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Frost Monster - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 319
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 27.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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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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 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 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 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 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 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 beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep engine oil pour, thick and viscose as was the mocha, 2 finger bready topping that sits above with a well lasting effect. Beautiful stratified layered lacing goes down the glass.

S: Dry burnt barley, and wet coffee grounds with a very low awareness level. Dry cocoa and a soft campfire ash leave.

T: Dark bittering coffee grounds, cocoa, campfire minerality delivers the bluntness the nose lacked. Burnt barley, roasted dark fruit skin with some burnt, leafy hop flower cones. Scorched pine and dry yeasty, breadiness.

M: Roasty dry bittering hold, thick, viscose content with some mineral, roast coating on the tongue. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Big warming dark roasted monster with maybe the exception the nose. Does well at warm temperatures with a wintery cold settting.

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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 kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Truncated notes below. Full review to follow. Served cold into a tulip in NYC and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

A: Creamy khaki-tan colour. Retention is good - about 4-5 minutes. Leaves no lacing.

Opaque solid-black.

Sm: Dark and chocolate malt sweetness. Cream. Needs roasted barley, but lacks it. Some raisin. Sassafras. Rum-soaked fruit. Molasses. Definitely on the sweeter side.

Has no hop profile, yeast, or alcohol.

T:/Mf: Creamy, with a dark malt and chocolate malt backbone. Sweet. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Smooth, wet, full-bodied, aptly thick. A bit overcarbonated.

O: Drinkable and enjoyable, but admittedly middle-of-the-road for the style. In a world in which Storm King, Yeti, and Ole Raspy are available on the shelves across the nation, this won't see mainstream success. Average at best. You need to bring more to the table to create a world-class imperial stout.


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Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big bold booze beer here. Perfect for hibernation season.
It dark with a deep mocha head. It smells with alot of roasted barley.
The taste was pretty booze upfront with a deep roasted barley taste.
Very gritty and very good, but way too potent for me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Medium khaki head. Lots of surface wisps.

Smell - Boozy. Licorice. Black patent malt.

Taste - Caramel. Very chocolatey. Molasses. Some licorice in the back end with a bit of coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Heavy.

Overall - Solid imperial stout. Very enjoyable.

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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 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 rdilauro
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another stout for the season. I am always looking for the BEST stout. I did enjoy this one. Nothing in terms of coffee or bourbon which seems to be the latest in all stouts today.
But this has a very bitter chocolate taste. Something like a bakers chocolate
I am glad I tried this... but

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Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful black brew, topped with a thick brown head. Good retention and lacing.

Solid roasted barley aroma with a bit of dark overripe fruit. Just a hint of chocolate.

Flavor matches the aroma, with the chocolate slightly more prominent. Very roasty. Slightly sweet. Very grainy.

Sticky full feel, long retention, just slightly hot.

Excellent imperial stout, straight forward and delicious.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany with tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee bean

Taste - dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee bean, black licorice, vanilla

Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront with the chocolate, hoppy and bitter on the finish

Overall - pretty good RIS from Captain Lawrence for a chilly night

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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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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a dark opaque liquid with a thin tan head. Good lacing that sticks to the glass and creates a polka dot picture of tan foam heads.

S - booze with some heavy dark fruit and hints of dark chocolate.

T - there's that booze again! Earthy malts and a small hint of chocolate on hyena finish. Not much else.

M - crispy medium carbonation and a bit thin on the finish.

O - not to shabby.

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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 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 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 KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. 1/30

Pours total blackout. Wispy layer of light brown foam. Cherry fruit nose, boozy too. Taste is a bourbon barrel fused dark chocolate malt. Huge boozy backbone. Car bomb. Bam! Hits like a hammer, feel the full effect of the 12 abv. Proceed at your own risk.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin off white collar around the edge of the glass—this died down and eventually completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark and chocolate malts along with light hints of licorice and a slight amount of bitterness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels a little lighter in body compared to other Russian Imperial Stouts. It is very easy to drink since it hides its alcohol well.

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Photo of NuclearRich
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A. Pitch black beer, mocha colored head that is slow and small in formation, but lasts and lasts and laces a heavy fog down the sides of the glass

S. Roasted malts predominate with hints of coffee and cocoa, ever so slightly boozy, and a note of minerals and earth

T. Heavy duty roasted malts pushes the limits of roasty-meets-ashy, slight alcohol bite, just a little tangy the way a good dark beer needs to be, a little sweet which feeds a tasty chocolate

M. Dense, slick, lasting. Flavor sticks to the palate. Medium/light carbonation. Just enough bitterness keeps the sweetness in check.

O. Helluva big stout. For the ABV, the alcohol is hardly noticeable. The roasted malts are pushing the border of going too far, but remain tasty. This brings a certain extreme level to it that makes it stand out, but doesn't harm it. The body is exemplary for the style, and helps make this tasty treat a winter meal on its own. I'm happy with it.

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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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Frost Monster from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.