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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 498
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ol' Jack Frost aged in Jack Daniels barrels.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 11-01-2004)
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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!

alcstradamus, Apr 26, 2010
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.

Gtreid, Apr 25, 2010
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...

John_M, Apr 23, 2010
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.

womencantsail, Apr 20, 2010
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 29, 2010
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!

younger35, Mar 27, 2010
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.

ffejherb, Mar 26, 2010
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.

Bulkman, Mar 22, 2010
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.

akorsak, Mar 21, 2010
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

Jmoore50, Mar 15, 2010
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.

koopa, Mar 15, 2010
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!

gford217, Mar 14, 2010
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.

glid02, Mar 09, 2010
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.

MPLS, Mar 06, 2010
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! :)

Buebie, Mar 04, 2010
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.

jjanega08, Mar 03, 2010
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)

kbutler1, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of KeefD
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So, I threw in on 1/3 of one of these growlers yesterday, but was then pleased to see that it was on tap today. Pours a thick, dark brown color with no light passing through anywhere. Dark tan head that left some wispy rings of lacing down the goblet. Wow, unmistakable JD aroma when it's cold, but it starts to gently fade as it warms, and then turns chocolaty, roasty, and slightly oxidized (probably from the time in a barrel) but it's all integrated well. Taste is spectacular. Roasted barley is backed up by large amounts of chocolate, light cherry/general fruitiness, vanilla, and light bourbon in the background. The oak isn't overdone in this beer, in fact it's quite mellow, but there's also a light oxidized flavor, but again, it's integrated nicely with the overall brew. Dense and creamy, light carbonation. This thing is just fantastic by the end of the glass. The alcohol can barely be felt, and it's dangerously drinkable. I wanted another goblet, but had to refrain since I was driving. This was a great brew, and another stellar accomplishment by MTH.

KeefD, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a 10 oz goblet.

Pour is pitch black, with a nice brown head sitting on top. Retention is good and it leaves tons of lacing.

The nose isn't as strong on the Jack Daniels notes as I thought it would be, but there is a nice whiskey character to it, along with oak and earthy characters. The base beer is excellent, as usual, with nicely roasted and sweet malts, and subtle notes of chocolate and vanilla.

This tastes absolutely amazing. The whiskey notes are at the perfect level, with a soft earthiness and woodiness, dark roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla, dark fruits and so much more. Extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, incredibly smooth and soft, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Drinkability is great.

Overall, yet another excellent beer from Town Hall. It doesn't get much better than this. I only wish I could have gotten another growler to keep, as this was gone before I knew it.

Mistofminn, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of supercolter
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is very nice- deep black, almost opaque. There is a slight tan head.
Smell is very good as well, but not picking up a lot of the Jack Daniel's here. Smells aged, roasty and tons of vanilla all on board with just a very slight amount of alcohol on the back.
Taste is very similar with a bit more coffee and the Jack Daniels coming through for the home run. Alcohol hidden incredibly well.
Mouthfeel- this ties with Allagash Oddessy as the velvetiest beer I have had on the tongue. Wonderful.

supercolter, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

mothman, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of satowns
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pulled a 2005 vintage from the cellar for a post-holiday party in January 2009.

pours dark as night with nice creamy brown layer of insulation.

Aroma of dark chocolate, alcohol and roasted barley.

Huge chocolate contribution. Rich carmalized malt, candied sugar and molasses. absolutely delicious for the age. no oxidation whatsoever!

intoxicating alcohol warmth. great sipper for a cold night in front of the hearth.

this beer was amazing. i only wish i had an unlimited supply for times like this. or at least one more bottle!!!

satowns, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown in color with a nice, slight head. Very nice oak, vanilla and bourbon notes in the smell. I can and did smell this for awhile before tasting. The taste did not disappoint at all. More notes of oak, vanilla and bourbon, but complimented wonderfully with cocoa and a slight espresso. Incredible beer. Reminded me of Older Viscosity. Well done.

FtownThrowDown, May 13, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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...

emerge077, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of marullamarats
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

serving type: stone growler '07 release -> tulip

A: the minimalist of heads (-), but the tan mix of small and sticky cask bubbles eventually disappear completely like humble fireworks (+). opaque to deep amber at the very bottom and as it thins(+).

A: oak, vanilla, alcohol. belgian sweetness and a little roastiness. very mild coffeed up almond-banana.

T: the bitterness is an extension of the malt and yet i notice a rush as it finishes. it's sweet, the banana-ness of a dunkel but w/o the clove. think oaked whiskey maple oatmeal bananabread.

M: first i thought it felt a little thin but quickly realized it was possibly the silkiest and thinnest of oils. dries out but thankfully falls far short of cottonmouth.

D: you'll drink it til you can't.

marullamarats, Nov 08, 2007
Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.