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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 501
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ol' Jack Frost aged in Jack Daniels barrels.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 11-01-2004)
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Approx. 55 degrees (Pulled from the fridge and allowed to sit on the counter-top for about two hours before pouring.)
VINTAGE: 2011 (Dated 3-14)
Massive thanks goes to jawzman for this sweet hook-up!
Shared this one at a tasting, last night, with about 5 other local BA's.

This one pours impressively black. No light can penetrate. It has about an inch of creamy looking foam on top, which is the color of crema (espresso foam). Retention is good and the lacing is quite nice. Not overdone, but nicely sticky.

The nose, in a word, is decadent. Big notes of whiskey blend very nicely with big vanilla notes. Good hints of oak. A very nice presence of chocolate....mostly milk, but some hints of dark, as well. Roasted malts with caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Light hints of dark fruits and a trace of bananas. A faint touch of spice presence, somewhat like cinnamon. (This probably comes from the barrels, I'd guess.)

This has a very wonderfully balanced flavor profile. Big notes of chocolate and whiskey/bourbon. Hints of caramelized sugars. Toasted coconut. Brown sugar. Light coffee and molasses notes. A hint of banana appears in the slightly boozy finish, which is moderately sweet and nicely long-lasting.

The feel of this one is perfect for the style. It is thickly full-bodied, yet not quite 'sludge-like'. It has a light-to-medium level of carbonation, filled with tiny little bubbles, that give it a wonderful level of creaminess. It comes off as very velvet-like, which is wonderful for a Russian Imperial Stout.
This should actually rate as a 5.0+. It's wonderful!

This is very delicious and quite well-balanced and smooth and drinkable. I'm knocking off half a point because of the high(er) abv (9.30%) which comes across as a nicely warming presence and because it is just a touch more to the sweet side than I think that most people would want.
This is a very excellent beer though, and I yearn for the day when I can taste it again.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2011 00:31:05 | More by coldmeat23
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Nice big khaki head. Settles to a thin collar.

Smell - Lots of oak. Dark chocolate. Woody. Kinda chaulky. Light bourbon.

Taste - Dark chocolate. Bitter woodiness. Lingering burnt malt. Bourbon and oak in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Remarkably easy to drink. Medium low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Tasty and approachable stout. Not a huge beer and not an intense barrel.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2014 01:50:23 | More by Alieniloquium
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ja09

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-05-2014 22:52:35 | More by ja09
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California

1.75/5  rDev -60%

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New York

2.5/5  rDev -42.8%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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homebrew311

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Backlogged entry, reviewed from notes. The appearance is pitch black with thick brown head and great head retention for the stature of this brew. The nose features heavy molasses, undeniable Jack character which brings some "rough" oaky notes. This is paired with chocolate, dark fruit, and more oak. The taste is ashy up front with definite charred barrel character. Heavy whiskey with a sweet malt profile. Roasted malt sneaks its way through at the end. The mouthfeel has higher than average carbonation and a relatively thin mouthfeel. Overall, this has a ton of flavor, but is somewhat harsh with the whiskey character.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 01:26:11 | More by homebrew311
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

05-02-2014 17:19:10 | More by hopswap1
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a dense and considerable amount of cinnamon colored head.

Loads of bakers chocolate, root beer, and vanilla in the nose. Like a boozy root beer float.

The barrel accentuates the vanilla and oak while still
letting the underlying beer shine. It has a slight heat, but not boozy by any means. Bitter and sweet chocolate, a dark roast, fudge brownies, and root beer.

Very smooth and heavy body. Moderate carbonation.

Highly recommended and one of the better beers from TH, and I mean that in a complimentary way.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2014 12:02:09 | More by Vonerichs
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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p-wagz

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-21-2014 04:27:59 | More by MNBeerGeek
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. 12 oz served cold in a tulip glass today 4/19/2014.

A- pitch black body, thick with a dark mocha head that has the best retention of any BA stout I've ever seen. Thick, filmy and stays for what feels like forever. Not much lacing

S- sweet dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, a touch of Cherry and just the right amount of bourbon and vanilla.

T- Roast malt, milk chocolate, coffee, well integrated bourbon that adds more sweetness and a touch of vanilla. The roast really helps counterbalances the sweetness.

M- full bodied. Well carbonated, creamy almost. Sweet, mocha-like aftertaste that's balanced by a roasty bitterness.

O- excellent RIS that has the right touch of bourbon barrel aging. The barrels add a lot to the character without overwhelming the base beer.

Serving type: on-tap

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Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer #500

First visit to Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. Will not be my last. Czar Jack had just been put on the taps at the end of their Barrel Aged Week. Pitch black pour with minimal head. Bourbon plus on the aroma. Same on the taste but also vanilla with very light coffee and tobacco. Mouthfeel a tad thin but didn't detract much. Very glad to have tried this offering from MTHB.

Serving type: on-tap

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.4%

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Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.