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Czar Jack Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 500
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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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-13-2012 01:25:17 | More by bpfrush
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2010 01:57:49 | More by ffejherb
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Holland

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-28-2014 18:11:50 | More by Holland
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Big thanks to KeefD for this.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy light brown head that has average retention and leaves just small touches of lacing.

4.0 S: Good amount of sweet caramel, molasses, and brown sugar in this one. Chocolate follows with just a slight roastiness. You really need to let this one warm up a lot to get a good bourbon character. When it does, leathery and peaty bourbon manifests with a touch of oak and vanilla. Good, but it's prefer it to be more intense at drinking temperature.

4.0 T: At drinking temperature, this is surprisingly bland. There's sweet, chewy caramel and molasses, a soft roastiness, and minor bourbon & barrel notes. As it warms up (to warmer than I'd like) more flavor comes through in the form of chocolate, more intense caramel, brown sugar, and more bourbon with leather, melon, and peat. At drinking temp, this is a 3.5 At 65-ish F this is close to a 4.5, so I'm going to split the difference. This is well balanced, with the bourbon clearly playing a complementary role.

4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation, especially for a growler. Quite creamy for not having a super thick body.

4.0 D: This is good, but perhaps a bit overated. This beer is not at all impressive at colder temperatures and it is amazing how much it opens up as it warms up. When it does open up, it is a solid beer, but not quite standout.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2011 01:13:48 | More by DavoleBomb
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from younger35 shared with some Chicago BA's. I've had this in my cellar for several months and it opened with a hiss and was just perfect.

A - Pours black, tan head, lots of lacing along the sides of the glass and a thin filmy cap on top.

S - Subtle bourbon, oak, chocolate. The mix between stout and barrel aging is spot on. After some other not so good BA stouts, it was a nice change of pace to enjoy something so excellent.

T - Once again, excellent mix of stout and barrel aging. Not overly sweet, not a huge hot mess, like many other stouts that have been barrel aged. Chocolate, slight barrel/oak, slight alcohol.

M - Full bodied, rich, smooth, creamy, semi-dry finish.

D - Another excellent beer put out by Town Hall. This growler sat in my cellar sealed up (waxed top thanks to younger35) and had perfect carbonation and perfect flavors. One of the better BA stouts I've had recently. Get you some!

Serving type: growler

08-16-2010 15:48:33 | More by Sean9689
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

05-08-2012 16:23:31 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.4%

01-17-2014 05:46:09 | More by mattmarka1
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srandycarter

California

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-25-2013 03:19:08 | More by srandycarter
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Backlogged entry, reviewed from notes. The appearance is pitch black with thick brown head and great head retention for the stature of this brew. The nose features heavy molasses, undeniable Jack character which brings some "rough" oaky notes. This is paired with chocolate, dark fruit, and more oak. The taste is ashy up front with definite charred barrel character. Heavy whiskey with a sweet malt profile. Roasted malt sneaks its way through at the end. The mouthfeel has higher than average carbonation and a relatively thin mouthfeel. Overall, this has a ton of flavor, but is somewhat harsh with the whiskey character.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 01:26:11 | More by homebrew311
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 on-tap for Anniversary Week.

Served in a goblet a pure black with an oily brown layer of foam coating the top.

Smells very rich and sweet and bourbony. Molasses, vanilla bean, caramelized sugar and bourbon are all there.

The taste has really mellowed with the age. Lots of sweetness going on with vanilla bean, molasses, burnt sugar and cola. The bourbon is there. It's not hot and is really quite mellow and smooth. Seems the flavors have subdued over time. Still good, but not the great beer it is fresh. No alcohol detected at all, unless you want to count the bourbon flavor.

Sticky, syrupy and slick describe the feel of this brew. Full bodied.

I really enjoyed this beer, but it was just missing that little kick that it has when fresh. Still a terrific beer that really drinks easily. I could have two or three of these pretty easily. I will snare more of this the next time around.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 00:52:13 | More by jera1350
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koopa

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler offered by beerloco at a tasting tonight with mrsbeerloco, mikey711, and myself.

Appearance: Pours an attractive opaque with a 1 finger creamy light brown crown. The head shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Nice amount of Jack Daniels presence over moderate to deep roasted malt. Good amount of sweetness from the oak whiskey barrel.

Taste: Same as the nose but the sweetness doesn't come through as much. A bit muddled but the elements for success are all present.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, hefty for a medium bodied beer, and satisfying.

Drinkability: The alcohol flavor and abv hold it back but its good for the style.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2010 03:13:56 | More by koopa
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Alucard4. Thanks bro

Woooohooo this bottle is not infected

Look: Black as night with about a 1 inch dark tan head and great retention with some circular lace

Smell: There is a nice bourbon note upfront with some spice behind it which clearly screams jack daniels. Quite a bit of chocolate and vanilla

Taste: The flavor is not as good as the nose in my opinion. The beer starts off slightly chocolate with hints of coffee and some dark fruits are hidden in there as well. The beer finishes with a very slight bourbon note could be more in there I suppose but then again it is Jack Daniels so I think it is the right amount

Mouthfeel: Body is just a touch thicker than medium and maybe mild to medium carbonation velvety and no alcohol burn.

Overall: I would really like to go back and try this one again. I think some factors might have worked against this beer. Right before this one I drank a Apple Brandy and Rum Hunahpu and it could not hold a candle to those beers. However I did enjoy it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:50:25 | More by DarthKostrizer
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birchstick

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - served on tap at TH brewery during anniversary week.

S - nose sweet molasses and vanilla bourbon scents dominate the nose with some hints of chocolate and some burnt malts

T - starts off with sweet vanilla flavors. These fades to a really nice molasses flavor. A splash of bourbon comes out from behind th vanilla and molasses and give it a little bit of spiciness. Ends with dark fruits, some chocolate fudge and more bourbon spicy heat. All of the flavors are really well integrated and form a really nice barrel aged RIS.

M - nice and full with some carbonation that burns with the bourbon

D - this is a really nice barrel aged RIS. Solid flavor profile that has really nice complexity and A really nice blend of flavors. This is a hard one to get but worth seeking out. This reminds me a lot of bcbs, which is a really good thing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 01:12:07 | More by birchstick
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, the last growler went to tavernjef, who had an event...bourbon barrel aged...

Forbidding dark black appearance, scant medium brown head of bigger bubbles...leaves sparse laces, thick strings. Complex aroma, sweet, just slightly smokey, the most expression of any bourbon-like characters in the beer for me. Full mouthfeel and an agreeable medium carbonation. Flavor is luxurious, heavily dark chocolate, layered and grainy in the manner of quality brands. Little fruitiness and actually less complexity than the normal Oatmeal Stout which has an extra coffee oiliness to make things interesting. Finishes as it begins, satisfying with some alcohol to notice. A nice beer, frankly could be more complex to me, some similarities in profile to Brooklyn Black Chocolate.

Mike Hoops gave me a sample of non barrel-aged Czar in October of 2005, aside from a somewhat thinner mouthfeel, I prefer it, better bitter qualities...

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2005 19:22:00 | More by ADR
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nickd717

California

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to translucent for sharing this awesomeness on DLD. In my ultimate ticker quest to try the 100 Best of BA, this beer was not currently on the list, but I was doing a trade with Andrew and had just come back from my first (and only) trip to the guest taps double-fisting Cigar City Brandy Barrel Aged Warmer Winter and Avery Moloch, which were about to send me on a one-way express train to Wastedville. He just happened to be holding this growler, and since I'm never one to turn down a -bal aged imperial stout, I accepted his offer of a pour of this.

Pours just like you'd want it to, black and thick with a nice one-finger dark tan head that lasts.

Aroma is phenomenal. Picture a great base stout with very well-executed whiskey barrel aging, and you pretty much get the picture. The Jack comes through big on the nose, as well as oak and lots of vanilla. Roasty and chocolatey flavors from the base stout assert themselves as well, and there is a slight tobacco note.

As for the flavor, well, it's also excellent. Very similar to KBS, although I did not have them side-by-side. Chocolate, caramel, roast, lots of vanilla, and malted milk balls, along with just the right amount of oak and whiskey. A little bit of dark fruit comes through as well - plums and dates maybe.

Fairly full on the body with a nice carbonation level. Not at all too boozy, although you do get the alcohol warmth.

Damn, this is good. Like I said earlier, a good bottle of KBS is a fair comparison for this beer. The whiskey flavor seems a bit different though. As a big-time RIS guy, I could down lots of this. Unfortunately I had way too much other awesome beer to try at DLD.

Serving type: growler

04-26-2010 21:58:04 | More by nickd717
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3%

12-29-2013 03:29:58 | More by stereosforgeeks
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-21-2013 19:12:54 | More by millerbuffoon
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Jeffo

Netherlands

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:16:07 | More by Jeffo
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seeswo

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler opened and consumed in celebration of my graduation.
Pours black with a small light brown head. Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and some bourbon and vanilla. Smells nice. The taste is sweet and heavy molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts. Finishes a bit bitter and off - think excessive char. Good carbonation (counter-pressure filled growler), medium body with a decent mouthfeel. I am left a bit dumbfounded as this is a good beer, but not what is implied by how it trades. No quality stands out as elite - the flavor is decent, nose is good, balance is ok, no dominant exciting flavor. Good beer. Cheers.

Serving type: growler

06-17-2011 06:03:00 | More by seeswo
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-29-2013 02:22:59 | More by Rutager
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Arbitrator

California

1.8/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of lurchingbeast. From notes.

A: Pours black with a mocha-colored head. Very foamy, but I'm hoping this is just a bottling issue.

S: Metallic, roasty chocolate with a mild bourbon nose. I'm hoping this isn't infected.

T: Hopes dashed. Tart cherry, a mild sourness, and strong metallicity. Bourbon and roast are restrained. This is way off.

M: Light-bodied and overcarbed.

O: Yuck.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 08:04:15 | More by Arbitrator
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-19-2013 20:05:02 | More by thewimperoo
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to urwithdave for the healthy pour

A - It pours a deep brown-black, with moderate viscosity visually evident, and is capped with sudsy khaki froth.

S - The nose is totally insane, and ridiculously delectable. In a day filled with excellent brews, this still really stands out. I am getting impressions of everything from creme brulee, vanilla fudge, and s'mores, to toasted almond, coconut, and hazelnut. The whiskey is subtle but omnipresent, the oak note is spicy-sweet as opposed to dry, and the more it airs out, the more a strong vanilla-chocolate note seems to fuse everything.

T - The flavor is every bit of the aroma's promise; this tastes so outrageously delectable as to suggest fusion of a chocolatier's assortment of candy cordials macerated in whiskey, Kahlua, Bailey's, espresso, sambuca, Frangelico. World class -bal, no doubt.

M - The feel is effervescent, but perhaps less silky.

O - One of the best beers I've had. Thanks Dave.

Serving type: growler

04-24-2011 14:47:07 | More by ktrillionaire
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Czar Jack was a very large beer with intense flavors start to finish. Served in a 10? oz glass, absolutely no head, but black as motor oil. Smell was coffee, alcohol, and that extremely recognizable bourbon scent. The beer hits your lips like a shot of whiskey, but soon the imperial stout flavors come in combine with alcohol to make this intense and flavorful. Burning alcohol and adequate carbonation. I was going to get a growler, bu alas, they were out. I would like to revisit more of this giant of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2005 00:11:26 | More by TastyTaste
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-13-2013 23:26:44 | More by DonFrap
Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.