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Tatonka Stout - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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5/5  rDev +44.5%

M_Burkey, Aug 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +44.5%

AustenFB, Feb 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +44.5%

Rocketman8911, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Vipsanius
4.78/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at the pre-opening of the new San Antonio location. It initially looked very black, but when held to the light, revealed it's redness. Nice tan head.

Had a good sweet roasted aroma to it.

Exceptional flavor. Very well balanced between the milky sweetness, roasted malts, and lightly bittered hops...with all sorts of wonderful flavors hitting the palate in a well choreographed symphony.

The mouthfeel was great as well. Creamy but a lot lighter than I had expected, which is nice coming from a style of beer that I sometimes feel I need a fork to go with. Perfectly carbonated (or nitrogenated?). It could probably be considered a little weak for an imperial stout, but what it has, it has in spades, which trumps any extravagant insaneness of other imperials.

Overall, this beer absolutely blew me away. I'm sure they're paying much greater attention to detail now before their launch, but I sure hope they're able to maintain this level of quality going forward.

Vipsanius, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Injemanze
4.7/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I had two glasses of this beer at a BJ's in Brea, California. 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.

Injemanze, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of BierJager89
4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BJ's is all over the place with this one. I had this at the San Mateo, CA BJ's, and I'm fairly certain it tastes the same at every other BJ's.

A: Black with a creamy brown head. Very dark, head stays with the beer all the way down the glass.

S: Sweet malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, smells like a standard imperial stout.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose. Sweet malt, dark chocolate, coffee. Standard, but delicious. Definitely worth a try, at least in the dark beer sampler.

M: Full bodied and pretty smooth.

O: Underrated. Beers from places like BJ's aren't given the consideration they deserve, because of the large number of locations or broad distribution, but the fact remains that this is an excellent imperial stout.

BierJager89, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Braz
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Braz, Apr 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Lynn, Jun 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

UURevival, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

jucifer1818, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

OCdrummer7271, May 20, 2013
Photo of fourplayed
4.22/5  rDev +22%
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.

fourplayed, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown, thick light tan head

S-rich spicy coffee beans, fairly strong

T-coffee taste hits with an impressive amount of sweetness, coffee comes in more pronounced and dry in the after-taste. this beer is truly like a dessert.

M-very little carbonation but goes down so effin creamy and smooth. its so wonderful, it reminds me of a milkshake

D-abv note starts to come out more, although the abv doesn't seem to hit the other senses. overall taste stays fairly well. its a joy to the end. if i had more time, i would have bought another one

AdamBear, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of TheBierBand
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Every one else has said "on TAP" but mine was definately a Nitro Tap (confirmed by the bartender). I had this at the Columbus, OH location... I'm not sure where they shipped it in from ... but it was definately not brewed on premises in Columbus.

Appearance was black with reddish highlights when held to light. The 1/2 " head held to the bottom of the pint glass leaving pronounced lacing. It looked like a Guiness Draft at first... so I thought..."Oh no, not another Guiness Clone.... like Bare Knuckle Stout from Anheuser Busch"....thank goodness... it was only similar in appearance....

The smell was of roasted malts, dark chocolate and honey.

The taste was very heavy and robust... the chocolate came through very well. A little coffee with a big alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel was very good!.... way thicker than Guiness. The nitro tap had me fooled....

Drinkability - wonderful!... but I only had one, because I was anxious to try some of their other beers.

TheBierBand, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of heath1agnew
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

heath1agnew, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of megahurts4
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

megahurts4, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a pint glass at a BJ's in the Sacramento area.
Absolutely pitch black, with no light penetration.
Good one finger head (looked like it was from a nitro-tap) that dissipated fairly slowly.
Aroma upfront was of roasted coffee beans with hints of dark chocolate and dark raisins coming through.
Taste is sweet upfront, with the dark raisin/dark fruits flavor coming through. Mild bitterness comes across in the finish.
Fairly robust, medium to full bodied stout. Mouthfeel was good, fairly smooth stout. Drinkability even with the slightly high ABV was very good.
Paired very well with their smoked BBQ pork sandwich.
Definitely worth a try if you are at BJ's.

CaptDavyJones, Apr 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

MrVonzipper, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Spineypanda
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Spineypanda, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of videofrog
4/5  rDev +15.6%

videofrog, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

ipcolling, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at BJ's pub/restaurant in Polaris (Columbus, OH). I heard they ship it from AZ since they don't have a brewing license here.

Nice dark appearance with wet lacy tan head. The aroma is burnt and roasted malts, rich and tasty. Didn't get any coffee out of the flavor (I seem to expect that from double stouts anymore), but very good sweet malty flavors.

Probably the best I tried from them so far. Very nice.

TurdFurgison, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Rizalini
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Rizalini, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a full brown, indefatigable, creamy head. The beer itself is pretty opaquely black colored, but shows a hint of clear ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is of roast coffee, a hint of smokiness and rich chocolate combined with a lightly roasted, concentrated caramel note. The taste is smooth and creamy up front with a solid milk chocolate like middle that finishes with a roasty, coffee like dark bitterness. This is a quite well balanced mix of complex malt notes, yet still fairly light for an Imperial Stout. This is very tasty with concentrated burnt caramel notes.

Gueuzedude, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of mugglesandhops
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the BJ's in Oklahoma City. I was suprised at how good there beer is. This one poured a almost opaque black with a 1 finger head and it had the best lacing out of any beer I havve ever had. I had to take a picture of it it was so impressive. The smell was decent, coffee, some chocolate. The taste was good more coffee and chocolate. Fairly thick, creamy. Good beer!

mugglesandhops, Feb 07, 2009
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Tatonka Stout from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
79 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.