Czar Jack Imperial Stout
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Czar Jack Imperial StoutCzar Jack Imperial Stout
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #26
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
96
Ranked #470
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 11.59%
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
435
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Minnesota, United States
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Czar Jack Imperial StoutCzar Jack Imperial Stout
Notes: Ol' Jack Frost aged in Jack Daniels barrels.
Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 435 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by MNPikey:
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MNPikey from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 21, 2015
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sacrelicio from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Feb 21, 2013
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DaveAnderson from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mar 19, 2015
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CharlesDarwin from Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Barrel Aged. Pours super tar black, with a growing frothy light brown head. Very even. I had a double dose of this at the Brewfest. What a ridiculously amazing beer. Tops at the fest for sure! Aromas of coffee and chocolate bounce of the beer. Roasted honey, nut and sugar flavors. Finishes with strong vanilla, coffee, and espresso. Unlike other Imperial Stouts or Stouts, the flavors aren’t as harsh or dry as I would expect, instead they’re very mellowed out and smooth and very supple. The sugary sweet, velvet texture just rounds this out beautifully. Amazing!

Aug 05, 2006
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Chriscrundwell12 from Minnesota

4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz growler into a Darkness snifter. I've had this in my fridge since the release, the anticipation has been builiding up for some time. Split with a fellow BA member.

A- Pitch black, motor oil, Dark sludge body, dark brown one finger mocha head, nice lacing and retention, excellent carbonation.
S- Very sweet, chocolate and vanilla upfront, amazing bourbon aroma, nice oaky notes as well, as I continue to smell my mouth starts watering, I already know this is going to be an amazing tasting beer.
T- Very smooth, taste of Jack Daniels is present, sweet vanilla notes, with amazing chocolate and bourbon taste, cocoa, hints of coffee, roasted malts, notes from the barrels (oak, wood) are very present pushing the taste from awesome to truly amazing, very easy drinkability.
M- Medium mouth feel, nice carbonation, smooth and creamy.
O- Amazing beer, alcohol is very hidden, very easy drinkability, well balanced with the bourbon and oak aged notes, just delicious, the bourbon taste is not overpowering, beautiful appearance, aroma, and taste one of the best BA stouts out there.

Jun 04, 2011
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FtownThrowDown from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown in color with a nice, slight head. Very nice oak, vanilla and bourbon notes in the smell. I can and did smell this for awhile before tasting. The taste did not disappoint at all. More notes of oak, vanilla and bourbon, but complimented wonderfully with cocoa and a slight espresso. Incredible beer. Reminded me of Older Viscosity. Well done.

May 13, 2008
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

2.61/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2012 bottle opened on 1.24.13.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a huge mocha brown head that just sits there.

S - Booze, wood, ripe fruit, slight cherry.

T - Sour cherry, tin, damn it! This one is infected.

D - Tons of carbonation and a medium body.

O - I see what this could have been, but it isn't!

Jan 31, 2013
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall Tap. This beer arrives an opaque black color. The head is half an inch of dark tan colored foam. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and bourbon. The taste is similar to the aroma. The bourbon is nicely integrated into the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very, very good beer. I will definitely search this one out next time it is being poured.

Nov 15, 2011
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CaptainNomihodai from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Mar 03, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A delectable stout, shoutouts to the appropriate parties...

Pours a deep black, glints of brown around the edge where the light gets through. Plenty of lacing with a tan head of foam. Spotty lace cascades down the sides.

Aroma is really nice for a bourbon-barrel stout...vanilla, sweetish milk chocolate, with an underlying fruitiness from the barrel. Can't pull my nose away, a sure sign of greatness.

Flavors of roasted malt and chocolate, intertwined with tannic oak barrel character, more sweet and vanillafied than anything. Easy to drink, and not too heavy or cloying. Very tasty stuff...

Apr 03, 2008
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Treesonbrown23 from California

5/5  rDev +13.6%

Jun 29, 2013
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Last night of barrel aged week, and it sure finished strong with a full house when I showed up a bit before 7 pm. Packed front to back, I appreciate that a whole bunch of people keep my local profitable even though I don't show up every day like this week.

From years of drinking Czar Jack as eight drafts, a growler, and a stone growler for those who remember, this tenth time is simply recognizing an old friend who's greatness resides in not being extreme but a nuanced interplay and overlap of style, bourbon and barrel. Dark tan and brown streaked head lusciously falls to a rimmed film. Opaque, black on black in the glass with a nose of dark roast and oak, black strap molasses, burnt sugar, buried earthy hop, alcohol warmth and a clear bourbon smoke and vanilla from the Jack Daniels. Taste follows the nose but adds chocolate blended in a malty center that supports rum raisin with a lingering hop bitterness that sneaks out from under the sweetness. 8.5% alcohol isn't pushy, but let's you know that it's there. Smooth and blended, this is a great beer that deserve to carry a gold medal.

Feb 26, 2012
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leschkie from California

3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Jun 11, 2012
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled from a growler that Jamal32 brought to DLD. I got a decent pour as Jamie was really cool about it, just enough that I think a review is in order.

The beer was dark brown-black colored, completely opaque when held to the sunlight, with a very thin head (probably due to a careful and slow pour). The nose was immense and delicious-smelling, with bourbon (Jack Daniels apparently), chocolate and vanilla, just a massive aroma. The beer tasted just as big, roasted malts leading while bourbon and barrel flavors were big in the after-taste. Thick body, not close to Dark Lord thickness but still thick for the style, giving a good match to the aroma and taste. One of my favorites from DLD 2010, and that's saying a lot.

Apr 26, 2010
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dheldman from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 21, 2015
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marullamarats from Minnesota

4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

serving type: stone growler '07 release -> tulip

A: the minimalist of heads (-), but the tan mix of small and sticky cask bubbles eventually disappear completely like humble fireworks (+). opaque to deep amber at the very bottom and as it thins(+).

A: oak, vanilla, alcohol. belgian sweetness and a little roastiness. very mild coffeed up almond-banana.

T: the bitterness is an extension of the malt and yet i notice a rush as it finishes. it's sweet, the banana-ness of a dunkel but w/o the clove. think oaked whiskey maple oatmeal bananabread.

M: first i thought it felt a little thin but quickly realized it was possibly the silkiest and thinnest of oils. dries out but thankfully falls far short of cottonmouth.

D: you'll drink it til you can't.

Nov 08, 2007
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stpjames from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +13.6%

Jul 24, 2013
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Dec 29, 2013
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baybum from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Apr 29, 2013
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Diomede from California

5/5  rDev +13.6%

Nov 27, 2011
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wyatt13 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Apr 28, 2013
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objectivemonkey from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a curvy taster (8 oz probably), pours black, opaque, with no head upon arrival. Which means more beer to drink... excellent. However, no lacing. The aroma is awfully bourbon infused, and I don't get much besides that, but who the hell cares, its really good. Some other hints are perhaps chocolate and, well who know, but good stuff behind that bourbon for sure.

The taste is kind of the same, mostly bourbon, thick and syrupy, but coffee and chocolates are more expressive here, and they're delicious. Its thick and heavy, roasty and dark and delicious. Its a shame it only comes out once every blue moon. I was tempted to stick around for an hour and have several more, easily could have as its a very drinkable brew, but figured that'd be a prick thing to do. As it stands, damn good beer. Damn good.

Oct 29, 2007
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Draughtsman from Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz. snifter.

I eagerly watched the barkeep pour my glass, followed it from across the brewery to my table, carefully navigated through the crowd by a nimble, agile waiter.

It arrived at the table, sadly all the way across the 4-person table with me, a whole arm's reach away. Despite it's distance from me, I gazed at it's murky darkness. Thick, opaque, it looked...chewy, if something could ever look chewy. I could smell the wonderful aroma coming off the lacy, caramel head (The head was thin, however I'm sure this was a calculated move, allowing for more beer in the glass). It smelled wonderfully of vanilla, brown sugar, cocoa, coffee, and of course whiskey.

I then grapped hold of he goblet. Surprisingly, it was cold. I held it in my hands, warming it, releasing some of the more delicate aromas. toffee, caramel, oak.

Then, the anticipated first sip. Roasty, chocolaty, smooth, creamy, thick, molasses, whiskey. Deliciousness. Good thing I'm a big fan of whiskey, whisky and uisge.

Overall, an absolutely amazing beer, a great representation of the style, and the Jack barrel only makes things better. Too bad it only comes around once a year.

Oct 28, 2011
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.6%

Dec 01, 2011
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LaCoursiere from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THB busted out a Czar Jack keg yesterday and there was still some left so I had to stop by.

A - Served in a 10oz goblet. The beer arrived with a one-finger dark tan head that dissipated to a nice collar with thin islands of head in the middle. It is as black as used motor oil with no light coming though. There is a little bit of lacing

S - A great nose that smells like molasses, chocolate, licorice and smokey malt all backed by nice bourbon notes. The aroma has me anticipating sweetness.

T - I get molasses, caramel and cocoa sweetness fading to smokey malts. I also pick up a hint of dark fruity notes like figs and dates. The bourbon is there in the finish in all of it's boozy, leathery, oaky, smokey and spicy goodness. Hop bitterness is also there in the finish, but definitely muted behind the malt and bourbon.

M - A lot lighter than I was expecting from the aroma. Slightly chewy medium-heavy body is a tinge syrupy up front that blooms into a nice light carbonation with a pleasant alcohol warmth in the finish.

O/D - This is one big, bad and bold RIS. I'm a big fan of bourbon so it was not hard for me to enjoy this one immensely. I'm glad I had the chance to sample this out of season. I could easily go back-to-back glasses of this one. I can't wait for '12.

May 16, 2011
Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 435 ratings