Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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4.7/5 rDev +7.6%
Initial thanks to Dan for sharing a few ounces of this at DLD. Big thanks to chewy08rx for getting a growler of this out my way. Shared with bmanning, Azurelimits, amyliz4, and hhanson at a recent tasting.
A: Pours a thick midnight black with a tight deep mocha head and a nice amount of lacing as it makes its way down the glass.
S: Lots going on here. Plenty of whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, black licorice, brown sugar, roasted malt, and a bit of oak.
T: Everything is insanely intense. Loads of vanilla, whiskey, and chocolate come through atop a bit of roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, and oak. Wonderfully complex and completely powerful at the same time.
M: My only complaint is that it's maybe just a tiny bit thin. Great carbonation--the counter-pressure fill definitely works here, as I couldn't tell that this growler was filled 6 or 7 weeks ago.
D: The lighter mouthfeel servces to enhance the drinkability on this; little alcohol presence, and works to bring the flavors together and keep me from gulping this one down. Another absolutely excellent beer from Town Hall. Jack Frost was a pleasant surprise when I was there in August 2009, and this one only adds more complexity and intensity.
05-03-2010 14:02:32 | More by Thorpe429
4.5/5 rDev +3%
Appearance: Arrives with a pitch black color capped by an inch or so of foam that leaves a nice amount of lacing behind
Smell: The Bourbon is unmistakeable in the aroma, with chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and coffee underneath
Taste: Up front, the chocolate, caramel and vanilla flavors jump out, with the Bourbon arriving at mid-palate; dark fruit flavors build, as well; balanced, in the aftertaste, with the Bourbon playing off the other stout flavors
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation
Overall: Glad to be able to visit Minneapolis while this was still around; a very nicely balanced Bourbon barrel stout
03-05-2012 01:55:59 | More by brentk56
4.8/5 rDev +9.8%
thrilled to finally be able to crack my growler of czar jack. i have had it in the fridge forever and really just waited for a special occasion that just never happened. so screw it, open it and drink without reseveration! consumed on 10/10/2010.
the pour is as dark as could be, no light was ever going to escape this monstrous liquid. every drop seemed to just make you fall further into its oily looking depths.
aroma is deep chocolate malts and a touch of vanilla and would up front. very nicely done as it was not overally hot and full of bourbon but more subtle and blended so damn well it was hard to distinguish from the regular version. smooth, rich, creamy with such a well defined profile i struggle to not just fall head over heals with this one. tremendous notes of rich chocolate and sweet brown sugar and vanilla just scream through your mouth. viscous, with a thick and pronounced roasted malt flavor that just drives the point home. smooth finish is big on flavor and soo smooth with the alcohol that you just never see it coming.
overall just a superior beer here. simply amazing in every sense of the word.
10-11-2010 00:55:04 | More by mikesgroove
4.53/5 rDev +3.7%
Big thanks to Alicia for hooking me up with this one. Shared in line at the Veritas 007 release.
A: The pour is absolutely beautiful. Black as night with a fluffy mocha head with excellent rotation and sheets of lacing.
S: Tons of vanilla and oak aromas immediately fill the nose. Dark chocolate and whiskey along with some dark fruits complete the bouquet.
T: Like the nose would indicate, lots of chocolate both in the sweet and bitter forms. The oak and vanilla components are less prominent, but a much more noticeable dark fruit flavor--particularly plums.
M: A very full body with a smooth, velvety carbonation and mouthfeel.
D: The growler really went quickly. A delicious and surprisingly easy to drink beer.
04-20-2010 00:01:44 | More by womencantsail
4.2/5 rDev -3.9%
Appearance: Pours from the growler a dark brown, near black body with a scant, ecru-hued head.
Smell: Nose of well-roasted malts wrapped up with a downright inviting, welcoming bourbon-soaked aroma. Supported by notes of chocolate chunks, espresso, vanilla syrup, toasted oak, and dark fruit.
Taste: Roasted maltiness with tastes of strong coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Fairly full sweetness overall. Sweet caramel, a slight dark fruitiness, a minute toastiness, and a light hint of vanilla are secondary, subservient even to these bolder flavors. Well-integrated Jack Daniels character. Warming, semi-dry finish with an enduring roastiness.
Mouthfeel: The medium-full body you'd expect from a RIS, with the medium-low carbonation you'd expect from a growler.
Drinkability: Good stuff and one I'd certainly recommend to fans of barrel-aged stouts. So, do yourself a favor and be sure to get a glass or two if a growler of it should happen to cross your path.
03-29-2010 19:29:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.33/5 rDev -0.9%
A delectable stout, shoutouts to the appropriate parties...
Pours a deep black, glints of brown around the edge where the light gets through. Plenty of lacing with a tan head of foam. Spotty lace cascades down the sides.
Aroma is really nice for a bourbon-barrel stout...vanilla, sweetish milk chocolate, with an underlying fruitiness from the barrel. Can't pull my nose away, a sure sign of greatness.
Flavors of roasted malt and chocolate, intertwined with tannic oak barrel character, more sweet and vanillafied than anything. Easy to drink, and not too heavy or cloying. Very tasty stuff...
04-03-2008 05:38:54 | More by emerge077
4.47/5 rDev +2.3%
Got a growler of this delicious malt beverage from mothman. Thanks, Ben.
The beer has a viscous obsidian body, and it's capped by a thin mocha-colored head that settles out completely, leaving no lacing or collar.
A robust whiskey aroma is immediately noticed, and a bigger whiff reveals a dark fudge-like chocolate scent that melds nicely with the caramel sweetness provided by the barrel. There's a tar-like roastiness as it warms, along with a touch of licorice.
The taste mirrors the aroma. A robust chocolate, charred tarry malt and anise foundation supports the intense barrel character. There's very little heat or harshness despite the strong whiskey flavor. The balance of sweet and bitter is exceptional, and the body is full but not cloying. It finishes with a mild roasted bitterness and lingering caramel and chocolate. Excellent stuff, I hope to have the chance to try this again.
05-28-2010 18:35:10 | More by largadeer
4.3/5 rDev -1.6%
64 oz growler into a tulip glass. This is from the 2011 release. I’m amazed how well this held up for being in a growler for a year. Kudos to MTH Brewery for the pro fill here!
This beer pours with kind of a pissed off look to it, with a black or maybe more of a deep cola brown color, topped with a finger of burnt looking reddish mocha colored head. This maintains some rich and frothy edges, which whips up a foamy cascade of spotty lacing and brown oils that slowly drip down the sides of the glass. This look gets a bonus point just for how angry it is. The barrel sit right up front of the aroma, with a warm charred stickiness and tannic edges that reach out and envelope a base of vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, espresso, and maybe even a touch of lingering green citrus along the back. Some stiff warmth works its way in as this warms. This is decent but seems to favor the barrel flavors a little too much overall. I’d like to have seen some more integration of the base and barrel a bit more.
The taste provides much more of a melding of the two however, with a sticky and burnt mélange of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, roasted coffee, citric hops, and a smack of brown sugars on the tail-end. Dry woody edges pull into the finish and leave this fairly tannic feeling. The overall profile however is quite smooth and flavorful with a good interaction between the whiskey barrel and base Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is full bodied, and while this started out a little thin right out of the fridge, the carbonation here expanded nicely as this warmed with some sharpness on the tongue that then spreads out into more of a firm creaminess that fills out the corners of the mouth. The alcohol presence here is VERY well hid, mostly just adding some intensity to the stronger aspects of the flavors here but I was hugely impressed with how smoothly this drank overall.
While Jack Daniels isn’t my favorite choice of barrel, this was still pretty darn good. I would have liked for the nose not to have been as barrel heavy as it was and this showed a bit too much of an almost oaky astringency as this hit room temp (that wasn’t helped by the burnt roastiness of this as well) but when this hit the sweet spot temp wise, the flavor here was about as good as I’ve had in a while for a BA Stout. The smoothness with which this drank was a huge plus as well. I’m not sure that this quite lived up to the hype but it is certainly worth checking out if you get the chance.
02-21-2012 20:11:37 | More by Kegatron
4.5/5 rDev +3%
Got this in a trade at Dark Lord Day - thanks Matt! Served in a taster snifter at Derek's place this weekend. Growler was best before March 2nd, 2010. Oh well...
A - Looks a lot like Ol' Jack Frost. A hint of transparent brown at the fringes of an otherwise black body. Dark mocha foam that slowly dissipates to a thin cap and ring, and leaves some patchy lacing.
S - Dark fruits, chocolate truffle, vanilla, some aged qualities just like Ol' Jack Frost. Whiskey is initially understated but well-integrated. As it warms more earthy barrel comes out, as well as char and smoke.
T - The taste is initially heavy in caramel and milk chocolate sweetness, but finishes with a whiskey bite and both roast and dark chocolate bitterness. Again the barrel element complements instead of overwhelms, as all the main flavors of the base beer shine through.
M - The body seems a little fuller than Ol' Jack Frost, and the beer benefits from it. Otherwise it's quite similar, with the low carbonation, minimal heat, and slightly sticky finish.
D - This is a pretty awesome beer. I went back for multiple pours even with some many other awesome beers sitting on the table. We were late into the night when this opened, but it still emptied. A nice twist on Ol' Jack Frost, but not a significant upgrade.
05-24-2010 22:24:12 | More by MasterSki
4.78/5 rDev +9.4%
My first encounter with this beer, which took a Gold at the GABF back in 2001, finished in a Jack Daniel's barrel and served at the 7th Anniversary party.
Pours out black as my morning coffee, with a shallow brown ring of foam atop. Judicious 10 ounce serving.
Aroma is rich and strong, sending off a panoply of associations, carob, maple, a hint of charcoal and a wisp of leather, but cocoa is taking the lead...big with the bourbon, though still, somehow velvety smooth. Whiskey tones ride a sidecar next to the chocolate. Some glimmers of juicy fruit interject and jumpabout in the flavor, too. Staggeringly complex! Slick, thick texture on the tongue, full bodied, long, deep finish, huge mouthfeel. Yet, still, unbelievably smooth
This was deliriously good! Had two samples, that I can remember, and so wish I could take it home and enjoy as a nightcap. If it were more accessible, perhaps that could prove to be a detriment to my participation in good society?
11-01-2004 19:13:28 | More by feloniousmonk
4.3/5 rDev -1.6%
Thanks Brad! Wicked awesome. This growler showed up at a recent tasting.
Beer was nicely carbonated, the growler hissed when the cap was popped. Beer poured into a snifter. Beer is black and forms a big brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Beer is too dark to see through at the corners but at the interface with the glass there are no bubbles. I can't tell how carbonated the beer is. Looks good though.
Sweet aroma, filled with whiskey and some oak notes. Aroma is a little roasty but its mostly filled with a liquor aroma.
Lots of Jack Daniels character in this beer. Overall beer is really smooth. It starts sweet and then has this dry, midpalate, liquor flavor and the beer finishes with this roasty and dryness. Pretty complex and thoughtful overall. Good connectivity. There is an appropriate amount of carbonation on the palate of the beer. I don't know if that is because the carb is intended to be this way or if its blead off a little and I'm just lucky. I thought the mouthfeel is good and drinkability is high. A great barrel aged whiskey beer. MORE JACK DANIEL BEERS EVERYONE. DO IT!
06-03-2010 00:46:09 | More by drabmuh
4.53/5 rDev +3.7%
thanks to Capones for sharing this -I was priveleged enough to get two 5 oz samples thanks to SamuelJackson45 for the second one. enjoyed from a snifter and sampler glass.
A deep black opaque looking ominous dark liquid with very medium brown cream that sticks well. The smell is heavenly -so much barrel influence, yet not much alcohol aroma, just vanilla like you are digging into creme brulee or opening a vanilla extract bottle -so creamy and floral with some nice sweet malt and roasted accents in the nose, the wood is in there too with some bourbon, but just excellent smell in general. I love the feel of this, it is vicous and mildly sweet, dense, full and moderately carbonated for a barrel aged stout with subtle alcohol in the feel and finishes with some residual sugar, sticky.
the taste is smooth maltiness, very caramel influenced yet nicely roasted in flavor with intense bourbon barrel as a definite ingredient, there is no mistaking this for a non-barrel aged stout. It is apparent that a lot of malt is used because it doesn't taste much lighter than brownie batter, just kidding ...but you get the idea. It is really vanilla infused soaking drenched with barrel infused vanilla and the stout stands up to this barrel treatment and holds its own, you get some cocoa in there with mild astringent tannin from the barrel, but barely. This is a serious stout, it seems stronger than it is in flavor, which is actually good for this style.It is not overly attenuated, yet it seems to have a nice balance with some grain astringency and hop bitterness to counter the sweetness. I can't Imagine the opportunity would come around often for me to try this. I have wanted to for a while. I just know I appreciate Matt Capone for generously sharing this. I think it is pretty top notch in the realm of barrel aged beer period, yet as far as stouts it really stands out in my opinion, just takes things to another level.
04-28-2011 02:06:26 | More by Slatetank
2.93/5 rDev -33%
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.
08-21-2012 21:12:13 | More by oline73
4.53/5 rDev +3.7%
From 03/19/11 notes. Big thanks to Lunch for sharing one of his 17 growlers of this at a recent tasting; thanks Paul! Big want of mine.
a - Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with light carbonation evident and one inch of tan head.
s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, oak, wood, bourbon. The chocolate is rich and sweet, and the bourbon is not overpowering; really nice balance.
t - Tastes of milk chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel malts. Again, some sweetness to it I enjoy very much.
m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation, thick, smooth, and creamy body. perfect mouthfeel for a big RIS.
d - Overall this was a great RIS. The bourbon is definitely noticable, but not overpowering at all, and there is a lot of sweet chocolate in the nose and taste, but it's not too sweet. The mouthfeel was perfect. Would love to get some of this next year.
03-21-2011 16:49:58 | More by mdfb79
Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.