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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Czar Jack Imperial StoutCzar Jack Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 500
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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BillHilly

Washington

1/5  rDev -77.1%

03-06-2013 02:05:50 | More by BillHilly
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mulder1010

Australia

1.53/5  rDev -65%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got this in a trade and was geeked to try this.
Shared with Spicelab and Mrkennedy

A-- Poured a jet black color. Quite visible carbonation as got a three finger mocha colored head. Not what I expected at all. Head receded to a thick foam and left some visible lacing.

S-- Quite mild really. Mostly roast and chocolate. Just very slight oak and bourbon. Did not think it was barrels very long but the roast and chocolate character was quite nice as it warmed up.

T-- This can not be happening. Sour cherry and sour lacto. UGH. Just UGH.

M-- Sourness just builds in the mouth and overshadows the rest. Quite infected. What a bummer. Really sad to say the least. Was literally undrinkable.

O-- Been quite lucky in trading and not getting infected beers. Things happen and would still want to try this again but will not give up a lot to get it though. SIGH. Was a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 14:52:43 | More by mulder1010
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blabaer

California

1.75/5  rDev -60%

06-02-2014 02:16:57 | More by blabaer
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Arbitrator

California

1.8/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of lurchingbeast. From notes.

A: Pours black with a mocha-colored head. Very foamy, but I'm hoping this is just a bottling issue.

S: Metallic, roasty chocolate with a mild bourbon nose. I'm hoping this isn't infected.

T: Hopes dashed. Tart cherry, a mild sourness, and strong metallicity. Bourbon and roast are restrained. This is way off.

M: Light-bodied and overcarbed.

O: Yuck.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 08:04:15 | More by Arbitrator
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barleywinefiend

Washington

1.95/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A: Poured a deep, dark brown nearly black with a dark brown cap which has some staying power; leaving bubbles and a brown collar clinging to the glass

S: Green funk like sour apple, metal, chocolate and booze

T: Dooooh! Like sour apple green funky stuff. Infected indeed. Really not going to bother finishing the tasting notes on this...

M: Abrasive and I ain't talkin' Surly folks, overcarbed and funky, sharp and off-putting to put it mildly

O: Roll the dice on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 22:16:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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dvsbizzyb

California

2/5  rDev -54.2%

09-11-2013 05:18:05 | More by dvsbizzyb
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FullObs

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -42.8%

11-15-2013 00:51:44 | More by FullObs
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Quackus

New York

2.5/5  rDev -42.8%

05-31-2014 13:15:12 | More by Quackus
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

2.51/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2012 bottle opened on 1.24.13.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a huge mocha brown head that just sits there.

S - Booze, wood, ripe fruit, slight cherry.

T - Sour cherry, tin, damn it! This one is infected.

D - Tons of carbonation and a medium body.

O - I see what this could have been, but it isn't!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 05:48:48 | More by HuskyinPDX
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CityofBals

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -37.1%

09-12-2013 02:12:33 | More by CityofBals
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oline73

Maryland

2.93/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured black as night with a finger of tan head that leaves a thick layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet with some dark chocolate, mild coconut, dark fruit, and mild bourbon notes.

Taste: Unfortunately this beer doesn't live up to the smell. I'm getting a red berry like tartness that's overshadowing everything else. I am getting some bourbon and roast along with alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I really wish I hadn't gotten an infected bottle. This didn't really work well for me. Oh well. I hope I get to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 21:12:13 | More by oline73
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nataku00

California

3/5  rDev -31.4%

01-09-2013 03:20:27 | More by nataku00
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

06-03-2012 16:28:39 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

01-19-2013 19:07:53 | More by ChrisPro
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Pete27lax

New York

3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

07-03-2013 15:29:55 | More by Pete27lax
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popery

California

3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

01-27-2013 07:56:11 | More by popery
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours pitch black and almost sludge like. A small tan head sits atop it leaving little lacing behind.

The aroma is dominated by sweet notes although a fair amount of roasted malts and coffee cut through the sweetness. Lots of wood and vanilla as well with a little bit of dark chocolate. Booze is present, but barely noticeable.

The flavor follows the nose pretty closely. The sweetness is still what I notice first, but bitter roasted malts again cut through the sweetness to make it drinkable. Heavy vanilla and molasses are contrasted by coffee flavors which I wish were a bit more dominant. Finishes sweet. Good complexity, but way too much sweetness and not nearly enough barrel character.

Very full bodied. Lowish carbonation (some due to the grolwer perhaps, but low nonetheless) creating a very smooth velvety viscous mouthfeel. Became a touch cloying especially while warm.

I've been wanting to try this one for a while but ended up disappointed. It's not horrible by any means and some complex flavors are there, but can we dial back the sweetness just a bit? Even 4 oz of this was too much. To get a high score from me out of a barrel aged stout a beer has to bring it. For the cost associated with getting this, I doubt I'll seek it out again.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2012 14:52:45 | More by jmarsh123
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MrVonzipper

California

3.48/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with fluffy khaki head and good retention

Nose is roasty. Chocolate, roasted nuts, mild coffee and bourbon and faint dark fruit.

Standard characteristics of what I'd want in a BA Stout just on the weaker, almost watered down side. Follows the nose.

Mouthfeel is on the this side for the style. Another disappointment for me. Medium carbonation.

Overall I just don't think Minnesota makes very good BA Stouts. They are good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 07:04:49 | More by MrVonzipper
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illidurit

California

3.48/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz tasting in March. Pours inky black with a light brown head. Coconut-dominated bourbon notes with a lot of wood in the aroma. Flavor is bourbon bombastic with coconut, chocolate, and a dry astringent roastiness that leaves a charred bitterness. This is bold and flavorful but it's just too in my face and harsh.

Serving type: growler

05-16-2011 21:58:05 | More by illidurit
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leschkie

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

06-11-2012 21:26:41 | More by leschkie
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bertram

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

08-25-2012 22:22:41 | More by bertram
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bashiba

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark black, super black, tons of huge creamy dark brown head, nice lacing and retention, amazing for a growler thats been filled and refrigerated for 6 months.

The smell is light bourbon, oak, and dark fruit sweetness.

Very sweet and fruity up front. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon flavors all mix in with a big roasted grain taste.
Still finishes sweet, very sweet with a lot of dark fruit, the bourbon notes are very mild.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy.

This is just a bit to sweet for me, the barrel notes are a bit underwhelming, otherwise a good stout.

Serving type: growler

10-02-2011 16:28:59 | More by bashiba
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Of the first craft beers ever on the porch on a cool spring night. Pour is opaque black with a dark tan head and a few large bubbles on top of a thick head. The nose is rather sweet, a touch green and a note of plastic. There is a faint touch of coffee bean along with some fruity berry sweetness. The taste reminds me a bit of kate the great with a very similar texture. Smooth and velvety, clean soft finish on a great full body. It has a nice berry characteristic but a faint touch of plastic. The flavor isn't overly complex, it is actually rather simple but it has a subtle quality that makes it inviting and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:14:31 | More by cpetrone84
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claaark13

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ryan for the hookup here. Man, I've really wanted to try this one for some time. Poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip at cellar temp.

A - Pretty dark with a nice, thick mocha head. Thick and creamy in appearance. Sticks alright. Looks great down to the last drop.

S - Hops, roasted malt, some chocolate, slight oak coming through, dark fruits.

T - Sweetness, dark fruit, coffee, oak, dark fruit, coffee on the finish with a little dryness. After the palate gets coated, a vanilla tone can be picked out of the back-half of the flavor. There is some complexity, but I'm not sure how well it all goes together.

M - Pretty nice, thicker side of medium and feels smooth.

O - The barrel comes through, but I'm not too impressed by the presence. I will do the footwork to get a future release of this in hopes that maybe there is something "different" about this batch.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:02:01 | More by claaark13
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beagle75

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a half-pint glass.

A: Opaque black color with over one finger of light brown foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Earthy roast is savory with mild spirituous whiskey notes. Despite the presence of the spirit, it is without the urgency of actual ethanol.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined roasted malt that is soft and definitely not scorched. Dark fruit and maple syrup are light but accessible, while whiskey is understated. Sweetness surges in the middle, showing brown sugar as the biggest flavor quality present. Musty oak is also well developed into the finish, with a resurgence of spirit that balances the bitter roast.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, smooth and slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This barrel-aged stout is far from the most extreme examples of the style and treatment, with a fairly balanced profile that leans most toward sweetness in the middle. Oak and spirit make their contributions, but do not define the product. It is drinkable, treating the palate gently for an imperial stout. Czar Jack is probably more versatile than the typical barrel-aged strong stout, but on the flip side it lacks (or, does not suffer from) extremeness.

Serving type: growler

10-03-2011 20:45:26 | More by beagle75
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Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.