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Tatonka Stout - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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Tatonka Stout
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 21.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse visit their website
Arizona, 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: Gueuzedude on 07-04-2005)
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Reviews by ranger7:
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-24-2013 01:35:57 | More by ranger7
More User Reviews:
Photo of nem2006


3/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

06-26-2008 13:29:44 | More by nem2006
Photo of Mora2000


3.1/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

12-12-2011 06:04:56 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Meyers1023


2/5  rDev -42.4%

08-09-2014 02:49:06 | More by Meyers1023
Photo of magictrokini


3.55/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

12-05-2008 17:59:22 | More by magictrokini
Photo of xdefeatsy


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-03-2012 16:08:29 | More by xdefeatsy
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.85/5  rDev +11%

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.

07-25-2011 02:01:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Djenx


3/5  rDev -13.5%

07-18-2012 20:23:45 | More by Djenx
Photo of MrVonzipper


4/5  rDev +15.3%

06-08-2012 10:29:20 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

02-08-2010 01:02:39 | More by Sammy
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-06-2012 04:28:05 | More by avisong
Photo of MiScusi


3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

07-30-2007 03:01:55 | More by MiScusi
Photo of timmah427


2.5/5  rDev -28%

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.

10-06-2008 03:40:02 | More by timmah427
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

08-28-2014 08:30:54 | More by LakerLeith
Photo of theopholis


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

05-12-2007 19:25:06 | More by theopholis
Photo of Rod_J


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-30-2014 04:21:07 | More by Rod_J
Photo of Bierguy5


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

08-17-2007 22:17:37 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Shafaegalo


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-20-2014 20:07:17 | More by Shafaegalo
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

03-16-2010 23:51:49 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.05/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

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

01-14-2011 06:54:51 | More by megahurts4
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3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

03-26-2009 10:40:15 | More by mullenite
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-12-2014 03:53:30 | More by hbchrisg
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

02-21-2009 21:22:22 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of BradBLR


3.28/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

10-17-2006 19:49:04 | More by BradBLR
Photo of fourplayed


4.22/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

01-20-2011 00:27:15 | More by fourplayed
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Tatonka Stout from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
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