Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 399
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 524
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 11-01-2004

Ol' Jack Frost aged in Jack Daniels barrels.
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Photo of KeefD
4.46/5  rDev +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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CP filled growler that I've had since the cold winter months. Thanks Steasy66, been looking forward to this bad boy.

Appearance. Pours fairly thick, black, and topped with a finger of pretty dark brown head that had moderate retention.

Smell. Dark chocolate, woody bourbon, vanilla and a little bit of licorice root and prune plums.

Taste. Nice semi sweet bakers chocolate, lots of toasted oak, a dash of bourbon and licorice root, and just a trace of dark fruit. Very nice. The dark chocolate lingers a while.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Fantastic stuff. Lots of wood and chocolate, bourbon is complimentary and not even close to overdone. Just how a BB RIS should be imo. Thanks again man, you always hook me up with the goods. (769 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,282 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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... (1,098 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/4/2010

Thanks Chris! Poured into a snifter, the beer is black and foreboding with a small auburn head. The aroma is rich, with prominent notes of dark chocolate, bourbon (or is it whisky?) with accompanying alcohol heat, and brown sugar. I also detect oak, vanilla, and a light licorice character. Malt displays a moderate roast. The aroma is fantastic when the beer warms past room temperature.

The flavor is bourbon alcohol up front with notes of fudge and brown sugar. Oak makes an appearance midpalate and also contributes a light tannic quality near the finish. The end displays a combination of whisky heat, dark chocolate, oak, and caramel. Alcohol lingers. Alcohol is quite strong throughout, actually, but it fits with the robust barrel and rich chocolate characteristics. Carbonation is low, the mouthfeel is full and viscous with a residual stickiness. A quality barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. Definitely recommended. (937 characters)

Photo of sugit
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dougofthefuture for this!

A: BLACK BLACK and more BLACK. Thin brown head and low carbonation. This thing looks like it's going to go down like sludge and it's going to hurt me!

S: Wow..such a great smell! Big bourbon hit. Chocolate and some roasted malts. Sweet caramel Very nice.

T: Very sweet upfront with bourbon, though not as strong as the nose would suggest. Nice chocolate notes blend in very nicely together. As it warms up dark fruits seem to jump to the forefront.

My only criticism is it was a bit too sweet.

M: Very full bodied. Very smooth with a decent amount of carbonation for like this. Sweetness seems to give it a little stickiness

O: Very nice beer. The bourbon wasn't as strong as I was expecting, but I appreciate it not being so strong it killed all the other flavors. Tough to drink more than a glass or two. Very reasonable price for the growler as well (894 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,270 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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! (893 characters)

Photo of MPLS
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,315 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall Tap. This beer arrives an opaque black color. The head is half an inch of dark tan colored foam. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and bourbon. The taste is similar to the aroma. The bourbon is nicely integrated into the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very, very good beer. I will definitely search this one out next time it is being poured. (480 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a pitch black color capped by an inch or so of foam that leaves a nice amount of lacing behind

Smell: The Bourbon is unmistakeable in the aroma, with chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and coffee underneath

Taste: Up front, the chocolate, caramel and vanilla flavors jump out, with the Bourbon arriving at mid-palate; dark fruit flavors build, as well; balanced, in the aftertaste, with the Bourbon playing off the other stout flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Glad to be able to visit Minneapolis while this was still around; a very nicely balanced Bourbon barrel stout (636 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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) (974 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade at Dark Lord Day - thanks Matt! Served in a taster snifter at Derek's place this weekend. Growler was best before March 2nd, 2010. Oh well...

A - Looks a lot like Ol' Jack Frost. A hint of transparent brown at the fringes of an otherwise black body. Dark mocha foam that slowly dissipates to a thin cap and ring, and leaves some patchy lacing.

S - Dark fruits, chocolate truffle, vanilla, some aged qualities just like Ol' Jack Frost. Whiskey is initially understated but well-integrated. As it warms more earthy barrel comes out, as well as char and smoke.

T - The taste is initially heavy in caramel and milk chocolate sweetness, but finishes with a whiskey bite and both roast and dark chocolate bitterness. Again the barrel element complements instead of overwhelms, as all the main flavors of the base beer shine through.

M - The body seems a little fuller than Ol' Jack Frost, and the beer benefits from it. Otherwise it's quite similar, with the low carbonation, minimal heat, and slightly sticky finish.

D - This is a pretty awesome beer. I went back for multiple pours even with some many other awesome beers sitting on the table. We were late into the night when this opened, but it still emptied. A nice twist on Ol' Jack Frost, but not a significant upgrade. (1,296 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial Stout Glass from a 64 oz Growler.
Pours black with just a hint of light visible around the edges (although that could very well be my imagination). I wasn't able to get much of a head, but what was there was a very nice tannish brown. Collar is nice, as is what little lacing evolved.
Smell is quite pleasant. Coffee, chocolate, fruits (dates, figs, cherries), a hint of caramel and vanilla. Very nice.
Taste is kind of similar to the aroma. Coffee, chocolate and a toasty malt character dominate, followed closely by a present, but not outstanding under current of alcohol heat and hops. Fruit is present, but it seemed to be more pronounced in the aroma than in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is good, coats the tongue, feels a bit warming on the way down. Very fine carbonation makes for a real nice experience.
Overall, quite enjoyable. I'm continually impressed with the Town Hall Beers that I've had. I just wish there was a place like this around here for me to go to.
Thanks again go out to feloniousmonk! (1,039 characters)

Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler curtesey of Brad (Thanks!) at a recent tasting into my Stone Old Gaurdian glass at the appropriate temperature (05/29/10)

A: Pours a very dark brown that is nearing black. Quite thick capped with a cappuccino brown head with nice retention.

S: This beer smells great! Lots of the barrel and whiskey shine through on this one with notes of chocolate and coffee.

T: Luckily the beautiful aroma translates directly in the flavor and this tastes great. Cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. There is a hint of molasses in there as well. The JD really shows itself, but there is still some nice balance to this one.

M: Full-bodied with a light creamy carbonation and some nice fullness. This seemed to hold up very well in growler.

D: For a barrel-aged beer that is almost 10%, this one drinks very nicely.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer and Minneapolis Town Hall seems to be rolling out some great brews. Thanks again Brad! Highly Recommended. (986 characters)

Photo of oakbluff
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler- pitch black in colour, few other colours coming through up to the light. Head was a frothy mocha three finger head (good sign given age of growler). Nose - vanilla, anise, brown sugar, roast and some bourbon. Taste- heavy anise and dark fruits, milk and touch of dark chocolate, moderate roast. Thick mouthfeel that really coats the mouth. finish has more wood and nut coming through along with lingering roastiness. (425 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

6/10/10

After a long wait (of a month or so), cracked this open for good people celebrating graduation. How beautiful the filler these guys have. Black as the crow from my dreams, looks chewy, pillowy head. Mmm yes. A lovely rich smell of chocolate and roasted barley, hint of whiskey. The taste is more of the same with a bit of oak and a slightly stronger, though not dominant whiskey presence. Got to share this with 4-5 other people and it was gone almost instantly.
Perhaps not quite as thick as I'd like my imperial stout for a perfect 5, but damn nice on the moufeel. So smooth and gratifying, perhaps the mood was just right, but it's a celebration, bitches! I know of no other grand time to open such a statured growler. Big thanks to Craig for hooking this up and a very excellent trade. (799 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,932 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (346 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,282 characters)

Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.