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

Tatonka StoutTatonka Stout

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%


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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Tarmac

California

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite chain brewhouse beers, and it runs circles around stouts by famous local California brewpubs like Tied House and Gordon Biersch. The Tatonka has a massive coffee/dark chocoloate thing going on, with plenty of ABV but masked very well. It doesn't do the cascading foam like Guinness but the taste and mouthfeel more than make up for it the more sedate appearance. This is the only brew I get at BJs unless they also have Sierra Nevada Torpedo. It may be a nitro-tap, I am not sure of that.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2009 07:44:23 | More by Tarmac
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Columbus Ohio BJ's.

Boy that's big. I wasn't expecting a Russian Imperial Stout in the standard line up from a chain brewery. Expecting a watered down American Stout, I am taken back a bit.

The beer is as big on malt, roasted barely, body, and power as the style demands. A chewy beer seems to be malt forward with a lot of caramel, molassas, and toffee. Nuttiness, dried cherries, plumbs, and dates make their way into the ester profile. Deeply charred but not ashy or astringent, then roasted grains give a sharp espresso note to the aroma and taste. Bitterness comes in late in the form of coffee and hop bitterness. Alcohols are prevailant throughout giving a sweet, cough syrup taste at times, but lending to the dryness in the finish. A long linger of espresso and alcohol top off this session. Buyer be warned, this one has a kick to it!

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2009 20:47:15 | More by BEERchitect
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cjgator3

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2009 15:43:13 | More by cjgator3
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SShelly

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BJ's Woodland hills.

Comes out looking like its from a nitro tap, giant pillowy head with a dark brownish-blackish color.

Nice roast aroma with a little amount of hops.

Roasty bitterness in the mouth, very lively carbonation, not thrilled with the flavor, I think this probably scrapes the bottom end of the RIS category, not enough chocolate and too much roast for my tast.

fairly drinkable but not my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2009 20:17:40 | More by SShelly
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dotsonjamesg

Arkansas

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 01:57:19 | More by dotsonjamesg
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jcompton

Missouri

2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-20-2008 17:00:14 | More by jcompton
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colts9016

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a thick black with a one to finger head. The nose is caramelized malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and notes of hops. The taste opens the palate to a thick body creamy, chocolaty, heavy malty characters, and a good dose of hops for good measure. The finish is bitter but clean and very lasting.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2008 22:51:20 | More by colts9016
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

07-28-2008 21:48:42 | More by jasonjlewis
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tpd975

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

01-22-2008 16:15:17 | More by tpd975
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xraided81

California

2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

01-19-2008 07:39:56 | More by xraided81
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MEsquandoles

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

01-04-2008 23:16:16 | More by MEsquandoles
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

09-21-2007 20:28:25 | More by lordofthewiens
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rayjay

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 1200 Roseville Parkway, Roseville

11-06-2006 19:27:37 | More by rayjay
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Injemanze

China

4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

If this is even merely a decent example of a Russian Imperial Stout, then I believe may have found my favorite beer style.

Appearance: Jet black with moderate head and thick tan lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste: Rich creamy chocolate and coffee characteristics. The high ABV was noticeable but not the most salient aspect of the taste (which would be chocolate/coffee/coco).

Mouthfeel: Heavy and thick with a creamy smooth start and finish.

Drinkability: Two glasses is nice with dinner but three would be pushing for me because of the ABV.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

10-01-2006 06:01:20 | More by Injemanze
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Dukeofearl

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

03-05-2006 18:34:37 | More by Dukeofearl
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

10-23-2005 01:01:24 | More by SteveO1231
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baiser

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

08-15-2005 01:30:15 | More by baiser
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rowew

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BJ's Laguna Beach. Went great with some vanilla ice cream for desert! Nice thick head, and a great black color. Head stayed throughout the pint, and left a thick lace down the glass. Beer had a great roasted coffe flavor, and a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Very nice stout.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

05-01-2005 02:04:23 | More by rowew
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

03-16-2005 18:50:39 | More by beerceller99
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one of the BJ's brews that are constantly available. Tatonka's appearance is dark chocolate brown, almost black, with a light head that stays throughout the pint. Smell is light, like most of the brewpub offerings I've had, and mildly of roasted malts. Taste is very complex. Roasted malts are prominent, but a wine-like taste with a hint of vanilla is strong towards a sip's middle. A very light alcohol taste is also noted in the finish. I really enjoyed this beer and must say it was the best of my BJ's visit.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

01-04-2005 21:04:57 | More by Gagnonsux
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watermelonman

California

2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

10-26-2004 00:10:24 | More by watermelonman
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Addison, TX location.

Pours a opaque black with a thin creamy tan head. Looks like it comes from a nitro tap but I'm not sure. Smells chocolatey and nutty. Lightly smoky.

Taste is earthy and burnt malt. Chocolate and nutty. Some alcohol burn. Really creamy and smooth. Bitter chocolate aftertaste. Thick and chewy. There is a pronounced alcohol burn that cuts into the drinkability a bit. Other than that a pretty solid imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

10-20-2004 19:11:45 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Las Vegas (Summerlin) location, but brewed in Chandler, Arizona.

This imperial stout poured a very dark (almost opaque) black color with creamy, brown foam that persisted until the last drop. The smell was malty with a mild roastiness. The smell was very mild, but could be coaxed a little with swirling. The taste was sweet and malty with hints of cocoa and dried fruit, and with an pervasive light roasted malty bitterness. There was a hint of alcohol as well. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-full body and moderately low carbonation feel. This stout was warming, and the roasted flavors lingered. This was a good stout, and it grew on me.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

10-11-2004 07:47:33 | More by UncleJimbo
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

09-13-2004 12:13:16 | More by Gavage
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

All-black viscous body with an incredibly thick brown cream top pad, as thick as whipped creamm with small, scraggly bubbles poking out like a poison ivy rash. Nose was a sharp, mint vodka with a background of coffee ice cream and dulce de leche.

Taste held lots of alcohol--the first thing noticed. It was served coolish and was smooth like a Guinness. Watery, light sweet taste hits, followed by the alcohol, followed by a mild roasted toastiness. Despite the alcohol being present, the full brunt of the 8% wasn't felt at all--except for a scratchiness in the throat.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

09-01-2004 00:01:17 | More by donnebaby
Tatonka Stout from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.