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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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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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changeup45

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4/23/08. The best of the bunch I sampled at BJ's. Black colored with a nice thick tan head and retention. Roasted dark chocolate flavor with toasty malts and a touch of coffee. Creamy and pretty well balanced. Finishes with some bitter hops. Some alcohol shows late. A very good beer!

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2008 19:57:05 | More by changeup45
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Vipsanius

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +37.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-18-2008 02:26:48 | More by Vipsanius
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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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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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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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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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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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MiScusi

California

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark dark brown, but I wouldn't classify it as black. It has a light tan head that has great retention. The head doesn't leave a lacing- it leaves layers of foam down the side of the glass- nice and sticky. The smell that mainly comes through is roasted coffee. The taste again is high on the roast and coffee, but it goes down very smooth. They label the IBU's at 60 for this but it doesn't seem that intense. It is a very nice drinker. The mouthfeel is slick and dry. While this is a good beer, the coffee being present more highly than the other flavors isn't really something I would want to drink large amounts of.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2007 03:01:55 | More by MiScusi
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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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TheBierBand

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-08-2007 04:15:07 | More by TheBierBand
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theopholis

California

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the Canoga Park BJ's.

Appearance- Black. This stuff is blacker than Barry Bond's soul. Has a good, creamy, tan head with nice lacing. .

Aroma- Lots of roasted malt with stong overtones of coffee, bittering hops and a hint of chocolate.

Taste- Lots of roasted malts with just the right amount of malt sweetness. Rich coffee and bittering hops. Yum.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body with the right amount of carbonation. It's very thick, chewy and velvety.

Drinkability- This is an outstanding RIS, ADS. Having said that, one is enough for most people.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2007 19:25:06 | More by theopholis
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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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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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BradBLR

California

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first beer I have had at BJ's that I did not think was great. Beer was very dark chocolate brown with a light carmel head that lasted the entire beer with a nice amount of lacing. The smell was a faint chocolate smell, not very strong at all.

The taste was that of a typical stout, which was not bad except it was called an iimperial stout in the menu. There was not hops and had a very mild malt taste. The mouthfeel was very creamy and the CO2 was very weak.

A good stout, but not a good double or imperial stout. I will have it again if I am there and want a good regular stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2006 19:49:04 | More by BradBLR
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Injemanze

China

4.7/5  rDev +35.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2006 05:57:44 | More by Injemanze
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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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Tatonka Stout from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.