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Frost Monster - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 327
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 26.65%
Wants: 19
Gots: 51 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

Imperial Stout aged in Apple Brandy Barrels
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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 327
Photo of GreenSaint
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice and Strong, but Smooth at the same time. The Perfect beer for real beer drinkers. Frost Monster is definitely a winter beer. I challenge you to not feel a bit like a Viking conquering a foreign land in the dead of winter while enjoying it. It reminds me of a dogfish 120, but with a better taste and cooler label!!!

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Powerful and delicious. Great apple character, roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak. Thick and rich. This one will last forever in the cellar. My remaining bottle won't last long around here. I should have bought a case. DAMN!!!

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is a red tinged black, no head but visible carbonation. Smell us a little apple brandy right off the nose straight into chocolate, coffee and leather.first taste is apple brandy sweetness then straight into roasted coffee with those 2 battling until each sip is gone. Its a bonfire night beer, toffee apple sweetness with coffee and treacle bitterness balancing this beer perfectly, a grwat beer and also pretty original.

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Photo of Boston71
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark rich stout- creamy head

Smell the smoke
Full body smoky malt with a touch of sweetness no bitter notes
Lightly carbonated smooth finish

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Photo of SteveB24
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearence: smooth black, very thin , tan head.

Smell: very malty, some smokiness, sweetness, coffee, hint of chocolate.

Taste: virtually identical to smell. But with a hint of alcohol and a distinct freshness that accompanied the rich malts.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, mildly creamy, light carbonation.

Overall: very good. Not too strong/ offensive but complex, tasty, fresh and bold. An excellent winter beer. Plan to buy at least two or three more times this season.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a 1’ head that falls to a lacing atop the ale and the side of the glass
Poured cold it smells like coco and chocolate
Taste is of roasted malt and fudge brownies, it is not harsh
Mouthfeel is smooth, 12% alcohol undetected at first but you can taste it as it warms up.
Overall this is a damn fine Imperial Stout, not overly hoppy, toasty, or sweet. Real solid.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/6/2013. Very dark body but not completely opaque, some light is allowed to shine through along the edges of the glass. Decent sized, light tan colored head that liked to stick around. Very smooth, well balanced aroma, getting everything from coffee, milk chocolate candy bar, licorice, dark roasted malts, vanilla, ripe grape, maybe some hazelnut in there too. I'd prefer a chewier body. This one is on the lighter side of full, big sweetness, slightly ashy, and a healthy dose of carbonation. The taste is enjoyable; creamy and smooth. Good amount of roastiness comes through, with some sweet cocoa, and bitter coffee, lactose, hint of dried fruit and alcohol, and burnt sugars. A nice alternative to the more well known "standards" of the style (BCS, FIS, Plead 5th, Stone IRS, Siberian Night, Yeti)

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled 12/6/13. I'd forgotten I had these in the closet. Yay, 2 year aging.
Pour is beautiful jet black with half-finger light-tan active head. Appears medium to light-medium in density or perceived strength. Brownish-brick red on an 1/8 of the edges.
Smell is roasty raisins with charred chocolate. Molasses is imagined. Dang, what an enticing whiff! An iota of dry alcohol assaults the nostrils if you look for it.
Taste: cocoa, caramel, the midpoint of bitter and sweet chocolate, the hotness of a cherry-chocolate cordial sweeps past -- every taste has a mid- and end-palate of tingly dry hops -- almost too much sharpness after 720+ days, yet it's nice to not have a flat/syrupy cocoa mess as well.
An hour after I poured it, it's still carbing anew with every tilt. As it warms, the smell is more woody, imagined smokey, the alcohol whiff almost a dead ringer for plum/apricot brandies I've had from the old country.
It may not be rounding out into perfection, but this is incredibly better than the single I had when I acquired them 2 yrs ago. Can't remember seeing it recently on shelves, but ppl ought to grab it up and wait 2 years, they'll be friggin' glad if they do.

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Photo of DrRambis
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz bottle dated 11/11/14. I've tried this brew twice fresh and now I'll enjoy a third.

Look: Inky brownish-black with zero light shining through, 1'' head with a cappucino-brown hue.

Smell: Doughy roasted malt dominates the smokey tinged aroma, there is a piney hoppiness with some lemon elements in the backround, some sweet brown sugary elements linger at the finish of the smell. Nascent alcohol.

Taste: Bitter roasted malt up front, w strong dark chocolate elements merge with some dominant coffee elements as well. Brown sugar and pruny fruit as well. The coffee notes play well with the citrus notes of the hops. Smoky, but not nearly as so when fresh. Smoke and bready malt with some pine hop create a very earthy tobacco like flavor to this beer. Finishes with some creamy milk flavors, with punishing piney bitterness.

Feel: Thick and unctous. Silky mouthfeel. Finishes with definite astringency. Drying but has sugary elements.

Overall: The flavors sort of emerge to create a choclate flavored cigar flavor profile. Or maybe chocolate and marshmellow roasted on an open fire. Much better than fresh when the smoke dominated the other flavors. A very nice example of a hoppy American Imperial Stout with the smoky elements being a little bit of a twist on the traditional style. Really melded with time; if you see a dusty bottle sitting somewhere on a dark store aisle I implore you to pick this up and enjoy.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this for a while, dated 12/01/2014, so almost a year.

Pours a huge fluffy thick frothy 1.5 finger dark mocha colored head that fades semi slowly, nice thick lacing, pitch black thick beer.

Nose is pretty nice, big caramel, dark chocolate, powdered cocoa biscuity cookie, lots of fluffy nougat, a little roast and dark roasty charred like malts, but not acrid burnt roast, touch of earthy hops, lots of dark malts, and touch of vanilla.

Taste brings dry stout flavors, roasty dark malts, again not acrid, dry bitter stouts, with a mild earthy spicy hops, a little tea like hop note, with bitterness from the roast and hops. Dark caramel candy, charred malt notes, not acrid, chewy nougat, fluffy nougat, dark chocolate and a little roasty coffee, little fudgey even. Finish is quite bitter, very sticky too with fair sweetness, little roasty char, dark malts, fudgey cocoa, caramel, and nougat all lingering nicely.

Mouth is full bod, chewy rich, nice fluffy carb, just a hint of booze barely there.

Overall pretty nice, def a nice dark malt with spicy hop combo, good malt characters, roasty without being acrid, nice dark chocolate caramel and nougat, booze hidden well, a bit too sticky and sweet on the finish.

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Photo of Billolick
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4 packs of 12 ouce bottles released today and purchased at the brewery. Bottled on 12062013

Enjoyed at near room temp. Pours black the expected black, slight mocha head, film and collar.

Nose is of dark chocolate and coffe grinds.

Dense dark malt flavors along with more coffee, more dark chocolate, more roasted malts and burnt, smokey notes. Delicious...Richly flavorful, oily and viscious in the mouth.

Fine winter sipper. Less then a week in the bottle and this one is drinking like a world class Imperial stout. I put a few botles away in the beer storage area, but not likely they will be allowed to age much, really no need.

Dark beer lovers rejoice this in a very high quality beer..

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Photo of KornWallace
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 3/26/14
Location: Skibbo's
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Pours black with nearly no head. What little carbonation there is is light brown. Very little cling.
Aromatics: Some coffee, bitter chocolate and a lot of sweet. Malts in the back.
Flavor: Starts with the coffee flavor and bitter chocolates. A boat load of carbonation moves us into the sweet chocolate. Cocoa. And the beer gets sweeter with time
Finish: The finish isn't that strong. Some of the coffee and cocoa. Some of the carbonation but not a lot of any of it.
Notes Bottled 12/6/13

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours black. Head is a very large, frothy, deep brown color. Mild lacing. Not exactly sure that this is aged in Apple Brandy Barrels. It says nothing of it on the beer's label and that is definitely something a brewer would want advertised. I even checked the site; no mention. Anyway, the beer is very roasty on the nose. Chalky, dark malt. Almost Porter-like. Some charred malt and a tiny wink of dark fruit. Lots of bitter cocoa powder. Root beer and dark cocktail bitters. The flavor is dominated by a mix of dark chocolate baking powder and intense black roast. A very bitter initial hit. Unsweetened chocolate is the most important descriptor. Again, I am brought back to the powerful bitterness. Burnt malt. Light anise. A bit more complex in the nose. Has a good amount of body. Alcohol isn't exactly shy. This offering by Captain Lawrence is supremely aggressive with its designed flavors. It's working for me. One of the more aggressive brews I have had recently.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Not much of a head, but what amassed was a deep tan. Slight lacing. While I've have better stouts, this one holds its own. Some nice chocolate and oaky tones to it.

12%??? Really? Drinks no tougher than 7 or 8%. I always appreciate that in a stout. I'm sure this'll sneak up on me once I'm done.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into fluted snifter; jet black with a big fizzy mocha head that fades after a bit leaving some foam on top and a nice ring around the edge. No lacing.
Smell is dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate and cocoa, with a hint of sweeter chocolate.
Taste is huge; big roasted malt, booze, dark fruit, subdued sweetness. Finish leaves you reeling, sticky bitterness and sweetness all wandering around in a boozy haze.
Mouthfeel is huge, slick, and full.
Overall this is a good example of an imperial stout. Big in flavor, body, and %abv, although it's not super-complex or anything.

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Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Frost Monster is dark and lightless as a winter night and has just a sprinkling of white (or, more accurately, greyish) powder atop. It appears dense as a block of solid ice; the beer is so opaque it refuses any highlighting even when held directly against the lamp.

When it comes to American-brewed imperial stouts, it's fair game to expect anything from bourbon to wood spice to a plethora of hops or espresso grinds (and often all of the above). Somewhat surprisingly, this beer doesn't seem the least bit brutish or obnoxious; it smells strong and rich but showcases, quite simply, nothing but dark and roasty malt.

Mind you, said malts do pack a ton of flavour: coffee beans, dark chocolate, smoke, roast, black licorice and a subtle trace of caramel sweetness. There's also lush notes of vanilla that accompany the chocolate brownie character derived from the roasted grains. It's a straight-forward (read: 'classic') example of a stout but no less strapping or robust.

Frost Monster has the subtle, dark fruity esters and warming anise-like note that is customary of traditional Russian Imperial Stouts (as opposed to modern, American-inspired interpretations that stress the espresso and decadent fudge profile). The mouthfeel marries black currant sweetness with a tarry texture and a lightly lingering roastiness. Alcohol is inferred but not flaunted.

Given the hop-beast that is Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA and the colossus of sourness that is Cuvee De Castleton, I expected Frost Monster to be a mammoth of an imperial stout, an embodiment of all that is rich, indulgent, gluttonous about American craft beer. But instead this turned out to be a textbook example of a classic RIS. It's a delicious, flawlessly brewed beer.

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Photo of ksimons
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-a silky inky color with about a fingers worth of tan head that leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-the smell is really nice, lots of rich malt, dark roasted coffee, and dark and milk chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell, roasted malt and roasted coffee bitterness, chocolate sweetness., and molasses Light alcohol warming

M-medium to full body, good carbonation, dry roasted mouthfeel

Overall I was really impressed with this beer, an above average Imperial Stout, definitely worth a try if you find it

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Photo of scootny
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a welcome winter blues blast for me.
A lovely dark cola with a brown head a nice amount of lacing. Aromatics include heavy coffee and chocolate with a significant char. Flavor follows suit with sweet roasted malt and lots of coffee and chocolate. Finish is clean and dry with a fuggles/golding signature. Weight is lightly heavy with an oily character. Sweet and malty in the front with a delicious overall drinkability. A plate of
cheeses of various character and time to enjoy this superb beer

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Photo of bgillespie
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a brown head.

Smell: Smoky, roasted malt. Coffee

Taste: Cocoa, malty, coffee, smoky.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, well carbonated.

Overall: A nice stout. Easy to drink. Isn't overwhelming with alcohol despite 12%

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 12/06/2013.

A: Pours a dark brown appearing black in the glass. A tannish khaki head sits on top of this brew. The head sticks around for a bit.

S: Real nice malty aroma to this one. Very roasty tones reminiscent of a coffee. Just a bit of sweetness in there.

T: The focus of this one is certainly on the malts. Big roasty profile with a touch of dark fruit. Hints of licorice or anise. Bit of smokiness it doesnt overwhelm.

M: Full body with a great creamy character. Mild carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall this is a great winter beer. Surprised at how drinkable it is when it clocks in at 12%.

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Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black in appearance, though not as thick and motor-oil-like as some of this style. A small chocolate brown head settles on top but dissipates quickly.

S: Coffee, roasted barley malt and a touch of chocolate. Alcohol is noted as well as it warms.

T: Roasted coffee beans, roasted malt, molasses and generic fruitiness are all there, as well as the alcohol, which acts as a drying agent at the end of the sip. A bit sweeter than your normal RIS/Double Stout, and there's not really much chocolate - though I get a bit of cocoa powder - which is a surprise given the nose. Alcohol heat and drying impression linger in the aftertaste.

M: The feel is interesting - quite fizzy, carbonation-wise, which makes it feel lighter on the palate than would otherwise be expected, but also provides a certain sharpness or bite (most RIS's, in contrast, are more syrupy-thick and smooth). This one is, however, a heavyweight.

O: This is my second time having this beer; I really liked it the first time I had about a 4-5 oz portion. Now that I'm sitting down to review this, however, I'm finding it less impressive. It's good, but doesn't blow me away like a world class big stout.

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Photo of Young_John
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is just fantastic. Pours nearly black with a finger and a half of tan head. Leaves nice sticky rings on the glass with every sip. Smell is sweet but delicate for an imperial especially considering its potency. Taste is rich and roasty with a slightly bitter finish. Feel is thick and rich. The 12% abv is apparent and yet fairly well hidden. Overall this is a fine example of the profile. It's a big beer that's not too complex and in my opinion is better enjoyed closer to room temperature.

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Photo of TBuikus
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours very dark and has a great aroma. Tastes of chocolate and a very sweet after taste. The taste of the 12% alcohol content is not noticeable at all and hits you by surprise when you finish your second one for the night. If you see this on the shelf this year it is worth the pick up even at $15 for a four-pack.

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter. 1-Dec.-2014 bottling date.

Pours very dark, looking essentially black and opaque in the glass. It looks thick and the mouthfeel confirms this.

The aroma and flavor fit the look being very rich and malty, perhaps even for the RIS style. Lightly smoky with hints of black licorice and black coffee in the finish and aftertaste. Still, just mild bitterness. High ABV is partially hidden: this drinks more like 9% than like 12%.

O: recommended.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with light dry coffee notes and black chocolate notes also noticeable. Taste is also a mix between some roasted malt notes with light dry coffee and some black chocolate notes. Body is quite full with nice smooth texture and ABV is well hidden. A bit short on complexities but still an enjoyable imperial stout.

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Frost Monster from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.