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Tenaya Creek Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Brewed using Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Roast, Victory and Black Malts we obtained a beautifully massive black beer with an off-white head. With a thick, stick to your tongue body and espresso and mocha flavors, this Imperial Stout is surprisingly easy drinking. The body is balanced with a malty sweet finish and high amount of bitterness obtained from Magnum Hops.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Jet Black and Tan head that hung around. Malts of roasted badly some black malt bitterness smoothed out with caramel and licorice. Flavor of chocolate and anise. Flavor lasted on and on.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3305) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
Sample, brown bottle, 650 ml, best before 11/12/13, savoured in October 2014; eye: black, opaque, thin sheet of beige head, light lacing; nose: roasted barley, molasses, light burnt, slight chocolate; mouth: roasted barley, molasses, light burnt, slight chocolate, light acridness, light residual sugar, finale in roasted barley with light presence of acridness, medium body, average carbonation, slight palatefulness texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bouteille brune, 650 ml, meilleure avant 11/12/13, savourée en octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, mince couverture de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, mélasse, léger brûlé, très léger chocolat; bouche : orge torréfiée, mélasse, léger brûlé, très léger chocolat, légère âcreté, léger sucre résiduel, finale en orge torréfiée avec légère présence d’âcreté, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, texture légèrement moelleuse; en résumé : correct

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (870) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2015
Gold wax bottle. Pours midnight black with a slight head that doesn’t last. Nose is chocolate and roasted malt. Tastes really sweet and sugary, roasted malt, a little bitter but mainly chocolate bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiveacestx (788) - Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Part of a flight at the brewery - jet black, nice sweet chocolate aroma and taste. Malty backbone. Medium to heavy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma picked up warm, roasted cocoa, vanilla, and espresso malts with accents of cardamom.. well-presented. The flavor found lightly-smoked black malts, and vanilla bean at the core, with tart coffee beans and light astringency around.. finished with a creamy roasted malt blend and a coffee kicker. Heavier-bodied and creamy on the palate.. overall well-balanced and very tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3611) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 26, 2015
22oz bottle pours out black topped with a small tan head. Nose is roast malts chocolate vanilla black licorice and some coffee notes. Taste is more of the heavy roast malts a nice coffee touch vanilla cocoa and a little bitterness on the end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7032) - Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2014
22 oz. bottle from my Utah Santa. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, some earthy bitterness, no frills, just a decent straight forward Russian Imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeuroPliny (222) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
Poured into a stem glass from an oversized bottle. Pours dark brown with an enormous toffee head. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, expresso, chocolate, caramel, and hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fantomasus (284) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Pours motor oil with a brown head that disappears. Not impressed. Aroma is pleasant and simple: caramel, floral, dough, and some vanilla. Taste is off balance sour/bitter. Some sweetness gets mashed by a big bitter finish. My criticisms seem to be aimed at elements that are common traits of this style but somehow this beer just doesn’t do Imperial Stout right. Too rough around the edges.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11160) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
2012 vintage. A deep dark imperial stout with a thin lacing dark brown head. In aroma, sweet chocolate malt with light coffee notes, OK. In mouth, a sweet chocolate malt with light coffee notes, grassy hops, licorice, basil, thyme, rather strange but nice. On tap at Aces and Ales Nellis.


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