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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Czar Jack Imperial StoutCzar Jack Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
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339 Ratings
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 12.33%


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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jrallen34

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-06-2010 21:45:39 | More by jrallen34
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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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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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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3/6/13 filled, growler drank 7/20/13
MN town hall glass

A: Pours pitch black. Motor oil. Thin layer of dark tan head. Amazing how for MN town hall growler system works! Still amazing carbonation streaming up the glass.

S: Typical chocolate roast and normal hints. Cocoa puffs. Vanilla and caramel. Some dark fruits maybe. Coffee.

T: Deep dark chocolate up front. Dark roast coffee. Vanilla hints. Medium bodied. Finish is long. This is really drinkable. There is some heat on the back end but nothing overly offensive.

M: Full bodied.

Serving type: growler

07-22-2013 14:07:57 | More by inlimbo77
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

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

Into a curvy taster (8 oz probably), pours black, opaque, with no head upon arrival. Which means more beer to drink... excellent. However, no lacing. The aroma is awfully bourbon infused, and I don't get much besides that, but who the hell cares, its really good. Some other hints are perhaps chocolate and, well who know, but good stuff behind that bourbon for sure.

The taste is kind of the same, mostly bourbon, thick and syrupy, but coffee and chocolates are more expressive here, and they're delicious. Its thick and heavy, roasty and dark and delicious. Its a shame it only comes out once every blue moon. I was tempted to stick around for an hour and have several more, easily could have as its a very drinkable brew, but figured that'd be a prick thing to do. As it stands, damn good beer. Damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2007 01:14:08 | More by objectivemonkey
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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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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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SpeedwayJim

New York

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

64oz. growler into a Brooklyn Brewer snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a viscous pitch black with a .25 finger dark mocha head that dissipates quickly. Big, oily and sticky legs that clings heavily to the glass. Lacing is spotty and mineral. As expected due to the style and serving vessel.

Nose is chocolate, fudge, sweet soy sauce, molasses, roasted malt, toasted almonds and brownie. Booziness is deep but well hidden. Not the most aromatic but the flavors are well integrated.

Opens chocolate and sweet soy sauce. Roast and molasses sweetness in the middle with layers of fudge and more chocolate. Dark fruit and booziness sneak in at the end right before a chocolate finish. Aftertaste is booze, roast, and more dark fruit and chocolate sweetness. Really good.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily, slick, and smooth in the mouth and warm going down. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Perfect for what it is. I actually like the slightly thinner body here.

A hyped brew that I have to say really lives up to the billing. The barrel presence is subtle, showcasing the complex and well integrated and complementary flavors. Feel is just right and the smell and look fit the style well. Definitely worth a try and another winner from Town Hall.

Serving type: growler

03-25-2013 01:25:18 | More by SpeedwayJim
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koopa

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2010 03:13:56 | More by koopa
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nickd717

California

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-26-2010 21:58:04 | More by nickd717
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to shadesofgray for sharing yet another Town Hall growler.

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

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

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

Serving type: growler

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

Colorado

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 01:12:07 | More by birchstick
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Serving type: growler

03-15-2010 23:51:02 | More by Jmoore50
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

The experiment in slowly stretching out Town Hall growlers continues - this one's 3 1/2 months old, I believe. Am I mad for trying it out on the Czar? Well, let's see. Split with my wife & mother on a balmy Monday night at Clamshell Beach, Pequot Lakes.

Black as the soles of my daughter's feet. Pops & pours, still foamy & active after months lurking in the back of the fridge. Fresh barrel smell escapes from the glass, balanced with silky, seductively hard malts.

Ohhh. Rich, dense chocolate rises to the top of the Czar. A whiff of Renaissance Festival wood smoke drifts across the tongue, anise or dark fruit from a witches tables oozes into the palate, subtle notes of vanilla & good old Jack round out a beautifully roasted imperial stout. While only part of the mix, the finish is all Jack, which soothes & coats the senses with a mild, dry insistence. Drinkable? You bet. If I didn't have children to watch tomorrow, I'd take this down by myself.

Excellent beer. This borders on A/A+ country for me, but is lacking that "wow" factor to push it up into elite status. Still? Bloody damn fantastic. Town Hall not only continues to churn out amazing extreme beers, but they know how to seal a growler, too. Another hats off!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 01:49:33 | More by maximum12
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

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

Serving type: growler

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

California

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

Growler which I brought to Clusterfork 6. 2009 vintage.

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: growler

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

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 04:17:17 | More by satowns
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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...

Serving type: growler

04-23-2010 02:25:53 | More by johnmichaelsen
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Serving type: growler

04-26-2010 00:13:51 | More by alcstradamus
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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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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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KeefD

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 02:17:50 | More by KeefD
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glid02

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2010 23:22:00 | More by glid02
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2010 01:57:49 | More by ffejherb
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largadeer

California

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

Got a growler of this delicious malt beverage from mothman. Thanks, Ben.

The beer has a viscous obsidian body, and it's capped by a thin mocha-colored head that settles out completely, leaving no lacing or collar.

A robust whiskey aroma is immediately noticed, and a bigger whiff reveals a dark fudge-like chocolate scent that melds nicely with the caramel sweetness provided by the barrel. There's a tar-like roastiness as it warms, along with a touch of licorice.

The taste mirrors the aroma. A robust chocolate, charred tarry malt and anise foundation supports the intense barrel character. There's very little heat or harshness despite the strong whiskey flavor. The balance of sweet and bitter is exceptional, and the body is full but not cloying. It finishes with a mild roasted bitterness and lingering caramel and chocolate. Excellent stuff, I hope to have the chance to try this again.

Serving type: growler

05-28-2010 18:35:10 | More by largadeer
Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.