Ol' Jack Frost 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): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Version aged in Jack Daniels Barrels = Czar Jack ( http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1177/20578 )

Added by feloniousmonk on 01-26-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
30
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
5.66%
 
 
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of corporatejim
3.58/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark beer as the style would suggest. Black coffee colored beer. Slight head that dissipates rather quickly leaving little lacing in the glass. Big coffee aroma with a little nutty smelll as well. Creamy full mouthfeel. This beer has a big coffee taste and I was expecting that from the aroma. Some bitter chocolate and perhaps cashew as well, mostly coffee though. The alcohol doesn't come through in the taste, other than the bourbon barrel, but you know it is there. It took me probably a half hour to drink the 10 ounce portion. I like Imperial stouts, but this one left a little something lacking. Not bad but I have had better. Would have one again but it is a one beer only beer.

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Photo of CultureJamMN
3.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub, in a very nice glass.

Pours deep almost black hole like darkness... seriously, does light escape this beer? Head was foamy, and tan and it laced like a champ. This looks gorgeous.

Smells are of roasted malts, with coffee notes but also burt toast and maybe even matches. There is a dark fruit thing coming on strong in the second whiff. The aromas here are not amazing, but very pleasant.

Taste starts warm and roasty. Malty goodness quickly followed by a shot of hops, and this thing socks you. I agree with Stubob on the rum soaked dates thing, and there is a definite cold press coffee bitterness and taste here as well (as tavernjef said). I detected the presence of alcohol here too, which for a RIS really shouldn't be too surprising.

Mouthfeel is velvety at first, but the bitterness and alcohol take over, and I feel compelled to swallow. This wasn't a brew i would want to let linger too long in the palate.

This is a great beer for coming in from the cold (which i was doing) but more than one is probably not going to happen.

Lastly, mine was served too cold by about 5-10 degrees... it took on some new characters as it warmed.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler. Have had this both on tap and in a growler. Very tasty. Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Very smooth is really a good description of this. I expected this to be good as it is the base for Czar Jack. Balanced.

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Photo of hanco005
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brew pub poured into a pint glass

A—as dark as I’ve seen, solid onyx color with a 1 inch cocoa colored foamy head that quickly turns into about 1/8 inch, leaving full sea foam like lacing on the glass

S—sweet chocolate and roasted coffee combo, a touch of nuttiness as well, about ½ way through the first pint I can really smell the alcohol

T—in the words of Emeril, “Bam!” Big and Bold flavor, extreme roasted coffee and chocolate combo, starts a little sweet at first, but ends with the roasted smoky bitterness that makes this one phenomenal

M—a little slimy and not as thick as I expected, but still very smooth

D— A great brew for a cold winter night. Can’t drink too many…its so rich and strong. I poured my second one from the growler and let it sit to warm a bit. To quote Emeril again, “when we come back…another notch”! The warmer it gets, the better it is.

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Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev -5%

Photo of tourdot
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of HoudiniRN
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage on-tap at the brewpub. 10oz pour:

A - Jet black with the slightest light brown hue at the bottom. Nice kahki head with great lacing retention.

S - Sweet cocoa roast chocolate. Sugar and light creamy candy. Kind of hoppy smelling...

T - Hoppy roast chocolate. Burnt flavors and malts and some coffee flavor. Oaky wood. After taste reveals a somewhat citrus zest...

M - Decent carbonation and slight zesty zinging mouthfeel. Somewhat creamy but light in feeling.

D - Pretty easy to drink. At just above 9% this is not exactly a sipper, although it might be wise. It is nice to try a vintage but I liked it when it came out earlier this year rather than when I had it on-tap today. Nice for a Minnesota winter and worth a try. Good work, Town Hall.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Cyclone8
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz pour on tap into a snifter glass.

Vintage Jack Frost.

A- No head, nice brown lacing, pitch black color, pretty straight forward looking RIS
S- The aroma is very nice, big Chocolate aroma, caramel, brown sugar, licorice, cocoa, vanilla.
T- The taste is just as impressive, big chocolate, brown sugar, cocoa, toffee, slight vanilla, slight dark fruit characteristics, love the chocolate that comes out.
M- Thick mouth feel, really smooth drinking, dry finish, really nice.
O- This beer is very impressive, first time having it, now I can see why Czar Jack is so amazing, the base beer is phenomenal, very easy drinking for being 9%.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep and opaque black, some dark brown highlights, medium sized brown head forms, slowly settles to a solid ring, some lace spots stick. Smell is real nice, caramel, vanilla and chocolate, dark fruit, sherry, alcohol, tons of fruit, brown sugar and molasses, licorice, very rich. Taste is similar, sweet and fruity, raisins, chocolate, touch of roast, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, licorice, sherry, lightly woody, very sweet and intense, real heavy licorice finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, slightly oily, with low carbonation, some warmth going down. A real nice RIS, I dug this stuff.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from a bog ole good ole TH growler thanks to FeloniousMonk, the ambassador of Town Hall, himself.

Buh-lack light magnet black hues topped with a spumescent tan headcap.

Deep scents of fruit meets toffee stout. Impressive. The nose filled the room.

First swigs: Caramel and toffee notes meet a lightly roasted malt. Some Sugar Daddy candy and even a suggestion of maple syrup. Complex and bold. Exquisite! Linger of brown sugar with the roasty goodness.

Feel is dry and leaving some light heat thanks to the big ABV punch.

Last swigs: Wish that I could get my greedy mits on this more often. Man do I dig trades.

Beer is good. Happy brewpub beering!

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Photo of ZAP
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black with a maroon tint...

Aroma is more subdued than expected...chocolate chip cookie dough...black cherry ice cream....rum...

Full bodied...creamy, velvety...luxurious...

A nice sweet milk chocolate flavor...also some dark fruits...a little vanilla...and some rummy booziness on the finish along with a surprise hit of some piney hops..

Hell of a nice Impy...a sweeter take on the style but just enough hops to keep this balanced...very drinkable and not as big as some but still a sipper..very nice...

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Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the brewpub aug 1/09.

pours inky black with a small cap of dense dark brown head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass. spotty lace.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. coffee and espresso. light alcohol. multi-grain bread and biscuit. roasty and toasty. caramel. light toffee. anise. bit earthy and woody. really nice depth and complexity to it.

taste is great too. much the same as the aroma really. medium-low bitterness level. again, great depth and complexity.

mouthfeel is good. right around medium carbonation and i think it'd be even better just a bit lower. nice big body.

drinkability is good. great balance. nice depth and complexity. a great RIS.

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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler received in a trade with brian23456 who rules!

Appearance: Pour deep mahogany to black with a 2 finger medium brown crown that displays decent retention and lace.

Smell: Dark roast malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, ande vanilla. Definitely my favorite aspect of this brew. I'd give it a 4.7 if I could so I'm rounding down a bit in this category.

Taste: Roasted malt and dark chocolate focus up front with some soft coffee in the finish. A tiny bit vinous and it gets more fruity as it warms which adds complexity. I'd give it a 4.3 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of thick bodied. Moderately syrupy and satisfying.

Drinkability: The abv and the mouthfeel hold this one back a tad but the flavors are good.

I really like Czar Jack leaps and bounds more than the base beer but its a solid base beer none the less.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good night, popping the stone growler for the first time after a pint club. Can't ask for much more. The growler popped very nicely, one of my main complaints about growlers with the twist off cap not holding there fizz compartively. Looking in, there was just the color of the grey ceramic, but then pouring, out came the black gold, right down the center of a Rogue XS goblet, but very little head built. What was there was momentary, light brown with tight bubbles that fell. The nose smelled of roasted nuts, meaty but light with roast, vanilla, alcohol, dark cherry, slight sourness, and spice, but actually light until your nose is almost touching the brew. Taste is the highlight of the beer for me, sweet, syrupy roast with vanilla, cherry, spice, and an oak or woody taste. I didn't read the description tonight, so I've forgotten how it was aged but it's doing very well. Maybe not OMG, but well worth the price of admission. Disappeared from my glass before I knew it--night.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep brown, pretty much black with just a ring of light brown around the edge. The aroma is of chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, caramel malts, and roasted malt. It has a bit of alcohol too. The aroma reminds me of Expedition Stout.

The flavor is roasty, and chocolate. It has a coffee flavor, and also a semi-fruit taste too. It is a bit too cold right now, but it is very tasty. It is creamy and smooth drinking. Oh, oh, oh, it is a bit vinous as well.

A very well crafted brew, thanks soak-bob.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served in a 10 oz tulip glass with a thich, creamy, long-lasting brown head. The head sits nicely waiting to be scooped away. The beer is dark as night. As it is consumed the head leaves nice brown striped down the side.

Smell: Full roasted scents with chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor matches the nose and then some. Lots of coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Some brown sugar sweetness carries the maltiness to the end. A little bit of hop flavor sneaks in the end but it is barely noticable to me. Nutty flavors and a thick feel make this one a winner.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Town Hall in August 2009.

Pours a deep, deep black--one through which no light escapes. The head is quite large given the style. Good lacing. The smell is that of chocolate, plenty of roasted malt, a little bit of vanilla, and some anise to round it out. The taste is much the same with a little bit of hop bitterness and coffee. The mouthfeel is fairly full and quite creamy. This is very drinkable for the style and would love to be able to age some of this myself.

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Ol' Jack Frost Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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