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Thunder Canyon Warhead Stout | Thunder Canyon Brewery

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14 Ratings

Brewed by:
Thunder Canyon Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our imperial stout is intensely rich and malty with flavors of black currant, toffee and dark roasted grains.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 10
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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of tpd975
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ratebeer Winter Gathering.

A: Pours a nice deep black with a nice darker shade of brown head. Lite retention with some spots of lace.

S: Aromas of deep roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, toasted malt, and earth.

T: Very roasted borderline bitter. Lots of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Earthy but not smokey.

M: Medium in body, a bit thin for the style. Good carbonation.

D: Just okay.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 64oz extra from Sebastian. Thanks so much!

A - Opens with a nice little hiss. Poured into an O'Hara's 22oz. tulip pint, it looks beautiful. Creamy, frothy tan head that lasts forever. Pitch black body. Awesome. Huge sheets of lace.

S - Oops. Spilled a drop or two. They smell great while getting wiped up. Big malty darkness. Sticking my nose into the unrelenting foam, it smells of molasses, thick maltiness, and random RIS nuances.

T - Mmm. Foamstache. The cave yawns and beckons for another sip. Big, creamy maltiness. Not overdone and still big on flavor. Lots of toffee and coffee notes, as well as a relatively dry bitter finish. It works well without being over-nuanced like most of the big RIS's.

M - Amazingly creamy and smooth. Not quite thick and viscous, rather milky(?) and creamy. Not hugely carbonated but what do you expect for 6 days in transit from AZ to MI?

D - Huge. Warhead's less-than-extreme abv helps this go down easy, and the mouthfeel is fantastic. If all beers from Arizona are this good, I'm pretty damn jealous.

Notes: Cheers to Arizona and your tasty brews!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 22oz. hand-bottle from flyerduke(BA) cbkschubert(ratebeer). Poured into my New Glarus shaker glass a very dark brown with about two fingers of rich, tan head. Aroma is of roasted grains, and chocolate. Taste is really nice...slightly sweet at first, leading to mildly bitter coffee, and cocoa. There's also some vanilla right before the alcohol rears it's head. Full bodied with light carbonation. I would seek this out again. Thanks Craig.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for seeking this out per my request and bringing the hand bottled bomber to the tasting...
Appears black with a dark brown hue and a dark tan head that quickly fades into a small collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, earthy, cocoa, caramel, and brown sugar.
Taste is of sweet cocoa, hoppy, light citrus, roasted nuts, espresso, and dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, earthy, grainy, full bodied, light woodiness, citrus, and coffee along the tongue.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap, arrived with a slim 1/4 inch tan foam cap with nice retention. Aroma not overpowering, but roasty and chocolatey. The flavor is nice, a strong mix of sweet mocha and cherry fruit followed by a lightly dry and toasty finish. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but not as chewy as some stouts in this class. Nice, subtle carbonation. It goes down suprisingly easy, and the alcohol is well hidden on this one. I will have to get a growler to take home...

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler. Aroma is pretty roasty with notes of esspresso grounds and dark chocolate. Deep black with a firm mocha head. Flavor is mostly roasted/brunt malts and dark choclate, but there are hints of dark dried fruits and even sweet cream. Not as wide a range as some Imperials, but damn tasty and it does have a very nice silky mouthfeel

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer sits an opaque black color in my glass and is topped by a frothy, thin brown colored head. Rich aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and burn fruit waft to my nose; the fruit notes remind me of burnt raisins, and burnt prunes. The taste is rich, with a mouth coating fullness to it that lingers just a bit. This has notes of sweet coffee and a lingering burnt bitterness in the finish. The taste is quite aggressively roasty, with lots of burnt grain notes, and thankfully, without any of the distracting, burnt grain-husk notes that can be found in many American Stouts.

Notes of burnt caramel, dark roasted espresso, an almost vanilla like note, a bit of bourbon character, and definite dark chocolate all dance across my taste buds. This beer has a rich creamy mouth feel to it; makes me think of a dark chocolate milk shake in some ways. This is a nice example of an Imperial Stout. Definitely a great after dinner treat; thick and rich enough to be contemplative and soothing, yet not so over the top that I need to worry about the drive home.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color. Large head. Aroma is roasted malts, cherries and vanilla. A medium bodied Imperial Stout. Milder flavors than most Imperials, it has a nice smooth round palate. The malts are roasted, chocolately with a touch of cherries. There are also hints of coffee, vanilla and plums. Lighter than most Imperials, but still very drinkable. Tummy warmer, which is slightly unfortunate in that it over 80 degrees outside. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and a touch dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black black black with a medium sized dark tan head. The aroma is rich and malty, chocolatey and slightly roasty with just a bit of flowery and citric hop making its way out of this black hole of a beer. Flavor is a deep malt, with a strong roasty character and a hint of cherry-like fruitiness. Alcohol is warming in effect but mild in flavor. Hop bitterness lends a sufficient tingliness to the mouth to baslance the syrupy full, viscous body. A lovely winter beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I said before, if there is anything more beautiful sitting in a glass than a well-brewed stout, I for one certainly don’t know what it is. Black as a moonless desert night, the head pretentious in its presence, light chocolate in it color, spumous in its texture and the resultant lace a sticky covering sheet. Toasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of coffee, what else can you ask for in a nose? Sweet start, portly top, mildly acidic, purposeful in its hop presence, bitter chocolate dry aftertaste, and a pretty decent stout “Imperial”? Not sure but damn good nonetheless.

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Thunder Canyon Warhead Stout from Thunder Canyon Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 14 ratings