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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-08-2010 01:02:39 | More by Sammy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.8%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-24-2014 15:11:54 | More by SocalKicks
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2005 04:35:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-27-2013 03:42:11 | More by MarkyMOD
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 02:01:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

08-02-2012 03:55:05 | More by dmorgan310
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2007 13:49:17 | More by TurdFurgison
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-05-2007 19:01:19 | More by Dogbrick
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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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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -13.8%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

06-25-2013 22:23:39 | More by petermethot
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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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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -13.8%

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

Mexico

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-15-2009 17:31:19 | More by BretSikkink
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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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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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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-17-2007 22:17:37 | More by Bierguy5
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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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soju6

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-22-2011 12:37:20 | More by soju6
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magictrokini

California

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 17:59:22 | More by magictrokini
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 02:39:16 | More by yemenmocha
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Tatonka Stout from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.