Tenaya Creek Imperial Stout | Tenaya Creek Brewery

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Tenaya Creek Imperial StoutTenaya Creek Imperial Stout

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Tenaya Creek Brewery
Nevada, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

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.

Added by tonistruth on 12-18-2007

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of Bung
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MikeC144
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of rangerman21
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of richj1970
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of buzzy
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of largadeer
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerZombies1
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bespin15
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rather
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Harvey98
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of schwaeh
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a moderately priced, waxed bottle, dated 12/14/11.

A: Pours dark brown, porter-esque. Presents as black inside my snifter with a dense khaki head. Carbonation looks to be a strong suit. I still say it's kinda light for a stout.

S: This smells pretty nice, not too bold but it has a nice malt profile. Roasted/chocolate/coffee malt are really all that's in the mix, all in a fairly even amount. Smells like it will be a smooth drinker-real mellow and not ashy or burnt. I would liken it to a bigger version of Edmund Fitzgerald in the aroma department.

T: Wow coffee bitterness really shines here, this could have/ could almost be considered a coffee stout. Roasted malt is big along with a forceful amount of chocolate malts. I think this malt ratio is a real winner, especially for a brewery that seems pretty new. Bitterness gets to be a touch high, I get some piney hops and roast that really ride along with the bitter coffee; This hurts drinkability slightly.

M: Creamy and smooth with a higher level of bitterness. Carbonation is moderate.

O: I enjoyed this one, for the price it is a solid contender. This really is a middle of the road beer in a tough category, surely to get lost in the fold. Pretty smooth and flavorful without being over-the-top at all.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler on my initial visit here which including a great tour of the brewery by head brewmaster, Anthony. Decided to take home this beast and give it a shot as the sample impressed me. Pours black and thick, dark brown edging but even when held to light, the beers stops it all, this is a dark beer. Small, mocha colored head with somewhat weak retention. Smell was a little weak at first but as it warms you notice some chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is good. Its pretty much what you'd expect from an Impy Stout but seemed to be a heavier coffee like taste, dark toasted malt and chocolate present as well. Nice warming effect as it goes down and leaves a plesant dark chocolate after taste. Mouthfeel is full and thick, great example for this style. Overall a very good beer. Its got some kick to it but a great slow-sipper and enjoy at warmer temps to get everything out of this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of charlzm
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Tenaya Creek Imperial Stout from Tenaya Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 85 ratings