Czar Jack Imperial Stout | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Czar Jack Imperial StoutCzar Jack Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.35/5
423 Ratings
Czar Jack Imperial StoutCzar Jack Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
townhallbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ol' Jack Frost aged in Jack Daniels barrels.

Added by feloniousmonk on 11-01-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#526
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
423
pDev:
11.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
531
Gots:
27
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 423 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of kylehay2004
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

 599 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a pitch black color capped by an inch or so of foam that leaves a nice amount of lacing behind

Smell: The Bourbon is unmistakeable in the aroma, with chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and coffee underneath

Taste: Up front, the chocolate, caramel and vanilla flavors jump out, with the Bourbon arriving at mid-palate; dark fruit flavors build, as well; balanced, in the aftertaste, with the Bourbon playing off the other stout flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Glad to be able to visit Minneapolis while this was still around; a very nicely balanced Bourbon barrel stout

 636 characters

Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured black as night with a finger of tan head that leaves a thick layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet with some dark chocolate, mild coconut, dark fruit, and mild bourbon notes.

Taste: Unfortunately this beer doesn't live up to the smell. I'm getting a red berry like tartness that's overshadowing everything else. I am getting some bourbon and roast along with alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I really wish I hadn't gotten an infected bottle. This didn't really work well for me. Oh well. I hope I get to try it again. Tried again and updated scores.

 719 characters

Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At Town Hall Lanes. Poured a jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, molasses and whiskey. Rich chocolate taste with a boozy whiskey bite.

 179 characters

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this delicious malt beverage from mothman. Thanks, Ben.

The beer has a viscous obsidian body, and it's capped by a thin mocha-colored head that settles out completely, leaving no lacing or collar.

A robust whiskey aroma is immediately noticed, and a bigger whiff reveals a dark fudge-like chocolate scent that melds nicely with the caramel sweetness provided by the barrel. There's a tar-like roastiness as it warms, along with a touch of licorice.

The taste mirrors the aroma. A robust chocolate, charred tarry malt and anise foundation supports the intense barrel character. There's very little heat or harshness despite the strong whiskey flavor. The balance of sweet and bitter is exceptional, and the body is full but not cloying. It finishes with a mild roasted bitterness and lingering caramel and chocolate. Excellent stuff, I hope to have the chance to try this again.

 897 characters

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothman
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this at the release. Waited for an hour to drink this on tap and it was worth it.

Served in a 10 oz goblet.

1/2 finger of dark tan head. Very thick and creamy. Good lace as well. Color is a dark black.

Aroma: The aroma starts out with some subtle notes of Jack Daniels. It is not overpowered but it lets you know it's there. Then comes the roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Dark fruit notes show through in the background. Oak and vanilla up front. Very nice.

Taste: Lots of cherries and dark fruits are apparent from the first sip. There is a nice amount if Jack Daniels, but again, it is not over done. Oak, vanilla and roasted malts follow after the JD with some chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and roasty. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends very clean. Everything I could ask for in an RIS.

Overall, a very solid beer. Tons of flavor and the barrel aging was perfectly done. Some beers can adapt the whiskey flavors too much, but this beer was perfectly crafted. I highly recommend. Very drinkable. No heat at all with this beer. Simply amazing. I had over 2 glasses of this and still wanted more. This beer is one of Town Hall's finest.

 1,194 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Initial thanks to Dan for sharing a few ounces of this at DLD. Big thanks to chewy08rx for getting a growler of this out my way. Shared with bmanning, Azurelimits, amyliz4, and hhanson at a recent tasting.

A: Pours a thick midnight black with a tight deep mocha head and a nice amount of lacing as it makes its way down the glass.

S: Lots going on here. Plenty of whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, black licorice, brown sugar, roasted malt, and a bit of oak.

T: Everything is insanely intense. Loads of vanilla, whiskey, and chocolate come through atop a bit of roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, and oak. Wonderfully complex and completely powerful at the same time.

M: My only complaint is that it's maybe just a tiny bit thin. Great carbonation--the counter-pressure fill definitely works here, as I couldn't tell that this growler was filled 6 or 7 weeks ago.

D: The lighter mouthfeel servces to enhance the drinkability on this; little alcohol presence, and works to bring the flavors together and keep me from gulping this one down. Another absolutely excellent beer from Town Hall. Jack Frost was a pleasant surprise when I was there in August 2009, and this one only adds more complexity and intensity.

 1,222 characters

Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64 oz growler into a tulip glass. This is from the 2011 release. I’m amazed how well this held up for being in a growler for a year. Kudos to MTH Brewery for the pro fill here!

This beer pours with kind of a pissed off look to it, with a black or maybe more of a deep cola brown color, topped with a finger of burnt looking reddish mocha colored head. This maintains some rich and frothy edges, which whips up a foamy cascade of spotty lacing and brown oils that slowly drip down the sides of the glass. This look gets a bonus point just for how angry it is. The barrel sit right up front of the aroma, with a warm charred stickiness and tannic edges that reach out and envelope a base of vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, espresso, and maybe even a touch of lingering green citrus along the back. Some stiff warmth works its way in as this warms. This is decent but seems to favor the barrel flavors a little too much overall. I’d like to have seen some more integration of the base and barrel a bit more.

The taste provides much more of a melding of the two however, with a sticky and burnt mélange of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, roasted coffee, citric hops, and a smack of brown sugars on the tail-end. Dry woody edges pull into the finish and leave this fairly tannic feeling. The overall profile however is quite smooth and flavorful with a good interaction between the whiskey barrel and base Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is full bodied, and while this started out a little thin right out of the fridge, the carbonation here expanded nicely as this warmed with some sharpness on the tongue that then spreads out into more of a firm creaminess that fills out the corners of the mouth. The alcohol presence here is VERY well hid, mostly just adding some intensity to the stronger aspects of the flavors here but I was hugely impressed with how smoothly this drank overall.

While Jack Daniels isn’t my favorite choice of barrel, this was still pretty darn good. I would have liked for the nose not to have been as barrel heavy as it was and this showed a bit too much of an almost oaky astringency as this hit room temp (that wasn’t helped by the burnt roastiness of this as well) but when this hit the sweet spot temp wise, the flavor here was about as good as I’ve had in a while for a BA Stout. The smoothness with which this drank was a huge plus as well. I’m not sure that this quite lived up to the hype but it is certainly worth checking out if you get the chance.

 2,495 characters

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by me poured into a tasting glass. It poured Thick and black with a moderate tan head to it. It left some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it. Very nice looking beer for the style.

The aroma shows some sweet notes to it with some brown sugar and molasses coming through. I get a decent chocolaty flavor with some lighter roasty flavors. The bourbon barrel flavors are pretty reserved, I get a little of the vanilla and oak and just a hint of the bourbon. Pretty good aroma, not amazing but good.

The taste is sweet up front with some chocolate to it as well as some nice notes of molasses and brown sugar. I get a little bit of a fruity, tart note to it as well. The roasty flavors come out a little giving it some balance. Like the aroma, the bourbon barrel aging is pretty reserved. I get a bit of a smooth, vanilla and oak character to it with just a hint of the bourbon.

The mouthfeel thick and slightly slick with carbonation being on the lower side. Excellent mouthfeel overall and it really fit the style of the beer as well. Overall it was a very solid beer and was very smooth and easy drinking for the style. It didn't really wow me in the flavor department though, it was good but not amazing.

 1,230 characters

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours from the growler a dark brown, near black body with a scant, ecru-hued head.

Smell: Nose of well-roasted malts wrapped up with a downright inviting, welcoming bourbon-soaked aroma. Supported by notes of chocolate chunks, espresso, vanilla syrup, toasted oak, and dark fruit.

Taste: Roasted maltiness with tastes of strong coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Fairly full sweetness overall. Sweet caramel, a slight dark fruitiness, a minute toastiness, and a light hint of vanilla are secondary, subservient even to these bolder flavors. Well-integrated Jack Daniels character. Warming, semi-dry finish with an enduring roastiness.

Mouthfeel: The medium-full body you'd expect from a RIS, with the medium-low carbonation you'd expect from a growler.

Drinkability: Good stuff and one I'd certainly recommend to fans of barrel-aged stouts. So, do yourself a favor and be sure to get a glass or two if a growler of it should happen to cross your path.

 966 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 423 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.