Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 12.18%
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Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 11-01-2004

Ol' Jack Frost aged in Jack Daniels barrels.
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of womencantsail
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. Tried again and updated scores.

Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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?

Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of mothman
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this at the release. Waited for an hour to drink this on tap and it was worth it.

Served in a 10 oz goblet.

1/2 finger of dark tan head. Very thick and creamy. Good lace as well. Color is a dark black.

Aroma: The aroma starts out with some subtle notes of Jack Daniels. It is not overpowered but it lets you know it's there. Then comes the roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Dark fruit notes show through in the background. Oak and vanilla up front. Very nice.

Taste: Lots of cherries and dark fruits are apparent from the first sip. There is a nice amount if Jack Daniels, but again, it is not over done. Oak, vanilla and roasted malts follow after the JD with some chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and roasty. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends very clean. Everything I could ask for in an RIS.

Overall, a very solid beer. Tons of flavor and the barrel aging was perfectly done. Some beers can adapt the whiskey flavors too much, but this beer was perfectly crafted. I highly recommend. Very drinkable. No heat at all with this beer. Simply amazing. I had over 2 glasses of this and still wanted more. This beer is one of Town Hall's finest.

Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sitting at Capones with the Harrisburg area group of BA's on 4/23/11 for the tapping of Hill Farmstead's Ephraim, a small glass of this brew appeared before me (care of Matt I assume?) Thanks!

This brew appears black in color with a dark brown head that recedes leaving a webbing of lacework on the glass. The cap holds fairly decent for a barrel aged brew, it maintains a thick and creamy look of froth. As it fades, a light swirl regenerates the cap.

The smell of this brew is sweet chocolate initially that gives way to a whiskey tang coupled with a lot of vanilla smoothness and light suggestions of toasted coconut. The smell of this brew is pretty fantastic, the barrel aging aspect is very evident and mingles well with the typical roasted grain chocolate character. As it warms up, a bit of green yeastiness emerges but it blends into the whiskey tang aspect in the nose.

The taste of this brew is dark chocolate flavoring with a strong whiskey kick. The is plenty of vanilla smoothness to balance it out. A slight citrus and fruity note appears from time to time being the only slight evidence of hop incorporation. There is a flavor of dark skinned fruits that mixes with the whiskey inclusion to formulate a flavor reminiscent of something like whiskey soaked raisins. As the aroma predicted, there is a very light green yeastiness across the back of the tongue. However, it is very much an afterthought compared to all the delicious flavors running throughout this brew. This beer provides a lasting aftertaste of coconut mixed with chocolate malt with a slightly nutty character and tangy with alcohol. Very well done and super enjoyable.

The feel of this brew is caught between medium and full, slightly leaning more towards full. It is lightly, yet enjoyably carbonated. Exceptionally smooth and an easy drinking offering. It provides a pleasant warmth and well integrated abv flavoring that in total provided an exceptional drinking experience. I would love to have this again but am thankful for the opportunity I was given. For my first town hall experience, color me impressed.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brad brought this to my tasting on May 29, 2010. A huge thank you for sharing this great beer.

Czar Jack has a stunning appearance. The beer is jet black with a substantial, thick beige head that leaves copious amounts of lacing on the glass. Aromas consist of a big whiskey presence, roasted malt, and subtle oak notes. This beer tastes incredible. The flavors are integrated and balanced very well. The Jack Daniels flavor is bold and forward, yet not offensive or overdone. This is a truly well-crafted brew. The feel is creamy and smooth with a warming note in the finish. I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of yourefragile
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 growler shared by I forget who at the TJs BA gathering.

If this isnt the near perfect representation of the BA RIS style, please tell me what is. 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. Aroma and flavor are a rich balanced, blend of vanilla, oak, raisin, plum, milk and roast chocolate, molasses, and char. Body has fallen off in this aged growler alittle, but that's not a complaint. Trying this side by side with Bar Fly, they are remarkably similar if not only for the difference in barrels. I need to try a fresh samole of this.

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by me poured into a tasting glass. It poured Thick and black with a moderate tan head to it. It left some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it. Very nice looking beer for the style.

The aroma shows some sweet notes to it with some brown sugar and molasses coming through. I get a decent chocolaty flavor with some lighter roasty flavors. The bourbon barrel flavors are pretty reserved, I get a little of the vanilla and oak and just a hint of the bourbon. Pretty good aroma, not amazing but good.

The taste is sweet up front with some chocolate to it as well as some nice notes of molasses and brown sugar. I get a little bit of a fruity, tart note to it as well. The roasty flavors come out a little giving it some balance. Like the aroma, the bourbon barrel aging is pretty reserved. I get a bit of a smooth, vanilla and oak character to it with just a hint of the bourbon.

The mouthfeel thick and slightly slick with carbonation being on the lower side. Excellent mouthfeel overall and it really fit the style of the beer as well. Overall it was a very solid beer and was very smooth and easy drinking for the style. It didn't really wow me in the flavor department though, it was good but not amazing.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared from a growler at the Brick Store Pub, graciously provided by Grant a while ago. Thanks Grant! Right off the bat, I love beers that are given a whiskey barrel treatment, so I thought this would be right up my alley. Poured black with a beautiful tight brown head- obviously a fresh growler. Huge nose of whiskey rises from the glass- oh so enticing. There are also lovely milk and roasted grain notes as well as some chocolate- all play well together. So far, so good. The taste also captures some of that chocolate and creamy notes along with the roasted grain, but there is perhaps too much whiskey here. The hugely prominent whiskey flavor tends to bury the other notes a bit. A big beer in the mouth, the whiskey dominates and even contributes a little harshness. This beer flirts with greatness, but decided to tie one on and didn't quite make it. Still, worthy to try for sure.

Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of brian23456. Thanks again!

Pours pitch black with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a prominent barrel character that doesn't overpower the roasted malt character of the base. Toasted oak and vanilla notes along with plenty of sweet, boozy whiskey. Although the whiskey notes are strong, there is still plenty of roasted dark malt. Hints of coffee bean, toast, dark chocolate and oatmeal.

Chewy medium body with a decent balance of whiskey barrel and dark malt flavor. The barrel presence is a bit stronger than the aroma suggests with a decent amount of dry, toasted oak and vanilla along with a very strong whiskey flavor that slightly overpowers the other flavors. Underneath there is a nice roasted malt presence with hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt toast and oatmeal. The ABV is well masked. Plenty of alcohol flavor but very little heat/warmth in the finish.

Overall this beer is pretty good but I wish the spirit was integrated into the beer a bit better. A little too strong on the barrel and whiskey for my liking but still very tasty.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/4/2010

Thanks Chris! Poured into a snifter, the beer is black and foreboding with a small auburn head. The aroma is rich, with prominent notes of dark chocolate, bourbon (or is it whisky?) with accompanying alcohol heat, and brown sugar. I also detect oak, vanilla, and a light licorice character. Malt displays a moderate roast. The aroma is fantastic when the beer warms past room temperature.

The flavor is bourbon alcohol up front with notes of fudge and brown sugar. Oak makes an appearance midpalate and also contributes a light tannic quality near the finish. The end displays a combination of whisky heat, dark chocolate, oak, and caramel. Alcohol lingers. Alcohol is quite strong throughout, actually, but it fits with the robust barrel and rich chocolate characteristics. Carbonation is low, the mouthfeel is full and viscous with a residual stickiness. A quality barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. Definitely recommended.

Photo of barleywinefiend
1.98/5  rDev -54.5%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All Matt told me was that the BA guy who brought in this beer was named John. All I can say, is thanks man.... it was an incredible treat to try this excellent beer.

Sampled from a growler at Capone's today.

The beer pours a particularly dark brown color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose in this beer is amazing. The aroma of Jack Daniels is obvious and amazing, giving this beer a complex aroma profile of jack daniels (what a surprise), milk duds, chocolate, leather, tobacco... coupled with a hint of coffee and vanilla. On the palate, the flavor profile replicates the palate on this moderately sweet beer. It seems as if the extended barrel againg has toned down the sweetness, and the beer has a nice tobacco and leather finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well disgused. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long finish. The leather and tobacco really come out in the finish.

This is an all around exellent beer... much better then the masala mama IMHO, but whatever.... this is a very well made, delicious beer. Nicely done...

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Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.