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Tatonka Stout - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 20.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 07-04-2005

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: 111 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by heath1agnew:
Photo of heath1agnew
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was my first imperial stout to have and i loved it. had a one finger head that lasted for the whole brew and extreme lacing was left all over the glass. the beer was opaque dark brownish black. the taste was good and my only critisism would be that the alcohol was a little to harsh in the finish. mouthfeel was excellent. smooth and creamy, thick and chewy, and a nice touch of carbonation. i was suprised that this beer was so drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of nem2006
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had it on tap at BJ's brewhouse in South Arlington, TX. It is a very dark brown with a little head. The head fades very quickly.

It smells of toasted malts and I think a hint of coffee.

Upon tasting it, I caught a little sweetness from the malts, but then was hit with a strong bitterness from the hops. It was a little much for me. At the end of each drink, I caught a little hint of smoke.

Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Plano location.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt, with a little bit of chocolate mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some pine and bitter notes from the hops. The beer is fairly boozy. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of magictrokini
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this one, possibly one of the more consistent and quality beers they always have on tap. Very dark pour with a short tan head that lasts. Roasty, cocoa and nut aroma. Chocolatey taste with a dry aftertaste. Malty and not as roasty as the nose would indicate, but very good. Hides the alcohol well, but is a full-body beer. Well balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the darkest beer in the world, but good enough, 1" tan head on it, quickly recedes. Good roast quality, smooth nose.

Easy drinking ris, gets fruitier as it warms, kinda divisive, is it pase because it drinks so easy, or is in ingenious because it hides 8% so well? Not a ton of chocolate. Not a ton of anything, doesn't have any one exceptional quality, but it is solid all the way around.

Slightly bitter, some cocoa pops up. I would swear it was a nitro tap, but was told otherwise.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Glendale location. Opaque black with a creamy head, lacey sheets. Would like this one on ask. Smooth, a fuller mouthfeel. Good drinking, more chocolate than their porter. Also higher abv than noted in the past. Roast under control.

Photo of MiScusi
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark dark brown, but I wouldn't classify it as black. It has a light tan head that has great retention. The head doesn't leave a lacing- it leaves layers of foam down the side of the glass- nice and sticky. The smell that mainly comes through is roasted coffee. The taste again is high on the roast and coffee, but it goes down very smooth. They label the IBU's at 60 for this but it doesn't seem that intense. It is a very nice drinker. The mouthfeel is slick and dry. While this is a good beer, the coffee being present more highly than the other flavors isn't really something I would want to drink large amounts of.

Photo of timmah427
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Dark brown with a small, creamy head. Not a whole lot of aroma, but a little bit of toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste was simply terrible. Had a strange, but dominating metallic flavor. Other than that, I tasted lots of coffee and chocolate from the malt. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy.

Overall, this beer just had some really nasty metallic flavor that made it impossible to finish more than half of my beer. Not sure what the problem was; maybe they needed to clean their lines or it was infected or something. I'll have to try this again at some point and update my review.

Photo of theopholis
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the Canoga Park BJ's.

Appearance- Black. This stuff is blacker than Barry Bond's soul. Has a good, creamy, tan head with nice lacing. .

Aroma- Lots of roasted malt with stong overtones of coffee, bittering hops and a hint of chocolate.

Taste- Lots of roasted malts with just the right amount of malt sweetness. Rich coffee and bittering hops. Yum.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body with the right amount of carbonation. It's very thick, chewy and velvety.

Drinkability- This is an outstanding RIS, ADS. Having said that, one is enough for most people.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap in Columbus. Yes, nitro tap. Pitch black, no other shades at all. Thick beige creamy head. Good head retention and lace.

Sweet milk chocolate aroma. A bit of dark fruit in the background. Nitro seems to mask the aroma a bit.

Very sweet up front. Milk chocolate gives way to dark vinous fruits. Some black cherry and plumb flavor. A bit of bitterness to back things up.

Medium body, very creamy. Overall, a bit too sweet. Please, no more double stouts on nitro! Would probably bemuch better without it.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nitro pour shows off some nice cascading, light tan foam atop a nearly black brewski. Retention is expectedly great and the lacing is ok.

Nose is a bit faint, but fairly strong for a nitro beer. Black licorice and chocolate malt with some mild, light fruitiness. Whiff of alcohol as well.

Flavor is a little sweet with a burnt, biscuit-bottom maltiness. Shows some toastiness and a bit of roast as it warms. Alcohol is a bit high for the body and malt bill, lack of much CO2 does not exactly help either. Its ok, a fun beer to try and is pretty unique amongst a saturated imperial stout market. I think this would be better with a little less alcohol and cut the nitro.

Photo of megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BJ's Tatonka Stout
On tap at BJ's Brewhouse in Baton Rouge, LA

Appearance: dark brown, very good lacing, small-medium head.

Smell: sourness and dark chocolate.

Taste: rich malted-roasted barley, coffee, and a faint dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: medium and creamy.

Overall:
This is a very pleasant stout. It's rich creaminess allows it to sail down smooth while giving decent flavor.

Photo of mullenite
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black with a one finger creamy tan nitro-head. Some brown highlights on the edges. Lacing went all the way down the glass.

Nose was weak due to the persistent head but was mainly roasted malt and alcohol.

Taste mainly consisted of roasted malts and dark chocolate with some caramel sneaking in. Light alcohol heat to it.

Mouthfeel was thick and slimey thanks to the nitro-tap, really wish this would have been a standard tap beer.

Very easy to drink and tasted pretty good. I'll likely get it again.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with creamy (nitro) head; tons of lace. Sweet roasted malt. Creamy chocolate malt flavor. Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't know why they insist on serving imperial stouts through a nitro tap. Incredibly smooth and creamy, but it doesn't allow you to taste any nuances of the beer. Very little flavor and nothing to peak my interest. All of the flavors that you would like to see dominant and in the forefront are muted. There are hints of roasted malt, some light coffee and some very faint cocoa. Would like to try it without the nitro tap.

Photo of BradBLR
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first beer I have had at BJ's that I did not think was great. Beer was very dark chocolate brown with a light carmel head that lasted the entire beer with a nice amount of lacing. The smell was a faint chocolate smell, not very strong at all.

The taste was that of a typical stout, which was not bad except it was called an iimperial stout in the menu. There was not hops and had a very mild malt taste. The mouthfeel was very creamy and the CO2 was very weak.

A good stout, but not a good double or imperial stout. I will have it again if I am there and want a good regular stout.

Photo of fourplayed
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Black/Brown with thin lite brown head.

Smells of Roasted malts, chocolates, some caramel sweetness and mild alcohol.

Tastes is smooth of roasted malts, caramels, chocolates, some coffee and a nice mix of earthy biting hops with a medium alcohol presense.

Very creamy and smooth, not much carbonation, some hops add to a mildly dry finish and the alcohol warms you well.

I enjoyed this very much and would have easily had another pint had time allowed during my visit to BJ's. Deserves a try for anyone who enjoys a good stout.

Photo of jdklks
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at the restaurant brewery. they have quite a few beers that are all below average (in the C range), but it's an okay place to go, especially for the food.

the appearance is similar to most imp. stouts, though this one isn't really "imperial" at all. black with very little light penetrating through. the head is much lighter than the average imp. stout. almost white. the smell is underwhelming. some roastiness, maybe some chocolate maltiness. a little alcohol and a little hops.

tastes alright. again, underwhelming. average. big hops up front, which kind of turns me off of an imperial stout(but like i said, not really an imperial), but they quickly fade into a roasted malty, candy sweetness in the finish and aftertaste. this is not an unpleasant sweetness, but it also isn't all that great. a little bland, which doesn't bode well for an "imperial" stout.

mouthfeel is nice and thick and well carbonated. the best part of the beer. drinkability is average.

Photo of trevormiller
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I apologize for the short review on this one. From BJ's in Vacaville, CA.

Looks like a stout.

Smells sweet. On tasting it, it has a nice smooth mouthfeel and nothing unpleasant in the aftertaste. Reeeally sweet, though. I'm not sure why BJ's included the word "Imperial" except that it's trendy. Too sweet and wimpy for that.

Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at BJ's in EL Paso, TX.

A: Served a very dark mahogany color, virtually opaque. Had a good tan head that lasted with nice lacing to the finish.

S: Has a fairly mild aroma of roasted malt & coffee eith a hint of caramel.

T; Started with a mild stout bitterness and continued to roasted malt and coffee. There was a mild chocolate sweetness and a clean finish.

F: Full body, creamy and smooth. Well balanced. The alcohol is well hidden.

D: Good drinker, but almost a bit to sweet for my taste. I would consider this more of a stout than an Imperial Stout, but it is still enjoyable.

Photo of scorched
1.65/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The food at the restaurant, amazing. The beer... not so much.

The beer was brought to me with little or no head. Not sure if this was how it was supposed to be, or if the bartender doesn't know how to pour or what... The body was black as night.

The smell... very sweet. Lots of chocolate scents... You can definitely smell the alcohol.

The taste. Dreadful. So ungodly sweet... where are the hops? Any hops at all? I love a good double stout, but wow, man... where are the bloody hops?

Mouthfeel was slick... almost greasy.

Drinkability... not so much. Avoid it.

The food at the place is great. Decent service (Columbus, OH location.) Just avoid this beer.

Photo of Spineypanda
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average stout.
BJ's stout is not a terrible one, but it doesn't compare to their porter by any means. The head is light and doesn't last long.

It has a nice aroma, of alcohol and roasted malts.

Tastes strongly of alcohol and does not have the extra kick I really look for like in the imperial stouts.

Not bad and I would buy again.

Photo of Rizalini
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black in color from the tap. Creamy brown head. One of the best cascades I've seen from a stout.

S - Nice chocolatey, roasty aroma.

T - Has a nice malty flavor, and heavy finish. Strong flavor that stays.

M - Smooth, full mouthfeel. Heavy beer that almost coats the tongue.

D - For an Imperial Stout, this beer as very smooth and drinkable.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BJ's Brewery...

A - Poures black with a two finger light tan head. Head is really frothy, but has nice retention. Follows you all the way to the bottom. Decent amount of lacing in this one...

S - Not much to smell here. Roasted malts, and maybe a hint of chocolate...

T - Chocolate followed by a really sweet taste. Ends with a coffee bite...

M - Really light for a RIS. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty watered down...

D - Not sure I would call this one a RIS, as it does not have alot characteristics of a RIS. All in all, a decent stout though, and something I will definitely be getting again on our next visit to BJ's...

Cheers...

Photo of dirtbag43
1.66/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'll preface this review by saying I ordered the 4 beer sampler from BJ's and tried the Blonde, Pale, Stout, and Nut Brown, and all 4 of the beers carried the same nasty sweetly-bitter odor and taste. The stout seemed to suffer the most. Underneath that mask of off-flavor was a beer undoubtedly, but to get through to it was too much to ask. I only finished one of the 4 flute samplers (the blonde) and did my best to accomplish that. I would not recommend the BJ's in Burbank.

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Tatonka Stout from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
79 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.