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Ol' Jack Frost Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Ol' Jack Frost Imperial Stout
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.07%
Wants: 50
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Version aged in Jack Daniels Barrels = Czar Jack (  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 1177/20578  )

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 01-26-2006)
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Reviews by corporatejim:
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3.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark beer as the style would suggest. Black coffee colored beer. Slight head that dissipates rather quickly leaving little lacing in the glass. Big coffee aroma with a little nutty smelll as well. Creamy full mouthfeel. This beer has a big coffee taste and I was expecting that from the aroma. Some bitter chocolate and perhaps cashew as well, mostly coffee though. The alcohol doesn't come through in the taste, other than the bourbon barrel, but you know it is there. It took me probably a half hour to drink the 10 ounce portion. I like Imperial stouts, but this one left a little something lacking. Not bad but I have had better. Would have one again but it is a one beer only beer.

corporatejim, Jan 30, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of ADR
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a growler from the brewpub...the recipe is confirmed as that for Czar Jack without the bourbon-barrel aging (Hoops gave me a prototype taste of this idea back in October)...

Deep black and opaque, smaller tan head out of the growler pour. Nice strings and dots for lace. Mild aroma, a sense of slight hop oils and coffee are most pronounced. Mouthfeel is medium thick, the carbonationon is on the lower side. Not as roundly mellow as Czar Jack, in some ways its more interesting and enjoyable, the complexity is easier to pick out as individual flavors. Dark fruit, dates, figs, molasses, and expresso are all fairly assertive -- and while not seemless, give a nice variety of things going on. Rounds out with bitterness and elements of cake flour. Powerful but not overly boozy. Nice entry here, flavor is pretty outstanding for me.

ADR, Jan 29, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

tourdot, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to my friends up north for sending this growler my way. Used this one to cap off my sons bday party, hell of a day and a fitting end for sure. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/16/2010.

Pours back as night with a huge brown head that easily topples over the top of every glass that it comes nears. Huge sticky lacing follows and we know we are dealing with a monster here for sure. Aroma is deep chocolate and molasses, hints of bourbon, lots of vanilla and huge aroma of coffee. I am in heaven instantly.

I take the first sip and it all becomes clear to me. This is what it is all about. Screw all the bullshit, this is what I need. Rich and decadent chocolate and coffee notes collide with bigger then life notes of vanilla and molasses, warming only brings out more of a thick, viscous flavor and feel, this was not going to be outdone, no, this was goin to hurt.

Final sips are a mesh of chocolate and burnt caramel, molassses and vanilla, just rich, sweet, dessert notes that collide perfect. Smooth and even follow through and a huge sweet finish cap it perfectly.

This was everything I hoped it would be. A huge stout that just sealed the deal on the evening. Worth every bit.

mikesgroove, May 17, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

FreshmanPour77, May 15, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mothman sent this one. Thank you, Ben. This growler was consumed side by side with Czar Jack. Jack Frost is black in the glass, opaque and viscous with a large cap of light brown froth. Compared to Czar Jack, it has a more sustaining head from a greater level of carbonation.

It smells of chocolate malt, black licorice and, at a lower level, dried dark fruit. There's a mild vinous quality to it as well. Sweetness is at the ideal level for the style. This is very inviting.

The flavor is exceptional; roasted malts lend a dark chocolate and black licorice character that's backed by moderate bitterness from roasted grain and hops. Full-bodied yet very drinkable and balanced, it finishes with dark fruit flavors, a mild vinous note and firm bitterness. The balance is impeccable, making this one of the better imperial stouts I've tried.

largadeer, May 29, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

HoudiniRN, Aug 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

CCutch, May 29, 2013
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4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at Town Hall Brewery into a TH Snifter.

A. Rich pitch black pour, thick 2mm mocha head, retains a nice island and ring even after sitting

S. Smells of sweet dark chocolate, sweet fruit, figs, and sweet sweet sugar

T. Tastes of fine chocolate, sweet cherries, slight caramel with a light toffee finish

M. Tingly, medium-heavy body, lightly coarse finish that lingers long after on your tongue

O. I really love this beer. It is the base for Czar Jack, and is great on it's own! I ended up having 3 more glasses of it that night. It's a treat and easy to drink. A couple straws of Jack Daniels and you almost have Czar Jack! Great beer!

MBrausen, Jan 16, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Town Hall in August 2009.

Pours a deep, deep black--one through which no light escapes. The head is quite large given the style. Good lacing. The smell is that of chocolate, plenty of roasted malt, a little bit of vanilla, and some anise to round it out. The taste is much the same with a little bit of hop bitterness and coffee. The mouthfeel is fairly full and quite creamy. This is very drinkable for the style and would love to be able to age some of this myself.

Thorpe429, Oct 01, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the brewpub aug 1/09.

pours inky black with a small cap of dense dark brown head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass. spotty lace.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. coffee and espresso. light alcohol. multi-grain bread and biscuit. roasty and toasty. caramel. light toffee. anise. bit earthy and woody. really nice depth and complexity to it.

taste is great too. much the same as the aroma really. medium-low bitterness level. again, great depth and complexity.

mouthfeel is good. right around medium carbonation and i think it'd be even better just a bit lower. nice big body.

drinkability is good. great balance. nice depth and complexity. a great RIS.

grub, Sep 07, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub, in a very nice glass.

Pours deep almost black hole like darkness... seriously, does light escape this beer? Head was foamy, and tan and it laced like a champ. This looks gorgeous.

Smells are of roasted malts, with coffee notes but also burt toast and maybe even matches. There is a dark fruit thing coming on strong in the second whiff. The aromas here are not amazing, but very pleasant.

Taste starts warm and roasty. Malty goodness quickly followed by a shot of hops, and this thing socks you. I agree with Stubob on the rum soaked dates thing, and there is a definite cold press coffee bitterness and taste here as well (as tavernjef said). I detected the presence of alcohol here too, which for a RIS really shouldn't be too surprising.

Mouthfeel is velvety at first, but the bitterness and alcohol take over, and I feel compelled to swallow. This wasn't a brew i would want to let linger too long in the palate.

This is a great beer for coming in from the cold (which i was doing) but more than one is probably not going to happen.

Lastly, mine was served too cold by about 5-10 degrees... it took on some new characters as it warmed.

CultureJamMN, Feb 07, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Samwhyz, Nov 05, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black, thick, with a small head, which leaves a bunch of lace. Head is dark tan after the fade.

Smell: Sweet hazelnuts on top of coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate, very nice.

Taste: Sweet at first, sharp and strong. Coffee and hints of tobacco make up the body, with a very bitter finish. The sharpness of the hops stays with you for quite a while, a fantastic sipper, perfect for a cold winter's night.

Mouthfel: Slick but a little thin, still very good, and it would take more than that to distract you from how good this beer is.

Drinkability: I like it a lot, another fantastically complex brew from Town Hall. I don't see myself finish more than a coulpe tulips of this tonight, it's strong enough to get me into trouble.

TastyTaste, Jan 27, 2006
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

chrispoint, Apr 26, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brew pub poured into a pint glass

A—as dark as I’ve seen, solid onyx color with a 1 inch cocoa colored foamy head that quickly turns into about 1/8 inch, leaving full sea foam like lacing on the glass

S—sweet chocolate and roasted coffee combo, a touch of nuttiness as well, about ½ way through the first pint I can really smell the alcohol

T—in the words of Emeril, “Bam!” Big and Bold flavor, extreme roasted coffee and chocolate combo, starts a little sweet at first, but ends with the roasted smoky bitterness that makes this one phenomenal

M—a little slimy and not as thick as I expected, but still very smooth

D— A great brew for a cold winter night. Can’t drink too many…its so rich and strong. I poured my second one from the growler and let it sit to warm a bit. To quote Emeril again, “when we come back…another notch”! The warmer it gets, the better it is.

hanco005, Feb 02, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage on-tap at the brewpub. 10oz pour:

A - Jet black with the slightest light brown hue at the bottom. Nice kahki head with great lacing retention.

S - Sweet cocoa roast chocolate. Sugar and light creamy candy. Kind of hoppy smelling...

T - Hoppy roast chocolate. Burnt flavors and malts and some coffee flavor. Oaky wood. After taste reveals a somewhat citrus zest...

M - Decent carbonation and slight zesty zinging mouthfeel. Somewhat creamy but light in feeling.

D - Pretty easy to drink. At just above 9% this is not exactly a sipper, although it might be wise. It is nice to try a vintage but I liked it when it came out earlier this year rather than when I had it on-tap today. Nice for a Minnesota winter and worth a try. Good work, Town Hall.

joshuaseresse, Dec 25, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Gotti311, Aug 11, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep and opaque black, some dark brown highlights, medium sized brown head forms, slowly settles to a solid ring, some lace spots stick. Smell is real nice, caramel, vanilla and chocolate, dark fruit, sherry, alcohol, tons of fruit, brown sugar and molasses, licorice, very rich. Taste is similar, sweet and fruity, raisins, chocolate, touch of roast, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, licorice, sherry, lightly woody, very sweet and intense, real heavy licorice finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, slightly oily, with low carbonation, some warmth going down. A real nice RIS, I dug this stuff.

Viggo, Aug 07, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

BeerDazed, Aug 10, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -5.6%

Duff27, Aug 12, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served in a 10 oz tulip glass with a thich, creamy, long-lasting brown head. The head sits nicely waiting to be scooped away. The beer is dark as night. As it is consumed the head leaves nice brown striped down the side.

Smell: Full roasted scents with chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor matches the nose and then some. Lots of coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Some brown sugar sweetness carries the maltiness to the end. A little bit of hop flavor sneaks in the end but it is barely noticable to me. Nutty flavors and a thick feel make this one a winner.

BrewMaster, Jan 28, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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Ol' Jack Frost Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.