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Nor' Easter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Nor' EasterNor' Easter

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306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 156
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of sitarist
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of JC88
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Finnegansasleep
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of meaghan2k
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of brentblack1
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of danedelman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MystikCelt
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of homebrew311
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bsuedekum
2/5  rDev -51%

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of joshtrich
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Mauidan
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of b3shine
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of WassailWilly
1/5  rDev -75.5%

Nor' Easter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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