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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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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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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Sammy, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

SocalKicks, May 24, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

MarkyMOD, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.1/5  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.

Mora2000, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of beernads
1.25/5  rDev -63.9%

beernads, Apr 10, 2013
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 dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

dmorgan310, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 25, 2011
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 Dogbrick
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Columbus location, nitro style. Pours flat black with a medium thick and creamy beige head that has good retention. Spotty lacing. The aroma is roasty with some chocolate and malt. Medium-bodied and smooth with a rich chocolate flavor, along with roasted coffee and malt. The alcohol peeks through once in awhile and the 8+% ABV is really the only thing that saves this beer from falling short. The finish has a sweet chocolate malt flavor and leaves a mildly bitter hops aftertaste. Better than expected, but nowhere near the better Imperial Stouts out there.

Dogbrick, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

twiggamortis420, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -13.3%

mhaugo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -13.3%

KevMo84, May 23, 2014
Photo of Overlord
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Overlord, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Arbitrator
1.93/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

Arbitrator, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of jzeilinger
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

jzeilinger, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy, nitro-tap head that doesn't quit. Look and feel up top of a pub beer for sure. Dark brown color, probably near to black, with some highlights against the afternoon sun.

Nose is undermined by the head, but what gets through is light roasted coffee, a pretty big hit of sweet caramel malt, with some smokiness lingering behind these.

The taste is overly sweet for my taste, but it is nicely balanced by the roasted astringency. Rich drinking chocolate edges cafe latte for the upper flavor hand. Very smooth and creamy, which is pleasing in a way but somewhat detracts from the seriousness of the style.

Well balanced but too light to call itself Imperial.

BretSikkink, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

nrbw23, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of JDV
2.63/5  rDev -24%
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.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Bierguy5, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, near black, with tempting aromas of chocolate, light espresso, roasted malt, and caramel. Palate was surprisingly light, especially in flavor. I thought I was served the wrong stout (how could this be an imperial stout?). Some alcohol is noticeable as it warms.

yemenmocha, May 03, 2009
Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

soju6, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
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Tatonka Stout from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
79 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.