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

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc. visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-13-2002)
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2/5  rDev -46.1%

Meyers1023, Feb 18, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

Sampled this on nitro-tap at the BJ's Restaurant in Fresno, CA tonight.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black body (or so it appeared in the dim lighting) with a quarter inch of dense, light brown, cap. Great head retention and foamy lacing.

Smell: Roasted barley and chocolate came through right away. With time, caramel, coffee, and hints of red currants emerged. Nothing out of the ordinary or special about this one.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts make up the bulk of the flavor profile. Little to no hop presence. Roasty finish transitions to an annoyingly alcoholic/fusel aftertaste, which lasts and lasts. Boo.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than it should be and under-carbonated; very dull, nearly flat (the nitro-infusion is waaay off). Finishes very dry, brazenly showing off the ABV. Not creamy in the least. Lousy.

Drinkability: I had to eat food/take big swishes of water between sips. This was one of the worst RIS's I've had. Almost no complexity, certainly no balance, and an extremely alcoholic finish. Just BAD.

ThreeWiseMen, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of watermelonman
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%

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.

watermelonman, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of xraided81
2.6/5  rDev -29.9%

Tasted at the san bernandino location, not sure if it is brewed there. this did not taste like a traditional impy stout. Tasted more like a dry stout, with a subtle hoppy aftertaste. The head was creamy white, was expecting an a light orange rust colored head. overall a mediocore stout.

xraided81, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of jcompton
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%

got this while working down in McAllen, TX.

opaque black appearance with nice lacing around the glass. this was on nitro, so i had a nice creamy head

smell was roasty and chocolate. a little light on aroma for an impy stout

the initial taste was the same as smell, but quickly turned sweet and syrupy. the more i drank of the beer the less i liked it. the sweetness was over powering. i was ready how this had relatively high bitterness, but i couldn't detect that through the sweetness. it makes me wonder how consistent this brew is from store to store.

mouthfeel was creamy and very pleasant.

low on the drinkability due to the sweetness. i wouldn't recommend this beer. the Piranha Pale Ale was much better

jcompton, Dec 20, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

andyjeigh, May 18, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 07, 2010
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

mobrockman, Jun 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

HungarianCount, Feb 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Rhettroactive, Jun 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

suckaj, Sep 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

canders0927, Mar 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

RS3Sport, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

jacknsally5148, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of tpd975
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%

Enjoyed in Citrus Park Florida

A: Flat black in color with a small thick head . Smooth and silky looking with spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt, with hints of chocolate.

T: More of an Irish stout than an imperial. Taste was of roasted malt, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium bodied brew. The nitro pour made it extra smooth and creamy. The finish was very dry, Very Irish stout like.

Drinkability: Not too bad. I enjoyed BJ's quite a bit. The beers are not on par with Tampa Bay Brewing, but it was a nice spot with pretty good beer and damn good food.

tpd975, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of goblue3509
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a one to two finger head that is khaki in color and gives way to webbed lacing and rings of lacing down the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts and some dark fruits. The aroma is very faint. The taste is of roasted malt and caramel malt backbones along with hints of chocolate. There is also a presence of dark fruits and a slight hop bite, however, the big alcohol is not present. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and not slick. The drinkability is okay, its not the big ris that you think of, but it would be a good beer to introduce someone to the style. It's an easier drink for an ris. Not as complex as some but a solid beer.

goblue3509, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of SteveO1231
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

Finally got to taste the Tatonka my friends had been talking about.

It was pretty good. Poured thick opaque black. Thick creamy tan head.

Smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Nice thick creamy texture, taste of chocolate with a bitter coffe finish.

Probabyl one of BJ's better house brews.


SteveO1231, Oct 23, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

blastoderm55, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of JamesS
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%

At Greenwood, Indiana location... Poured a fairly thin black with some decent head and a bit of initial lacing. Decently deep sweet roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee. Decently roastiness in the flavor, as well, with some coffee, and hints of earthy hops. Went down quite smooth, but that could be due to the fact that it's one of the thinnest impy stouts I've ever had. Nothing was bad, but it just wasn't very thick and rich, with a nice collection of flavors, like their should be.

JamesS, Apr 06, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -10.2%

A - Pours a rather light brown. It almost looks reddish in the pour but ends up brown in the glass. Little lead.

S - Mostly some chocolate malt, some dark fruit, very faint.

T - Taste was decent. Again, it's actually pretty light. Some hints of coffee and bitter chocolate, followed up with some dark fruit

M - Smooth, ABV hidden incredibly well. It's actually a lot lighter bodied that what you would expect in an imperial stout.

Overall - It was decent. Very light and drinkable, but not incredibly full and flavorful. Sort of a RIS Lite.

BeerBuckeye, Jan 30, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -10.2%

On-tap at BJ's in Valencia, CA.

Pours pitch black with a 2 inch milk chocolate colored head that fades to a small cap. Nice ring lacing on the drink down. Smells of roasted malt, espresso/coffee beans, and bitter chocolate. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffee. Lingering hop bitterness and burnt taste on the tongue. Carbonation is horrible on this beer. Extremely flat and thick on the drink down. Very creamy in a bad way, like drinking coffee creamer. Drinkability is average due to the flatness of this beer. Not too good.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 24, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

cjgator3, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 29, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -7%

My wife thinks this beer has to much hop presence for a stout. She is a stout/porter lover. Me, being a hop head, think it is a nice touch to a good style of beer.

It came to the table with a good 1/4 inch of beige head. It clung to the glass and supported a decent collar for the life of the pint.

The nose is hops and smoke. A enticing combination. Roasty chocolate hid in the depths of darkness. The taste reflects the smell. It is all the things you look for in a decent stout with a nice hop bite that adds a welcome dimension.

This is an all around good beer. Nice alcohol amount and a good one to drink with dinner or dessert.

elmocoso, Sep 16, 2003
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Tatonka Stout from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.