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

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BA SCORE
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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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caverog

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-25-2012 03:11:03 | More by caverog
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dbert21

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-20-2012 21:55:22 | More by dbert21
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-04-2012 13:23:57 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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herring556

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-29-2012 05:45:34 | More by herring556
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RS3Sport


3/5  rDev -19.4%

05-19-2012 08:08:56 | More by RS3Sport
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JamesS

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 15:36:01 | More by JamesS
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canders0927

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.4%

03-22-2012 00:16:15 | More by canders0927
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HungarianCount

California

3/5  rDev -19.4%

02-25-2012 03:57:45 | More by HungarianCount
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jacknsally5148

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.4%

02-08-2012 05:41:58 | More by jacknsally5148
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2012 03:05:02 | More by BeerBuckeye
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Omer4176

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-28-2012 02:31:00 | More by Omer4176
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pperez38

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-22-2012 17:42:02 | More by pperez38
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 21:47:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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edk218

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-23-2011 18:57:56 | More by edk218
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CelticAleMan

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-22-2011 23:20:38 | More by CelticAleMan
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HopHead84

California

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

12/20/2011

Nitro pour at BJ's Escondido.

A: Dark brown and opaque with a monstrous brown head that lingers for many minutes. It's actually been sitting there for probably 8 minutes and not moving. Witchcraft (I've since learned that this is on nitro, so perhaps not occult this time).

S: Molasses accompanies a restrained nuttiness and evident earthy notes. Dark chocolate blends with a robust roasted malt profile.

T: Pronounced roasted grains blend with dark chocolate and a moderate earthy bitterness. I get licorice and a little molasses. Finishes with a touch of booze.

M: Full body with a silky mouthfeel.

Overall: I'm enjoying this. Definitely the best beer I've had at the illustrious BJ's Escondido.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-21-2011 03:42:50 | More by HopHead84
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AlexM

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-14-2011 18:51:40 | More by AlexM
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with decent head retention. Lacing is very decent with this beer. Smelled of coffee, chocolate and caramel. I little too sweet smelling with not enough complexity. Tasted very roasty with undertones of chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Definitely has a little bitterness to it, but it is more sweet than bitter...bitterness really only hits in the finish. Does NOT taste like an 8.5% ABV brew.

Smooth, but maybe a tad on the thin side. Good carbonation. Overall a good stout, but not really representative of the style...it is not complex enough and it was really lacking in richness. Good, but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 01:37:46 | More by MsRif
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 01:35:00 | More by Rifugium
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 14:11:01 | More by EgadBananas
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-24-2011 06:15:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jds1469

Indiana

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

Drink this all the time when I go to BJ's Brewhouse on the south side of Indianapolis.

Very dark and stout beer. I just love watching the rings form on my glass each time I take a drink from the lacing.

The taste is very roasty with a malty, chocolaty and coffee feel.

If you go out and can get this I would recommend you give this a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 03:02:23 | More by jds1469
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is brewed for the BJ's in Houston

Pours ½ finger of tan head. Great retention and lace. Not as dark as I would expect an RIS to be. Color is a caramel brown.

Aroma: Big and roasted. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, grassy/earthy hops. A touch muted for the style.

Taste: Much more here than in the nose. Roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, caramel, chocolate syrup, coffee, and vanilla. Pretty creamy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and raosted.

Overall, a big stout full of flavor. Pretty thick. I like this one. It is slow drinking however. I don't think I would need a full pint of this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 02:50:56 | More by mothman
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ThreeWiseMen

California

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-28-2010 06:17:28 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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CBlack85

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-11-2010 01:09:25 | More by CBlack85
Tatonka Stout from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.