Czar Jack Imperial Stout | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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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

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Ratings:
423
Reviews:
152
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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

All Matt told me was that the BA guy who brought in this beer was named John. All I can say, is thanks man.... it was an incredible treat to try this excellent beer.

Sampled from a growler at Capone's today.

The beer pours a particularly dark brown color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose in this beer is amazing. The aroma of Jack Daniels is obvious and amazing, giving this beer a complex aroma profile of jack daniels (what a surprise), milk duds, chocolate, leather, tobacco... coupled with a hint of coffee and vanilla. On the palate, the flavor profile replicates the palate on this moderately sweet beer. It seems as if the extended barrel againg has toned down the sweetness, and the beer has a nice tobacco and leather finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well disgused. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long finish. The leather and tobacco really come out in the finish.

This is an all around exellent beer... much better then the masala mama IMHO, but whatever.... this is a very well made, delicious beer. Nicely done...

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yourefragile
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 growler shared by I forget who at the TJs BA gathering.

If this isnt the near perfect representation of the BA RIS style, please tell me what is. 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. Aroma and flavor are a rich balanced, blend of vanilla, oak, raisin, plum, milk and roast chocolate, molasses, and char. Body has fallen off in this aged growler alittle, but that's not a complaint. Trying this side by side with Bar Fly, they are remarkably similar if not only for the difference in barrels. I need to try a fresh samole of this.

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Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. 12 oz served cold in a tulip glass today 4/19/2014.

A- pitch black body, thick with a dark mocha head that has the best retention of any BA stout I've ever seen. Thick, filmy and stays for what feels like forever. Not much lacing

S- sweet dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, a touch of Cherry and just the right amount of bourbon and vanilla.

T- Roast malt, milk chocolate, coffee, well integrated bourbon that adds more sweetness and a touch of vanilla. The roast really helps counterbalances the sweetness.

M- full bodied. Well carbonated, creamy almost. Sweet, mocha-like aftertaste that's balanced by a roasty bitterness.

O- excellent RIS that has the right touch of bourbon barrel aging. The barrels add a lot to the character without overwhelming the base beer.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 64oz growler to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

A BIG thanks to billab914 for opening this one. Cheers, Bill!

A: Someone turned the light out, as it's pitch black. Really creamy 1.75 finger head on a good pour. Thick, sticky lacing rims the glass.

S: Warm caramel dipped in chocolate ganache. The booze lurks in the dark crevices of my nose, though it's quite pleasing and integrates well with the heavy malt.

T: Spicy, rich and creamy. Melted dark chocolate on the fore. The Jim Daniels will not go gently into the dark night, as the bourbony booze is prevalent on the mid to finish. Charry, mellow malt and hints of molasses and vanilla finish this bad boy up. It should be noted that I much preferred this one as it warmed.

M: Thick and viscous. It ain't Hunahpu, but it certainly packs a hell of a punch. The carbonation is well balanced with the weight of the massive body. It stood out in an evening that included some serious competition.

O: Minneapolis Town Hall's Czar Jack is one of the better RIS's I've had the pleasure of quaffing. I found it best to let this one warm and open up a bit, which allowed all of the wonderful nuances buried within to blossom. Having a 64oz growler at our disposal was awesome, as I throughly enjoyed each of the multiple pours I got.

Easily recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/4/2010

Thanks Chris! Poured into a snifter, the beer is black and foreboding with a small auburn head. The aroma is rich, with prominent notes of dark chocolate, bourbon (or is it whisky?) with accompanying alcohol heat, and brown sugar. I also detect oak, vanilla, and a light licorice character. Malt displays a moderate roast. The aroma is fantastic when the beer warms past room temperature.

The flavor is bourbon alcohol up front with notes of fudge and brown sugar. Oak makes an appearance midpalate and also contributes a light tannic quality near the finish. The end displays a combination of whisky heat, dark chocolate, oak, and caramel. Alcohol lingers. Alcohol is quite strong throughout, actually, but it fits with the robust barrel and rich chocolate characteristics. Carbonation is low, the mouthfeel is full and viscous with a residual stickiness. A quality barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. Definitely recommended.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of brian23456. Thanks again!

Pours pitch black with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a prominent barrel character that doesn't overpower the roasted malt character of the base. Toasted oak and vanilla notes along with plenty of sweet, boozy whiskey. Although the whiskey notes are strong, there is still plenty of roasted dark malt. Hints of coffee bean, toast, dark chocolate and oatmeal.

Chewy medium body with a decent balance of whiskey barrel and dark malt flavor. The barrel presence is a bit stronger than the aroma suggests with a decent amount of dry, toasted oak and vanilla along with a very strong whiskey flavor that slightly overpowers the other flavors. Underneath there is a nice roasted malt presence with hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt toast and oatmeal. The ABV is well masked. Plenty of alcohol flavor but very little heat/warmth in the finish.

Overall this beer is pretty good but I wish the spirit was integrated into the beer a bit better. A little too strong on the barrel and whiskey for my liking but still very tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of barleywinefiend
1.98/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A: Poured a deep, dark brown nearly black with a dark brown cap which has some staying power; leaving bubbles and a brown collar clinging to the glass

S: Green funk like sour apple, metal, chocolate and booze

T: Dooooh! Like sour apple green funky stuff. Infected indeed. Really not going to bother finishing the tasting notes on this...

M: Abrasive and I ain't talkin' Surly folks, overcarbed and funky, sharp and off-putting to put it mildly

O: Roll the dice on this one.

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4.85/5  rDev +12%

Photo of akorsak
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerbeagle for this growler of Jack Daniels barrel aged Czar Jack.

A: The stout is deep and darl, a black color that looks like Hershey's chocolate syrup. The consistency is a little more viscous though, than said syrup. A tan head, standing out against the darkness, whittles away slowly, leaving thin atolls of lace behind.

S: The nose is mind-blowing, offering up a great deal of Jack Daniel's without the requisite booze that should accompany it. The JD lends vanilla, coconut, and brown sugar to the nutty, roasted stout body. Absolutely complex and increadible.

T: Toasted goodness matched with Tennessee whiskey. I mean, damn, this is tasty. Roasted grains, coffee and burnt toast build up a harsh landscape that is softened by nuttiness. And then, when a stout can't seemingly get any better, it goes through the roof. The Jack Daniel's whiskey imparts a bourbon-like flavor that builds off of the stout. Vanilla and coconut rise up, sweet and mildly boozy, overtaking the stout with a resounding sweetness. The end of each sip brings out chocolate to mix with the vanilla, a fitting end to the the stout. Fantastic, just fantastic. Only my second 5.0 on taste for Russian Imperial Stouts.

M: The mouthfeel is decadent, sweet and strong from first sip to last. The Tennessee whiskey adds a little more, depth-wise, than most bourbon barrels.

D: The abv is unknown but it's gotta clear 10%. I had three people to share my growler with; there was no way I'd get through the entire container on my own. Damned good, though, verging on perfect.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Thank you Chris!

Pouring a very dark brown, almost black, this beer is capped with a nice, dark brown head with great retention and a little lacing. Surprisingly, this beer has some legs! The nose is solid. A little unique in that there's a moderate biscuit-like malt presence, along with the cocoa. Significantly roasty, there's a lot of toasted grain character. And of course, whiskey. Big vanilla and oak with chocolate fudge, this smells great! Mellow oxidation, there's a little sherry and raisin character too. I couldn't wait to chill this (I'm an alcoholic, you see), and that's really helped this beer.

The palate is solid. Heavy roasted malt bitterness, tartness almost, leads things off with a rather boozy character with a pronounced vanilla and bourbon bite. Chocolate, fudge and a moderate caramel character are present. This is clearly a JD-aged beer, the signature sweetness and vanilla. Moderately boozy on the finish, there's lingering vanilla and malt bitterness. A moderate level of tannins are present on the finish, though it strikes me more as a grainy tannin character as opposed to a barrel tannin. Medium in body with a medium-light level of carbonation, this beer is very enjoyable. I dig the balance between the booze and the grainy bitterness.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler filled and provided in trade by StuBob. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is quickly down to a thin layer of bubbles, but heavy coatings of lace is the name of the game here. Aroma is heavy dark malts, tending towards the sweet. Taste is incredible sweet chocolate, and parts with a light coffee bitterness. Only real evidence of the alcohol is a warming down the gullet. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both tremendous. This stuff is stupid drinkable, and I highly recommend doing what you have to get some.

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Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The experiment in slowly stretching out Town Hall growlers continues - this one's 3 1/2 months old, I believe. Am I mad for trying it out on the Czar? Well, let's see. Split with my wife & mother on a balmy Monday night at Clamshell Beach, Pequot Lakes.

Black as the soles of my daughter's feet. Pops & pours, still foamy & active after months lurking in the back of the fridge. Fresh barrel smell escapes from the glass, balanced with silky, seductively hard malts.

Ohhh. Rich, dense chocolate rises to the top of the Czar. A whiff of Renaissance Festival wood smoke drifts across the tongue, anise or dark fruit from a witches tables oozes into the palate, subtle notes of vanilla & good old Jack round out a beautifully roasted imperial stout. While only part of the mix, the finish is all Jack, which soothes & coats the senses with a mild, dry insistence. Drinkable? You bet. If I didn't have children to watch tomorrow, I'd take this down by myself.

Excellent beer. This borders on A/A+ country for me, but is lacking that "wow" factor to push it up into elite status. Still? Bloody damn fantastic. Town Hall not only continues to churn out amazing extreme beers, but they know how to seal a growler, too. Another hats off!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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