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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BA SCORE
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372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 506
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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Photo of mulder1010
1.53/5  rDev -65%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got this in a trade and was geeked to try this.
Shared with Spicelab and Mrkennedy

A-- Poured a jet black color. Quite visible carbonation as got a three finger mocha colored head. Not what I expected at all. Head receded to a thick foam and left some visible lacing.

S-- Quite mild really. Mostly roast and chocolate. Just very slight oak and bourbon. Did not think it was barrels very long but the roast and chocolate character was quite nice as it warmed up.

T-- This can not be happening. Sour cherry and sour lacto. UGH. Just UGH.

M-- Sourness just builds in the mouth and overshadows the rest. Quite infected. What a bummer. Really sad to say the least. Was literally undrinkable.

O-- Been quite lucky in trading and not getting infected beers. Things happen and would still want to try this again but will not give up a lot to get it though. SIGH. Was a drain pour.

mulder1010, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of AndrewK
4/5  rDev -8.5%

AndrewK, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

dogfishandi, Jul 06, 2012
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 trxxpaxxs
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

trxxpaxxs, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of sliverX
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

sliverX, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

leschkie, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of billyshears
4.5/5  rDev +3%

billyshears, Jun 09, 2012
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 GuisseppeFranco
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

GuisseppeFranco, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Hopstout, May 25, 2012
Photo of claaark13
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ryan for the hookup here. Man, I've really wanted to try this one for some time. Poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip at cellar temp.

A - Pretty dark with a nice, thick mocha head. Thick and creamy in appearance. Sticks alright. Looks great down to the last drop.

S - Hops, roasted malt, some chocolate, slight oak coming through, dark fruits.

T - Sweetness, dark fruit, coffee, oak, dark fruit, coffee on the finish with a little dryness. After the palate gets coated, a vanilla tone can be picked out of the back-half of the flavor. There is some complexity, but I'm not sure how well it all goes together.

M - Pretty nice, thicker side of medium and feels smooth.

O - The barrel comes through, but I'm not too impressed by the presence. I will do the footwork to get a future release of this in hopes that maybe there is something "different" about this batch.

claaark13, May 22, 2012
Photo of Romulux
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Romulux, May 11, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, May 08, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
5/5  rDev +14.4%

chrispoint, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of sbricker
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

sbricker, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Jakers90
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Jakers90, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of mrsdrabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +3%

mrsdrabmuh, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
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
Photo of scoand
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

scoand, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Of the first craft beers ever on the porch on a cool spring night. Pour is opaque black with a dark tan head and a few large bubbles on top of a thick head. The nose is rather sweet, a touch green and a note of plastic. There is a faint touch of coffee bean along with some fruity berry sweetness. The taste reminds me a bit of kate the great with a very similar texture. Smooth and velvety, clean soft finish on a great full body. It has a nice berry characteristic but a faint touch of plastic. The flavor isn't overly complex, it is actually rather simple but it has a subtle quality that makes it inviting and drinkable.

cpetrone84, Apr 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

MacDonaldT84, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Mealhouse
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Mealhouse, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

theminutemen, Mar 18, 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
Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.