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Nor' Easter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Nor' EasterNor' Easter

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

299 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 156
Gots: 56 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 02-12-2007)
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Reviews by route66pubs:
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route66pubs

California

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to torps for the trade. Tasting batch no 4.

Pours a deep black with the slightest purple tint to it, with a nice brown head that subsides after the pour. Some head retention with tiny bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass, but mostly it dissolves well.

Some grape-like, very fruity aromas in the immediate forefront of the nose upon the first smell. If I did not know what elderberries smelled like, I would never know after smelling this beer, but that fruity grape (not to be confused with grapefruit) is certainly it. Sweet chocolate aromas soon follow. This beer claims to have finished aging in bourbon barrels, but there is no hint of this in the aroma at all. Very, very delicious smell.

This is just an amazingly, intensely, flavorful beer from the get-go. Elderberry is certainly there at the front, with a thick, rich, sweet flavor pushing past all of its counterparts. (Aging should pull this back nicely which makes me want to get another bottle!) Some sweet chocolate from the aroma follows, along with maybe a tannic tobacco, almost like a good Pinot Noir might give off. Hints of bourbon are there, most in the mouthfeel than the actual taste, but definitely there.

As mentioned, the bourbon comes through in the mouthfeel, primarily with an alcohol burn that is unforgettable and unmistakable. It's a bit of a distraction, though, but again, aging this would certainly ease that back quite a bit, thus my score will give an extra half point more than I would have for that cellar-able quality. Otherwise, this a smooth, lightly carbonated wonderful experience in the mouth, leaving just a hint of dryness (tannic tobacco again?) which clamors for more exposure.

Small marks off for drinkability only for that alcohol burn. As much as I love bourbon flavor and bourbon aroma, the burn that many bourbon barrel aged beers have as a result just leaves me wondering why I like them fresh. This again follows suit, but again leaves me wanting to get some age on here. Elderberries are not something I enjoy a lot of either, but they work extremely well with this beer in my opinion, and provide for a raised drinkability quotient and an overall enjoyable experience.

Definitely something worth coming back to for me. A very enjoyable beer that I would love to experience with the right food (a vibrant goat cheese comes to mind!) and right people!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 03:48:51 | More by route66pubs
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Nor' Easter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.