Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick and black, a full pint pour courtesy of an ignorant barmaid. Oily. Aroma leans uneasily toward cloying. A grilled pineapple skewer and graham cracker crust come first, to be overwhelmed by a maple syrup and chocolate latte hybrid. Tastes of hazelnut, Ethiopian light roast and flourless chocolate cake. Cranberries and maybe black currants lend a quieted tartness, leading to a thick dissemination of smoke with warmth. Prickly bourbon sweetness robs these elements of their subtlety to some degree. Palate is somewhat sharp as a result. Tends to be a bit brutish, but it has its shining moments.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours as dark a brown as you can get without being black, topped by an eighth of an inch or so of tan colored foam. The head doesn’t stick around for long, reducing to just a ring. Delicious aroma of Kahlua, bittersweet chocolate, and French roast coffee.
Silky smooth mouthfeel, with gentle carbonation. Fullish body. Sweet chocolate, molasses, roasted grain, and coffee flavors. A touch of smoky tobacco in the finish.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark coffee, chocolate, vanilla, malt, and hops in both smell and taste. Smooth in the mouth with a mildly bitter finish. A very nicely balanced imperial stout.
tennisjoel (1154) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Winterfest 07. Nose is sweet with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, and . Mouthfeel is thick, but very easy to drink as well, a good combination. Complex flavors and very well done. This is Czar Jacks younger cousin as it awaits the barrel aging process. I’d like to sample Czar Jack when it becomes available. For me, this and Barley John’s Rosie’s Ale were the highlights of the night.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. As a side note $12 for a growler of Imperial Stout is a steal. Deep dark black. Softly hoppy aroma, cocoa and coffee. Lusciously soft in the mouth. There are some nice roasty notes lurking inside a deep chocolate/coffee bed. This is quite a delight on the tongue. Truly vinious, without bludgeoning alcohol or hops. This beer’s subtle charms come out and out.
JK (4284) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks like an imperial stout ought to; black, low carbonation, and a light, airy khaki colored head. It has an initial aroma of Sammy Smith’s imperial. The first flavor is soy sauce, but not as much as their czar jack. There is also a lot of coffee, almost making this a coffee stout. It is probably the dryest imperial stout I have had, so dry that it is hard to drink a lot of it. Fairly thick.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 Black Color with Sandy Head. Aroma is of Heavy Malt, Bitter and Light Dry Chocolate Malt Aroma. Taste is Nice as Far as Having a Nice Concentrated Malt Hit on the Tongue....The Flavor is Deep, but Not Discernably Complex...Bitter and Lightly Dry Overall. Heavy Mouthfeel. Easily Enjoyable as a Winter Treat, but Very ’Meat and Potatoes’.
Rerated...Syrapy Sweet Impy...Grapey Tang to It...Bitingly Sweet with a Dry Ending. Seemed to Come Off Quite a bit Sweeter Than the Year Before.
beertime (23) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
10oz draft at the brewery. The appearnace of this beer is very black. The aroma is of cocoa and chocolate. The beer has a nice roasty mouthfeel with a nice ammount of hops for a balanced imperial stout. I wish this was bottled so I could cellar it and see how it would change. This is a very drinkable beer. I would compare it to a less hoppy version of Left Hand Imperial Stout. I am from Colorado and am used to many options for beer. Thank goodness for TH. I look forward to thier next release.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cocoa head over pitch black body. Chocolate and red grape aroma. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malt with a lot of hops up front and througout the palate. The hops chosen for this are perfect in my mind for a stout. They remind me of a more subdued version of the hops in Storm King. It never acheives the embracing fullness of the taste and palate of an Oak Aged Yeti, but the Ol Jack’s lighter body makes it easier to drink. And I could drink quite a bit of this- one of the nice things about having TH in town and another growler in the fridge.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!!