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Tatonka Stout - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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Tatonka Stout
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 20.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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TechMyst

Illinois

1.1/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Undrinkable. Poured dark black obviously, ok while drinking, but the aftertaste was a sweet cloying hell. My waiter was kind enough to let me choose another beer, which ended up being SN Celebration. Now I did like their Pirahna PA, that was very nice...and their deep dish chicago style pizza blew away the "standard" Gino's East in the windy city...Maybe It was served too cold? Didn't care to stick around and find out. This was at Desert Ridge near phoenix, AZ.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 20:06:01 | More by TechMyst
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beernads

Florida

1.25/5  rDev -64.1%

04-10-2013 09:14:49 | More by beernads
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dirtbag43

California

1.55/5  rDev -55.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 02:11:49 | More by dirtbag43
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scorched

Ohio

1.63/5  rDev -53.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2007 17:05:08 | More by scorched
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Arbitrator

California

1.93/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at BJ's Brewhouse in Fremont. I ordered this for the gf since it's the only imperial stout they have on the menu.

A: Pours a pitch black in the glass, with a half-finger of light tan head. It retains poorly, vanishing quickly into a light collar on the brew. No lacing.

S: When it arrived, she informed me that it was too cold (I'm so proud... sniff) and that the aromas and flavors were kind of weak. Well, 30 minutes later, they were still kind of weak. Yeah, I pick out some chocolate, roasted malt. Not much else.

T: See above, I guess. Chocolate, roasted malt, a little coffee, some sugar, and a little alcohol warmth on the finish. Surprisingly devoid of flavor. I could blame this on the nitro-tap, but it's their beer, they know how they want to serve it...

M: Light-bodied. Smooth and creamy. Not terribly boozy, but warmer than expected for something that's "only" 8%.

D: Meh. Given that they usually have nothing else the gf can drink, I may wind up getting this for her again. But if I had the choice of something -- anything -- else that she liked, this wouldn't even be a contender.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-27-2009 16:15:35 | More by Arbitrator
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nrbw23

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a black color with a foamy brown head. Head has really good retention and stayed the entire time with the brew.

S- Smell seemed almost stale to me. Roasted malts and powdery chocolate smell.

T- Taste is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a touch of darker fruits. Not really digging this one at all.

M- Medium in body and light in carbonation. Has a dry feel to it too.

D- Man, I choked this one down. Not a fan of this one at all.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2010 23:15:36 | More by nrbw23
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velkyal

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of the flight in BJ's Daytona.

Sight - dark crimson, topped off with a creamy tan head
Smell - nothing, just nothing there
Taste - Smooth coffee, roasted grain, burnt toast
Sweet - 4/5
Bitter - 2/5

This was a major let down. I love an imperial stout, but this was very light when compared to others in that style. Not enough roasted barley, chocolate malt, caramel malt or Black malt. Had more of the appearance of a northern English brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 15:21:49 | More by velkyal
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timmah427

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-06-2008 03:40:02 | More by timmah427
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eerbayman

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

02-05-2012 03:10:45 | More by eerbayman
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JDV

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Black pour, just shy of opaque, with a nice lasting tan head. Smell is incredibly subtle at first and opens up with a nice roasty character as it warms a bit. Taste is equally subtle, with light flavors of milk, dark roast, and alcohol. Alcohol is surprisingly evident, and for as mildly flavored as it is, really detracts from the beer. It does have a nicely creamy thick body from the nitrogen however, and has the nicest palate of their beers. Not one I cared for too much but improved as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 18:50:47 | More by JDV
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/22/2009 (Draft at BJs Brewhouse, Webster, TX):

Pours a dark dark brown, nearly pitch black color body. Average sized creamy Navajo white head, lastingish. Roasted, coffee aroma. Creamy mouthfeel, bitter coffee taste. Also some bitter chocolate. Gritty taste, bitter, sour coffee. Bleh. A little better as it warms, more chocolately, less bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 22:39:39 | More by jujubeast6000
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Overlord

California

2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A disappointing stout, perhaps slightly above average for this type.

While it pours an impressive opaque black, with a small bit o' head, the mouthfeel is watery, and the flavors are surprisingly weak. Mostly coffee with some smokiness/charcoal laced in, not a lot of chocolate/vanilla to balance it out, and no fruit flavors I could detect.

Not BJs best beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 08:03:57 | More by Overlord
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nem2006

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 13:29:44 | More by nem2006
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Djenx

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.8%

07-18-2012 20:23:45 | More by Djenx
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -13.8%

05-23-2014 06:00:58 | More by KevMo84
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -13.8%

12-04-2011 18:34:44 | More by mhaugo
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RedWeizen83

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.8%

07-27-2013 15:07:12 | More by RedWeizen83
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Texasfan549

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.8%

01-29-2012 10:28:54 | More by Texasfan549
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srgj88

Ohio

3/5  rDev -13.8%

07-01-2014 18:48:20 | More by srgj88
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours an engine oil blackwith a two fingered, vanilla, creamy layer of foam. The foam layer is so creamy that it almost looks like nitro.

S - Light roasted chocolate, mild cocoa, light pine hopping. For an Imperial Stout, there should be more going on in the nose.

T - Mild dark chocolate, cocoa, maybe some milk, and mildly boozy. I wish I could say more.

M - Watery, thin, and light on the tongue.

D - Needs more body and drinks more like a Guiness on steroids.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 04:01:40 | More by jzeilinger
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Mora2000

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2011 06:04:56 | More by Mora2000
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jdklks

Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 18:50:17 | More by jdklks
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Retsinis

California

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was going to add this to a new location, since I had it at the Woodland Hills BJ's Restaurant. But to my knowledge, they no longer brew on site, so therefore this being a chain restaurant, the beer should all be the same, right? I digress.

The beer pours a deep black, with a floating creamy tan head. Probably due to the Nitro Tap. An inch of Head stayed on top throughout the entire time I was drinking it. To me it looked, and "cooked" just like a Guinness Draft stout does.

The aroma is all right. Scents of black & crystal malt, with some chocolate tones. Very little in terms of hop aroma, since my guess would be they are only used to add some bittering to this otherwise sweet beer.

The taste is decent, It has a rich malt flavor that goes down easy enough, with some chocolate hints. Finish is smooth, but not much there. The mouth feel could be better, but is average.

Overall, imho, the best offerings that BJ's has. Although, it is basically, to me, an Imperialized Guinness, with some Chocolate malt added.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-16-2010 01:07:13 | More by Retsinis
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jpittman80

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served from nitro-tap in Gainesville. Dark brown. Due to strict pasteurization laws (according to bartender) in Florida, they do not brew on premises. The nitro really helps the appearance of this beer. Very similar to a Guiness and much more head than a normal imperial stout.

S - Roasty, sweet and chocolate with a hint of hops.

T - After having a small sample and discovering it wasn't sickeningly sweet, i ordered one. The hops aren't as foreward as I'd expected and actually the malty qualities tasted watered down. I think maybe the nitro thinned this out a little too-much.

M - Very smooth and medium bodied, but I was expecting more of a traditional body.

D - Very drinkable because of it's lighter body and light flavor. Alchohol is pretty light for this style too, and you can't really taste it, which is nice.

I get that BJ's has to dumb down most of their beers to appeal to a wider audience. I can picture an uninitiated drinker having their mind blown, but it all seemed a little bland. Not BJ's best beer, but not too bad.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-08-2010 19:21:28 | More by jpittman80
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-16-2010 23:51:49 | More by twiggamortis420
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Tatonka Stout from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.