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Czar Jack Imperial Stout | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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4.35/5
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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
 
 
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530
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Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/19/11 notes. Big thanks to Lunch for sharing one of his 17 growlers of this at a recent tasting; thanks Paul! Big want of mine.

a - Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with light carbonation evident and one inch of tan head.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, oak, wood, bourbon. The chocolate is rich and sweet, and the bourbon is not overpowering; really nice balance.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel malts. Again, some sweetness to it I enjoy very much.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation, thick, smooth, and creamy body. perfect mouthfeel for a big RIS.

d - Overall this was a great RIS. The bourbon is definitely noticable, but not overpowering at all, and there is a lot of sweet chocolate in the nose and taste, but it's not too sweet. The mouthfeel was perfect. Would love to get some of this next year.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thrilled to finally be able to crack my growler of czar jack. i have had it in the fridge forever and really just waited for a special occasion that just never happened. so screw it, open it and drink without reseveration! consumed on 10/10/2010.

the pour is as dark as could be, no light was ever going to escape this monstrous liquid. every drop seemed to just make you fall further into its oily looking depths.

aroma is deep chocolate malts and a touch of vanilla and would up front. very nicely done as it was not overally hot and full of bourbon but more subtle and blended so damn well it was hard to distinguish from the regular version. smooth, rich, creamy with such a well defined profile i struggle to not just fall head over heals with this one. tremendous notes of rich chocolate and sweet brown sugar and vanilla just scream through your mouth. viscous, with a thick and pronounced roasted malt flavor that just drives the point home. smooth finish is big on flavor and soo smooth with the alcohol that you just never see it coming.

overall just a superior beer here. simply amazing in every sense of the word.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to Capones for sharing this -I was priveleged enough to get two 5 oz samples thanks to SamuelJackson45 for the second one. enjoyed from a snifter and sampler glass.

A deep black opaque looking ominous dark liquid with very medium brown cream that sticks well. The smell is heavenly -so much barrel influence, yet not much alcohol aroma, just vanilla like you are digging into creme brulee or opening a vanilla extract bottle -so creamy and floral with some nice sweet malt and roasted accents in the nose, the wood is in there too with some bourbon, but just excellent smell in general. I love the feel of this, it is vicous and mildly sweet, dense, full and moderately carbonated for a barrel aged stout with subtle alcohol in the feel and finishes with some residual sugar, sticky.

the taste is smooth maltiness, very caramel influenced yet nicely roasted in flavor with intense bourbon barrel as a definite ingredient, there is no mistaking this for a non-barrel aged stout. It is apparent that a lot of malt is used because it doesn't taste much lighter than brownie batter, just kidding ...but you get the idea. It is really vanilla infused soaking drenched with barrel infused vanilla and the stout stands up to this barrel treatment and holds its own, you get some cocoa in there with mild astringent tannin from the barrel, but barely. This is a serious stout, it seems stronger than it is in flavor, which is actually good for this style.It is not overly attenuated, yet it seems to have a nice balance with some grain astringency and hop bitterness to counter the sweetness. I can't Imagine the opportunity would come around often for me to try this. I have wanted to for a while. I just know I appreciate Matt Capone for generously sharing this. I think it is pretty top notch in the realm of barrel aged beer period, yet as far as stouts it really stands out in my opinion, just takes things to another level.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Nice big khaki head. Settles to a thin collar.

Smell - Lots of oak. Dark chocolate. Woody. Kinda chaulky. Light bourbon.

Taste - Dark chocolate. Bitter woodiness. Lingering burnt malt. Bourbon and oak in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Remarkably easy to drink. Medium low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Tasty and approachable stout. Not a huge beer and not an intense barrel.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alicia for hooking me up with this one. Shared in line at the Veritas 007 release.

A: The pour is absolutely beautiful. Black as night with a fluffy mocha head with excellent rotation and sheets of lacing.

S: Tons of vanilla and oak aromas immediately fill the nose. Dark chocolate and whiskey along with some dark fruits complete the bouquet.

T: Like the nose would indicate, lots of chocolate both in the sweet and bitter forms. The oak and vanilla components are less prominent, but a much more noticeable dark fruit flavor--particularly plums.

M: A very full body with a smooth, velvety carbonation and mouthfeel.

D: The growler really went quickly. A delicious and surprisingly easy to drink beer.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfhhead25
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brad brought this to my tasting on May 29, 2010. A huge thank you for sharing this great beer.

Czar Jack has a stunning appearance. The beer is jet black with a substantial, thick beige head that leaves copious amounts of lacing on the glass. Aromas consist of a big whiskey presence, roasted malt, and subtle oak notes. This beer tastes incredible. The flavors are integrated and balanced very well. The Jack Daniels flavor is bold and forward, yet not offensive or overdone. This is a truly well-crafted brew. The feel is creamy and smooth with a warming note in the finish. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of BMart
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sitting at Capones with the Harrisburg area group of BA's on 4/23/11 for the tapping of Hill Farmstead's Ephraim, a small glass of this brew appeared before me (care of Matt I assume?) Thanks!

This brew appears black in color with a dark brown head that recedes leaving a webbing of lacework on the glass. The cap holds fairly decent for a barrel aged brew, it maintains a thick and creamy look of froth. As it fades, a light swirl regenerates the cap.

The smell of this brew is sweet chocolate initially that gives way to a whiskey tang coupled with a lot of vanilla smoothness and light suggestions of toasted coconut. The smell of this brew is pretty fantastic, the barrel aging aspect is very evident and mingles well with the typical roasted grain chocolate character. As it warms up, a bit of green yeastiness emerges but it blends into the whiskey tang aspect in the nose.

The taste of this brew is dark chocolate flavoring with a strong whiskey kick. The is plenty of vanilla smoothness to balance it out. A slight citrus and fruity note appears from time to time being the only slight evidence of hop incorporation. There is a flavor of dark skinned fruits that mixes with the whiskey inclusion to formulate a flavor reminiscent of something like whiskey soaked raisins. As the aroma predicted, there is a very light green yeastiness across the back of the tongue. However, it is very much an afterthought compared to all the delicious flavors running throughout this brew. This beer provides a lasting aftertaste of coconut mixed with chocolate malt with a slightly nutty character and tangy with alcohol. Very well done and super enjoyable.

The feel of this brew is caught between medium and full, slightly leaning more towards full. It is lightly, yet enjoyably carbonated. Exceptionally smooth and an easy drinking offering. It provides a pleasant warmth and well integrated abv flavoring that in total provided an exceptional drinking experience. I would love to have this again but am thankful for the opportunity I was given. For my first town hall experience, color me impressed.

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Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of 22Blue
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first encounter with this beer, which took a Gold at the GABF back in 2001, finished in a Jack Daniel's barrel and served at the 7th Anniversary party.
Pours out black as my morning coffee, with a shallow brown ring of foam atop. Judicious 10 ounce serving.
Aroma is rich and strong, sending off a panoply of associations, carob, maple, a hint of charcoal and a wisp of leather, but cocoa is taking the lead...big with the bourbon, though still, somehow velvety smooth. Whiskey tones ride a sidecar next to the chocolate. Some glimmers of juicy fruit interject and jumpabout in the flavor, too. Staggeringly complex! Slick, thick texture on the tongue, full bodied, long, deep finish, huge mouthfeel. Yet, still, unbelievably smooth
This was deliriously good! Had two samples, that I can remember, and so wish I could take it home and enjoy as a nightcap. If it were more accessible, perhaps that could prove to be a detriment to my participation in good society?

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Photo of aasher
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Got this in a trade at Dark Lord Day - thanks Matt! Served in a taster snifter at Derek's place this weekend. Growler was best before March 2nd, 2010. Oh well...

A - Looks a lot like Ol' Jack Frost. A hint of transparent brown at the fringes of an otherwise black body. Dark mocha foam that slowly dissipates to a thin cap and ring, and leaves some patchy lacing.

S - Dark fruits, chocolate truffle, vanilla, some aged qualities just like Ol' Jack Frost. Whiskey is initially understated but well-integrated. As it warms more earthy barrel comes out, as well as char and smoke.

T - The taste is initially heavy in caramel and milk chocolate sweetness, but finishes with a whiskey bite and both roast and dark chocolate bitterness. Again the barrel element complements instead of overwhelms, as all the main flavors of the base beer shine through.

M - The body seems a little fuller than Ol' Jack Frost, and the beer benefits from it. Otherwise it's quite similar, with the low carbonation, minimal heat, and slightly sticky finish.

D - This is a pretty awesome beer. I went back for multiple pours even with some many other awesome beers sitting on the table. We were late into the night when this opened, but it still emptied. A nice twist on Ol' Jack Frost, but not a significant upgrade.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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

Thanks Brad! Wicked awesome. This growler showed up at a recent tasting.

Beer was nicely carbonated, the growler hissed when the cap was popped. Beer poured into a snifter. Beer is black and forms a big brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Beer is too dark to see through at the corners but at the interface with the glass there are no bubbles. I can't tell how carbonated the beer is. Looks good though.

Sweet aroma, filled with whiskey and some oak notes. Aroma is a little roasty but its mostly filled with a liquor aroma.

Lots of Jack Daniels character in this beer. Overall beer is really smooth. It starts sweet and then has this dry, midpalate, liquor flavor and the beer finishes with this roasty and dryness. Pretty complex and thoughtful overall. Good connectivity. There is an appropriate amount of carbonation on the palate of the beer. I don't know if that is because the carb is intended to be this way or if its blead off a little and I'm just lucky. I thought the mouthfeel is good and drinkability is high. A great barrel aged whiskey beer. MORE JACK DANIEL BEERS EVERYONE. DO IT!

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared from a growler at the Brick Store Pub, graciously provided by Grant a while ago. Thanks Grant! Right off the bat, I love beers that are given a whiskey barrel treatment, so I thought this would be right up my alley. Poured black with a beautiful tight brown head- obviously a fresh growler. Huge nose of whiskey rises from the glass- oh so enticing. There are also lovely milk and roasted grain notes as well as some chocolate- all play well together. So far, so good. The taste also captures some of that chocolate and creamy notes along with the roasted grain, but there is perhaps too much whiskey here. The hugely prominent whiskey flavor tends to bury the other notes a bit. A big beer in the mouth, the whiskey dominates and even contributes a little harshness. This beer flirts with greatness, but decided to tie one on and didn't quite make it. Still, worthy to try for sure.

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Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 423 ratings
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