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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

beernads, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

imperialking, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -5%

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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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

2011 growler shared by I forget who at the TJs BA gathering.

If this isnt the near perfect representation of the BA RIS style, please tell me what is. Pours a thick midnight black with a tight deep mocha head and a nice amount of lacing as it makes its way down the glass. Aroma and flavor are a rich balanced, blend of vanilla, oak, raisin, plum, milk and roast chocolate, molasses, and char. Body has fallen off in this aged growler alittle, but that's not a complaint. Trying this side by side with Bar Fly, they are remarkably similar if not only for the difference in barrels. I need to try a fresh samole of this.

yourefragile, Jun 18, 2011
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1.95/5  rDev -55.4%

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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4.28/5  rDev -2.1%

Sitting at Capones with the Harrisburg area group of BA's on 4/23/11 for the tapping of Hill Farmstead's Ephraim, a small glass of this brew appeared before me (care of Matt I assume?) Thanks!

This brew appears black in color with a dark brown head that recedes leaving a webbing of lacework on the glass. The cap holds fairly decent for a barrel aged brew, it maintains a thick and creamy look of froth. As it fades, a light swirl regenerates the cap.

The smell of this brew is sweet chocolate initially that gives way to a whiskey tang coupled with a lot of vanilla smoothness and light suggestions of toasted coconut. The smell of this brew is pretty fantastic, the barrel aging aspect is very evident and mingles well with the typical roasted grain chocolate character. As it warms up, a bit of green yeastiness emerges but it blends into the whiskey tang aspect in the nose.

The taste of this brew is dark chocolate flavoring with a strong whiskey kick. The is plenty of vanilla smoothness to balance it out. A slight citrus and fruity note appears from time to time being the only slight evidence of hop incorporation. There is a flavor of dark skinned fruits that mixes with the whiskey inclusion to formulate a flavor reminiscent of something like whiskey soaked raisins. As the aroma predicted, there is a very light green yeastiness across the back of the tongue. However, it is very much an afterthought compared to all the delicious flavors running throughout this brew. This beer provides a lasting aftertaste of coconut mixed with chocolate malt with a slightly nutty character and tangy with alcohol. Very well done and super enjoyable.

The feel of this brew is caught between medium and full, slightly leaning more towards full. It is lightly, yet enjoyably carbonated. Exceptionally smooth and an easy drinking offering. It provides a pleasant warmth and well integrated abv flavoring that in total provided an exceptional drinking experience. I would love to have this again but am thankful for the opportunity I was given. For my first town hall experience, color me impressed.

stakem, May 11, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%

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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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%

Thanks to beerbeagle for this growler of Jack Daniels barrel aged Czar Jack.

A: The stout is deep and darl, a black color that looks like Hershey's chocolate syrup. The consistency is a little more viscous though, than said syrup. A tan head, standing out against the darkness, whittles away slowly, leaving thin atolls of lace behind.

S: The nose is mind-blowing, offering up a great deal of Jack Daniel's without the requisite booze that should accompany it. The JD lends vanilla, coconut, and brown sugar to the nutty, roasted stout body. Absolutely complex and increadible.

T: Toasted goodness matched with Tennessee whiskey. I mean, damn, this is tasty. Roasted grains, coffee and burnt toast build up a harsh landscape that is softened by nuttiness. And then, when a stout can't seemingly get any better, it goes through the roof. The Jack Daniel's whiskey imparts a bourbon-like flavor that builds off of the stout. Vanilla and coconut rise up, sweet and mildly boozy, overtaking the stout with a resounding sweetness. The end of each sip brings out chocolate to mix with the vanilla, a fitting end to the the stout. Fantastic, just fantastic. Only my second 5.0 on taste for Russian Imperial Stouts.

M: The mouthfeel is decadent, sweet and strong from first sip to last. The Tennessee whiskey adds a little more, depth-wise, than most bourbon barrels.

D: The abv is unknown but it's gotta clear 10%. I had three people to share my growler with; there was no way I'd get through the entire container on my own. Damned good, though, verging on perfect.

akorsak, Mar 21, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Drank this at the release. Waited for an hour to drink this on tap and it was worth it.

Served in a 10 oz goblet.

1/2 finger of dark tan head. Very thick and creamy. Good lace as well. Color is a dark black.

Aroma: The aroma starts out with some subtle notes of Jack Daniels. It is not overpowered but it lets you know it's there. Then comes the roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Dark fruit notes show through in the background. Oak and vanilla up front. Very nice.

Taste: Lots of cherries and dark fruits are apparent from the first sip. There is a nice amount if Jack Daniels, but again, it is not over done. Oak, vanilla and roasted malts follow after the JD with some chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and roasty. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends very clean. Everything I could ask for in an RIS.

Overall, a very solid beer. Tons of flavor and the barrel aging was perfectly done. Some beers can adapt the whiskey flavors too much, but this beer was perfectly crafted. I highly recommend. Very drinkable. No heat at all with this beer. Simply amazing. I had over 2 glasses of this and still wanted more. This beer is one of Town Hall's finest.

mothman, Feb 27, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Brad brought this to my tasting on May 29, 2010. A huge thank you for sharing this great beer.

Czar Jack has a stunning appearance. The beer is jet black with a substantial, thick beige head that leaves copious amounts of lacing on the glass. Aromas consist of a big whiskey presence, roasted malt, and subtle oak notes. This beer tastes incredible. The flavors are integrated and balanced very well. The Jack Daniels flavor is bold and forward, yet not offensive or overdone. This is a truly well-crafted brew. The feel is creamy and smooth with a warming note in the finish. I highly recommend this beer.

Huhzubendah, Jul 10, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Gonzoillini, Apr 27, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +11.7%

Growler filled and provided in trade by StuBob. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is quickly down to a thin layer of bubbles, but heavy coatings of lace is the name of the game here. Aroma is heavy dark malts, tending towards the sweet. Taste is incredible sweet chocolate, and parts with a light coffee bitterness. Only real evidence of the alcohol is a warming down the gullet. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both tremendous. This stuff is stupid drinkable, and I highly recommend doing what you have to get some.

ppoitras, Mar 21, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

BillRoth, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mdaschaf, Jan 15, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%

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...

John_M, Apr 23, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +4.1%

Growler at DLD, thanks Dan!

Pours an opaque black, a bit of brown comes through in the edges, thick light brown head forms, slowly settles to a thin ring around the glass, a few spots stick.

Smell is great, very heavy barrel character, lots of vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, licorice, burnt sugar, oaky, intense roast, a bit of alcohol, dark fruit, Ol Jack Frost on steroids.

Taste is similar, very rich, big vanilla, bourbon/whiskey, brown sugar, licorice, chocolate roast, coffee, wood, very intense and rich character, light roasty bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, silky smooth with low carbonation. I really dug the Ol Jack Frost and this is a pretty tremendous example of barrel aging, retaining the character of the original but adding an extra layer of complexity. On a day of great beer this one really stood out. Thanks Dan!

Viggo, Apr 29, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%

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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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%

1/2 gallon growler.

The beer is black as night. A small brown collar forms, but no head. Tiny beads of brown lace cling to the glass as I drink. The aroma is thick, sweet and heavy. Bigass tones of vanilla bean, sweet bourbon, oak and chocolate. That is supplemented with tobacco juice, char and dry cocoa powder. The nose is outstanding. This beer has a great spicy alcohol/roasted bitterness blend to it. And cloaking everything is a sweet bourbon/vanilla/wood blanket. Milk chocolate and espresso come into play as well. And it's got an oily texture that pleases and a medium-full body. Damn nice.

I remember this one from years back and am glad it has resurfaced again. Truly a gem.

Bighuge, Mar 10, 2005
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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

HopHead84, Jun 05, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

glid02, Mar 09, 2010
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2.51/5  rDev -42.6%

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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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%

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
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4.03/5  rDev -7.8%

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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.