MBrausen (69) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Poured on tap at Town Hall Brewery into a TH Snifter.
A. Rich pitch black pour, thick 2mm mocha head, retains a nice island and ring even after sitting
S. Smells of sweet dark chocolate, sweet fruit, figs, and sweet sweet sugar
T. Tastes of fine chocolate, sweet cherries, slight caramel with a light toffee finish
M. Tingly, medium-heavy body, lightly coarse finish that lingers long after on your tongue
O. I really love this beer. It is the base for Czar Jack, and is great on it’s own! I ended up having 3 more glasses of it that night. It’s a treat and easy to drink. A couple straws of Jack Daniels and you almost have Czar Jack! Great beer! Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2006
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. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2006
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!! beertime (23) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
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. tennisjoel (1460) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2007
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.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
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. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
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.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-01-2009 GatorGuy92 (31) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Opened at a tasting with a group of Chicago RB’s at Pauls place. 3/09/12 before the Hunahpu release. Thanks guys! Very tasty dark thick stout.wonderful aroma and flavor. I kept going back to the growler for more! GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
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. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
100th imperial stout rating, on tap at the brewpub. Very jet black color with a light milk chocolate head.Sweet dark fruits are prevelant throughout with just a hint of alcohol. Very smooth, lots of chocolate with a slight bitterness and nice hop presence, very good.