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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 505
Gots: 28 | 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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4/5  rDev -8.5%

carlmoberg, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

StoutFest, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler opened and consumed in celebration of my graduation.
Pours black with a small light brown head. Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and some bourbon and vanilla. Smells nice. The taste is sweet and heavy molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts. Finishes a bit bitter and off - think excessive char. Good carbonation (counter-pressure filled growler), medium body with a decent mouthfeel. I am left a bit dumbfounded as this is a good beer, but not what is implied by how it trades. No quality stands out as elite - the flavor is decent, nose is good, balance is ok, no dominant exciting flavor. Good beer. Cheers.

seeswo, Jun 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

treznor, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

AndrewK, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head.

Aroma is intense dark grain, bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruit.

Taste is similar to the nose. Dark grain bitterness and massive anise up front. Then a relatively sweet dark fruit aspect takes over. Chocolate and oaky vanilla notes are present throughout. Finishes with a great deal of bourbon alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall a tasty RIS. This one is on the sweeter side, but still good. Alcohol warmth comes on strong. However, it could use more of a smokey character to add complexity.

Blakaeris, Oct 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

fredmugs, Oct 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

rjacobs6, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

TheRuss9585, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

pirmannt1, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

KAF, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Pencible, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Nice big khaki head. Settles to a thin collar.

Smell - Lots of oak. Dark chocolate. Woody. Kinda chaulky. Light bourbon.

Taste - Dark chocolate. Bitter woodiness. Lingering burnt malt. Bourbon and oak in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Remarkably easy to drink. Medium low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Tasty and approachable stout. Not a huge beer and not an intense barrel.

Alieniloquium, Jul 11, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

DavoleBomb, May 27, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tasting glass.

Appearance: This pours nearly black with walnut edges. A foamy tan head exhibits modest retention and leaves some light lace behind.

Smell: The aroma is full of roasted malt, some raisin and other dark fruits, cocoa, and some milk sugar to go along with the oak, vanilla, and light bourbon aroma from the Jack Daniels.

Taste: The flavor start out nicely with roasted malt with some milk chocolate, brown sugar, and raisins. A quick transformation leads to a vanilla and bourbon flavor, which remains through the rest of the sip. A little bit of oak is there as well, but it is not that noticeable. The finish nicely sweet.

Mouthfeel: The smoothness is one of Czar Jack's strengths. The sticky and creamy feel are a little bit over the top, dragging each sip out a little bit. The medium to full body could be improved if the stickiness was cleaned up a bit.

Drinkability: The flavors here are quite nice, the only true detractor is the overly sticky feel. Still a quality brew, and I was fortunate enough to participate in sampling this growler.

KickInTheChalice, Feb 23, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall, a great beer. Got it at the new Town Hall taproom on 4810 Chicago Ave. They served it in neat glasses, too, with gold lettering and the Town Hall clock on one side. Not as syrupy as some Bourbon-aged Russian Imperial Stout's I've tried, but still delicious. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Warmed me right up.

LuckyDucky, Mar 12, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours black with a really brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with chocolate, vanilla, slight notes of molasses, and a hint of earthy hops.

T: The taste is similar with great flavors of chocolate, vanilla, citrus, and a bit of molasses on the finish.

M: The feel is medium bodied and really creamy.

O: This is not exactly a top 5 stout but it's still pretty tasty. A bit less hops and this could be fantastic...just not my style. This bottle was definitely not infected!

GregSVT, Dec 25, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

billab914, May 10, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite surprised to see this on-tap @ Town Hall over a week after the release... time to review:

a: Black with a thin mocha head, lasting until the final ounce

s: Whiskey is faint, blending well with chocolate. A woody spice tickles the nostrils, creating a nice effect. For some reason, I think of fall when I smell this... apples, maple, spice??? Hard to pinpoint.

t: Once again, the barrel component is well-blended with the taste. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and again a spiced finish.

m: Smooth, yet not overly thick nor thin. I do feel the barrel/wood aging lends a drying sensation, but it is minimal.

o: A very good barrel-aged imperial stout. Nothing about it was "off", yet it didn't reach an "amazing" designation. Honestly, I think I'm so used to bourbon in beer, I expect something different than what I got from Czar Jack. If I knew what to expect from Tennessee Whiskey, I may have approached it differently. Very glad to have had it and look forward to having more again!

psychotia, Mar 05, 2012
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4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Backlogged entry, reviewed from notes. The appearance is pitch black with thick brown head and great head retention for the stature of this brew. The nose features heavy molasses, undeniable Jack character which brings some "rough" oaky notes. This is paired with chocolate, dark fruit, and more oak. The taste is ashy up front with definite charred barrel character. Heavy whiskey with a sweet malt profile. Roasted malt sneaks its way through at the end. The mouthfeel has higher than average carbonation and a relatively thin mouthfeel. Overall, this has a ton of flavor, but is somewhat harsh with the whiskey character.

homebrew311, May 12, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Barrel Aged. Pours super tar black, with a growing frothy light brown head. Very even. I had a double dose of this at the Brewfest. What a ridiculously amazing beer. Tops at the fest for sure! Aromas of coffee and chocolate bounce of the beer. Roasted honey, nut and sugar flavors. Finishes with strong vanilla, coffee, and espresso. Unlike other Imperial Stouts or Stouts, the flavors aren’t as harsh or dry as I would expect, instead they’re very mellowed out and smooth and very supple. The sugary sweet, velvet texture just rounds this out beautifully. Amazing!

CharlesDarwin, Aug 05, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage 750ml bottle poured into a snifter glass. Pours dark black with a thick brown head. Beautiful lacing that lasts throughout. Aromas of oak, molasses, and bourbon goodness. The molasses, oak, and the well-masked smooth bourbon comes through the flavor. Was a little disappointed with the flavor as I expected this to blow many of the Imperial Stouts I’ve tried in the past out of the water. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Sure glad to finally have tried this one, but personally I don’t think it’s worth the hype that has built up over the years.

CuriousMonk, Apr 12, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared from a growler at the Brick Store Pub, graciously provided by Grant a while ago. Thanks Grant! Right off the bat, I love beers that are given a whiskey barrel treatment, so I thought this would be right up my alley. Poured black with a beautiful tight brown head- obviously a fresh growler. Huge nose of whiskey rises from the glass- oh so enticing. There are also lovely milk and roasted grain notes as well as some chocolate- all play well together. So far, so good. The taste also captures some of that chocolate and creamy notes along with the roasted grain, but there is perhaps too much whiskey here. The hugely prominent whiskey flavor tends to bury the other notes a bit. A big beer in the mouth, the whiskey dominates and even contributes a little harshness. This beer flirts with greatness, but decided to tie one on and didn't quite make it. Still, worthy to try for sure.

Georgiabeer, Aug 22, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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

TurdFurgison, Apr 26, 2010
Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.