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%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
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0
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of ADR
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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 DaftPatrick
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black, thick, with a small head, which leaves a bunch of lace. Head is dark tan after the fade.

Smell: Sweet hazelnuts on top of coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate, very nice.

Taste: Sweet at first, sharp and strong. Coffee and hints of tobacco make up the body, with a very bitter finish. The sharpness of the hops stays with you for quite a while, a fantastic sipper, perfect for a cold winter's night.

Mouthfel: Slick but a little thin, still very good, and it would take more than that to distract you from how good this beer is.

Drinkability: I like it a lot, another fantastically complex brew from Town Hall. I don't see myself finish more than a coulpe tulips of this tonight, it's strong enough to get me into trouble.

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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 CCutch
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of tourdot
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of millelacsmark
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of mmulebarn
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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 chrispoint
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of lunarbrew
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of younger35
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this last week at the brew pub with Masterski. This isn't the first time I've had this brew and I know I like it, a lot. Drank from a 10oz generic snifter.

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a light mocha head that's trying to creap out the glass. Great cap and collar the entire beer and loads of lacing.
Smell- Very chocolaty and earthy smelling with a deep roasted malty char that borderlines on smoky. Some coffee notes (of course) along with a touch of brown sugar. A fairly clean sort of hop character with some citric flesh and zest mixing in.
Taste- A sort of bitter bite starts the beer that's somewhere between hoppy and burnt. A nice bold char is the majority of the brew with a solid pinch of chocolate to back everything up. A touch of smoke and toffee sneak in but the beer doesn't even get close to slightly sweet. The hops sort of mix and add a subtle dark fruitiness.
Mouthfeel- Dry and gritty with a medium feel and fairly zippy carbonation.
Drinkability- Tasty stuff here. I could use a bit more body but the flavor is great. Not sure if any actual smoked malts are used but I get that pinch of smoke that just sets the brew off. Really enjoyed and glad Alex finally got to taste the goodness!

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Photo of fuzzcherry
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Hopsiam14
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of TboneRN
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of EJJ1848
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PappyVans
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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 Mistofminn
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Cyclone8
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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 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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Ol' Jack Frost Imperial Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.42 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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