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

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 180
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 3
Gots: 38 | 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:
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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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 180
Photo of Dmann
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

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Photo of IceAce
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pint arrived with the nitrogen cascade in full bloom which subsided after 90 seconds. What remained was an opaque black Imperial with a very thin (>1/8") creamy collar of foam. The stout had a nice nose that was malty, hoppy, and contained more than a subtle hint of the beverage's collasal 8.1 ABV.

The first taste assaulted the senses; nose first followed by the heady mouthfeel of massive roasted malts. The beverage literally coats the palate with full Imperial richness. The finish is dominated by the fulfillment of the high ABV promise made by the nose.

Head retention was good (considering the small size) and tha lacing on the glass was nice, but less than one would expect from this large beer.

I re-ordered a second pint and requested a larger collar of foam from my attentive barkeep and what followed was sheer folly. No matter which way he poured (including a vertical pour straight to the bottom of the glass at a distance of over 16") the head refused to grow past 1/8". After sending over a pint down the drain he served up another thin-crowned offering.

I am happy to report that the creamer plate in the faucet has since been located and installed...and the beer now pours fine.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint style glass

A real well crafted complex stout.

Almost black with a big tan foamy head with bubble holes in it. Amazing lacing and the retention of the head was better than average. The scents were at first very muted. A cold scent to it. As it warmed a roasted cocoa and floral hops emitted from the glass.

Many flavors here. Roasted cocoa and mocha dominate this stout. Some burnt grains and a slight molasses. Some hops give this stout a bit of bitterness. Not too powerful though. It balances well. At 8.1% ABV it is hardly noticeable.

Medium body. It drinks well. It is not as heavy as other stouts that I have had. Cheers to BJ's on this one.

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Photo of drewbage
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on Cask from BJ's Woodland Hills, CA
Cask had been tapped 3 days prior.

Under normal nitro draft service, Tatonka is a reliable Imperial Stout carrying all of the expected coffee roasted notes of the roast barley. However, Tatonka has a harsh acidity from the roast in the palate that is enhanced by the CO2. This acidity is what keeps Tatonka from being my favorite BJ's beer.

Cask service makes this beer shine in a whole other light. The nose is softer with coffee tones subdued and replaced by chocolate and plums. The flavor is richer and rounder with a softer roast profile by far. Thanks to the slightly warmer service and lower CO2 levels, the beer really comes through with a profile less like an Imperial Stout and more like an extra rich Foreign Stout.

Definately a treat if you can find it.

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Photo of mickeymac
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's close to black, with just a hint of brown. A good pour from the tap or the growler produces a healthy tan head that fades pretty quickly. The smell is roasted malt with a hint of fruit and a moderate alcohol aroma. Lots of flavors are floating around. In addition to the roasted flavors, a ripe fruit flavor is noticeable. It's lighter in flavor and mouthfeel than most imperials. However, I found the Tatonka to be the best of the beers regularly on tap at BJ's.

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