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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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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 6.25%
Wants: 49
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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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2009 22:00:55 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 20:36:38 | More by Viggo
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Shango42

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 01:09:57 | More by Shango42
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good night, popping the stone growler for the first time after a pint club. Can't ask for much more. The growler popped very nicely, one of my main complaints about growlers with the twist off cap not holding there fizz compartively. Looking in, there was just the color of the grey ceramic, but then pouring, out came the black gold, right down the center of a Rogue XS goblet, but very little head built. What was there was momentary, light brown with tight bubbles that fell. The nose smelled of roasted nuts, meaty but light with roast, vanilla, alcohol, dark cherry, slight sourness, and spice, but actually light until your nose is almost touching the brew. Taste is the highlight of the beer for me, sweet, syrupy roast with vanilla, cherry, spice, and an oak or woody taste. I didn't read the description tonight, so I've forgotten how it was aged but it's doing very well. Maybe not OMG, but well worth the price of admission. Disappeared from my glass before I knew it--night.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2007 03:42:00 | More by FightingEntropy
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dfried

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2007 23:32:19 | More by dfried
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black with a maroon tint...

Aroma is more subdued than expected...chocolate chip cookie dough...black cherry ice cream....rum...

Full bodied...creamy, velvety...luxurious...

A nice sweet milk chocolate flavor...also some dark fruits...a little vanilla...and some rummy booziness on the finish along with a surprise hit of some piney hops..

Hell of a nice Impy...a sweeter take on the style but just enough hops to keep this balanced...very drinkable and not as big as some but still a sipper..very nice...

Serving type: growler

03-07-2006 06:34:21 | More by ZAP
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2006 18:34:27 | More by alexgash
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: growler

02-17-2006 03:41:08 | More by Bighuge
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from a bog ole good ole TH growler thanks to FeloniousMonk, the ambassador of Town Hall, himself.

Buh-lack light magnet black hues topped with a spumescent tan headcap.

Deep scents of fruit meets toffee stout. Impressive. The nose filled the room.

First swigs: Caramel and toffee notes meet a lightly roasted malt. Some Sugar Daddy candy and even a suggestion of maple syrup. Complex and bold. Exquisite! Linger of brown sugar with the roasty goodness.

Feel is dry and leaving some light heat thanks to the big ABV punch.

Last swigs: Wish that I could get my greedy mits on this more often. Man do I dig trades.

Beer is good. Happy brewpub beering!

Serving type: growler

02-16-2006 04:18:24 | More by blitheringidiot
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep brown, pretty much black with just a ring of light brown around the edge. The aroma is of chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, caramel malts, and roasted malt. It has a bit of alcohol too. The aroma reminds me of Expedition Stout.

The flavor is roasty, and chocolate. It has a coffee flavor, and also a semi-fruit taste too. It is a bit too cold right now, but it is very tasty. It is creamy and smooth drinking. Oh, oh, oh, it is a bit vinous as well.

A very well crafted brew, thanks soak-bob.

Serving type: growler

02-11-2006 03:36:09 | More by BeerBuilder
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CultureJamMN

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2006 17:11:23 | More by CultureJamMN
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hanco005

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2006 02:39:49 | More by hanco005
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corporatejim

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2006 18:46:57 | More by corporatejim
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2006 17:47:08 | More by tavernjef
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-29-2006 00:45:32 | More by ADR
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BrewMaster

California

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2006 04:37:27 | More by BrewMaster
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-27-2006 04:18:31 | More by TastyTaste
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

01-26-2006 03:27:28 | More by feloniousmonk
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Ol' Jack Frost Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.