Tatonka Stout | BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

Tatonka StoutTatonka Stout
BA SCORE
33.8%
Liked This Beer
3.46 w/ 145 Ratings
Tatonka StoutTatonka Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Arizona, 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 Gueuzedude on 07-04-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,891
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
145
Liked:
49
Avg:
3.46/5
pDev:
20.23%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of TechMyst
1.12/5  rDev -67.6%
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.

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Photo of beernads
1.25/5  rDev -63.9%

Photo of andrewh995
1.53/5  rDev -55.8%
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 scorched
1.65/5  rDev -52.3%
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.

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Photo of dirtbag43
1.66/5  rDev -52%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'll preface this review by saying I ordered the 4 beer sampler from BJ's and tried the Blonde, Pale, Stout, and Nut Brown, and all 4 of the beers carried the same nasty sweetly-bitter odor and taste. The stout seemed to suffer the most. Underneath that mask of off-flavor was a beer undoubtedly, but to get through to it was too much to ask. I only finished one of the 4 flute samplers (the blonde) and did my best to accomplish that. I would not recommend the BJ's in Burbank.

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Photo of COR8RFAN
1.75/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Arbitrator
1.91/5  rDev -44.8%
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.

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Photo of Meyers1023
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of MtOrion
2/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Looks decent, but it feels like a bubbly soda, and taste not far off from a watered down Guiness with a hint of clean glass wear. it has a roastiness to it that will leave you wishing for a bolder flavor.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Looks the part. Oh no, smells very weak. Taste is very mild chocolate and roast. Jeez, this is so watered down. You would never know from the look but muddy water comes to mind. Way too thin and just plain not good. Can't believe they chanrge what they charge for their beers. All are average at best and forgettable.

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Photo of velkyal
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Jstonerock24
2.25/5  rDev -35%

Photo of nrbw23
2.26/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

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Photo of eerbayman
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of harp55
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of timmah427
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of JDV
2.64/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of Shradical
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Overlord
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Dface
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Djenx
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of robgage
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Raziel313
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Tatonka Stout from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Beer rating: 33.8% out of 100 with 145 ratings
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