Ol' Jack Frost Imperial Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
4.85/5 rDev +9%
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!
01-16-2012 00:38:22 | More by MBrausen
4.78/5 rDev +7.4%
Dark, black and oily. Dense, small but clingy, creamy tan head. Dark, ripe fruits (raisins, plums, dates). Singed, roasted malt sweetness. Chocolate liqueur. Very nice. Wow! I always expect great things from the Town Hall, but this is amazing! Sweet, rich, fruits with alarmingly smooth milk chocolate. Roasted malt character comes forward with warming alcohol before balancing hop bitterness takes over. An almost herbal hop bitterness that avoids being astringent (like some big stouts). Finish retains some bitterness but sweet chocolatey malts linger. Delicious. Full-bodied. Silky, mouth coating feel. Perfect carbonation level. Dangerous.
03-05-2006 18:34:27 | More by alexgash
4.7/5 rDev +5.6%
Serving type-on tap at the brewery.
A-Dark and inviting with thick light brown head.
S-Sweet dark fruits, plums and raisins, chocolate and toffee
T-Sweet milk chocolate and cocoa mixed with coffee. Slight bourbon hints with vanilla. Alcohol is present and warms going down. Great malt with little hops. Toffee and sweet sugars. Bold dark fruits. Wow!
M-Thinner than expected but that works for this brew. Silky smooth and creamy. Light carbonation.
D-Easy, smooth, so tasty. I want more. I wish they'd put this in growlers so I could bring it home. Fantastic!
07-31-2009 01:09:57 | More by Shango42
4.68/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
05-17-2010 01:20:14 | More by mikesgroove
4.63/5 rDev +4%
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.
01-27-2006 04:18:31 | More by TastyTaste
4.6/5 rDev +3.4%
Jet black with the faintest garnet hues at the edges, thin coco colored head. Some wine characteristics in the nose, almost like a merlot, chocolatey, a little espresso, black cherries, black licorice, and a bit of stinging alcohol. The flavor was more packed with fruity flavors than I expected, black cherries, red and white grapes, apple cider, pears, some tropical notes, plums raisins. Good base of chocolate and coco powder flavors, some coffee flavors, but not all that obvious. Wine characteristics in the flavor too. Smooth and creamy, but a touch of sweet and tart, enough to make it not too oily.
Verdict: I wasn't expecting this beer to suck, but I wasn't expecting it to be this good either. Impressive how they packed all of those fruity flavors into this beer. It did drink like a sipping wine, but dissapeared quickly. I can't wait until they release the barrels of this they have aging in wine barrels.
02-02-2007 23:32:19 | More by dfried
4.58/5 rDev +2.9%
Appearance: Coal black. No light gets through. Head is substantial for an Imperial Stout and it lasts a long time. Creamy brown texture to the topping. Abundant amounts of lace as well. Looks seductive sitting there all alone in my snifter...naked and willing.
Aroma: Chocolate, anise, molasses, roasted malt, vanilla bean, char and light smoke phenols.
Taste: Milk chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, char, tobacco juice, bitterness from hops and roasted malts, caramel malts, hop oils, coffee bean.
Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and medium-full body. Kind of silky, but not a real "hefty" body. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen.
Drinkability: I would return to this one again and again and again if this was a bottled version. As it is, I will return to it at least one more time as I just picked up another growler of it today. Great flavor + smooth, creamy mouthfeel = Extremely Drinkable.
02-17-2006 03:41:08 | More by Bighuge
4.55/5 rDev +2.2%
Had this last week at the brew pub with Masterski. This isn't the first time I've had this brew and I know I like it, a lot. Drank from a 10oz generic snifter.
Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a light mocha head that's trying to creap out the glass. Great cap and collar the entire beer and loads of lacing.
Smell- Very chocolaty and earthy smelling with a deep roasted malty char that borderlines on smoky. Some coffee notes (of course) along with a touch of brown sugar. A fairly clean sort of hop character with some citric flesh and zest mixing in.
Taste- A sort of bitter bite starts the beer that's somewhere between hoppy and burnt. A nice bold char is the majority of the brew with a solid pinch of chocolate to back everything up. A touch of smoke and toffee sneak in but the beer doesn't even get close to slightly sweet. The hops sort of mix and add a subtle dark fruitiness.
Mouthfeel- Dry and gritty with a medium feel and fairly zippy carbonation.
Drinkability- Tasty stuff here. I could use a bit more body but the flavor is great. Not sure if any actual smoked malts are used but I get that pinch of smoke that just sets the brew off. Really enjoyed and glad Alex finally got to taste the goodness!
04-22-2010 21:21:45 | More by younger35
4.53/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
01-29-2006 00:45:32 | More by ADR
4.53/5 rDev +1.8%
On-tap at the brewpub: Served in a 10oz chalice at $5 a pop - Thick dark brown nearly black appearance with a dark tanned top of medium-sized sitting foam. Foam crumbles down to a wide bubbly collar and the lacing bakes itself to the glass in a lovely looking brown frosting of delicate whispy sheets.
Aroma is a whole lot of fresh, cold coffee beans covered in sweet darkened chocolate. Brisk, cool, roastingly inviting, and dark with just a nod to some oily hop resin. Perhaps a bit restrained, especailly when first set in front of you, but begins to percolate its air as it sits.
Taste is full and big with roasted softness and smoothness on the palate. Broad cold pressed coffee beans bring a very nice rounded, dark bitterness all the way through while a pleasingly play of silky chocolate takes off any rough areas. Very tiny notes of molasses, cookie dough with vanilla, and fruit cake. Finish is warm, lengthy, and roasted with a mild emerging coffee/chocolate/hop oil bitterness.
Feel is super smooth and silky in the front and middle turning quite full and fluffy with a cake batter richness. Not overly thick mind you, its ever so tender and slippery with its roasty richness and bitterness. Very well rounded and the warming finish is a welcome boost of stoutness.
Dangerously drinkable. My first glass was gone in no time. The second one took a bit more time to quaff but still mannered itself as if it were the first. Glossy and yummy. A very nice stout, Imperial or Double, styles aside; its soothingly roasted and bittered to near perfection. Enough with the lighter styles being presented in winter please. More like this!!
01-29-2006 17:47:08 | More by tavernjef
4.53/5 rDev +1.8%
Solid, unsoluble black, 'neath a roasted tan head. Classic picture of an Imperial Stout. Very inviting.
Aroma brims with vitality, rich and roasty, with flavors of carob, anise, mollases, espresso and cocoa vying for their place in the nose. It's a luscious blend, full and heady.
Taste: big in the mouth as well, full and pervasive on the palate. Solid as any real IS worth the name should be, but very mellow as well. Alcoholic strength doesn't seem an issue, not until you near the end of the glass.
The rich flavors indicated in the nose come back in the taste, a mellifluous melange of dark and delightful tints, tinges, and tastes. A cavern of delights, a full well bringing forth deliciousness.
Tasty, tasty, this, a devilishly delicious stout that makes me commit the unlikely sin of wishing it were colder right now, to enjoy this warm and wonderful brew better.
The first non-bourbon/whiskey-fied Imperial Stout I've yet tasted at Town Halll, not counting the short-lived version they tapped for Anniversary Week 2005, which was the Czar Jack before the Jack.
I'd like to see a lot more of this.
As big and bold as this beer is, the growler will not last the night. It's that tasty and my will power is that weak.
01-26-2006 03:27:28 | More by feloniousmonk
4.5/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
05-28-2010 23:49:07 | More by largadeer
Ol' Jack Frost Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.