Czar Jack Imperial Stout | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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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
Ratings:
423
Reviews:
152
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
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27
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler opened and consumed in celebration of my graduation.
Pours black with a small light brown head. Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and some bourbon and vanilla. Smells nice. The taste is sweet and heavy molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts. Finishes a bit bitter and off - think excessive char. Good carbonation (counter-pressure filled growler), medium body with a decent mouthfeel. I am left a bit dumbfounded as this is a good beer, but not what is implied by how it trades. No quality stands out as elite - the flavor is decent, nose is good, balance is ok, no dominant exciting flavor. Good beer. Cheers.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head.

Aroma is intense dark grain, bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruit.

Taste is similar to the nose. Dark grain bitterness and massive anise up front. Then a relatively sweet dark fruit aspect takes over. Chocolate and oaky vanilla notes are present throughout. Finishes with a great deal of bourbon alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall a tasty RIS. This one is on the sweeter side, but still good. Alcohol warmth comes on strong. However, it could use more of a smokey character to add complexity.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Big thanks to KeefD for this.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy light brown head that has average retention and leaves just small touches of lacing.

4.0 S: Good amount of sweet caramel, molasses, and brown sugar in this one. Chocolate follows with just a slight roastiness. You really need to let this one warm up a lot to get a good bourbon character. When it does, leathery and peaty bourbon manifests with a touch of oak and vanilla. Good, but it's prefer it to be more intense at drinking temperature.

4.0 T: At drinking temperature, this is surprisingly bland. There's sweet, chewy caramel and molasses, a soft roastiness, and minor bourbon & barrel notes. As it warms up (to warmer than I'd like) more flavor comes through in the form of chocolate, more intense caramel, brown sugar, and more bourbon with leather, melon, and peat. At drinking temp, this is a 3.5 At 65-ish F this is close to a 4.5, so I'm going to split the difference. This is well balanced, with the bourbon clearly playing a complementary role.

4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation, especially for a growler. Quite creamy for not having a super thick body.

4.0 D: This is good, but perhaps a bit overated. This beer is not at all impressive at colder temperatures and it is amazing how much it opens up as it warms up. When it does open up, it is a solid beer, but not quite standout.

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Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.33 out of 5 based on 423 ratings.
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