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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Hauling oats is hard work. Donkeys are motivated by carrots. Here at Tenaya Creek we are motivated by beer. Especially when it has the subtle aroma of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.
It is easy to forget about the long journey ahead when a dark ale with a golden tan head is in hand. So drop the reins, pry open the lid and enjoy the rounded, smooth pull. Take a breath and savor the notes of semi-sweet chocolate and hearty oats.
Your donkey deserves a reward for all its hard work
- just don’t share this treat! ABV: 5.7%


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Tap @ 1702. Opaque, brown-black pour with a short, persistent beige head leaving geographic lace. Nose is fairly neutral as stouts go - maybe some roasted malt. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Baking chocolate, toffee and some dark roast malt. Finish is shortish. I look for more and rounder body from an oatmeal stout, maybe less roastiness.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maley1 (807) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
Dark brown pour with small tan head. Aroma of cocoa, oats, chocolate and faint coffee. Taste of roasted malts, unsweetened bitter chocolate, oats, slightly nutty and faint lactose. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very average oatmeal stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Dark roasted malt aromas. Nice bitterness with nutty and earthy notes. Good body and mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Runningonempty (10) - cucamonga, California, USA - OCT 14, 2014
My first impression while watching the dark medium head dissipate was an aroma of dried plums or raisins bouncing around with the chocolate and grassy hop aromas. Once it warmed up, the roasted malts were far more dominant. It delivers a classic oatmeal stout sweetness that doesn’t go too far but enough to round out the touch of bitterness really well. This full bodied beer is silky, smooth and thick with an understated carbonation. If only I had a brownie right now.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bahumat (124) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
Aroma: 6/10. Surprisingly piney and hopped for an oatmeal stout. Gentle notes of coffee and chocolate, a little caramel. Appearance: 5/5. Beautiful cola-brown pour with a thin white head that lingers. Taste: 7/10. Surprisingly highly hopped for an oatmeal stout, but exceptionally well balanced on the hopping; a pleasant piney bitterness overlaying gentle, chalky sweet malts and minerality. Little bit of coffee, some chocolate, some caramel. Palate: 4/5. Smooth over the tongue and teeth, as you’d expect from an oatmeal stout, with a lingering, pleasant light bitter coffee, nutty finish. Overall: 15/20. If you like oatmeal stouts but wish they were hopped higher, with overtones of pine, you’ll like this one. Even if, like me, you usually drink stouts because you hate hops, this brew balances the hops perfectly.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Las Vegas, NV - Total Wine - Summerlin - 22 oz bomber. Pours a deep dark black with a thick khaki colored head. Aroma has nice lactic notes with some bittersweet chocolate notes. Flavor is full bodied with some bittersweet dark chocolate, a bit of day old coffee and a hint of licorice. Mouthfeel has a nice creaminess to it, good lacticity, Nice nightcap.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
Decided to use my discount on this one. I’ve had a few beers from Tenaya Creek before and I was rather interested in giving this one a shot, as my store has a number of them. First thing, it pours a lovely, impenetrable black with some generous tan-coloured head. aroma is a lot hoppier than I had expected, but this is not something that turns me off. I ca best describe the aroma as ’round’, which is an odd way to put it, but there is a king of dark malt-green hops balance going on in the nose that is leaving my senses confused. Most oatmeal stouts I have had until now have been chocolate-and-coffee affairs that focus on the malts, so my brain is unsure. Flavour is decidedly smokey, which surprised me a bit, but it is a very pleasant surprise as I don’t get that kind of flavour out of beers very often. Smokey chocolate, coffee, pretty good balance between sweet and bitter with a bit more focus on the bitter side of things. A very nice if unusual stout.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmacklin (306) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small, short lived, creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee with a slightly dry, bitter finish. Medium body with a smooth, creamy, oily texture and soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13326) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Draft at the source 12/19/13. Very dark brown color, thick beige head with good retention. Aroma of cocoa and chocolate milk. Taste is coffee grounds, cocoa powder, oats.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Nearly black pour, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma of caramel, coffee, light chocolate, light earth hops. Medium bodied, moderate to low sweetness, pretty nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Masterkush7 (567) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
thick black colour with a thin layer of caramel coloured foam. Starts a bit harsh with coffee and cocoa flavours with a hint of burnt. Burnt flavour turns to strong coffee in the finish.


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