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Tatonka Stout - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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Tatonka Stout
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 21.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of soju6


3.58/5  rDev +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.

02-22-2011 12:37:20 | More by soju6
Photo of Rizalini


3.93/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

02-14-2011 21:01:15 | More by Rizalini
Photo of jzeilinger


3.05/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

02-03-2011 04:01:40 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of fourplayed


4.22/5  rDev +22%

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
Photo of megahurts4


4.05/5  rDev +17.1%

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
Photo of bboelens


3.8/5  rDev +9.8%

Had on-tap at the orlando location, poured into a pint glass

Deep dark mahogany with burgundy notes, a creamy thick off-white head that lasts the entire beverage and leaves excellent lacing. The nose has a distinct chocolate malt presence, with hints of coffee and slight caramel. The taste is more of the same but with the addition of sugary sweetness and a more noticeable alcohol taste. A thick and creamy feel as expected from a nitro-tap beer. Overall a beer I would most certainly have again.

01-10-2011 04:41:14 | More by bboelens
Photo of Retsinis


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

12-16-2010 01:07:13 | More by Retsinis
Photo of AdamBear


4.2/5  rDev +21.4%

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

09-27-2010 02:37:41 | More by AdamBear
Photo of comfortablynumb1


3.45/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at BJ's Brewery...

A - Poures black with a two finger light tan head. Head is really frothy, but has nice retention. Follows you all the way to the bottom. Decent amount of lacing in this one...

S - Not much to smell here. Roasted malts, and maybe a hint of chocolate...

T - Chocolate followed by a really sweet taste. Ends with a coffee bite...

M - Really light for a RIS. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty watered down...

D - Not sure I would call this one a RIS, as it does not have alot characteristics of a RIS. All in all, a decent stout though, and something I will definitely be getting again on our next visit to BJ's...


08-27-2010 21:24:38 | More by comfortablynumb1
Photo of nrbw23


2.23/5  rDev -35.5%

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.

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


2.25/5  rDev -35%

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.

07-31-2010 15:21:49 | More by velkyal
Photo of jpittman80


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

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


3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

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
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

02-08-2010 01:02:39 | More by Sammy
Photo of Arbitrator


1.93/5  rDev -44.2%

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.

10-27-2009 16:15:35 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of Spineypanda


4/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

10-16-2009 05:20:22 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of jdklks


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

08-19-2009 18:50:17 | More by jdklks
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.9/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

05-30-2009 22:39:39 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of yemenmocha


3.68/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

05-03-2009 02:39:16 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of trevormiller


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

I apologize for the short review on this one. From BJ's in Vacaville, CA.

Looks like a stout.

Smells sweet. On tasting it, it has a nice smooth mouthfeel and nothing unpleasant in the aftertaste. Reeeally sweet, though. I'm not sure why BJ's included the word "Imperial" except that it's trendy. Too sweet and wimpy for that.

04-14-2009 23:51:08 | More by trevormiller
Photo of mullenite


3.7/5  rDev +6.9%

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
Photo of BretSikkink


3.63/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

03-15-2009 17:31:19 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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 mugglesandhops


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

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!

02-07-2009 15:42:08 | More by mugglesandhops
Photo of heath1agnew


4.13/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

01-19-2009 02:05:40 | More by heath1agnew
Tatonka Stout from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
79 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.