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:
421
Reviews:
151
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
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535
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27
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Photo of Jeffo
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been a long time coming. I've wanted to try this beer for quite a while now, so when it came out in bottles, I got my hopes up. A big cheers to the man with a plan! Appreciate the chance at this beer.

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
Cellar Series 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours black and yields a three finger, medium looking, foamy, mocha colored head with great retention. Jet black body and higher levels of carbonation at the start. Carbonation mellows out half way through though. Head retains extremely well, but finally fades to a thick foam cap and leaves lots of chunky lacing down the glass. A good, full wisp hangs around until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. A very nice looking beer.

SMELL: Medium nose initially. Some roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa powder and a hint of oak and bourbon. Barrel is very soft initially, though it opens up slightly more as the beer sits. Some oak, vanilla and sweet cream from the bourbon barrels. Mild in strength, though pleasant and well balanced.

TASTE: This is a little more forthcoming than the nose. Roasted malts and dark chocolate, with nice cocoa powder up front. Flavor comes out even more after the swallow, with lots of roasted and burnt malts, and bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder. A hint of bourbon and oak as well, but quite faint initially. Medium but lingering aftertaste of roasted, charred malt notes as well as bitter chocolate and coffee. Barrel is relatively subdued but comes out more as it sits, with more bourbon and oak flavors, as well as some sweet cream and vanilla that compliment the base beer nicely. Very nice and more impressive than those nose, with a light barrel component that really compliments the brew. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes relatively sticky. Nice, creamy feel with more than enough weight for the style. Good stuff.

OVERALL: This is pretty solid stuff. While I was a little underwhelmed initially, what with the muted nose and barrel component in the flavor, it certainly grew on me as my glass emptied. The base beer is very nice, with great roasted, burnt malt and chocolate flavors that are certainly worth checking out. Furthermore, once the barrel came foward a little later, this one became much more interesting and complex. This is not a bourbon bomb, but it's a great base stout with a slight barrel component, and it's very, very easy to drink. Was very glad to have a shot at this one, so cheers for the bottle!

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Photo of birchstick
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - served on tap at TH brewery during anniversary week.

S - nose sweet molasses and vanilla bourbon scents dominate the nose with some hints of chocolate and some burnt malts

T - starts off with sweet vanilla flavors. These fades to a really nice molasses flavor. A splash of bourbon comes out from behind th vanilla and molasses and give it a little bit of spiciness. Ends with dark fruits, some chocolate fudge and more bourbon spicy heat. All of the flavors are really well integrated and form a really nice barrel aged RIS.

M - nice and full with some carbonation that burns with the bourbon

D - this is a really nice barrel aged RIS. Solid flavor profile that has really nice complexity and A really nice blend of flavors. This is a hard one to get but worth seeking out. This reminds me a lot of bcbs, which is a really good thing.

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woosterbill
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into a Weyerbacher tulip. Enormous thanks to Knifestyles for obtaining and sharing this sought-after elixir.

A: Midnight black body with an inch of frothy, lumpy brown foam. Good retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: Huge, rich, sweet, and creamy. Whiskey, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and molasses. Perfectly balanced, perfectly decadent.

T: Much like the nose, it provides a rich melange of classic BA stout flavors - impeccable balance and ridiculous smoothness. The vanilla, chocolate, and whiskey swirl and spiral across my palate, absolutely flooring me. The finish is a bit boozy, though, keeping this from being a perfect beer.

M: Smooth, slick full body. Light carbonation. Nice.

D: A little boozy, but it's so great that I can't stop drinking it.

Notes: While not the biggest, most intense barrel-aged RIS I've had, this is definitely one of the smoothest and best. The whiskey and oak are everpresent, but lend a maximum of flavor with a minimum of heat and harshness. Fantastic beer, well worth the hype.

Cheers!

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of whartontallboy
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

676th Review on BA
Growler to Flute

Thanks to Sideswipe for sharing!

App- A very nice dark brown, on the border of black with a nice bubbly tan head. Nice little bits of stick and cling

Smell- Very nice stout even for sitting in the growler for so long. Chocolate with whisps of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Quite enticing.

Taste- What a great smooth stout. Pulled together wonderfully. This stout is creamy and balanced and not a punch in the mouth. A lot of chocolate and roast with touches of the barrels.

Mouth- On the border of being thick but still retains a medium body to it. The carbonation held up very well over the year this sat in sideswipes fridge.

Drink- Can't thank him enough for this growler. Super smooth and easy to sip on. Was a welcome additions to the beers I have got to try. Watch out MN, if I am ever at town hall I am taking the tap.

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

Photo of jaymo18
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EgadBananas
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler.

Pitch black body, opaque, dark brown finger of rocky, frothy head. Dissipated to a foamy ring and just looks sexy. The aroma is rich with Belgian chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, burnt cara,el, vanilla beans, roasted coffee and fudge. On the taste, there's this luxurious, velvety chocolate, like truffles and mousse. Mildly bourbon-y with some smoldering woodiness, vanilla, and espresso. Finishes with some mild warming alcohol in the back of your throat. The body is so incredibly silky, smooth, thick and viscous, rich, but not too heavy. Nothing is cloying, despite being rediculously decadent.

I don't have really anything I can complain about this. The flavors are so complex it's stupid, and so drinkable it's scary.

Big ups to Shane for sharing! Very glad we could get a big group together to share this!

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A growler from 2013. Carbonation was still there. Every so slight oxidation, but it went with the beer. It had a chocolate dipped almond taste goin on. The alcohol was subdued but noticeable. The barrel characters of oak and vanilla were apparent, but once again, slightly subdued. Glad to try this

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Photo of MattXT
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of baybum
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to akorsak for sharing this growler with brewslut and I on 3/21/10.

A - An oily black liquid was dispensed from the growler into my snifter, complete with a thin burnt mocha head that reduced to a sliver of swirly retention, leaving a bit of spotty lace around the glass.

S - Huge aromatic nose brimming with vanilla, oak and bourbon as well as caramel and toffee notes and a crisp malt character. The bourbon is apparent but not overbearing at all.

T - Lots going on with the flavor here. While the basic construction consists of the obvious vanilla, oak and bourbon attributes, there is also a mild charcoal presence in the backend, giving the flavor a slight ashy character. Finishes with a tinge of earthy bitterness.

M - Medium to full bodied with an oily and viscous, yet somewhat lush, creamy mouthfeel with a hint of bristle on the back of the tongue. Finishes with a slight earthy hop bite, mild alcohol warmth and a bit of ashy residue on the palate.

D - I definitely enjoyed this one quite a bit, and I found it to be nicely balanced with a pleasant bourbon character that wasn't too harsh or dry at all. This remained quite drinkable throughout, and I wouldn't hesitate to drink more, should I find another growler sitting in front of me.

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Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at mthb..on tap on my recent visit

A- pours a black color with a touch of brown a 1 finger tan head stays

S- is roasted malts,chocolate,bananas sweet caramel and some bourbon

T- chocolate meets roasted malts,,then some bananas with a bourbon sweet caramel finish

M- very smooth and creamy its velvety smooth with light carbonation

D-smooth on the palate a pleasure to drink.. not easily found at MTHB but a gem if you do

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Photo of BeerBucks
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Sean9689
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from younger35 shared with some Chicago BA's. I've had this in my cellar for several months and it opened with a hiss and was just perfect.

A - Pours black, tan head, lots of lacing along the sides of the glass and a thin filmy cap on top.

S - Subtle bourbon, oak, chocolate. The mix between stout and barrel aging is spot on. After some other not so good BA stouts, it was a nice change of pace to enjoy something so excellent.

T - Once again, excellent mix of stout and barrel aging. Not overly sweet, not a huge hot mess, like many other stouts that have been barrel aged. Chocolate, slight barrel/oak, slight alcohol.

M - Full bodied, rich, smooth, creamy, semi-dry finish.

D - Another excellent beer put out by Town Hall. This growler sat in my cellar sealed up (waxed top thanks to younger35) and had perfect carbonation and perfect flavors. One of the better BA stouts I've had recently. Get you some!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Backlogged entry, reviewed from notes. The appearance is pitch black with thick brown head and great head retention for the stature of this brew. The nose features heavy molasses, undeniable Jack character which brings some "rough" oaky notes. This is paired with chocolate, dark fruit, and more oak. The taste is ashy up front with definite charred barrel character. Heavy whiskey with a sweet malt profile. Roasted malt sneaks its way through at the end. The mouthfeel has higher than average carbonation and a relatively thin mouthfeel. Overall, this has a ton of flavor, but is somewhat harsh with the whiskey character.

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Photo of koopa
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler offered by beerloco at a tasting tonight with mrsbeerloco, mikey711, and myself.

Appearance: Pours an attractive opaque with a 1 finger creamy light brown crown. The head shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Nice amount of Jack Daniels presence over moderate to deep roasted malt. Good amount of sweetness from the oak whiskey barrel.

Taste: Same as the nose but the sweetness doesn't come through as much. A bit muddled but the elements for success are all present.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, hefty for a medium bodied beer, and satisfying.

Drinkability: The alcohol flavor and abv hold it back but its good for the style.

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Czar Jack Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.33 out of 5 based on 421 ratings.
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