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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 499
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

macrosmatic, Mar 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

DonFrap, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Auror, Mar 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Ungertaker, Mar 11, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the brewery in the wake of barrel-aged week. Tasted 26 February 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours black as night. Big pillow of dark, grayish brown head, to the brim of the glass. Retention is really good, lacing is just not quite impressive enough for a 5. Served toooo cold, but poured into a gorgeous Town Hall tulip (I want one).

Really nice in the nose, very balanced and well integrated, with just a little bump of Jack Daniels. Most of what I get from the barrel is really strong oak, a little bit of woody vanilla. The stout is roasty and rich, mildly sweet. Overall, it's woody, but rich and roasty and well put together.

Taste is a bit bimodal, with a higher, sharper peak on the right from the Jack Daniels, in the latter part of the flavor. The base stout is fantastic, rich and roasty, and I think I might like it better on its own (though it's sometimes hard to pick out what the barrel is adding). A little sharper than I'd like, especially that back end, but maybe that's my bad Jack Daniels experience speaking. The whiskey is like smooth smooth smooth, pop, just reminding you sharply that it's there. I don't really like that pop - I'd much prefer a smoother integration. Not as heavy on the Jack Daniels as I thought it might be, which is good, since I don't really like JD all that much (after a bad experience with it in high school). The points that I liked least were those where the Jack Daniels reared up and was most assertive.

Mouthfeel is really nice, heavy-bodied and smooth; not as chewy as some imperial stouts, but smooth and luscious. Carbonation is low, but not too low, as it should be for an imperial stout. Right on.

I'd put this in the upper tier of barrel-aged stouts, but on the lower end of that upper tier. I don't think it's on the level of KBS, BCBS, or certainly Black Note - in the same universe, but not the same neighborhood. But overall, it's really good. As a final note, I find it pretty annoying that Town Hall serves their barrel-aged beers so darn cold. Every one I've had, I've needed to give 20 minutes or so to warm up. This one I was cradling in my hands, as I was in a bit of a hurry.

zeledonia, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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

will1256, Mar 08, 2013
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1/5  rDev -77.1%

BillHilly, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
1.95/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A: Poured a deep, dark brown nearly black with a dark brown cap which has some staying power; leaving bubbles and a brown collar clinging to the glass

S: Green funk like sour apple, metal, chocolate and booze

T: Dooooh! Like sour apple green funky stuff. Infected indeed. Really not going to bother finishing the tasting notes on this...

M: Abrasive and I ain't talkin' Surly folks, overcarbed and funky, sharp and off-putting to put it mildly

O: Roll the dice on this one.

barleywinefiend, Mar 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

CaptainNomihodai, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of JackieTH
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Czar Jack 2013 (growler)

Foreboding deep brown-black pour with a thin angry film of deep mocha foam. Trace of lacing.

Smells of rum cake, raisins, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, vanilla..delicious.

Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, figs, raisins, coconut rum cake. Lightly sweet. Very complex with layer upon layer of flavor.

Nice zing of carbonation cuts through the richly layered flavors. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium heavy body is actually lighter than I expected.

No hint of ABV.

Very very good...it will be challenge for me NOT to finish this entire growler tonight..

JackieTH, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Powderhornphil, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

josephwa, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

sacrelicio, Feb 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

cofeeguru, Feb 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Cyclone8, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

rjacobs6, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mychalg9, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

jegross2, Feb 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Mjmoser, Feb 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Hopsiam14, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

FeelinSurley, Feb 04, 2013
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2.51/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2012 bottle opened on 1.24.13.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a huge mocha brown head that just sits there.

S - Booze, wood, ripe fruit, slight cherry.

T - Sour cherry, tin, damn it! This one is infected.

D - Tons of carbonation and a medium body.

O - I see what this could have been, but it isn't!

HuskyinPDX, Jan 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

popery, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.