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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Czar Jack Imperial StoutCzar Jack Imperial Stout

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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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mynie

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From sparse, stained notes written on the back of a bar napkin:

SWEET. But good. Nice bitter back end where finally you realize you're drinking an Russian Imperial and not some kind of bizarre, strong sweet porter.

As you drink more, the opening sweetness gets rough and complex. Vanilla, red wine, burning cedar, and black chocolate. Ends rough and alcoholic, very pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 17:55:21 | More by mynie
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Big thanks to KeefD for this.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy light brown head that has average retention and leaves just small touches of lacing.

4.0 S: Good amount of sweet caramel, molasses, and brown sugar in this one. Chocolate follows with just a slight roastiness. You really need to let this one warm up a lot to get a good bourbon character. When it does, leathery and peaty bourbon manifests with a touch of oak and vanilla. Good, but it's prefer it to be more intense at drinking temperature.

4.0 T: At drinking temperature, this is surprisingly bland. There's sweet, chewy caramel and molasses, a soft roastiness, and minor bourbon & barrel notes. As it warms up (to warmer than I'd like) more flavor comes through in the form of chocolate, more intense caramel, brown sugar, and more bourbon with leather, melon, and peat. At drinking temp, this is a 3.5 At 65-ish F this is close to a 4.5, so I'm going to split the difference. This is well balanced, with the bourbon clearly playing a complementary role.

4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation, especially for a growler. Quite creamy for not having a super thick body.

4.0 D: This is good, but perhaps a bit overated. This beer is not at all impressive at colder temperatures and it is amazing how much it opens up as it warms up. When it does open up, it is a solid beer, but not quite standout.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2011 01:13:48 | More by DavoleBomb
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joshuaseresse

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to newk340 for busting this out last night to follow up the Utopias, thanks Nick! Although I live in Minnesota and have even traded growlers for Czar Jack, I've never had it before, so I was pretty excited to try it. Split 5 ways and poured into snifters:

A - Pours dark black with thick, frothy mocha head that is about 1.5 inches thick. Lacing is pretty heavy and sticks on the sides of the glass for a while.

S - Vanilla, sweet candy, little bit of chocolate, wood and light bourbon. Some roast along with a little bit of lactose. Kind of like milk chocolate. Hints of heat and booze.

T - Touch of booze and heat. Toffee, dark plums and raisins. Roast, vanilla, earth and a bit of butterscotch.

M - Good carbonation. Thick and bit of a tingle from the heat. Pretty smooth and creamy.

O - I was really happy with this one. I've had the Ol' Jack Frost before, which I thought was pretty good, and it definitely showed as the base beer, but I've never had anything aged in Jack Daniels barrels before, which I was also able to pick up in the smell, taste and mouthfeel. Really glad I got to try this one. It might be a tad bit better in a year when it has time to cool down from the heat, but overall, a solid offering from the Town Hall.

Serving type: growler

05-23-2011 15:07:14 | More by joshuaseresse
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HopsSchnapps

Texas

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler received in a trade from a kind person that just wanted me to send them whatever. Thanks for not holding this rarity hostage. It poured black with a 1" tan head. Looks like dessert. The aroma is sweet, vanilla, coconut, barrel character, and cream. Smells very good with a good amount of barrel character and short of being over the top.

The taste is very smooth. Nice vanilla, toasted oak, roast, fudge, slight burntness and sweet vanilla really showing up in the end. Goes down thick and creamy. This is an ultra smooth barrel aged Imperial Stout and one where the flavors are layered nicely. I am curious to know what the base beer tastes like.

Serving type: growler

05-18-2011 19:28:23 | More by HopsSchnapps
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airohead2001

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking beer. Pours a motor oil black with an espresso colored head that billows upwards from the bottom of my snifter to the top of the drink, culminating in a one and a half finger head that retains for about a minute and then fades to a thin film.

Smell is outstanding. I get coconut, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, coffee, chocolate, and whiskey. So complex. I admit that I know very little about different types of whiskeys, including bourbons, but the whiskey in this nose smells distinctly different than any other bourbon aged stout I've ever had. Good ol' Jack Daniel's.

The taste is also great. I get coffee, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, and a nice roasty finish. Through out, I also get a subtle piney hop profile. The sweetness of the whiskey and vanilla pairs well with the bitterness of the roasts. Overall, the taste is pretty complex and balanced.

The mouthfeel is good, but for such a rich, smooth barrel aged RIS, I would have preferred if it were a bit thicker.

This drinkability on this beer is very high. So smooth through out, and never too harsh to make me want to put it down. No EtOH burn. I doubt I'll have the opportunity to try it again, but this beer was certainly worth seeking out. Support your Midwest brewers!!

Serving type: growler

05-17-2011 00:56:11 | More by airohead2001
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This growler marks airohead2001’s triumphal return from trading retirement. It’s like watching Jordan wearing the four-five. Here’s to you buddy!

A: Black in color with a 1.5 finger mocha colored head that has excellent retention and fairly good lacing.

S: The smell is of raisins, whisky, milk chocolate, and sweet vanilla. In all, a pleasant and interesting smell.

T: What sets this beer apart is its complexity. It’s got just about everything going on in the flavor profile. There’s butterscotch, raisins, whiskey, coffee, some hops in the finish, vanilla. The beer is like a chameleon with different things coming out more prominent with each sip as it warms.

M: Perhaps the worst aspect of this beer, as it is quite thin. The aftertaste is great, the carbonation is appropriate

O: I was glad I had the chance to try this one. It was super complex, although lacked certain integration/defining character. I would have this again anytime I was able to find it.

Serving type: growler

05-17-2011 00:33:50 | More by glazeman
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LaCoursiere

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THB busted out a Czar Jack keg yesterday and there was still some left so I had to stop by.

A - Served in a 10oz goblet. The beer arrived with a one-finger dark tan head that dissipated to a nice collar with thin islands of head in the middle. It is as black as used motor oil with no light coming though. There is a little bit of lacing

S - A great nose that smells like molasses, chocolate, licorice and smokey malt all backed by nice bourbon notes. The aroma has me anticipating sweetness.

T - I get molasses, caramel and cocoa sweetness fading to smokey malts. I also pick up a hint of dark fruity notes like figs and dates. The bourbon is there in the finish in all of it's boozy, leathery, oaky, smokey and spicy goodness. Hop bitterness is also there in the finish, but definitely muted behind the malt and bourbon.

M - A lot lighter than I was expecting from the aroma. Slightly chewy medium-heavy body is a tinge syrupy up front that blooms into a nice light carbonation with a pleasant alcohol warmth in the finish.

O/D - This is one big, bad and bold RIS. I'm a big fan of bourbon so it was not hard for me to enjoy this one immensely. I'm glad I had the chance to sample this out of season. I could easily go back-to-back glasses of this one. I can't wait for '12.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 22:49:24 | More by LaCoursiere
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illidurit

California

3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz tasting in March. Pours inky black with a light brown head. Coconut-dominated bourbon notes with a lot of wood in the aroma. Flavor is bourbon bombastic with coconut, chocolate, and a dry astringent roastiness that leaves a charred bitterness. This is bold and flavorful but it's just too in my face and harsh.

Serving type: growler

05-16-2011 21:58:05 | More by illidurit
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kevin for this growler.

A- Pitch black and oily. The head is a chocolatey color, and is quite healthy. There is very good lacing, and the head stays around for a while.

S- Creamy and malty, chocolate and hints of booze. I get a little jack daniels, but it is very well blended. Some roasty notes and oak.

T- Wow, this stuff is thick and oily. Creamy at first, with a beautiful chocolate and hops flavor that comes in. The aftertaste smooths back out and I get some touches of oak and booze. I get a note of whiskey here and there, but nothing crazy.

M- Thick and beautiful. Reminds me of Zuhkov's but better. Carbonation is perfect, and the complexity is there. Aftertaste is great and lingers for a bit.

O- While it didn't have quite as much barrel flavor as I expected, this is a world class stout. The body and flavors are incredible, and it drinks so easily. Want more...

-GFunk

Serving type: growler

05-15-2011 19:47:15 | More by Gfunk720
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 64oz growler to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

A BIG thanks to billab914 for opening this one. Cheers, Bill!

A: Someone turned the light out, as it's pitch black. Really creamy 1.75 finger head on a good pour. Thick, sticky lacing rims the glass.

S: Warm caramel dipped in chocolate ganache. The booze lurks in the dark crevices of my nose, though it's quite pleasing and integrates well with the heavy malt.

T: Spicy, rich and creamy. Melted dark chocolate on the fore. The Jim Daniels will not go gently into the dark night, as the bourbony booze is prevalent on the mid to finish. Charry, mellow malt and hints of molasses and vanilla finish this bad boy up. It should be noted that I much preferred this one as it warmed.

M: Thick and viscous. It ain't Hunahpu, but it certainly packs a hell of a punch. The carbonation is well balanced with the weight of the massive body. It stood out in an evening that included some serious competition.

O: Minneapolis Town Hall's Czar Jack is one of the better RIS's I've had the pleasure of quaffing. I found it best to let this one warm and open up a bit, which allowed all of the wonderful nuances buried within to blossom. Having a 64oz growler at our disposal was awesome, as I throughly enjoyed each of the multiple pours I got.

Easily recommended.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2011 23:45:25 | More by Rhettroactive
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BZero007

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Billab914 for providing this tasty treat at the last NOVA BA tasting.

Another fine crafted brew from the people at Minneapolis Twn Hall Brewery. Poured a black that the light could not break, dark chocolate colored head formed easily. The aroma on this brew was very nice as the dark roast powered through with hints of dark fruit. The taste was not over the top and was actually balanced for a brew of this style. The roast malt flavor powered through with molasses tones to it only to be matched with a sweet hint of chocolate pushing everything forward. The body of the brew was a medium/thick and I felt the carbonation matched great with it. Really enjoyed this brew and is another quality brew to grace my house from this renowned brewery.

Will be looking to obtain some next time around.

Serving type: growler

05-11-2011 19:49:31 | More by BZero007
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-11-2011 13:34:43 | More by stakem
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billab914

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-10-2011 11:18:04 | More by billab914
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2011 02:06:26 | More by Slatetank
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to urwithdave for the healthy pour

A - It pours a deep brown-black, with moderate viscosity visually evident, and is capped with sudsy khaki froth.

S - The nose is totally insane, and ridiculously delectable. In a day filled with excellent brews, this still really stands out. I am getting impressions of everything from creme brulee, vanilla fudge, and s'mores, to toasted almond, coconut, and hazelnut. The whiskey is subtle but omnipresent, the oak note is spicy-sweet as opposed to dry, and the more it airs out, the more a strong vanilla-chocolate note seems to fuse everything.

T - The flavor is every bit of the aroma's promise; this tastes so outrageously delectable as to suggest fusion of a chocolatier's assortment of candy cordials macerated in whiskey, Kahlua, Bailey's, espresso, sambuca, Frangelico. World class -bal, no doubt.

M - The feel is effervescent, but perhaps less silky.

O - One of the best beers I've had. Thanks Dave.

Serving type: growler

04-24-2011 14:47:07 | More by ktrillionaire
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Beerisheaven

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Major props go to the undisputed trading champion of the world - maximum12 for this dandy of a growler packed with an assortment of other goodies for my drinking consideration. If maximum12 is not the Ruth of BA, then he is no worse than the Gehrig of BA.

A- Pours a rich sinister look but where is the head. Wait a second then kaboom there it is. Luxury in a glass.

S - It's all there but not necessarily at the Defcon 5 stage. Rich chocolate, bourbon, fruits, molasses, and everything else that you could want in a beer.

T - Houston the Eagle has landed. Whereas the smell is inviting and good, the flavors jump off the chart. The whole band is on-fire, there ain't no Ringo in the bunch. Bourbon, chocolate, some smoke, fruits, what else can be packed in there. Everything works perfectly and I can certainly say that for RIS, I believe we have a winner!

M - Rich and perfect, everything is great.

O - For my money, actually not my money since the great maximum12 sent this one my way, this is the definitive measuring stick for the style.

This is OUTSTANDING. Empty the wallet and go get it.

Serving type: growler

04-23-2011 18:03:40 | More by Beerisheaven
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SamuelJackson45

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black as night. With a tan head and even lace.

S- Smell of bourbon and chocolate and coffee and vanilla and burnt oak.

T- Taste of chocolate and vanilla and hint of coffee and bourbon taste.

M- Very smooth and creamy with coffee notes and vanilla and chocolate woven in.

D- very good beer glad I got a chance to drink this. Thanks Matt...
Capones ...

Serving type: growler

04-23-2011 16:59:09 | More by SamuelJackson45
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to for this one arniepnminne.

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a gorgeous slightly velvety dark pitch black with a 0.25 inch head that has some dense bubbles but receded quickly. With a dense swirl I can lift up a nice dark tan brown head that is very dense and very frothy and has some nice retention.

S - Oh my god! Molten chocolate flows through the nostrils with some delicious slight burnt coffee balance. Bourbon notes with some nice delicious vanilla. The sweetness in the nose is magical because its not too intense and overpowering but its so present and well crafted. Vanilla and chocolate play so well together with the slight roasted malt notes. The Bourbon notes are almost perfect.

T & M - Wow! This is a hidden gem. Delicious woody notes start off mixed in with some nice bready malt. Then, the delicious cake like chocolate sweetness comes up strong and is then milded out by a bit of vanilla notes and some nice slight Bourbon sweetness. The beer is not hot at all and quite drinkable. The beer has some nice velvety and oily notes and finishes with a nice bready and almost oaty like notes mixed in with the sweetness. So good.

O - This beer is delicious and rivals many other more highly regarded RIS. Not too intense notes but very well crafted.

Serving type: growler

04-09-2011 21:48:11 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared out of a growler thanks to G311. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Darkness with a half finger of cocoa colored head that settled down rather quickly.

Smell: A mix of dark chocolate, fudge brownie, smooth whiskey, oak and vanilla.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and molasses, creamy vanilla, oak and a nice mix of hint of whiskey.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and silky smooth.

Overall: Worthy of any hype this may get. Probably one of the best new beers that I've tried this year.

Serving type: growler

03-31-2011 02:25:32 | More by Axic10
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at mthb..on tap on my recent visit

A- pours a black color with a touch of brown a 1 finger tan head stays

S- is roasted malts,chocolate,bananas sweet caramel and some bourbon

T- chocolate meets roasted malts,,then some bananas with a bourbon sweet caramel finish

M- very smooth and creamy its velvety smooth with light carbonation

D-smooth on the palate a pleasure to drink.. not easily found at MTHB but a gem if you do

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 23:41:13 | More by gatornation
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Approx. 55 degrees (Pulled from the fridge and allowed to sit on the counter-top for about two hours before pouring.)
VINTAGE: 2011 (Dated 3-14)
Massive thanks goes to jawzman for this sweet hook-up!
Shared this one at a tasting, last night, with about 5 other local BA's.

This one pours impressively black. No light can penetrate. It has about an inch of creamy looking foam on top, which is the color of crema (espresso foam). Retention is good and the lacing is quite nice. Not overdone, but nicely sticky.

The nose, in a word, is decadent. Big notes of whiskey blend very nicely with big vanilla notes. Good hints of oak. A very nice presence of chocolate....mostly milk, but some hints of dark, as well. Roasted malts with caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Light hints of dark fruits and a trace of bananas. A faint touch of spice presence, somewhat like cinnamon. (This probably comes from the barrels, I'd guess.)

This has a very wonderfully balanced flavor profile. Big notes of chocolate and whiskey/bourbon. Hints of caramelized sugars. Toasted coconut. Brown sugar. Light coffee and molasses notes. A hint of banana appears in the slightly boozy finish, which is moderately sweet and nicely long-lasting.

The feel of this one is perfect for the style. It is thickly full-bodied, yet not quite 'sludge-like'. It has a light-to-medium level of carbonation, filled with tiny little bubbles, that give it a wonderful level of creaminess. It comes off as very velvet-like, which is wonderful for a Russian Imperial Stout.
This should actually rate as a 5.0+. It's wonderful!

This is very delicious and quite well-balanced and smooth and drinkable. I'm knocking off half a point because of the high(er) abv (9.30%) which comes across as a nicely warming presence and because it is just a touch more to the sweet side than I think that most people would want.
This is a very excellent beer though, and I yearn for the day when I can taste it again.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2011 00:31:05 | More by coldmeat23
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mdfb79

New York

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2011 16:49:58 | More by mdfb79
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ThanksA. Pours black with a one finger creamy coffee colored head that sits nicely on top.

S. Holy cow banana with lots of chocolate.

T. Lots of chocolate with some banana, chocolate, and banana.

M. Medium body with smooth mouthfeel.

D. Drinkable. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 18:58:22 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown almost pitch black with a good amount of dark brown head. A gorgeous pour. Smells banana heavy and chocolatey. It's like a chocolate covered banana on my nose :) tastes sweet and bourbon heavy with some great chocolate on the tongue. S smooth and amazing. The banana compliments well. This is truly a tasty tasty beer

Serving type: growler

03-19-2011 18:12:34 | More by Urbancaver
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Part of an epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co.

A-dark black with a tan head that quickly disapates
S-some chocolate with some bananna
T-a sweet start then finishes like it smells. Very, very drinkable!
M-medium bodied and really smooth. Wow
O-awesome. Wish I could get more

Serving type: growler

03-19-2011 17:48:55 | More by brew3crew
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