonation.

O- Not my favorite by any means, but cheap and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 21:59:51 | More by nrbw23
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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich black pour with a creamy beige head from the nitro pour. Smell is dark roasty malt. Actually has some body to it! Although it could be richer, it was overly thin, and had a nice roasty coffee flavor to it. Hint of alcohol, however that didn't help, but didn't kill it either. Some bitterness in the finish and all around their best beer that I've tried. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2008 19:38:21 | More by JDV
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-12-2012 01:37:25 | More by Kopfschuss
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charlzm

California

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on draft at brewery, 12/30/07.

Very dark brown with a thin ring of foam. Oddly, no aroma I could detect, though it was in a taster glass. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter, roasted chocolate and smooth coffee. No alcohol burn or taste. Lightly bitter finish.

Not as big as I expected from an imperial stout, but certainly not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 04:55:22 | More by charlzm
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-19-2014 16:00:25 | More by schnarr84
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2013 16:33:56 | More by tbone1384
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-12-2012 02:45:33 | More by BeerHunter76
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Tenaya Creek Imperial Stout from Tenaya Creek Brewery
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