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Tenaya Creek Imperial Stout | Tenaya Creek Brewery

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Tenaya Creek Imperial StoutTenaya Creek Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Tenaya Creek Brewery
Nevada, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of themanilow
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Hopstout
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattcrill
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Lovely dark roasted malt notes up front. Earthy and peppery hop notes that marry well with the dark roasted grain character. A bit smokey but understated.

Appearance: Jet black with a pancake batter-like head. Head retention is good and appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Follows the aroma. Big malt character with lots of dry cocoa powder and burnt creamed coffee notes. Espresso rounds out the flavor and it's balanced off by some earthy firm hop bitterness and lingering caramel notes. Balance is nearly even giving a slight edge to the bitter hop and dark grain flavors. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly creamy and a little bit of an acrid bite. Not unpleasant or unexpected. Just gives it a little character.

Overall impression: Wow! I'm impressed. This is a new one for me and I'm glad to see it in Central OH. Nicely done. A nice treat on a hot Memorial Day weekend.

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Photo of CWVegas
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Hopinista
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of monty79_1997
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OGdirty
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TasteTester
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of flagmantho
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of scottfrie
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of buzzy
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rangerman21
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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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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

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4.11/5  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

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Photo of oldsailor
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mobrado
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Tenaya Creek Imperial Stout from Tenaya Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 81 ratings
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