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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 502
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 beagle75
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

beagle75, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Gonzoillini, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Devi0us, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of FeelinSurley
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

FeelinSurley, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

ajzy, May 26, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

eawolff99, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Soonami
3.8/5  rDev -13%
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.

Soonami, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been a long time coming. I've wanted to try this beer for quite a while now, so when it came out in bottles, I got my hopes up. A big cheers to the man with a plan! Appreciate the chance at this beer.

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
Cellar Series 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours black and yields a three finger, medium looking, foamy, mocha colored head with great retention. Jet black body and higher levels of carbonation at the start. Carbonation mellows out half way through though. Head retains extremely well, but finally fades to a thick foam cap and leaves lots of chunky lacing down the glass. A good, full wisp hangs around until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. A very nice looking beer.

SMELL: Medium nose initially. Some roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa powder and a hint of oak and bourbon. Barrel is very soft initially, though it opens up slightly more as the beer sits. Some oak, vanilla and sweet cream from the bourbon barrels. Mild in strength, though pleasant and well balanced.

TASTE: This is a little more forthcoming than the nose. Roasted malts and dark chocolate, with nice cocoa powder up front. Flavor comes out even more after the swallow, with lots of roasted and burnt malts, and bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder. A hint of bourbon and oak as well, but quite faint initially. Medium but lingering aftertaste of roasted, charred malt notes as well as bitter chocolate and coffee. Barrel is relatively subdued but comes out more as it sits, with more bourbon and oak flavors, as well as some sweet cream and vanilla that compliment the base beer nicely. Very nice and more impressive than those nose, with a light barrel component that really compliments the brew. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes relatively sticky. Nice, creamy feel with more than enough weight for the style. Good stuff.

OVERALL: This is pretty solid stuff. While I was a little underwhelmed initially, what with the muted nose and barrel component in the flavor, it certainly grew on me as my glass emptied. The base beer is very nice, with great roasted, burnt malt and chocolate flavors that are certainly worth checking out. Furthermore, once the barrel came foward a little later, this one became much more interesting and complex. This is not a bourbon bomb, but it's a great base stout with a slight barrel component, and it's very, very easy to drink. Was very glad to have a shot at this one, so cheers for the bottle!

Jeffo, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of snpub540
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this during the Town Hall Anniversary weekend. When it was brought, it was opaque black with almost no head. There was just a thin ring of tan bubbles. No lacing.

Smell of coffe, chocolate, and some piney hoppiness make up the nose.

The taste was mostly chocolate with a coffee bitterness. There was a hint of bourbon in there as well as some roasted malts. Nice alcohol presence.

Very creamy mouthfeel and the taste just gets more pleasant as it warms. Nice warming alcohol was pleasant as I was enjoying this beer in the outside patio. A great stout.

snpub540, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of brystmar
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by CosmicEvan at our big tasting last weekend. Thanks for hooking up this long-time want!

Fantastic stout-y aroma; this roasted malt & whiskey blend is glorious! Hearty, pungent, smooth, and inviting.

Unfortunately, the taste disappoints. The barrel aging doesn't mix well with the other components, and there's an odd raspberry-like flavor that shows up midway through and vanishes without a trace. Although unexpected, an addition like this this can work quite well, but it feels forced and out of place in Czar Jack.

This is a pretty good RIS, but we all agreed on Saturday it was completely over-hyped.

brystmar, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, the last growler went to tavernjef, who had an event...bourbon barrel aged...

Forbidding dark black appearance, scant medium brown head of bigger bubbles...leaves sparse laces, thick strings. Complex aroma, sweet, just slightly smokey, the most expression of any bourbon-like characters in the beer for me. Full mouthfeel and an agreeable medium carbonation. Flavor is luxurious, heavily dark chocolate, layered and grainy in the manner of quality brands. Little fruitiness and actually less complexity than the normal Oatmeal Stout which has an extra coffee oiliness to make things interesting. Finishes as it begins, satisfying with some alcohol to notice. A nice beer, frankly could be more complex to me, some similarities in profile to Brooklyn Black Chocolate.

Mike Hoops gave me a sample of non barrel-aged Czar in October of 2005, aside from a somewhat thinner mouthfeel, I prefer it, better bitter qualities...

ADR, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of deebo
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

deebo, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of MarkIntihar
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle and matching tulip (it's BEAUTIFUL!) graciously sent by Dan. Shared with a few Chicago-land BAs as part of a tasting held at my folks' place during my visit home last weekend. Review is from notes written before the rest of my pour was enjoyed side-by-side with Black Note, 2011 KBS, and 2011 BCBS.

A - Pours pitch black with a finger's worth of creamy tan head. Works for me.

S - Intense dark fruits, some licorice, and the faintest hint of bourbon vanilla. Figs, raisins, and dates dominate. Not feeling it.

T - Follows fairly closely from the nose, with huge fruit notes up front, with the licorice in the background and a more present bourbon heat and flavor than the nose would suggest.

M - Very smooth, with just the faintest burn from the bourbon on the way down.

O - I had tried this before from a growler, and I had thought that perhaps the growler had just not aged well, but evidently this is just a very fruit dominated stout. Definitely good, and very glad to have the opportunity to try it again, but not my favorite.

MarkIntihar, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

acurtis, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

GRG1313, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

accordselux, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

bstyle, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

will1256, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

thebigredone, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

chippo33, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

br3wmeister, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

mrmiles, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

disemgrowler, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

carlmoberg, Apr 20, 2014
Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.