Imperial Stout
Tenaya Creek Brewery

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Tenaya Creek Brewery
Nevada, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,846
Ranked #16,297
3.9 | pDev: 9.49%
Sep 29, 2022
Dec 18, 2007
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
So this was a pretty old beer we cracked at March Madness 2022 1/2 edition. This was bottled 12/14/11. Hoo boy.

Pours black, makes a perfect 1" tan head. She is a looker, there is no wall is undefeated here, this one looks great with some age on it. Just great in every way. The aroma was all Russian Imperial Stout like, so much dark fruit bitterness you'd think it was a different kind of stout.

Taste was a sipper, there was what seemed like a pretty substantial bittering hop usage here. That, combined with a plethora of scorched/burnt malt definitely put this in the 100ibu territory. I didn't find anything about this to have a sweet aspect of it. Just very roasty, very bitter. The alcohol was about what you would expect for something over 9%.

Would I have liked it more fresh? Probably. Would I have liked it a lot more? Doubtful. Loving Arms is playing.
Sep 29, 2022
Rated: 4 by NickThePyro from Washington

Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 3.92 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jan 13, 2019
Rated: 3.72 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 16, 2018
Rated: 3.38 by nmann08 from Virginia

Apr 08, 2018
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Reviewed by YungAnejo from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Green wax 650ml hard pour into an American pint glass produces a few inches worth of frothy head that settles down after a few minutes, tan brown head, solid black body with zero flashlight escaping past the edges, light delicate lacing

Aroma has hints of roast chocolate and burnt malts, light espresso in the back, alcohol dominates

Taste is bitter hops at first, but settles into roasted dark chocolate, strong bitter sweet caramel coffee

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, very subtle carbonation, medium-dry finish

Only picked up to try due to being local, that being said I actually enjoyed this one for the feel but the flavor and aroma lack a bit, it’s still fairly fresh though too so will have to check back in when I try the Red Wax vintage
Feb 28, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 03, 2018
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
On-draught @ Aces & Ales Tenaya.

Chewy and thick. Flavours of Whoppers, chocolate malt, and dark malt sweetness.

Oct 24, 2017
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Reviewed by 98green from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap. Stellar imperial stout. Looks like a BBA with the thin tan head that hangs around and laces the glass. Smell is a bit of a winelike tang. Taste is all roasty malts and a bit of lacto tang. Feel is solid body, moderate carb. Overall quite good
Apr 17, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Feb 16, 2017
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip. Split with a couple friends while at the brewery.

Appearance: rich black hue with a layer of creamy tan foam. Beautiful.

Smell: super sweet aroma with elements of malt, smoke and licorice. A nice roasty character rounds out the balance; great.

Taste: roasty, sweet and quite licorice-ey. Rich and delicious.

Mouthfeel: huge body; smooth, creamy and fantastic.

Overall: a wonderful imperial stout. Absolutely worth a try.
Apr 28, 2016
Rated: 4.4 by monty79_1997 from Missouri

Mar 23, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Feb 26, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. This was one of my contributions to the event.
Jan 14, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by OGdirty from California

Oct 26, 2015
Rated: 4.62 by Hopstout from Minnesota

Oct 20, 2015
Rated: 3.41 by MonkeyBread from Nevada

Sep 18, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by rather from California

Jun 08, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by richj1970 from Alabama

May 07, 2015
Rated: 4 by bcm75 from Illinois

Apr 30, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by mobrado from California

Apr 29, 2015
Rated: 4 by MikeC144 from Rhode Island

Feb 15, 2015
Rated: 3.8 by BeerZombies1 from Nevada

Feb 12, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by oldsailor from Connecticut

Jan 18, 2015
Rated: 3.32 by largadeer from California

Dec 24, 2014
Rated: 3.8 by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Oct 26, 2014
Rated: 4 by Corson from Canada (AB)

Aug 24, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

Jul 15, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by MichiganderHB from Michigan

Jul 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by elkinbrown from Tennessee

Jul 05, 2014
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Reviewed by KFBR392 from Illinois

4.04/5  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!
Jun 24, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Smarty_Pints from California

May 30, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by PappyVans from Wisconsin

May 28, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by CWVegas from Nevada

Jan 28, 2014
Rated: 4 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jan 25, 2014
Rated: 4 by schnarr84 from Canada (AB)

Jan 19, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by unclekeith from Alaska

Jan 16, 2014
Rated: 4 by Ben7773 from Texas

Jan 10, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Nunya from Ohio

Dec 25, 2013
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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.
Dec 22, 2013
Imperial Stout from Tenaya Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 88 ratings