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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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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

05-24-2014 15:45:13 | More by PappyVans
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-14-2011 15:54:52 | More by millelacsmark
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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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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-17-2012 02:47:16 | More by fuzzcherry
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm usually very good about logging reviews immediately, but when it comes to Town Hall they change their beers so often that I fall behind. Here is my backlog of napkin reviews stuffed in the back of my desk drawer.

Date: 8/1/09

Deep black color with dark brown sugar colored head. Decent retention but only spotty lacing. 4.0

The nose is earthy and bitter, dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, molasses and toffee. 4.5

Taste is like the nose, big toasted malt, bitter and milk chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel. 4.5

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich, thick and smooth. Light alcohol burn. 4.5

Drinkability is great. Sipper for sure. 4.5

Overall, solid RIS from Town Hall.

In retrospect, I liked Russian Roulette slightly better, but this is still a very solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2010 03:53:40 | More by Mistofminn
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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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CCutch

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

05-29-2013 16:48:28 | More by CCutch
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz pour on tap into a snifter glass.

Vintage Jack Frost.

A- No head, nice brown lacing, pitch black color, pretty straight forward looking RIS
S- The aroma is very nice, big Chocolate aroma, caramel, brown sugar, licorice, cocoa, vanilla.
T- The taste is just as impressive, big chocolate, brown sugar, cocoa, toffee, slight vanilla, slight dark fruit characteristics, love the chocolate that comes out.
M- Thick mouth feel, really smooth drinking, dry finish, really nice.
O- This beer is very impressive, first time having it, now I can see why Czar Jack is so amazing, the base beer is phenomenal, very easy drinking for being 9%.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 03:53:29 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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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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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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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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joshuaseresse

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2010 05:04:56 | More by joshuaseresse
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shawnp

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-23-2011 09:32:20 | More by shawnp
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MBrausen

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 00:38:22 | More by MBrausen
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Samwhyz

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-05-2012 23:04:07 | More by Samwhyz
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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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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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Ol' Jack Frost Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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