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Nor' Easter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Nor' EasterNor' Easter

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299 Ratings
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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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New York

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

02-20-2013 17:45:15 | More by jbuddle
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-10-2013 03:08:17 | More by st9647v3
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

02-09-2013 22:55:11 | More by vande
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-09-2013 04:29:50 | More by ipc2000
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

02-09-2013 02:20:07 | More by nh2032
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4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer! I was a big fan of the berry undertones, which were not too overpowering, and hit the tongue just right. The aging in bourbon barrels was a nice choice, as the beer is smooth, and has a lovely alcohol content. This is the perfect beer to be snowed in with (particularly if it's with someone you love!)

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 22:42:27 | More by devilheels
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-22-2013 16:06:56 | More by afksports
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-18-2013 01:49:00 | More by yourefragile
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-13-2013 19:53:49 | More by Archemedies
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-12-2013 22:36:35 | More by GFD400
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-10-2013 14:58:25 | More by vonnegut21
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful color, deep brown. Smells maltier than anticipated, mixed with a strong hint of fruit, a bit like merlot grapes. Initial taste was nice, with a nice mix of berry and bourbon characteristics. Finish slightly astringent. Overall a truly unique brew, a bit to roasty/astringent for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:12:49 | More by beagle826
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-05-2013 17:11:00 | More by oldp0rt
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-30-2012 20:01:58 | More by dtx00
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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours a dark brown/black mahogany color with a thin to medium, light brown head. Aroma consists of caramel and vanilla bourbon barrel notes along with roasted malt and subtle dark fruity and berry notes with cocoa in the background. Dark flavor profile offers some roasted malt astringency with soft chocolate, caramel, and vanilla notes followed by the elderberries characteristics. Alcohol flavors are delicately assertive with some oak aspects rounding out the finish. The medium body conveys an excellent malt and alcohol balance which is supplemented by a final fruity lightness. Overall, an interesting and somewhat complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 19:22:15 | More by CuriousMonk
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch four poured into a chalice type glass.

This beer reminds me of a red wine. You get a pretty strong amount of fruityness from the elderberries in the nose and body. There are some really strong wine-like qualities from the sour flavor and nose. I feel like those yeasts really worked hard over time.

I also get a decent amount of oakiness in the body. The bourbon comes in at the edges and when you play the beer across your pallatte.

This is a chalenging drinker. I get a lot of complexity coming on here. I'm glad I aged this for a really quality red wine-like beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 04:58:19 | More by ummswimmin
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 4

pours deep brown with small khaki

smells of sour berries sweet malts and some slight chocolate

taste is somewhat of a surprise very tart upfront that moves onto a smooth belgian candy sugar and slight bourbon abv is very well hidden

mouthfeel is thick with enough carbonation to carry this huge beer

overall i absolutely loved this beer. its on shelves all year here i am going to have to pick up some more

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 05:52:52 | More by joefuzz
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cuzco, who sent this bottle as part of the Blind Beers BIF. Poured into a wine glass.

Deep, dark-chocolate brown, fading to the milk variety at the edges. One inch of frothy, sticky tan head.

Lots going on in the nose. Sweet bourbon, cocoa nibs, and some kind of tart fruit, which I later realize must be the elderberries.

The tartness carries over to the flavor, providing a touch of sweetness up front and a citric flash at the swallow. Alongside it are notes of whiskey and chocolate. Smooth blend.

Medium-light body, a touch thin. Nearly-not-there carbonation. Hardly any alcohol heat.

What a great beer for this BIF! The bent styles had me puzzled the whole time.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 19:21:44 | More by Phelps
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4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 5, bottled Jan 2011.

Pours a deep brown color, with hints of purple. 1/4" coral colored head falls quickly to a light top coating. Leaves rings, and webs of lacing that slide back in to the drink.

Wow, its aroma is not what I was expecting. An olfactory orgy is going on in my brain. I honestly do not know how to begin defining this beer. Im not saying its vinous, but Ive had $150 a bottle Cabernet Sauvignon, this is as balanced, and as complex. I smell some oak, but not much if any bourbon, cherries, light smoke, grapes, chocolate, white & green peppercorns, horehound, a little bit of earthy funk, etc... Artfully balanced.

Its flavors fall in line, and are even better. Just like its nose; I taste oak, but not much bourbon, cherries, vanilla, the peppercorns, grapes.... Amazing balance between tart, and sweet.

Mouthfeel suits itself well, it has a Medium body, with light fizzy carbonation. It has a pleasant medium, dry finish. Light body for a winter warmer, but perfect for its flavors.

What a pleasant surprise this beer was. I was expecting a heavy sipper, instead I found a perfectly balanced beer. Not sure how this brew was fresh, but with almost two years on it, its doing pretty dam good! Do beware, alcohol is hidden very well.

ISO more!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:56:33 | More by sitarist
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with just a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted caramel and chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, berries, dark fruit, a touch of spices, and some booze.

T - Starts off with some caramel and chocolate malts with some vanilla, dark fruit, and berries. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon come through alongside some more berries and dark fruit and a touch of spices. The finish is a mix of sweet dark fruits and berries, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, caramel malts, a bit of spices, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The bourbon adds some nice complexity around a bit malty base beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 07:27:07 | More by ngeunit1
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New York

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this about 3 years ago and have been holding onto it since. Have had this once or twice at NOTB/EBF up in Boston over the years, but now reviewing it for the first time. This is batch 3, which was released December 2008, so it is a month shy of four years old. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with a slight reddish tint, light carbonation evident, and two inches of light tan head that leaves quickly.

s - Smells of bourbon, apple, dark fruits, light spice, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, light tart dark fruits, oak, and light vanilla. A nice mix of dark fruits and bourbon, and the bourbon is definitely not overpowering.

t - Tastes of bourbon, sweet dark fruits, molasses, licorice, oak, roasted malts, toasted malts, slight twinge of sour fruits, figs, and raisins. Very nice again.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is a little bit lighter than I
was expecting, and not hot at all.

o - Overall a really nice beer that seems to have held up pretty well. Not hot at all, but there is nice bourbon and sweet dark fruits throughout it. Worth checking out, and ages well.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 01:44:08 | More by mdfb79
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

10-19-2012 02:57:57 | More by Finnegansasleep
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***Batch 5***

Thanks to Masterski for this one.

Poured from a 1 pint 9 fl oz. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a thick dark body with a good 3 fingers worth of creamy head that likes to coat the sides.

Smell: Sharp, tart berries mixed with bourbon. Pretty straightforward.

Taste: Real nice blend of berries and bourbon with some vanilla notes floating around. Never veers too tart or too boozy. Nice aftertaste of oak.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation with a nice long feel.

Overall: A different and tasty ale that we both enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 12:02:02 | More by papat444
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

09-27-2012 17:54:48 | More by meaghan2k
Nor' Easter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.