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Tatonka Stout - BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 10-13-2002

An imperial stout — a classic style so rich and flavorful that it was once the private beverage of Russian Czars. The profile is malty sweet, hop bitter roasted, full-bodied, alcoholic and deliciously complex. Beer doesn’t get much more intense than this!

60 IBU
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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 60
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Photo of Dmann
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An all around good Imp. Stout. This one poured a nice dark black with a fluffy brown head that lasted till the last drop and left a whole lotta lace. The smell was a little sweeter than I was expecting, and had a good chocolate scent going for it. The taste was great and a little more hoppy than I was expecting but it was very good. Good dose of chocolate and light coffee flavours as well. This one went down very easy and I could have had many more of these, good job!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice example of an imperial stout. I would have liked it served in a tulip instead of a pint, but that's a minor quibble. Black in color with a thick coffee-colored head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. The taste was similar, with a nice balance between the chocolate and coffee. Did not think the alcohol was noticeable. A rich, rewarding beer.

Photo of Sharbhund
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My personal favorite stout. Highly recommend.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, lighter brown head to it, looks the part, even if slightly lighter than most. Aroma was kinda muted, not as much sweetness or roastyness as you would hope for.

Taste, decent, hides the alcohol quite well, but a little pase for an RIS. Sturdy, but no one flavor to speak of, which depending on your point a view, could be a grand testament to its balance.

Overall, a decent beer worth having again, especially considering its cheapness and ability to hide alcohol.

Photo of rdilauro
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this when I was done in Jacksonville, FL. I was totally impressed. Right from the dark jet black color with a dirty cream head, the aroma was captivating. A little coffee, a little chocolate and a hint of orange. The taste was big and bold yet creamy smooth. The finish was as if you just had some pudding that you loved.
A treat for me. Now to find it in the Northeast

Photo of watermelonman
2.51/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This came as a dark brown and black with pretty average head and lace.

The smell is off at best, containing alcohol and some kind of putrid grain. The taste is plain and overly potent. The mouthfeel is somewhat disturbing while the drinkability takes a big hit for an overall lack of refinement.

I think this thing could use a lot of work.

Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap from BJ's in Orlando, FL. 16oz pour into a standard shaker pint glass. Pours a very dark black color with a nice creamy light tan color head that possesses great retention and lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and alcohol. The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts with some bitterness coming through in the finish. This one definitely doesn't hide the alcohol very well, the finish is a little boozy at time for me. Overall, Tatanka is a decent beer that I would order again at BJ's but definitely nothing I'd go out of my way to get.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.84/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

6 oz nitro-tap pour in a mini pilsner glass. 8.5% ABV, On tap at BJ's in Huntington Beach, CA.

A - The best looking beer of them all, Tatinka arrives from the nitro-tap black with a sexy cascading, thick, tan head with incredibly thick lace til the last drop.

S - Sadly the nose is almost absent from this beer as it offers only hints of low roasted malts.

T - More flavor comes out than the nose offers up but sadly it's all astringent and full of hot alcohol that blends poorly with dark roasted malts and a light addition of coffee.

M - The texture has a lot of dry, dusty cocoa with an astringent alcohol kick and a lingering rubbing alcohol burn.

D - This beer has parts to it that are almost to a decent point. The alcohol needs to go though. It doesn't fit at all and it definitely lowers the drinkability.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled (5oz.) on 09-08-03 at BJ's Brewhouse in Arcadia, CA.
Inky black in color with just the faintest suggestion of brown at the edges. Thin but resilient creamy mocha colored head.
Smell is of burnt coffee, dark dried fruits, floral hops and a light alcohol note.
Taste: baker's chocolate, coffee like you'd get from the bottom of a pot left on the burner too long, prunes, and dates all rolling around on the tongue. Finishes with a light hops bittering at the back of the tongue and a bit of a raw alcohol flavor.
Feel was a bit lighter than others I've tried.
A tasty, if a little raw, Imp Stout. Flavors are not as assertive or aggressive as other Imperial Stouts but in a way that's the appeal of this one.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with virtually no highlights- maybe a touch of brown. A creamy tan head sticks around to the bottom of the pint. Very nice.

Aroma is rich malty goodness- chocolate, chicory and some coffee notes. Flavor follows through from the aroma, but add some smokiness and some creaminess too.

This is dangerously drinkable- the ABV sneaks up from behind. Recommended.

One point more on the place than the beer- BJ's serves their beers quite cold, and since it's not a "relax and let a pint warm up" kind of place (it's more a "how quickly can we turn the customers over" place), it makes it hard to really enjoy the quality of their beer. Beerfly adjusted accordingly. I mention it here because it does affect the review of the beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color, light brown frothy, creamy head of a solid finger that sticks to the glass all the way down. Appeared to be nitro, but I never found out out for certain...

The aroma was okay. Light roasted notes, which hints of chocolate and sweetness.

Taste was nice, with bittersweet chocolate, lots of roast, a touch of coffee, and a hint of hops in the back.

Feel was good and creamy, medium bodied and clean.

Overall, a tasty brew, but an average RIS. I think a lot more non-beer-people will enjoy this, but beer geeks will likely find it lacking in depth. I'll gladly drink it everytime I go there though.

Photo of Bills453
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a BJ's growler into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance - dark brown/black, no light shines through this darkness.

Smell - coffee and dark chocolate. I actually smell some charcoal in this one as well.

Taste - coffee and chocolate taste. Roasted flavor as well.

Overall - a nice stout. Nothing blew me away about this one though.

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I actually tasted it at the one in Temple, TX. Made in Houston.
Very drinkable, largely in part to the nitro. I liked it better after it warmed. Like a toned down and more market friendly version of Saint Arnold's Russian Imperial Stout (DR#5) with nitro carbonation. While I would rather it not be on nitro, it was done very well. Alcohol was hardly noticeable.

Photo of CBlack85
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Greenwood, IN location.

Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, nearly opaque with some ruby highlights. The semi-tall tan head receds quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Dark chocolate and coffee notes mingle to create a huge aroma. Some dark fruit hints and toasted notes give a little depth to this beer.

The taste follows the nose pretty closely. Big chocolate and coffee, with lots of toasted notes. Body is a little thin for the style, but the nitro tap gives it a nice smooth mouthfeel. The alcohol is well masked, almost too well masked.

Overall this is a nice beer, especially for a chain restaurant. I would like to see the beer be a little more full bodied, and slightly hotter.

Photo of dotsonjamesg
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

BJ's Brewery: Tatonka Stout

Served on draft at BJ's Brewhouse in Corona, CA

A: Poured as a deep dark, jet-black stout with a thin one-finger mousy head. I attempted to shine a light through one side of the glass to see if it would come out the other end and this black-hole-of-a-beer swallowed all of the light.

S: Smells of rich roasted malts, anise, coffee, and chocolate.

T: The taste is heavenly and sweet, just as an imperial stout should be. The after taste lingers for quite some time after its finished.

M: Thick, velvety smooth, and with light carbonation.

D: Its great warm or cold, though I prefer it cold. Its very sweet and thick so it can be a bit hard to drink in succession but your taste buds will be begging for more.

I have been drinking this brew for about three years now and every year it seems to get better and better. This beer has transformed from a light bodied stout to a hefty Imperial Stout. It tastes great and smells great and will make you feel pretty good. I recommend having a South West Chicken Sandwich with it. Enjoy!

Photo of ruzzal
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Better than a macro brew

Photo of baiser
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ's brewhouse in Cupertino. A creamy tan coloured nitro head sat atop a reddish black body. Roasty coffee aroma, sweet molasses and some heavy alcohol in the nose. Mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth. The alcohol makes it a bit less drinkable. This is a very full bodied stout. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amazing head. It is super frothy and clings to the glass for dear life.

Smell is of coffee and roasted chocolate malts.

There is anice undertone of mint on the palate with a very sweet chocolate and roasted malt profile

Slightly creamy, yet slightly astringent mouthfeel. Astringency seems to be a defect in several of their beers.

This beer is fairly decent, but their are better RISes out there.

Photo of beerceller99
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro tap at a Dallas area BJ's. Black color with a thick brown head. Has a strong toasted malt smell. Medium to full bodied. Strong taste of chocolate , blackened malts, and toffee.Very smooth as I'd expect from a nitro tap. Finishes with a bitter, almost burnt malt flavor.
A huge brew.

Photo of Chrisbaggz
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth, creamy, and just the right amount of hops to make it interesting and unique.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at BJ's, Westminster, CO

Tatonka! Poured a dark brown-black with a finger of tannish head that retained and laced well. Big roasty aroma: dark malts, coffee, some cocoa. More big roastiness in the taste, with dark malts, coffee and cocoa notes, licorice and leather. Alcohol somewhat noticeable, but not in a bad way. Heavy-medium body, full of flavor and personality, and generally very drinkable.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid stout. Smooth and a faint sweetness. I'm a fan!!

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1/2" tan head. Some thick lacing developed through the drink.

Smell: the aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol.

Taste: the flavor consisted of roasted malt, chocolate and licorice. Alcohol level was quite strong and very noticeable.

Mouthfeel: this was a medium-heavy brew with a creamy smooth start. The finish was slighty dry and long on the alcohol and chocolate tones.

Drinkability: one of the better BJ brews and is nicely drinkable even with the noticeable alcohol tones.

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint off the nitro-tap at the new BJ's at Oxmoor Mall in Louisville, Ky.

A: Deep, muddy brown, quite opaque through the pint glass. Somewhat thin, but very creamy looking sand-colored head - reminds me alot of the consistency of a Guiness Draught pulled from a nitro-tap. Alot of lacing creates notches along the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted notes hit first - coffee, burnt toast; followed quickly by dark chocolate and some faint hints of dark fruit and molasses. A good blend of sweetness and bitter, roasty bite, even if the nose isn't overly complex or groundbreaking.

T: Much like the nose, you get a dose of roasted coffee beans and breakfast toast up front. Then a touch of bittersweet chocolate creeps in along with touches of dark fruit, molasses and maybe some licorice. Pretty much a cookie cutter RIS in its flavor profile - tastes like what you'd expect, but nothing over the top to wow you.

M: Full bodied; a nice creamy head and the body boast the appropriate thickness and weight coming off of the nitro-tap.

D: Not hard to drink at all and the alcohol is masked fairly well. At $4.50 a pint, not bad either in terms of price to quality.

Really, this RIS was not bad at all, its just nothing that will knock your socks off. Solid, sturdy brew that touches all the right points without getting too adventurous. Pairs well with BJ's avocado egg rolls.

Photo of rayjay
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at BJ's Natomas (Sacramento), brewed at Roseville (just up the road). Dominant appearance, very dark, lots a "stuff" floating around, light tan head. Impressive looking. Smell/taste: bitter roasted malts and bitter hops are the two strongest notes. There are stronger stouts out there, but this one holds it's own against the other BJ's beers on tap; definitely nothing else this bold on tap. Raisins, sweet dark bread, molasses, strong red wine, and bitter dark chocolate all come to mind. Alcohol is present, but not dominant. A good beer, but it isn't quite balanced...maybe it's just a very fresh batch. The flavors are the right flavors, but somehow they don't seem to blend to make the perfect beer. Recommended if you're there, but not quite world-class. Cheers!

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Tatonka Stout from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.