Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 12.59%
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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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Photo of callmemickey
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Mothman... much respect for getting this beast to me!

A: Deep black-brown body... chocolate brown head... moderate sized head which quickly faded but left behind fairly dense lacing on the sides of the tulip I was drinking from.

S: Right off the bat the jack is prevalent... its not your typical oaky-vanilla, but instead is a deeper earthy, charred whiskey. Massive roast malts and chocolate... in this regard it reminded me a hell of a lot like abyss (which is a great thing in my book).

T: Much like the nose, but perhaps even more refined and complex. The roasted malts are like a kaleidoscope of semi-charred / semi-burnt sugary goodness. Caramel, the slightest bit of licorice, burnt brown sugar and molasses. The jack is ever present, but doesn't burn like jack does when left to pillage the mouth on its own.

M: Big boned, but not oppressive. While there is no denying the presence of jack it neither burns nor thins out the mouthfeel. Nice lingering finish with just the slightest bit of bitterness.

D: Really, really nice.... this is my first glass from the growler and will continue the growler in the morning.... possibly might earn a 5.0 here. Stay tuned!

Photo of jrallen34
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally had this at DLD, then this time rated off a growler Sean provided...Black pour, light tan head...Aroma is sweet bourbon and vanilla, light sweet chocolate...The taste is easy to drink, light feel thought. Easy to drink despite a coffee finish.

Photo of urwithdave
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tnx to gtreid for sharing. Poured into my cigar city snifter.

A- black hole! Tar! Used motor oil. litlle head on it but it left some chunky lacing.

A- dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, licorice, and bourbon.

T- sweet molasses starts the show. A good blend of the bourbon and malts. The bourbon doesn't overtake any of the other flavors. Chocolate notes,vanilla, and dark fruits come out as it warms.

M- thicker than thick. It really coats your mouth and throat on the way down.

D- pretty fantastic considering the magnitude of this stuff.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Viggo
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler at DLD, thanks Dan!

Pours an opaque black, a bit of brown comes through in the edges, thick light brown head forms, slowly settles to a thin ring around the glass, a few spots stick.

Smell is great, very heavy barrel character, lots of vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, licorice, burnt sugar, oaky, intense roast, a bit of alcohol, dark fruit, Ol Jack Frost on steroids.

Taste is similar, very rich, big vanilla, bourbon/whiskey, brown sugar, licorice, chocolate roast, coffee, wood, very intense and rich character, light roasty bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, silky smooth with low carbonation. I really dug the Ol Jack Frost and this is a pretty tremendous example of barrel aging, retaining the character of the original but adding an extra layer of complexity. On a day of great beer this one really stood out. Thanks Dan!

Photo of rudylaw
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not one, not two but THREE separate tastes of this brew at DLD!

Pours blacky-black with decent head.

I can't believe how much vanilla comes to the forefront in the nose. Decadent, dark chocolate and the slightest hint of hops.

Sweet, lucious taste! More vanilla, more chocolate and subtle notes from the barrel... some oak, but mostly more chocolate.

Medium body and perfect carbonation. This is VERY similar to Bell's Black Note with just a hair less complexity. I have a feeling you'd be feeling this if you had a snifter or two... but 4-5 oz of this was good for me. Nah, I wish I had more. Outstanding stuff from MTH!

Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to translucent for sharing this awesomeness on DLD. In my ultimate ticker quest to try the 100 Best of BA, this beer was not currently on the list, but I was doing a trade with Andrew and had just come back from my first (and only) trip to the guest taps double-fisting Cigar City Brandy Barrel Aged Warmer Winter and Avery Moloch, which were about to send me on a one-way express train to Wastedville. He just happened to be holding this growler, and since I'm never one to turn down a -bal aged imperial stout, I accepted his offer of a pour of this.

Pours just like you'd want it to, black and thick with a nice one-finger dark tan head that lasts.

Aroma is phenomenal. Picture a great base stout with very well-executed whiskey barrel aging, and you pretty much get the picture. The Jack comes through big on the nose, as well as oak and lots of vanilla. Roasty and chocolatey flavors from the base stout assert themselves as well, and there is a slight tobacco note.

As for the flavor, well, it's also excellent. Very similar to KBS, although I did not have them side-by-side. Chocolate, caramel, roast, lots of vanilla, and malted milk balls, along with just the right amount of oak and whiskey. A little bit of dark fruit comes through as well - plums and dates maybe.

Fairly full on the body with a nice carbonation level. Not at all too boozy, although you do get the alcohol warmth.

Damn, this is good. Like I said earlier, a good bottle of KBS is a fair comparison for this beer. The whiskey flavor seems a bit different though. As a big-time RIS guy, I could down lots of this. Unfortunately I had way too much other awesome beer to try at DLD.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled from a growler that Jamal32 brought to DLD. I got a decent pour as Jamie was really cool about it, just enough that I think a review is in order.

The beer was dark brown-black colored, completely opaque when held to the sunlight, with a very thin head (probably due to a careful and slow pour). The nose was immense and delicious-smelling, with bourbon (Jack Daniels apparently), chocolate and vanilla, just a massive aroma. The beer tasted just as big, roasted malts leading while bourbon and barrel flavors were big in the after-taste. Thick body, not close to Dark Lord thickness but still thick for the style, giving a good match to the aroma and taste. One of my favorites from DLD 2010, and that's saying a lot.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler split by me at our pre-Dark Lord Day tasting. Thanks me! Reviewed from notes

Pours pitch black with a finger of head in my tasting glass. The vanilla jumps out big in the aroma and is met with nice backing layers of floral hops and rich chocolate. Lots of underlying complexities as well.

The flavor is absolutely rich vanilla and oak notes from the barrel aging. Roasted malts and dark chocolate peek out from the base beer underneath. Very flavorful.

The body is medium to full and carbonation is appropriate for the style. Overall I thought this was an excellent stout that is very easy to drink despite the bold flavors. I would love to get a chance to try it fresh on tap to see if there is any difference. I will definitely be going to Town Hall next time they are pouring it!

Photo of Gtreid
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mothman for hookin me up with this rare treat. Growler poured into my Cigar City snifter.

A: Black. Opaque. No light shines through this bad boy. A small mocha head appears, fades to a thin rim, and leaves some pretty nice lacing.

A: Big notes of chocolate and roasted malt, with hints of vanilla and burbon barrels. Caramel, molasses, an earthy rustic aroma, with more burbon.

T: Really very nice. More chocolate and toasted malts, with a sweetness from the vanilla, caramel, and burbon barrels. It finishes thick and sweet, with a slight alcohol heat.

M: Heavy and viscous. Perfect amount of carbonation. The pure thickness of this beer is a thing of beauty.

D and overall impression: Drinkability for a stout of this magnitude is insane. I honestly could have finished the entire growler myself. Overall, I feel that in most burbon barrel beers, the burbon overtake the base beer, and dosen't let the brew shine. This is far from the case here. This is a perfect balance of burbon and stout. As far as burbon barrel beers go, this one is top notch. Drink it if you can. Skal.

Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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...

Photo of womencantsail
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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 younger35
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have been excited to try this tasty treat for a couple weeks now since I heard Town Hall was having a Barrel Aged week. Served to me in a generic tulip.

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a beautifully full one finger dark tan head. Spotty cap, thick collar and tons of lacing. Beautiful beer.
Smell- Nice and roasted and warm with a ton of rich milk chocolate and enough bitter earthy cocoa to keep the nose chocolaty and on point. Some vanilla and bourbon from the barrel but nothing extreme. Nicely balanced with the rest of the beer as the bourbon is light but nothing that screams Jack Daniels. Loads of caramel and butterscotch hide amongst the rest of the beer.
Taste- Starts with a big oaky kick of bourbon and booze and super creamy chocolate. The chocolate is raw and rich with a cocoa nib like earthiness. Plenty of caramel and dark fruits step in as well. Some over dried raisins, plums and even a touch of apricot step in. Maybe a touch of coffee and smoke but nothing to crazy. The finish is lightly tannic and oaky with a big vanilla and bourbon finish.
Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy with a sticky feel and nice aggressive carbonation. Great feel as the beer is thick and assertive.
Drinkability- This beer is everything I was hoping it would be. Rich and creamy with the perfect balance between bourbon, barrel and beer. Easily one of the best beers I've had in a long time. If this could reach the masses, it would be a top 20 beer, guaranteed. Can't wait till this comes around again!

Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to akorsak for sharing this growler with brewslut and I on 3/21/10.

A - An oily black liquid was dispensed from the growler into my snifter, complete with a thin burnt mocha head that reduced to a sliver of swirly retention, leaving a bit of spotty lace around the glass.

S - Huge aromatic nose brimming with vanilla, oak and bourbon as well as caramel and toffee notes and a crisp malt character. The bourbon is apparent but not overbearing at all.

T - Lots going on with the flavor here. While the basic construction consists of the obvious vanilla, oak and bourbon attributes, there is also a mild charcoal presence in the backend, giving the flavor a slight ashy character. Finishes with a tinge of earthy bitterness.

M - Medium to full bodied with an oily and viscous, yet somewhat lush, creamy mouthfeel with a hint of bristle on the back of the tongue. Finishes with a slight earthy hop bite, mild alcohol warmth and a bit of ashy residue on the palate.

D - I definitely enjoyed this one quite a bit, and I found it to be nicely balanced with a pleasant bourbon character that wasn't too harsh or dry at all. This remained quite drinkable throughout, and I wouldn't hesitate to drink more, should I find another growler sitting in front of me.

Photo of Bulkman
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this during the Big & Barrel Aged Week at the end of February (2/27). Finally got the chance to crack it open this weekend (3/21) & this beer has suffered no ill effects from over 3 weeks in the growler. It is, in a word, magnificent.

Pours with light carbonation, to be expected for the style, but still produces a caramel-colored, 1/2 finger head. Small swirls on the surface, along with the head, makes this beer look like cutting oil.

The aroma is woodsy & sweet with notes of up-front vanilla, followed by chocolate & whiskey.

Taste is of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, toffee, & some fig. As with the nose, vanilla is up-front. There is no bitter after taste as with some beers of the style, only an extremely satisfying JD flavor. Exquisite.

Mouth feel is just right, not too thick. The beer coats your tongue, lingers for several minutes after, then is gone. Full-bodied, & almost perfect.

Highly drinkable; flavor is so good with little burn from the alcohol, that even though I sipped this to savor it, I could easily have had a 2nd glass in that hour had I chosen to.

I have had several hundred beers over the years, with special attention to imperial stouts in the last few years. This takes big, barrel-aged imperial stouts to an entirely new level, as it is nearly perfect in every way.

Photo of akorsak
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerbeagle for this growler of Jack Daniels barrel aged Czar Jack.

A: The stout is deep and darl, a black color that looks like Hershey's chocolate syrup. The consistency is a little more viscous though, than said syrup. A tan head, standing out against the darkness, whittles away slowly, leaving thin atolls of lace behind.

S: The nose is mind-blowing, offering up a great deal of Jack Daniel's without the requisite booze that should accompany it. The JD lends vanilla, coconut, and brown sugar to the nutty, roasted stout body. Absolutely complex and increadible.

T: Toasted goodness matched with Tennessee whiskey. I mean, damn, this is tasty. Roasted grains, coffee and burnt toast build up a harsh landscape that is softened by nuttiness. And then, when a stout can't seemingly get any better, it goes through the roof. The Jack Daniel's whiskey imparts a bourbon-like flavor that builds off of the stout. Vanilla and coconut rise up, sweet and mildly boozy, overtaking the stout with a resounding sweetness. The end of each sip brings out chocolate to mix with the vanilla, a fitting end to the the stout. Fantastic, just fantastic. Only my second 5.0 on taste for Russian Imperial Stouts.

M: The mouthfeel is decadent, sweet and strong from first sip to last. The Tennessee whiskey adds a little more, depth-wise, than most bourbon barrels.

D: The abv is unknown but it's gotta clear 10%. I had three people to share my growler with; there was no way I'd get through the entire container on my own. Damned good, though, verging on perfect.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this and shared it with a friend. It was fairly hyped up, and I was pretty skeptical because of the JD barrels, but it turned out to be pretty good. When a base beer is world class, the barrel is just a cherry on top.

The appearance on this one is black with a brown foam head. It pours a finger or so and leaves a film over the top. Good legs on this one.

The smell is very sweet with chocolate, Jack Daniel, vanilla, and some roasted grain.

The taste is pretty amazing, and I agree that this is a better stout that I have had. It has a great chocolate sweetness with a great whiskey background that pushes out flavors of dark fruit. It is balanced perfectly, with flavors being pushed through, not overwhelmed.

The mouthfeel is great, nice and thick and perfectly carbonated. Just sits on the palate and coats everything with stout greatness. I was really impressed with this one.
J

Photo of koopa
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler offered by beerloco at a tasting tonight with mrsbeerloco, mikey711, and myself.

Appearance: Pours an attractive opaque with a 1 finger creamy light brown crown. The head shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Nice amount of Jack Daniels presence over moderate to deep roasted malt. Good amount of sweetness from the oak whiskey barrel.

Taste: Same as the nose but the sweetness doesn't come through as much. A bit muddled but the elements for success are all present.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, hefty for a medium bodied beer, and satisfying.

Drinkability: The alcohol flavor and abv hold it back but its good for the style.

Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great MN beer from Buebie. Shared at the Brick Store HMOG.

Pours opaque black with the faintest hint of light showing through the edges. There's a small tan head that recedes fairly quickly.

The aroma is big and complex with roasted chocolate malts and hints of coffee representing the underlying beer. The barrel character is noticeable but not dominant, which I like.

The taste is a bigger version of the aroma. It's got lots of roasted malts but with some cocoa and espresso added in. The finish is where the barrel dominates with a vanilla sweetness and bourbon burn.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth with enough carbonation to keep things working.

The drinkability is where this one stood out to me as I could have drunk this all day long. For the style, it's as drinkable as it gets. It's probably not in the top tier of BA beers, but it's pretty close. Thanks again Brian!

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by gford217 - thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts and dark chocolate buttressed by good amounts of vanilla from the barrel. Also present are mild amounts of dark fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by very mild amounts of dark fruits. Midway through the sip the booziness and vanilla impressions from the barrel kick in and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this beer was very good however it fell just short of great. The flavors were all there, they just didn't meld as well as I'd hoped. Still, I'm picking nits as this is a beer that's well worth a shot.

Photo of MPLS
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was definitely my favorite beer from Town Hall's Big and Barreled week.

A: This beer has the classic opaque plague blackness that a RIS should have. The cascading head is a nice burnt caramel. What remains from the above average retention is the a nice salivary layer. Still plenty of carbonation left in this growler. It talks the talk, but can it walk it?

S: The smell is not a barrel explosion, but a good blend of the barrel with the base beer. The barrel adds the unobtrusive whiskey, oak, vanilla. The base beer I imagine is dominated by chocolate, because I'm getting chocolate and espresso from it, still roasted to not smell too sweet.

T: Wow, alcohol heat is imperceptible or maybe I have been drinking too many big beers. A beefy malt build in this one, the sweetness slowly turns up once this beer hits the tongue and finishes with a descending mildly dry barrel bit. There is chocolate with vanilla - chocolate shake? Vanilla, espresso especially in the bitterness department, and caramel. Hell of a beer.

M: The mouthfeel is chewy and creamy, like a fattened up milk - yum.

D: Alcohol hidden far too well, probably a result of the extended aging. I was told that it was in hibernation for 18 months and that really shows. I have probable consumed about 100 oz of this beer in the past week.

Photo of Buebie
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mike Hoops for continuing his creative brewing and producing this delight!

Picked up last Saturday in growler form from Town hall.
Poured from the growler into an oversized snifter. Black as night, no light penetration. A dark brown half inch of head forms up and quickly disperses, leaving a thick collar.

Aroma is delicious! A lightly toasted oak with sweet malt and lots of it. Mixing in with a touch of Jack Daniels, oats, chocolate, brown sugar/ maple, vanilla.
Aroma resembles ice cream really with chocolate topping and sweet aromas alongside.

Mouthfeel is thick as thieves, heavy really with a slick feel and mild carbonation.

Taste also is so bob (best of the best) as far as imperial stouts and barrel aging goes.
Sweet upfront with raw vanilla beans, maple, lightly boozy jack daniels, very lightly boozy at that. Bittering with toasted wood through the middle along with bitter chocolate grain flavors, grain flavors are coming forward as well providing a fresh just brewed taste. Finishing with a cane sugar sweetness, tangy Jack, bitter chocolate, and toasted wood.
This is by far one of the best barrel aged brews I've ever tasted.
Drinkability is quite high as abv is completely under the radar here and flavors do not overwhelm. Some warmth after the swallow down the esophagus, but not is taste.
Totally exceptionally awesome brew!

Brisk store guys, you should enjoy this one at your coming event! :)

Photo of jjanega08
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= stone growler gives a nice pop when I open it. Pours a pitch black color with an awesome brown colored cascading head. The head is a nice three fingers high and leaves wonderful lacing on the glass. Most pitch black beers have a little light shining through around the sides but this one doesn't at all. Black as night. I'm super impressed by the head retention as well. This beer looks alive.

S= Wow really nice woody vanilla bourbony smell to it. Nice chocolate smell in it that melds with the vanilla and makes a sort of milk chocolate. Really wonderful barrel smell from it. On par with some of the founders barrels in my opinion really well done. Nice coffee sort of smell too.

T= Similar to the smell only less on the barrel notes. They are there for sure don't get me wrong tons of vanilla and wood. A nice bourbon taste to it but the original beer comes through a little more in the taste than the smell led on. Really wonderful complex flavors. All the great smells are there in the taste as well. Then on top of that there are nice layers of the chocolate only a little deeper. Great coffee and mollases flavors in it. Great roasty flavors and nice caramelly malts. Super delicious.

M= Smooth and creamy. Coating is an understatment and it has a nice lasting finish.

D= Awesome beer! This would easily be up there with the elite RISs if it were more available. The flavors of this beer match the barrel flavors of Founders barrels and the stout flavors underneath are on par with some of the best RIS that I've had. Great beer and I need more.

Photo of kbutler1
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet the day of the release. God, was I really about to drink this at noon on a Saturday?! Talk about starting off the day in the deep end of the pool.

We sat there watching as about 10 glasses were each filled in a row for all the people at the bar, drooling as it poured. So velvety looking and smooth.

Upon arrival it had a nice 3/4 - 1 inch head of a nice, tight tan head. Color is dark brown/black. The aroma is subtle for a Jack Daniels barrel, not too much which is nice. Also pick up notes of cocoa and coffee. The first taste was excellent. Nice and smooth with again the taste of JD slightly present but then dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Excellent lacing down the sides of the glass.

Not trying to be a homer since this is our local brepub but this really is an excellent beer. Town Hall puts out some amazing stuff and this is no different.
Cheers!

I'll be interested to what others will think when they get to try their growlers ;o)

Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.