Czar Jack Imperial Stout | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Czar Jack Imperial StoutCzar Jack Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
93.4%
Liked This Beer
4.35 w/ 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
Liked:
395
Avg:
4.35/5
pDev:
11.95%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
532
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27
Trade:
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4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer #500

First visit to Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. Will not be my last. Czar Jack had just been put on the taps at the end of their Barrel Aged Week. Pitch black pour with minimal head. Bourbon plus on the aroma. Same on the taste but also vanilla with very light coffee and tobacco. Mouthfeel a tad thin but didn't detract much. Very glad to have tried this offering from MTHB.

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Photo of isubsmith
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tasted plenty of this at the Gitchee Gumee brewfest in Superior, WI.

Appearance: Dark brown/black. Opaque. Brown caramel frothy head.

Nose: Wow. The nose on this is wonderful. Plenty of sweet, maple and bourbon notes. Hints of maybe coconut. Chocolate as well. Smooth. Very complex.

Taste: Even better than the nose. Very complex. Huge mouthfeel. Very smooth though. Chocolatey flavors. Plenty of malt character as well. The alcohol is barely noticable, but it is there on the finish.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer for me. One of the highlights of the GG beer festival. Too bad Town Hall was out of it and (apparently) had been for a while. Hopefully it will be available next season..

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Photo of supercolter
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is very nice- deep black, almost opaque. There is a slight tan head.
Smell is very good as well, but not picking up a lot of the Jack Daniel's here. Smells aged, roasty and tons of vanilla all on board with just a very slight amount of alcohol on the back.
Taste is very similar with a bit more coffee and the Jack Daniels coming through for the home run. Alcohol hidden incredibly well.
Mouthfeel- this ties with Allagash Oddessy as the velvetiest beer I have had on the tongue. Wonderful.

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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 jjanega08
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= stone growler gives a nice pop when I open it. Pours a pitch black color with an awesome brown colored cascading head. The head is a nice three fingers high and leaves wonderful lacing on the glass. Most pitch black beers have a little light shining through around the sides but this one doesn't at all. Black as night. I'm super impressed by the head retention as well. This beer looks alive.

S= Wow really nice woody vanilla bourbony smell to it. Nice chocolate smell in it that melds with the vanilla and makes a sort of milk chocolate. Really wonderful barrel smell from it. On par with some of the founders barrels in my opinion really well done. Nice coffee sort of smell too.

T= Similar to the smell only less on the barrel notes. They are there for sure don't get me wrong tons of vanilla and wood. A nice bourbon taste to it but the original beer comes through a little more in the taste than the smell led on. Really wonderful complex flavors. All the great smells are there in the taste as well. Then on top of that there are nice layers of the chocolate only a little deeper. Great coffee and mollases flavors in it. Great roasty flavors and nice caramelly malts. Super delicious.

M= Smooth and creamy. Coating is an understatment and it has a nice lasting finish.

D= Awesome beer! This would easily be up there with the elite RISs if it were more available. The flavors of this beer match the barrel flavors of Founders barrels and the stout flavors underneath are on par with some of the best RIS that I've had. Great beer and I need more.

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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.

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

Can I give the nose a 5.5 or 6.0? flatout kickass, top of the world aroma....boubon, vanilla,oak, sweet milk chocolate...burgundy black color...no head...body is full...creamy texture...sweet chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon on the taste...really nice....no head...ABV hidden..very smooth...great flavor....top notch effort.

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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.

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4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Major props go to the undisputed trading champion of the world - maximum12 for this dandy of a growler packed with an assortment of other goodies for my drinking consideration. If maximum12 is not the Ruth of BA, then he is no worse than the Gehrig of BA.

A- Pours a rich sinister look but where is the head. Wait a second then kaboom there it is. Luxury in a glass.

S - It's all there but not necessarily at the Defcon 5 stage. Rich chocolate, bourbon, fruits, molasses, and everything else that you could want in a beer.

T - Houston the Eagle has landed. Whereas the smell is inviting and good, the flavors jump off the chart. The whole band is on-fire, there ain't no Ringo in the bunch. Bourbon, chocolate, some smoke, fruits, what else can be packed in there. Everything works perfectly and I can certainly say that for RIS, I believe we have a winner!

M - Rich and perfect, everything is great.

O - For my money, actually not my money since the great maximum12 sent this one my way, this is the definitive measuring stick for the style.

This is OUTSTANDING. Empty the wallet and go get it.

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4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Mothman... much respect for getting this beast to me!

A: Deep black-brown body... chocolate brown head... moderate sized head which quickly faded but left behind fairly dense lacing on the sides of the tulip I was drinking from.

S: Right off the bat the jack is prevalent... its not your typical oaky-vanilla, but instead is a deeper earthy, charred whiskey. Massive roast malts and chocolate... in this regard it reminded me a hell of a lot like abyss (which is a great thing in my book).

T: Much like the nose, but perhaps even more refined and complex. The roasted malts are like a kaleidoscope of semi-charred / semi-burnt sugary goodness. Caramel, the slightest bit of licorice, burnt brown sugar and molasses. The jack is ever present, but doesn't burn like jack does when left to pillage the mouth on its own.

M: Big boned, but not oppressive. While there is no denying the presence of jack it neither burns nor thins out the mouthfeel. Nice lingering finish with just the slightest bit of bitterness.

D: Really, really nice.... this is my first glass from the growler and will continue the growler in the morning.... possibly might earn a 5.0 here. Stay tuned!

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4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jw347 for sending out this awesome brew!

Twisting off the cap produces a nice hiss, which is good to hear since the release was a few months back. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass producing a big, foamy, tan head. The body is essentially black and beautiful webbed lacing is left behind with every tip of the glass. Looks great.

Rich, creamy, chocolate and perfectly balanced whisky on the nose. Sweet roasted malts and fudge. The barrel presence is perfect. Definitely there, but not overwhelming. Smells delicious. This is most likely the best whisky/bourbon stout I have had the pleasure of smelling.

Smooth, creamy chocolate notes and whisky in the taste. Dark, roasty malts, fudge and light alcohol. Some vanilla lingers in the background with other light wood notes. The balance between the barrels and the base stout is very well done.

The mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy with light carbonation and warming alcohol. This is perfect for an RIS. Thick, but not sludgy. Spot on. The growler has held up well.

Drinkability is very good. The ABV is somewhat noticeable, yet lighter than most RIS's. The smooth body with the chocolaty whisky goodness makes this dangerously drinkable. A pleasure to drink.

Overall, this is a great RIS and possibly the best barrel aged stout I have ever had. Minneapolis Town Hall has created a masterpiece with this beer. The barrel aging is nearly perfect and is reflected in how well balanced the nose and flavor are. Not to mention that the body is silky smooth and feels great. I highly recommend this beer and hope that it is released again sometime in the near future.

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Photo of Buebie
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mike Hoops for continuing his creative brewing and producing this delight!

Picked up last Saturday in growler form from Town hall.
Poured from the growler into an oversized snifter. Black as night, no light penetration. A dark brown half inch of head forms up and quickly disperses, leaving a thick collar.

Aroma is delicious! A lightly toasted oak with sweet malt and lots of it. Mixing in with a touch of Jack Daniels, oats, chocolate, brown sugar/ maple, vanilla.
Aroma resembles ice cream really with chocolate topping and sweet aromas alongside.

Mouthfeel is thick as thieves, heavy really with a slick feel and mild carbonation.

Taste also is so bob (best of the best) as far as imperial stouts and barrel aging goes.
Sweet upfront with raw vanilla beans, maple, lightly boozy jack daniels, very lightly boozy at that. Bittering with toasted wood through the middle along with bitter chocolate grain flavors, grain flavors are coming forward as well providing a fresh just brewed taste. Finishing with a cane sugar sweetness, tangy Jack, bitter chocolate, and toasted wood.
This is by far one of the best barrel aged brews I've ever tasted.
Drinkability is quite high as abv is completely under the radar here and flavors do not overwhelm. Some warmth after the swallow down the esophagus, but not is taste.
Totally exceptionally awesome brew!

Brisk store guys, you should enjoy this one at your coming event! :)

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Photo of tavernjef
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler courtesy of ADR who adorned one of the lastly capped growlers over to me. I will not explain the circumstances here, but I will say this, Thanks Andy! I owe you one!

The Age of Czar Jack: The Imperial Stout from Town Hall -

Czar Jack ruled during his time from his Glass Throne wearing a heavy dark brown cloak stitched at the top with a loosely fluffy Lions Mane. At the sides and bottom of the sleeves were patches of beautiful embroidery that resembled the four seasons with varoius snowflakes and leaves.

Standing Strong and Tall at the Hall entrance of the Nose is the Watchman, a man thickly built of milk chocolate. He lets no one through, only those who are fair and true to the Czar may pass. Visiting from time to time is The Cake Batter Princess, she is allowed through quite often with her two younger sisters Vanilla and Oak. As is the General of the Molasses Military along with a couple of his guards who come complete with rich fudge armor and swords of sweet bourbon. Fruity outsiders are turned away quickly by the Watchman as they are a bit to ripe for the Czars' liking.

Czar Jack exerts control over the Kingdom of Taste with a powerful chocolate presence and a thickly rich authority. Coating every surface, soothing every bud, keeping order and maintaining balance throughout the abundant sweet land with a mighty malted creamy smoothness. Sending riders only to the far reaches of the Kingdom to find anything that may keep the smoothness from reaching its full potential. Only to be found are scattered pieces of what was once a oak barrel filled with bourbon. The Czar claims the pieces as great treasures of a once lost era of time in the land and decides to use them with care and integrates the pieces into the taste Kingdom for all to partake.

The people under his rule have a fine understanding with their leader as he makes them feel very comfortable with this land of chocolate he has built. The days are filled of rich chewy cake, creamy caramel, and mellow molasses. Everything here is silky smooth to the touch. The nights are warming and soft with complex minglings of candy bar neighbors and fruity friends where the burning embers of a mighty bourbon bonfire roast leave dreams dancing in their heads of more chocolate to come.

But Alas, the reign is over, the Glass Throne empty, and those who lived during this time were blessed indeed.

May the Czar Jack return swiftly to our aid for his time was a truly unforgettable Age.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler.

The beer is black as night. A small brown collar forms, but no head. Tiny beads of brown lace cling to the glass as I drink. The aroma is thick, sweet and heavy. Bigass tones of vanilla bean, sweet bourbon, oak and chocolate. That is supplemented with tobacco juice, char and dry cocoa powder. The nose is outstanding. This beer has a great spicy alcohol/roasted bitterness blend to it. And cloaking everything is a sweet bourbon/vanilla/wood blanket. Milk chocolate and espresso come into play as well. And it's got an oily texture that pleases and a medium-full body. Damn nice.

I remember this one from years back and am glad it has resurfaced again. Truly a gem.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Frank for a couple pours from the growler at the La Roja release.

Body is black and opaque. The body is visibly viscous. Small mocha colored head set atop. The growler was no freshly crack, no doubt diminishing the head potential. Limited lacing left behind.

The aroma is wonderful, top notch without doubt. Roasted, sweet and bourbon aromas are perfectly layered. Dark malt and coffee scents contrast sweeter chocolate and vanilla aroma. The bourbon is equally present and wonderfully integrated, really ties the dark and light aromas together.

The flavor displays the same level of integration noted in the nose. Big chocolate, java and molasses flavors lay heavy on the tongue. Sweeter caramel and vanilla flavors fill in and contrast behind. The bourbon flavor is once again integrated to perfection . The flavor is prominent though not heat and booziness is very much subdued.

Full bodied stout, carbonation is lower and appropriate. Very creamy, silky texture on the tongue. Very long, enjoyable finish.

Czar Jack was certainly a surprise. I was not expecting to try it, I expected it to be good, did not expect it to be this good. Czar Jack is simply outstanding. Flavor is beautifully layered. tremendously drinkable beer.

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Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 93.4% out of 100 with 423 ratings
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