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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BA SCORE
97
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356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 501
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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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to Frank (lurchingbeast) for busting this out at the JP La Roja GR release. Poured from a growler into a snifter glass.

Appearance – Pours a pitch black color into the glass with very little head. The slight head achieved is a nice dark coffee brown color that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Nice coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and bittersweet cocoa. Does not smell very sweet (hurray!) but more of a “dry” stout (if that makes sense). A hint of alcohol comes through in the nose.

Taste – Wow, fantastic. Lots of roasted malt and wood up front creating an almost astringent flavor. That then mixes into a semi-sweet mid which consists of the dry/bitter coffee and cocoa. Just a hint of brown sugar and sweetness. Finishes with a touch of alcohol and dryness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, honestly finishes so dry my mouth literally did feel dry.

Overall – Amazing. I am not into stouts at all anymore (overall) and would have never sought this out. Hence, that in itself takes me away from being “biased” because I love the style/tried hard to get such a rare beer. That said, this very dry, not overly sweet RIS was delicious. I wish I could have stayed longer and had another glass. Of course I find a new RIS I enjoy and it has to be one of the hardest to obtain. Would be extremely pumped to try this again.

SpdKilz, Dec 13, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of brian23456. Thanks again!

Pours pitch black with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a prominent barrel character that doesn't overpower the roasted malt character of the base. Toasted oak and vanilla notes along with plenty of sweet, boozy whiskey. Although the whiskey notes are strong, there is still plenty of roasted dark malt. Hints of coffee bean, toast, dark chocolate and oatmeal.

Chewy medium body with a decent balance of whiskey barrel and dark malt flavor. The barrel presence is a bit stronger than the aroma suggests with a decent amount of dry, toasted oak and vanilla along with a very strong whiskey flavor that slightly overpowers the other flavors. Underneath there is a nice roasted malt presence with hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt toast and oatmeal. The ABV is well masked. Plenty of alcohol flavor but very little heat/warmth in the finish.

Overall this beer is pretty good but I wish the spirit was integrated into the beer a bit better. A little too strong on the barrel and whiskey for my liking but still very tasty.

corby112, Dec 12, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Frank for a couple pours from the growler at the La Roja release.

Body is black and opaque. The body is visibly viscous. Small mocha colored head set atop. The growler was no freshly crack, no doubt diminishing the head potential. Limited lacing left behind.

The aroma is wonderful, top notch without doubt. Roasted, sweet and bourbon aromas are perfectly layered. Dark malt and coffee scents contrast sweeter chocolate and vanilla aroma. The bourbon is equally present and wonderfully integrated, really ties the dark and light aromas together.

The flavor displays the same level of integration noted in the nose. Big chocolate, java and molasses flavors lay heavy on the tongue. Sweeter caramel and vanilla flavors fill in and contrast behind. The bourbon flavor is once again integrated to perfection . The flavor is prominent though not heat and booziness is very much subdued.

Full bodied stout, carbonation is lower and appropriate. Very creamy, silky texture on the tongue. Very long, enjoyable finish.

Czar Jack was certainly a surprise. I was not expecting to try it, I expected it to be good, did not expect it to be this good. Czar Jack is simply outstanding. Flavor is beautifully layered. tremendously drinkable beer.

kzoobrew, Dec 11, 2011
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Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.