Nor' Easter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
10-01-2012 12:02:02 | More by papat444
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
750 mL bottle poured into a CCB snifter. Batch 3. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - No real head. Some bubbles on the surface. Ring around the edge and some lace.
Smell - Wow, it smells tart, which I didn't see coming. Vinous, almost infected. Vanilla and red wine notes.
Taste - Hardly tart at all here. Vinous, at most. More bourbon. Dry with red wine and some astringency. Interesting. Vanilla comes through with a distinct Belgian yeast and candi sugar flavor. A little bit, at least.
Mouthfeel - Dry, vinous, and just a touch tart. Medium carbonation. Medium body, despite being quite dry.
Overall - Very interesting. I'm surprised by the vinous aspects, despite what the label told me. More bourbon would be nice, but it's a fascinating beer.
09-12-2012 00:08:48 | More by Alieniloquium
4.23/5 rDev +3.4%
Not sure on year? Batch 5. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a 8 oz snifter.
A- pours a dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Big walls and leopard spotting of lacing remain on the glass.
S- dark fruits, oak, bourbon, slight roast or chocolate.
T- chocolate, slightly sour dark fruits, vinous, tannins, big oak flavor and bourbon.
M- medium body and carbonation. Effervescent with a dry finish.
O- very enjoyable beer. Does not drink like a 12% beer and has lots of vinous notes. Edelberries give nice dark fruit notes and has a slight sourness to it as well but works in this case.
09-08-2012 02:28:15 | More by kawilliams81
3.23/5 rDev -21%
A: appears like dark cola with almost no head, no lacing to note
S: waves of berries come through with hints of vanilla, leather and oak among other earthy notes
T: starts very sweet with dark fruit and becomes somewhat acidic and tart, some cloying sweetness in there, bourbon comes through at the end along with a considerable amount of anise
MF: minimal carbonation, very sticky body
O: this certainly doesn't lack flavor, it is very intense and is in your face with sweetness
05-07-2012 07:19:29 | More by homebrew311
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
2010 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured brown with a bit of a ruby tint to it. A thin but frothy head barely covers the top of the beer. Decent lacing as I drank it.
The fruity elderberries are very apparent in the aroma. There is a good amount of brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon to it as well. The fruitiness has a bit of a tart, slightly sharp presence to it. The elderberries work very well in it.
The taste also shows a lot of the tart, fruity elderberries. The bourbon is a little more reserved but it does give it some nice brown sugar and oak flavors. It's got a little bit of a red wine quality to it in the finish that I'm really liking. The tartness of the fruits give it some nice balance as well.
The mouthfeel is full bodied with carbonation being a little above average for the style. The carbonation fits pretty well with the tart fruits. Overall I thought it was a very nice beer to sip on this evening. It had a lot of flavors to it but managed to bring them together pretty well. The tart elderberries worked well with the sweeter malts and bourbon. Very nice beer overall.
04-01-2012 22:29:57 | More by billab914
4.23/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottle to snifter. Thanks to ksurkin for this one! This is not your father's winter warmer! Looks good; dark and deep. Smells good too; the bourbon is present, but it smells tart like a sour (probably from the elderberries). Tastes great, but it's a sour, not a belgian strong dark. IMO, they're doing the beer a disservice by marketing it as a winter warmer - it's a damn good sour! Mouthfeel is good too, although not what I expected when I read the description on the bottle. Sour qualities subdue the high abv nicely. Overall, a real treat of a beer that I hope to come across again!
02-15-2012 21:12:49 | More by b3shine
4/5 rDev -2.2%
I think Deuane brought this one for us to try. Batch 5.
A - Pours dark brown with a small half finger tall off-white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.
S - Smells of elderberry's dominate the nose initially slowly giving way to hints of wet oak, dark fruits, toffee, and some light spice. Not much booze initially but it grows as it warms up.
T - Starts off with a bright berry twang slowly giving way to hints of raisins, toffee, oak, vanilla and warm bourbon. This one has a lot going on at once, leaving you guessing what is going to come through next. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel initially getting a tad watery toward the end, finish is pretty dry.
O - This one was pretty good. It had plenty of flavor, which was both a good and bad thing. I liked some of the older vintages I have had more but this one was still pretty good.
01-12-2012 00:30:57 | More by orangesol
Nor' Easter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.