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Nor' Easter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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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
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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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PEBKAC

New York

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the night during the VSK event at The Blind Tiger. Spent the better part of two hours sipping on my glass.

Deep porter-like pour into a 12oz tulip. A inch & change of Ovaltine head atop a deep black & brown body with russet highlights.

At first this was total disappointment. Just bitter coffee grounds in taste & smell. Stuff was too damn cold to get anything out of it. Had a different beer & let this one sit, eventually amassing a nice lineup of tasters to ponder.

Once it warmed up considerably, it had so much going for it. Scents of smoke & chocolate malt, marshmallowy vanilla, & stollen-like bread & macerated fruit notes soften & spice up the alcohol. A bit of coffee & licorice that I just couldn't shake off near the end my only complaint. It all translated from my nose to my tongue & back. I have no idea what elderberries taste like, but the end result is delicious.

Slightly milky, carbonation is soft, but just enough to keep it moving with interrupting the experience.

I'm not one to usually praise Captain Lawrence. The only year round recipe I really liked he tweaked, & I felt these seasonal bottles always brought more hype then drinkability in the end. This one is very good though, right there with the Cuvee as the best stuff I've had from Pleasantville.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2008 22:44:35 | More by PEBKAC
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

750ml bottle acquired in trade with jjpm74 (thanks!). Bottle labeled batch 1.

Poured a dark, dark brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of wood, nuts, chocolate, roast, light vanilla, and a very light berry/fruitiness. Every once and a while, I also thought I was getting some pine. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, brown sugar, and had an all around vinous characteristic as well. Alcohol well hidden (I'm pretty sure I'll be feeling buzzed after drinking this one myself though!).

Notes from 4/1/07

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 01:25:04 | More by hopdog
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheRealBastard for trading this one.

Batch #2, 750ml bottle poured into a Urthel tulip glass.

I let it warm some from the fridge and split it with a friend- have been sitting on this one for several months.

A: Much darker than I would have guessed. Tan head on top of dark porter looking body.

S: Something of a balsamic glaze smell, super sweet. Malts and bourbon on the nose are some of the strongest I have ever experienced- freaking great smell. Oaky, wood and some sneakiness finally coming out from the dried fruits.

T: Absolute full development of the dried fruits right smack up front: dried figs, dates, raisins, the whole gamut. Like a fruitcake I made last year with bourbon soaked dried cranberries and raisins- beautiful flavor. I dont know what elderberry tastes like but Im guessing thats in there as well with the mix of fruits. The wood and the bourbon contribute to the finish. A tight brew.

M: Very full body, some chewiness. Nil heat from the alchohol, and smooth as silk.

D: For such a flavor bomb, it is a sipper to a 'T' but a pleasure to do so. Seriously enjoyable and a fun one to split. It is a broad classification in terms of style and not sure this is the run of the mill for a Belgian strong but dont know what else I would consider it. A great, truly great winter warmer.

These guys at Capt Lawrence are on the right track in so many ways- hardly anything less than top notch coming out of Pleasantville.

As much as I complain to not having access to FFF, HOTD here in NJ, this is something I take for granted- the simple trip up to NY to visit these great folks.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 16:33:32 | More by marcpal
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bbothen

California

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle sitting around the cellar for about 8 months. Why not bust it out on a random Nor Cal 80*, clear sky, shorts, flip flops kinda October Friday?

Pours deep dark black with a firm & bubbly 1 finger deep tand head. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing on glass.

Yowza. Plenty of big oak & wood aromas, sweet dark fruit, plum alcohol soaked raisins, plums, distinct vanilla. Awesome.

Sweet, dark fruitiness, oak/wood, yeasty, bourbon, bourbon soaked prunes. There is an incredible amount of flavor going on here. The barrel aging is very dominate. Oh, and AWESOME.

Full, rich, sommth, heavy, low carbonation, warming alcohol finish.

Well I now have a almost full 750 ml of this bad boy staring at me. One tulip full in and I feel the 11% already. Better go see if my neighhbor wants some. Hopefully he doesn't.

What a unique & interesting brew this is. Hats off to the Captain Lawrence team. I'll be seeking out more of their brews for sure. Indeed.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 23:45:35 | More by bbothen
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to howl1309 for donating this to the cause. Batch#2, 2007 vintage. Poured an opaque black with a purplish hue. Thin, soapy off-white head with some strands of lacing; weak legs. Nose is berries, bourbon and chocolate, with a vinous quality throughout. Taste follows nose - very bold flavors (much more amplified than indicated in the nose) with chocolate revealed towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. Incredibly delicious without being boozy - complexity of nose is clearly revealed and refined in the taste. Quite an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 17:54:29 | More by Jwale73
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Blursimarsi

Sweden

4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle thanks to Maxxdaddy and his mommy) Pours dark brown to black with a creamy, medium, light brown head. The aroma is vinous and fat yet soft and complex with tones of oak, malt, dark fruits and a light spicy yeastiness. Notes of creamy chocolate, salt and sweet liquorice, brown sugar, molasses, dark cherries, sweet dark grapes, blue berries, wild strawberries, prunes, figs, rum raisins, vanilla, bourbon, butter, cardamom, mild nutmeg, mild white pepper and of course a touch of elderberries. Bit fiery on the nose from both the alcohol and the bourbon barrel. The flavour is perfectly medium sweet, light bitter and with a light acidic finish that mixes well with the lingering buttery note from the oak. Tones of chocolaty/dark bready malt, elderberries, vanilla-ish bourbon oak, brown sugar/molasses, touch of hops and subtle spiciness of white pepper and nutmeg. Very vinous as well with tones of blue grapes, cherries, prunes, figs and blue and black berry jam. A touch of mango. The mouthfeel is full, velvety, soft, smooth and light oily with a fine medium carbonation. The aftertaste is of tart-ish elderberries, a peppery spiciness, faint hops and molasses. Medium to full bodied. This is near perfect beer that is some sort of crossover between strong porter and Belgian strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 03:42:20 | More by Blursimarsi
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doho95fu

California

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this at the brewery and immediately bought six 22's. The beer pours a purple black almost and has no real head. That is the greatest shortcoming of this beer - the carbonation is low. This is forgivable for this type of beer in my experience. There is a pretty strong alcohol burn which is not surprising for a beer aged in bourbon casks. Very solid beer. Hopefully with improvements, this beer returns this winter.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 02:14:19 | More by doho95fu
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Crosling

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Deep mahogany color with a full foam. Beautiful aromatics of caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla and bourbon. In the mouth it's loaded with malty goodness, chocolate, coffee, fruit, caramel with an intriguing barrel character as well. Very complex and well crafted. This is easily my favorite beer from Captain Lawrence.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 14:13:41 | More by Crosling
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Clockworkorange for this one!

A-Dark brown cola with a thick, creamy tan head. LEft copious amounts of caked lace behind.

S-Big roasty malt, with a lovely wisp of bourbon, dark fruit and a bit of sourness.

T-Malty sweetness with touches of bourbon, dark fruits, caramel and the lingering sourness from the fruit addition. This is one of the best tasting dark, fruited brews I have had.

M-Full body with an amazing smoothness. This is simply a treat to drink.

D-With well hidden alcohol, all that smoothness, tartness and flavour this is one seriously great beer. Sierrags and I had to fight over the remainder in the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 14:36:36 | More by Deuane
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Franchise

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up at Halftime in NY. Pours a very dark brown almost black leaving a thin tan head behind. The aroma is blackberry, currants, chocolate, bourbon, raspberries, spicy tart powdery aroma with a faint citrus hop profile throughout.

The taste is bourbon upfront, malty, chocolate, bready, with a syrupy mouthfeel. The taste continues with bourbon soaked cherries, fruit is the prominate taste delicious, syrupy and finishes warming with a blast of bitter grapefruit. This is a good beer, hopefully I'll see this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 15:25:32 | More by Franchise
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Obtained in trade with JoeyBeerBelly, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a skimpy tanish head that dissipates quickly. Nose hits you right up front with bourbon, a vinous bourbon. Some figs, prunes, raisins, caramel, and maple in there as well. Taste is wine like. some figs and prunes up front. Followed by the bourbon which brings its vanilla oakey flavors with it. Finish is a bit acidic, almost sour with some yeast trying to poke through at the end. Mouthfeel is robust, but a very dry finish. Carbonation is low. Very complex brew. I enjoyed it very much. I'm not sure I tasted any elderberries, but then again I have no idea what they would taste like if I did.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 00:05:52 | More by johnnnniee
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Wasatch

Utah

4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

750ml
Batch 2

Poured into a tulip a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, huge thick creamy tannish two-finger head, lots of nice thick creamy sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, nice touch of vanilla, bourbon, figs, raisins, plums, and some caramel notes. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice touch of vanilla/bourbon, dark fruits/caramel. Full body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Very drinkable, this is my first CL brew, and hopefully not my last. This BSDA is very different then any other I've had in the past, the Bourbon Barrel Aged and stout like taste is AWESOME! Thanks Joe!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 18:53:22 | More by Wasatch
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheRealBastard for trading this one.

750mL, batch no. 2, into a large Westmalle goblet at around 58 degrees.

Pours dark cola brown with some deep red highlights. Minimal head even with a hard pour that dissolved quickly, leaving a brown bubble ring around the glass and wisps of tan on the surface.

Nose is very vinous, with deep caramel and sweet maple, mellowed bourbon on earthy wood, aromatic tobacco, and mostly pleasant alcohol. This one smells like it'll be a bit chewy.

Taste is rich and roasty, with deep malt flavors up front of grains and dark fruits, prune and fig, and I'm assuming elderberry (not a fruit I'm overly familiar with). Flavors fill in with oaky vanilla, tobacco, and a soft but strongly noted bourbon flavor. Finishes with light sweetness that's cut by an astringent alcohol flavor. Very deeply and pleasantly flavored with great addition of dark fruit and bourbon oak flavors.

Feel is pretty good. Pretty light on the carbonation. A medium to fuller bodied beer with smooth feel and sticky finish. Not quite chewy, but certainly not lightweight either.

Overall drinkability is pretty good. % abv is an obvious factor, but it's remarkably sippable. Alcohol and bourbon flavor do not hinder overall enjoyment. In my opinion, not quite a Belgian Strong Dark, despite the yeast strain, this beer is deeply flavorful, and the belgian character has been buried beneath elderberry fermentation and bourbon barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 18:33:01 | More by lightindarkness
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Goblet from 750 ml Batch 2 purchased at Skibbos in the Bronx over the weekend

A-Black with dark brown highlights, thick 3/4 inch creamy light tan head, average retention, minor lacing as well but head fell to almost nothing within a few moments.

S-Immediate alcohol (bourbon) some chocolate, plenty of oak, roasted malts, with candy and fruit accents.

T-Initially just strong ABV and similar to a dry stout. Sweetened as it warmed.

M-Medium, higher level of carbonation than I would have preferred, long lasting dry and bitter taste.

D-Difficult in many senses. Enjoy strong brews but this one tested my mettle.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 13:43:57 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scootny for this baby! Pouirs a dark brown/ black color with a bit of red hues when held up to light. Nice tan head that holds firm and leaves a good amount of lacing. Huge aroma of coffee, alcohol and then BOOM- Bourbon! The bourbon is prevelent here, but it mellows nicely as the beer warms. Tastes of alcohol, bourbon and a good amount of smokey malts. Taste stays with you for a while. Very full bodied and filling beer. Great with some chocolate, too.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 19:26:42 | More by DrDogbeer
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks scootny for this one. Batch #1.

Large capped bottle, poured into a goblet.
It is a very dark brew, with minimal reddish highlights, and a very thin tan head with little retention or lacing.
Aroma is mostly derived from the barrel aging; it is oaky, smoky and bourbon like, with a hint of maltiness underneath all that.
It is quite full on the palate, and again here the effects of barrel aging dominate, with just some understated malty sweetness and dark fruitiness hidden somewhere beneath all the bourbon and oak characteristics.
It is a good one for people that really enjoy the effects of barrel aging, but to me the aromas and tastes of the "main beer ingredients" are hidden under all the heat. Interesting, but not my kind of beer. It has become clear that, unfortunately, my taste and the Captain's do not match very well.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 01:19:09 | More by brdc
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep purple? Tan head, very little retention, slight leg/lace.

S: Dark fruit (prune?), bread, spice, bourbon & wood.

T: Dark fruit, brown sugar, sherry, roasted grain, chocolate, slight floral hoppiness.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated with a drying alcohol finish.

D: A little too boozy for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 00:34:41 | More by Derek
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drseamus

New York

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not to copy LittleBreeze, but...

Tasting 3/29/08

Batch 2

Nice dark body with an off white head. There is a strong bourbon aroma with a good amount of sweetness. There is a good vanilla character. The flavor has a bunch of sweet bourbon, dark chocolate, and good caramel. Very delicious all around. Great medium/heavy body. Excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 00:19:52 | More by drseamus
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LittleBreeze

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting 3/29/08

Batch 2

Really enjoyable beer.

Vanilla, bourbon, oak and malt aromas. Chocolate taste joins. The mouthfeel has a nice body but maybe a tad to much carbonation right now. There is a small alcohol burn that I suspect will mellow as this baby continues to age. This is an outstanding beer that will continue to enhance.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 04:28:16 | More by LittleBreeze
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to scootny on this one.

Pours a dark brown with a slight tan head that falls to nothing. Nose is nice and spicy. Definite barrel aging character here. Can seriously grab it on the flavor as well. I have no idea, but it's bourbon barrels? Nice smooth flavor from it, but robust enough to keep it at a very interesting level. Nice level of spice. Am I getting some coffee on there? Yes, I think I am. Feel has a good carbonation and the liquid is nice too. This is good. Yet another excellent Belgian style out of the U.S. Really an amazing piece of work.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 03:50:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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Avryle

New York

4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Night in the Woods" tasting 3.29.08
The perfect excuse to open another bottle of this!

A- Pours super dark, almost black

S- Herb-y/juniper berries, malt, vanilla & bourbon

T- A lot going on here... black licorice, malt, sasafras & vanilla. Very strong bourbon flavor without the booziness in the finish. The fumes after you swallow linger on your tastebuds... damn this is delicious!

M- Wonderfully full-bodied. Minimal carbonation.

D- Only one bottle left in the cellar (as I wipe a tear from my eye) and no more until the next release. I could drink this every day its that good.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 14:39:43 | More by Avryle
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Batch No. 2.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" pinkish tan head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head bubbles quickly migrate to the rim, with plenty of lacing. Aroma is fruity sweetness with prevalent alcohol character. Taste starts with rich full maltiness, hits the tart berry notes in the middle, and then lets the vanilla and oak character mix with the alcohol and just melt away. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is very nice as well. Maybe not as impressive as batch one for me, but still a brew worth searching out.

4/24/07 - 5/4.5/4.5/5/4.5
22oz bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Batch No. 1.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" purply-tinged tan head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Dense, frothy head is more or less a constant, little change over time, with lots of heavy coating lace. Aroma is creamy malts with berry notes and ample alcohol. Taste is a mirror of the nose, with the close of oaky alcohol melded in nicely with the fruit touches and malt depth. Mouthfeel is oh-so smooth, and drinkability is dangerously easy for the style. How can something comes forth somewhat thin and easy to drink, yet display such malt and wood depths? I don't know, but I like it...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 00:50:25 | More by ppoitras
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sleazo

New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_pours a very dark brown with the faintest cream coloured head

S_slight cinamon and mostly roasted malts

T_sweet alcohol laced plums and raspberries, roasted malt, cinammon, a little cola, grassy hop backbone. The oak comes through fairly strong in the aftertaste but is not overpowering. Very tasty

M_thick but not syrupy. Low carbonation

D_Highly good, this is one tasty and unique ale.

Serving type: cask

03-16-2008 17:20:23 | More by sleazo
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Floydster

California

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml green bottle courtesy of radiorandy, thanks for the opportunity to try this rare east coast brew, batch one, split with my dad two nights ago, poured into my Hemp Ale pint glass

A-Almost black color with several dark brown highlights, thick 3/4 inch creamy light tan head, some nice retention, surprisingly a little lacing as well

S-Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, black licorice, brown sugar, raisins, prunes, sweet spices, and booze

T-Started off with nothing but bourbon and tasted more like a thin stout at the beginning, could not taste any of these so-called berries, did not identify them in the aroma either, as it warmed got sweeter and I could taste some dark chocolate and some vanilla, finish became oaky and full of bourbon, some nice malty flavors towards the end, a little hard to drink because it lacks smoothness and can really taste the booze

M-Medium to full bodied, good level of carbonation, taste might have lingered too long, spicy and dry mouthfeel from the whiskey

D-Could definitely not have finished a whole bottle myself, heavy on the stomach, high in alcohol which is not hidden, not a session beer in any sense

Not the best beer from Captain Lawrence but still quite good, this one was a lot darker and stronger than I thought it would be, still lively after a year in the bottle, would like to drink again in the future, recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 03:24:32 | More by Floydster
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AltBock

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green 750ml bottle that has a plain and simple blue/purple label with the name of the beer in big bold white letters in front of falling snowflakes. The left side of the label is where they keep all the usual label information (US Government warning, address of the brewery, etc..) and the web address of the label's designer. The entire right side of the label is covered with a big detailed paragraph that descibes the process this beer went through. Alot of work went into this beer. It under went 3 fermentations and one those fermentations was in a bourbon barrel. Below this paragraph is a reprint of the brewmaster's signature and a hand numbered batch number of #2.

Appearance: I decided this beer needed to be poured into a big Snifter. What came of of the green bottle was a beer that is just as black as complete darknes. I put this beer up to a light and just like complete darkness, no light was visiable. Not one speck of light could penatrate this beer's black body. Not only was the beer's color thick, but the head of foam as well. It had a 1 1/2 inch thick tan colored head of foam that never went away! The only time the head of foam actually receded was when I took a few sips of the beer. And when it receded, it left behind streak after streak of beautiful tan colored lace in its tracks. This beer's appearce was just amazing! It was eye candy to me.

Smell: It had a deep dark thick complex aroma of dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, a plum or two, elderberries, a few red raspberries, red grapes, a smidge of sweet caramel toward the back, a quick splash of bourbon, and then this deep dark aroma ended with a gentle touch of oak. Captain Lawrence did a nice job controllling the amount of bourbon and oak in the aroma. They let them have their equal time in the aroma without having them conquer all the other aromas that were in here.

Taste: It had a heavy, but not overwhelming taste of dark roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, ripe elderberries, chocolate that was infused with red raspberries, a small touch of bourbon, charred oak, and then this dark taste ended with a smidge of sweet alcohol. What was nice about the taste was that everything was controlled in the right amounts. Not one taste in here overshowded the taste that came before it, the taste after it, or even the taste that was 3 tastes down. Every one of them had it's moment to shine with no worries that the next taste, the oak, or the alcohol was going to cover them up at some point.

Mouthfeel: It was definitely a full bodied beer with no strong aftertaste of oak or alcohol. Instead it had a strong long lingering aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate, espresso beans, and a subtle hint of charred oak. I could only taste a little bit of the alcohol in the taste, but there was no way I could tell that this beer had an ABV% of 11%.

Drinkability: A pricy beer, but well worth the price. If I could, I would buy another bottle of this fine beer. Not bad for my first Captain Lawrence brew. If this is any indication on how their other beers might taste like, then I am certain to seek out their other fine brews. This is a must try from Captain Lawrence. You won't be disappointed! I know I wasn't!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 19:57:50 | More by AltBock
Nor' Easter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.