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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Czar Jack Imperial StoutCzar Jack Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 12.56%


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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deebo

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 2012 version tapped tonight.

A-Black with a tan head that sticks to glass-pretty standard appearance.

S-Definite bourbon aroma with lots of heavily roasted and burnt malts in here. Vapory alcohol and some faint vanilla aroma.

T-Like it smells, the bourbon is there but does not overwhelm this stout. Definitely a big stout with lots of malty and dark roasted malts. A fair amount of bitter bite to finish.

M-Heavy mouthfeel but is not syrupy at all, the alcohol is completely hidden but at under 10% that isn't that surprising.

O-A nice BB stout. Nice complexity and is a perfect beer to sip as a night cap. Wish this was a bit more creamy and not as bitter in the end.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 03:11:59 | More by deebo
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2012 20:11:37 | More by Kegatron
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -23.5%
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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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to Frank (lurchingbeast) for busting this out at the JP La Roja GR release. Poured from a growler into a snifter glass.

Appearance – Pours a pitch black color into the glass with very little head. The slight head achieved is a nice dark coffee brown color that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Nice coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and bittersweet cocoa. Does not smell very sweet (hurray!) but more of a “dry” stout (if that makes sense). A hint of alcohol comes through in the nose.

Taste – Wow, fantastic. Lots of roasted malt and wood up front creating an almost astringent flavor. That then mixes into a semi-sweet mid which consists of the dry/bitter coffee and cocoa. Just a hint of brown sugar and sweetness. Finishes with a touch of alcohol and dryness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, honestly finishes so dry my mouth literally did feel dry.

Overall – Amazing. I am not into stouts at all anymore (overall) and would have never sought this out. Hence, that in itself takes me away from being “biased” because I love the style/tried hard to get such a rare beer. That said, this very dry, not overly sweet RIS was delicious. I wish I could have stayed longer and had another glass. Of course I find a new RIS I enjoy and it has to be one of the hardest to obtain. Would be extremely pumped to try this again.

Serving type: growler

12-13-2011 01:19:27 | More by SpdKilz
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2011 03:14:56 | More by corby112
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Frank for a couple pours from the growler at the La Roja release.

Body is black and opaque. The body is visibly viscous. Small mocha colored head set atop. The growler was no freshly crack, no doubt diminishing the head potential. Limited lacing left behind.

The aroma is wonderful, top notch without doubt. Roasted, sweet and bourbon aromas are perfectly layered. Dark malt and coffee scents contrast sweeter chocolate and vanilla aroma. The bourbon is equally present and wonderfully integrated, really ties the dark and light aromas together.

The flavor displays the same level of integration noted in the nose. Big chocolate, java and molasses flavors lay heavy on the tongue. Sweeter caramel and vanilla flavors fill in and contrast behind. The bourbon flavor is once again integrated to perfection . The flavor is prominent though not heat and booziness is very much subdued.

Full bodied stout, carbonation is lower and appropriate. Very creamy, silky texture on the tongue. Very long, enjoyable finish.

Czar Jack was certainly a surprise. I was not expecting to try it, I expected it to be good, did not expect it to be this good. Czar Jack is simply outstanding. Flavor is beautifully layered. tremendously drinkable beer.

Serving type: growler

12-11-2011 20:08:00 | More by kzoobrew
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall Tap. This beer arrives an opaque black color. The head is half an inch of dark tan colored foam. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and bourbon. The taste is similar to the aroma. The bourbon is nicely integrated into the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very, very good beer. I will definitely search this one out next time it is being poured.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 21:37:08 | More by KarlHungus
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 on-tap for Anniversary Week.

Served in a goblet a pure black with an oily brown layer of foam coating the top.

Smells very rich and sweet and bourbony. Molasses, vanilla bean, caramelized sugar and bourbon are all there.

The taste has really mellowed with the age. Lots of sweetness going on with vanilla bean, molasses, burnt sugar and cola. The bourbon is there. It's not hot and is really quite mellow and smooth. Seems the flavors have subdued over time. Still good, but not the great beer it is fresh. No alcohol detected at all, unless you want to count the bourbon flavor.

Sticky, syrupy and slick describe the feel of this brew. Full bodied.

I really enjoyed this beer, but it was just missing that little kick that it has when fresh. Still a terrific beer that really drinks easily. I could have two or three of these pretty easily. I will snare more of this the next time around.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 00:52:13 | More by jera1350
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Draughtsman

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz. snifter.

I eagerly watched the barkeep pour my glass, followed it from across the brewery to my table, carefully navigated through the crowd by a nimble, agile waiter.

It arrived at the table, sadly all the way across the 4-person table with me, a whole arm's reach away. Despite it's distance from me, I gazed at it's murky darkness. Thick, opaque, it looked...chewy, if something could ever look chewy. I could smell the wonderful aroma coming off the lacy, caramel head (The head was thin, however I'm sure this was a calculated move, allowing for more beer in the glass). It smelled wonderfully of vanilla, brown sugar, cocoa, coffee, and of course whiskey.

I then grapped hold of he goblet. Surprisingly, it was cold. I held it in my hands, warming it, releasing some of the more delicate aromas. toffee, caramel, oak.

Then, the anticipated first sip. Roasty, chocolaty, smooth, creamy, thick, molasses, whiskey. Deliciousness. Good thing I'm a big fan of whiskey, whisky and uisge.

Overall, an absolutely amazing beer, a great representation of the style, and the Jack barrel only makes things better. Too bad it only comes around once a year.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 03:24:45 | More by Draughtsman
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birchstick

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - served on tap at TH brewery during anniversary week.

S - nose sweet molasses and vanilla bourbon scents dominate the nose with some hints of chocolate and some burnt malts

T - starts off with sweet vanilla flavors. These fades to a really nice molasses flavor. A splash of bourbon comes out from behind th vanilla and molasses and give it a little bit of spiciness. Ends with dark fruits, some chocolate fudge and more bourbon spicy heat. All of the flavors are really well integrated and form a really nice barrel aged RIS.

M - nice and full with some carbonation that burns with the bourbon

D - this is a really nice barrel aged RIS. Solid flavor profile that has really nice complexity and A really nice blend of flavors. This is a hard one to get but worth seeking out. This reminds me a lot of bcbs, which is a really good thing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 01:12:07 | More by birchstick
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beagle75

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Blakaeris

Iowa

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head.

Aroma is intense dark grain, bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruit.

Taste is similar to the nose. Dark grain bitterness and massive anise up front. Then a relatively sweet dark fruit aspect takes over. Chocolate and oaky vanilla notes are present throughout. Finishes with a great deal of bourbon alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall a tasty RIS. This one is on the sweeter side, but still good. Alcohol warmth comes on strong. However, it could use more of a smokey character to add complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 16:38:52 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -18.9%
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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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler- pitch black in colour, few other colours coming through up to the light. Head was a frothy mocha three finger head (good sign given age of growler). Nose - vanilla, anise, brown sugar, roast and some bourbon. Taste- heavy anise and dark fruits, milk and touch of dark chocolate, moderate roast. Thick mouthfeel that really coats the mouth. finish has more wood and nut coming through along with lingering roastiness.

Serving type: growler

09-03-2011 22:03:05 | More by oakbluff
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to erick for sharing his growler at the June Philly Suburbs BA meet-up.

A-Dark black with brown highlights, off white head

S-Like crushed apples, figs and a little chocolate, very little bourbon aroma at all. I think that the age of this growler resulted in oxidation of the beer leading to these crushed fruit/sherry like aromas

T-very smooth with low sweetness. Dry finish before the oaky barrel tannins. The chocolate and licorice flavors are well balances if a bit muted. Not the big aggressive, sweet, over-the-top beer I was expecting, but rather refined. The Jack Daniels definitely takes a back seat to the beer.

M-great creamy carbonation, ever after almost four months since it was filled

O-very good, but a bit shy of great.

I think this beer is another example of hype exceeding the results, although it was great to try.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2011 21:05:28 | More by Soonami
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-22-2011 12:38:36 | More by Georgiabeer
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FosterJM

California

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

676th Review on BA
Growler to Flute

Thanks to Sideswipe for sharing!

App- A very nice dark brown, on the border of black with a nice bubbly tan head. Nice little bits of stick and cling

Smell- Very nice stout even for sitting in the growler for so long. Chocolate with whisps of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Quite enticing.

Taste- What a great smooth stout. Pulled together wonderfully. This stout is creamy and balanced and not a punch in the mouth. A lot of chocolate and roast with touches of the barrels.

Mouth- On the border of being thick but still retains a medium body to it. The carbonation held up very well over the year this sat in sideswipes fridge.

Drink- Can't thank him enough for this growler. Super smooth and easy to sip on. Was a welcome additions to the beers I have got to try. Watch out MN, if I am ever at town hall I am taking the tap.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2011 18:54:34 | More by FosterJM
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Sideswipe

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler which I brought to Clusterfork 6. 2009 vintage.

A- Pitch black with a half inch of mocha colored foam on top. Excellent lacing.

S- Coffee, roasted malt and subdued bourbon in the nose.

T- Roasted malt up front transitions to chocolate and dark fruit. Muted bourbon presence enters mid-palate. Finish is semi-dry with lingering roast and chocolate notes.

M- Feel is full bodied, viscous and sweet, befitting the style. Carbonation (still very evident after a year and a half in the growler) is spot on and lends a very nice creamy quality to the beer. ABV is completely masked by the excellent interplay of flavors at work in the beer.

O- Czar Jack was a joy to imbibe. The incredible smoothness of the beer was a very pleasant surprise. An effort by Town Hall worthy of great praise, and one which I will certainly be seeking out again in he future. Recommended.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2011 01:35:47 | More by Sideswipe
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Stoneyrok

North Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderful, lacing head, black.

S smelled of coffee, toffee,

T was an incredible beer. I sampled this at the foothill sexual chocolate bourbon barrel release, and while I can't pin down the details right now, it was one of the best beers I sampled that night and one of the only ones I took note of to remember.

M medium body, smooth, perfect

O I could probably drink the whole growler had he left it behind. I know this review is low on details, but remember I sampled maybe 50 different world class beers and this stood out among them all, and one other. Buy this if you can. Hope they distribute one day!

Serving type: growler

07-21-2011 03:43:02 | More by Stoneyrok
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo as well! Served from growler into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, brown sugar, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, brown sugar, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. My only gripe is that the mouthfeel was a little thin for the style, but that is just me being picky. The flavor was very RIS and quite complex as well. You never knew what you were going to pick up on in the next sip. The aroma was quite nice and inviting as well. Really glad I got the opportunity to finally try this one and would love to do so again.

Serving type: growler

07-12-2011 14:39:53 | More by thagr81us
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shadesofgray for sharing yet another Town Hall growler.

As far as appearance goes, I could talk about the color and the texture, but instead, I will focus on the thin milk chocolate colored head that reaches a full finger in height and is well retained. It produces an irregular and uncharacterizable lace combined with some spotty bubbles. A swirl kicks up oily brownish legs, and that looks really good.

Aromas of chocolate, roasty coffee, light oaky vanilla and hints of whiskey. Only a touch of warmth, but certainly no overwhelming booziness. The flavor is even more well balanced, with the whiskey playing only a supporting role to a dark fruity medley of dates, figs, and currants along with the chocolatey malt that is both sweet and bitter. The somewhat acrid roast tempers the sweetness and rounds out the flavor nicely.

Czar Jack manages to be both sticky and resinous while being smooth and silky all at the same time. There is a bit of a slick feeling while there is significant stickiness from the hop oils. I much prefer this over the other -bal aged version of Jack Frost, the Port Frost, as I find it more complex and nuanced with more compelling balance.

Serving type: growler

06-26-2011 19:15:10 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-18-2011 19:31:41 | More by yourefragile
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seeswo

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler opened and consumed in celebration of my graduation.
Pours black with a small light brown head. Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and some bourbon and vanilla. Smells nice. The taste is sweet and heavy molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts. Finishes a bit bitter and off - think excessive char. Good carbonation (counter-pressure filled growler), medium body with a decent mouthfeel. I am left a bit dumbfounded as this is a good beer, but not what is implied by how it trades. No quality stands out as elite - the flavor is decent, nose is good, balance is ok, no dominant exciting flavor. Good beer. Cheers.

Serving type: growler

06-17-2011 06:03:00 | More by seeswo
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz growler into a Darkness snifter. I've had this in my fridge since the release, the anticipation has been builiding up for some time. Split with a fellow BA member.

A- Pitch black, motor oil, Dark sludge body, dark brown one finger mocha head, nice lacing and retention, excellent carbonation.
S- Very sweet, chocolate and vanilla upfront, amazing bourbon aroma, nice oaky notes as well, as I continue to smell my mouth starts watering, I already know this is going to be an amazing tasting beer.
T- Very smooth, taste of Jack Daniels is present, sweet vanilla notes, with amazing chocolate and bourbon taste, cocoa, hints of coffee, roasted malts, notes from the barrels (oak, wood) are very present pushing the taste from awesome to truly amazing, very easy drinkability.
M- Medium mouth feel, nice carbonation, smooth and creamy.
O- Amazing beer, alcohol is very hidden, very easy drinkability, well balanced with the bourbon and oak aged notes, just delicious, the bourbon taste is not overpowering, beautiful appearance, aroma, and taste one of the best BA stouts out there.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 06:03:22 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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jampics2

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler into my Duvel Eley Kishamoto glass. Gotta bust out the good glass for a beer like this! Traded for at DLD 2011 and consumed over Memorial Day.

Since Town Hall rocks their growler fills the right way, with CO2 purging and bottom-fill, this opened with the hiss of a growler that was days old instead of months. The beer is black - pitch black like a January Minnesota evening. The most remarkable quality is the one and a half inch cappuccino colored head that sticks around and leaves great lace. Czar Jack is almost a perfect looking BA Russian Imperial Stout; with just a bit more sinister a complexion she would be perfect.

The smell is complex, inviting and really damn good. The first notes I get are pure caramel sweetness, then some dark malt creeps in and reminds me this is a Russian Imperial Stout after all. A bit of bourbon and oak give nice whiskey and vanilla characteristics that are well integrated. There's also a touch of dark fruit that reminds me of raisin and a touch of cherry as well. Nice nose on this - a bit more definition from the roast would make this spectacular, but it's pretty good as is.

The taste is heavenly. This is one of just a handful - maybe 1 or 2 percent - of beers I've rated that deserve a perfect score for taste. The reason this stands out is that the myriad of flavors meld and make this more of a ride down the tunnel of love than the rollercoaster many big Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stouts seem to take me on. There's a slightly bitter bite and a lot of barrel at first, giving a slightly brash flavor and even a touch of woody tannins. The bourbon creeps in and then a twang from bourbon and bitterness peak and clear out, making room for the roasted malt to move in. Chocolate, coffee and a touch of molasses give way to a caramel and dark fruit wave of flavor. There's a touch of raisin and cherry that, for a brief second, remind me of a quad. Then, the lingering roast and perfect barrel aging flavors - think chocolate and vanilla - close out the set with a standing ovation.

The booze is very well-concealed except for the wet bourbon, and the beer has wonderful drinkability with little palate fatigue. The only flaw was still well within an acceptable range, and that's the feel of the beer. Yep, the mouthfeel is a bit thin in terms of viscosity for a Russian Imperial, but the creaminess is there and a slight sparkle from the carbonation accentuates the beer very well. While a touch more heft would be great, this is stellar stuff. One of the most memorable and tasty beers I've had this year.

Serving type: growler

06-01-2011 16:07:00 | More by jampics2
Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.