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

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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:
214
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
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3
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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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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of Westyn
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.33/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sampled this on nitro-tap at the BJ's Restaurant in Fresno, CA tonight.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black body (or so it appeared in the dim lighting) with a quarter inch of dense, light brown, cap. Great head retention and foamy lacing.

Smell: Roasted barley and chocolate came through right away. With time, caramel, coffee, and hints of red currants emerged. Nothing out of the ordinary or special about this one.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts make up the bulk of the flavor profile. Little to no hop presence. Roasty finish transitions to an annoyingly alcoholic/fusel aftertaste, which lasts and lasts. Boo.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than it should be and under-carbonated; very dull, nearly flat (the nitro-infusion is waaay off). Finishes very dry, brazenly showing off the ABV. Not creamy in the least. Lousy.

Drinkability: I had to eat food/take big swishes of water between sips. This was one of the worst RIS's I've had. Almost no complexity, certainly no balance, and an extremely alcoholic finish. Just BAD.

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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 watermelonman
2.51/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This came as a dark brown and black with pretty average head and lace.

The smell is off at best, containing alcohol and some kind of putrid grain. The taste is plain and overly potent. The mouthfeel is somewhat disturbing while the drinkability takes a big hit for an overall lack of refinement.

I think this thing could use a lot of work.

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Photo of CJNAPS
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nothing special with this stout, just the only one there lol

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Photo of xraided81
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted at the san bernandino location, not sure if it is brewed there. this did not taste like a traditional impy stout. Tasted more like a dry stout, with a subtle hoppy aftertaste. The head was creamy white, was expecting an a light orange rust colored head. overall a mediocore stout.

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Photo of jcompton
2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

got this while working down in McAllen, TX.

opaque black appearance with nice lacing around the glass. this was on nitro, so i had a nice creamy head

smell was roasty and chocolate. a little light on aroma for an impy stout

the initial taste was the same as smell, but quickly turned sweet and syrupy. the more i drank of the beer the less i liked it. the sweetness was over powering. i was ready how this had relatively high bitterness, but i couldn't detect that through the sweetness. it makes me wonder how consistent this brew is from store to store.

mouthfeel was creamy and very pleasant.

low on the drinkability due to the sweetness. i wouldn't recommend this beer. the Piranha Pale Ale was much better

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Photo of andyjeigh
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of pretext
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

6 oz nitro-tap pour in a mini pilsner glass. 8.5% ABV, On tap at BJ's in Huntington Beach, CA.

A - The best looking beer of them all, Tatinka arrives from the nitro-tap black with a sexy cascading, thick, tan head with incredibly thick lace til the last drop.

S - Sadly the nose is almost absent from this beer as it offers only hints of low roasted malts.

T - More flavor comes out than the nose offers up but sadly it's all astringent and full of hot alcohol that blends poorly with dark roasted malts and a light addition of coffee.

M - The texture has a lot of dry, dusty cocoa with an astringent alcohol kick and a lingering rubbing alcohol burn.

D - This beer has parts to it that are almost to a decent point. The alcohol needs to go though. It doesn't fit at all and it definitely lowers the drinkability.

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

Photo of ruzzal
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Better than a macro brew

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Photo of mobrockman
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of HungarianCount
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of suckaj
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of canders0927
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of RS3Sport
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of jacknsally5148
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of tpd975
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in Citrus Park Florida

A: Flat black in color with a small thick head . Smooth and silky looking with spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt, with hints of chocolate.

T: More of an Irish stout than an imperial. Taste was of roasted malt, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium bodied brew. The nitro pour made it extra smooth and creamy. The finish was very dry, Very Irish stout like.

Drinkability: Not too bad. I enjoyed BJ's quite a bit. The beers are not on par with Tampa Bay Brewing, but it was a nice spot with pretty good beer and damn good food.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a one to two finger head that is khaki in color and gives way to webbed lacing and rings of lacing down the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts and some dark fruits. The aroma is very faint. The taste is of roasted malt and caramel malt backbones along with hints of chocolate. There is also a presence of dark fruits and a slight hop bite, however, the big alcohol is not present. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and not slick. The drinkability is okay, its not the big ris that you think of, but it would be a good beer to introduce someone to the style. It's an easier drink for an ris. Not as complex as some but a solid beer.

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Photo of beerhunter78
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Tatonka Stout from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
3.7 out of 5 based on 214 ratings.
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