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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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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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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.


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Photo of JDV
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of tonistruth
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV

A- 1 finger silky tan heads holds pretty well above a black brew, silk screens of tan lace on side of glass

S- currants, raisins, roasted malts, caramel

T- roasted/burnt malts and chocolate give way to sweet dark fruit flavors, some licorice, just a bit of alcohol at finish with a milkshake sweet aftertaste

M- creamy medium body with hints of heat at finish

D- offers some complexity to this interpretation of a imperial stout, with the fruit flavors fells like it has a Belgian twist, interesting but not doing it for me

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3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rizalini
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a blue waxed top bomber into my Deschutes tulip glass...

A - Pours pretty much black with a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing as it slowly fades.

S - Roasty aroma, almost chocolatey.

T/M - Good malty backbone, and a bit of heat. The taste isn't all that complex, but tasty none the less. Tongue-coating mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - A good example of an imperial stout. No bells and whistles, just a good stout. A little heat from the alcohol, but it was just bottled about a week ago.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Bung
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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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3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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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3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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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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