Tatonka Stout | BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
United States
bjsrestaurants.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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

Added by stirgy on 10-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
213
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
Wants:
3
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55
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of locoformavs
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iftcoach
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Categart
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
1.53/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

I don't get the good ratings. There wasn't much flavor there and the flavor that was there was not good. Tastes like chemical solvent, alcohol, and some very minor and mediocre stout flavors. Smells similar. Looks fine although the head is very strange.

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Photo of jaketaz
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ugh... if you like it, good for you, I really wish I did, no one wants to drink something they think tastes bad. But I'm simply mystified at the good reviews here, the only explanation I can think of is that the writers have never tried another stout. Again, I'm not here to tell you that you SHOULD be drinking something else, but I will say that whatever it is you like about this thing, there are 9 million other stouts that do those things better.

It lured me in by looking legit, black with a nice white head and good retention, appears carbonated just right. Some chocolate aroma with a little rubbing alcohol has me worried. The taste is just awful, I'm getting a little malt, no chocolate or anything like that, mostly an overwhelming grain alcohol burn. The aftertaste isn't better. Thin watery mouthfeel, under carbonated. I can't remember ever having a worse Russian Imp stout.

Let's talk solutions. I have a couple recommendations for way better Russian Imp stouts that won't break the bank and aren't too weird. #1 Oskar Blues "Ten Fidy". #2 Sierra Nevada "Narwhal". #3 Bell's "Expedition". #4 Samuel Smith. All available year round and not crazy expensive. Just try one and see. We can end this nightmare together.

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Photo of Cheesyd64
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Dper
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kavinci
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sunnyridesti
4.94/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good stout w notes of coffee and good balance of hop and malt.

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Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bamarooster
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent! Looked like a nitrogen brew. Beautiful head. Alcohol on the nose and some in the bite. Smooth. Such a great Imp Stout. I would absolutely get this one again.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

tap at the Pittsburgh location

Pours a dark cloudy brown, notably note fully opaque. Head is finely textured, light tan, and retains indefinitely.

Smells of cocoa and roasted coffee beans.

Flavor is of roasted coffee, hazelnut, cocoa, and a toasty bready malt undertone.

Medium body with a velvety carbonation.

Pretty okay stout, feels more like a strong Irish than a RIS to be honest. Flavor is okay, pour is lighter than you would expect from the style. All in all, acceptable to good stout worth grabbing if you are looking for a stout at BJ's. You won't be wowed, but you won't be disappointed.

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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on this on tap in Orlando. I must say I was a bit surprised at the quality coming from a chain restaurant. Beautiful black opaque creaminess, smell is underwhelming, taste is smooth but strong. Coffee.

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Photo of Corburk
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Daytona Beach FL.

Pours essentially black and opaque with an excellent head. Ruby highlights at the edges when in bright light. The head is exceptionally creamy and durable.

The aroma has an unwanted but not very unusual sour note. Partially hidden alcohol.
In contrast, the flavor has negligible sourness and obvious alcohol. Its moderately bitter. Some faint coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color of the beer was subpar for a stout, but the solid beige full inch head was above average so it all averages out I guess. Nice roasting, not a lot of dark fruit bitterness thankfully for an RIS.

Easy drinking for its strength, strong c hop bitterness, chewy. Very smooth, unlike most RIS in that way. I liked it more than the average person I guess, its pretty straightforward, not a ton of chocolate malt.

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Tatonka Stout from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
3.7 out of 5 based on 213 ratings.
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