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Ol' Jack Frost Imperial Stout | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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4.45/5
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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

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#1,348
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
63
pDev:
5.62%
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Town Hall the other day. Poured into a goblet.

Pours 1 finger of thick creamy tan head. Color is a deep black. Looks solid for an RIS.

Aroma: Huge roasted malts, but lot of dark dried fruits as well. Some cherry notes, raisins, and molasses. Chocolate. Well rounded and very big.

Taste: Roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate. Fairly sweet from the licorice and molasses. Cherries and raisins also present. Well done beer.

Mouthfeel: Velvety, creamy, and bitter. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends rich, chocolate, and relatively clean.

Overall, a very solid RIS. I do like Czar Jack better, but this is still very good. Fairly drinkable with such a large body. Big flavor here. Not to much missing.

1-14-12 had a vintage version at th. a special treat this was. Much more rounded and complex. Amazing mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. A nice dose of cocoa and chocolate. Better than aged expedition.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Listed as 9%. Served in a 10oz snifter.

A - A hint of transparent brown at the fringes of an otherwise black body. Dark tan foam that slowly dissipates to a thin cap and ring, and leaves some patchy lacing.

S - Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, and touches of coffee, booze, anise, and sherry-like oxidation. Very potent - reminds me of a lighter version of Hunahpu's without the cinnamon and chilis.

T - Again, tons of milk and bitter dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel. The aftertaste is a blend of dark chocolate bitterness and Skor bar roast and caramel. Very rich and decadent.

M - Medium body that seems a bit undersized. Roasty, with a dry tannic finish. Not much in the way of heat. Medium-low carbonation.

D - My 10oz went fast, and I definitely would have had a few more pours if there hadn't been so many other beers to try out. Alcohol is well-hidden other than in the nose.

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4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mistofminn
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm usually very good about logging reviews immediately, but when it comes to Town Hall they change their beers so often that I fall behind. Here is my backlog of napkin reviews stuffed in the back of my desk drawer.

Date: 8/1/09

Deep black color with dark brown sugar colored head. Decent retention but only spotty lacing. 4.0

The nose is earthy and bitter, dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, molasses and toffee. 4.5

Taste is like the nose, big toasted malt, bitter and milk chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel. 4.5

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich, thick and smooth. Light alcohol burn. 4.5

Drinkability is great. Sipper for sure. 4.5

Overall, solid RIS from Town Hall.

In retrospect, I liked Russian Roulette slightly better, but this is still a very solid brew.

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Photo of ADR
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a growler from the brewpub...the recipe is confirmed as that for Czar Jack without the bourbon-barrel aging (Hoops gave me a prototype taste of this idea back in October)...

Deep black and opaque, smaller tan head out of the growler pour. Nice strings and dots for lace. Mild aroma, a sense of slight hop oils and coffee are most pronounced. Mouthfeel is medium thick, the carbonationon is on the lower side. Not as roundly mellow as Czar Jack, in some ways its more interesting and enjoyable, the complexity is easier to pick out as individual flavors. Dark fruit, dates, figs, molasses, and expresso are all fairly assertive -- and while not seemless, give a nice variety of things going on. Rounds out with bitterness and elements of cake flour. Powerful but not overly boozy. Nice entry here, flavor is pretty outstanding for me.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mothman sent this one. Thank you, Ben. This growler was consumed side by side with Czar Jack. Jack Frost is black in the glass, opaque and viscous with a large cap of light brown froth. Compared to Czar Jack, it has a more sustaining head from a greater level of carbonation.

It smells of chocolate malt, black licorice and, at a lower level, dried dark fruit. There's a mild vinous quality to it as well. Sweetness is at the ideal level for the style. This is very inviting.

The flavor is exceptional; roasted malts lend a dark chocolate and black licorice character that's backed by moderate bitterness from roasted grain and hops. Full-bodied yet very drinkable and balanced, it finishes with dark fruit flavors, a mild vinous note and firm bitterness. The balance is impeccable, making this one of the better imperial stouts I've tried.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of tavernjef
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brewpub: Served in a 10oz chalice at $5 a pop - Thick dark brown nearly black appearance with a dark tanned top of medium-sized sitting foam. Foam crumbles down to a wide bubbly collar and the lacing bakes itself to the glass in a lovely looking brown frosting of delicate whispy sheets.

Aroma is a whole lot of fresh, cold coffee beans covered in sweet darkened chocolate. Brisk, cool, roastingly inviting, and dark with just a nod to some oily hop resin. Perhaps a bit restrained, especailly when first set in front of you, but begins to percolate its air as it sits.

Taste is full and big with roasted softness and smoothness on the palate. Broad cold pressed coffee beans bring a very nice rounded, dark bitterness all the way through while a pleasingly play of silky chocolate takes off any rough areas. Very tiny notes of molasses, cookie dough with vanilla, and fruit cake. Finish is warm, lengthy, and roasted with a mild emerging coffee/chocolate/hop oil bitterness.

Feel is super smooth and silky in the front and middle turning quite full and fluffy with a cake batter richness. Not overly thick mind you, its ever so tender and slippery with its roasty richness and bitterness. Very well rounded and the warming finish is a welcome boost of stoutness.

Dangerously drinkable. My first glass was gone in no time. The second one took a bit more time to quaff but still mannered itself as if it were the first. Glossy and yummy. A very nice stout, Imperial or Double, styles aside; its soothingly roasted and bittered to near perfection. Enough with the lighter styles being presented in winter please. More like this!!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid, unsoluble black, 'neath a roasted tan head. Classic picture of an Imperial Stout. Very inviting.

Aroma brims with vitality, rich and roasty, with flavors of carob, anise, mollases, espresso and cocoa vying for their place in the nose. It's a luscious blend, full and heady.

Taste: big in the mouth as well, full and pervasive on the palate. Solid as any real IS worth the name should be, but very mellow as well. Alcoholic strength doesn't seem an issue, not until you near the end of the glass.

The rich flavors indicated in the nose come back in the taste, a mellifluous melange of dark and delightful tints, tinges, and tastes. A cavern of delights, a full well bringing forth deliciousness.

Tasty, tasty, this, a devilishly delicious stout that makes me commit the unlikely sin of wishing it were colder right now, to enjoy this warm and wonderful brew better.

The first non-bourbon/whiskey-fied Imperial Stout I've yet tasted at Town Halll, not counting the short-lived version they tapped for Anniversary Week 2005, which was the Czar Jack before the Jack.
I'd like to see a lot more of this.

As big and bold as this beer is, the growler will not last the night. It's that tasty and my will power is that weak.

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4.55/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with the faintest garnet hues at the edges, thin coco colored head. Some wine characteristics in the nose, almost like a merlot, chocolatey, a little espresso, black cherries, black licorice, and a bit of stinging alcohol. The flavor was more packed with fruity flavors than I expected, black cherries, red and white grapes, apple cider, pears, some tropical notes, plums raisins. Good base of chocolate and coco powder flavors, some coffee flavors, but not all that obvious. Wine characteristics in the flavor too. Smooth and creamy, but a touch of sweet and tart, enough to make it not too oily.

Verdict: I wasn't expecting this beer to suck, but I wasn't expecting it to be this good either. Impressive how they packed all of those fruity flavors into this beer. It did drink like a sipping wine, but dissapeared quickly. I can't wait until they release the barrels of this they have aging in wine barrels.

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Ol' Jack Frost Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 63 ratings
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