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Frost Monster | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged in Apple Brandy Barrels

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 383
Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like burnt coffee grounds, ashy malt, and heavy duty booze.

My mistake might be having this fresh and not aging it for a few years. However, a beer should be ready when it's actually bottled. If it's for sale, it should be ready to go. As it is now, this is way too boozy and unbalanced. It's got astringent booze, with a burnt malt and burnt coffee that's slightly unpleasant. Not really a fan of this at all. I think some barrel-aging would really improve this one. I'm not one to typically just say everything is better in barrels, but I really think this one would be.

This is medium bodied, with a low level of carbonation, and a low level of drinkability.

Not all that great. Captain Lawrence has done better.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
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 sulldaddy
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark cola black with tan frothy head of 3 cm that fades to a sturdy edge layer and streaks of wispy islands on the surface.
Aroma is fairly mild with some roasted malt and a bit of dark chocolate maybe a little earthy malt but the nose is mild.
First sip reveals a average body with fine yet robust carbonation that boosts the mouthfeel of the beer.
Flavor is roasted malt, brown sugar, dark choclate and molasses, I also get some booze and a bit of an earthy hop presence. Also a little anice or black licorice makes its presence known as I ip the beer. Slightly warm as it goes down the gullet.
The beer is an okay imperial stout, but the aroma is certainly more mild than I anticipated when I opened the bottle.
Not a bad or flawed beer, it drinks pretty easy, but I admit to being a little disappointed as I finish it off.

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Photo of tigg924
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 3/4 head, clear, dark brown in color

Smell: dark chocolate and cocoa

Taste: coffee grounds, deep dark chocolate, char, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: roasty with a sweet slight bitterness, medium-heavy body, high carbonation

Overall: A slightly above average American double stout. Nice, roasty, and clean, but not as blown away by this one as some of Captain Lawrence's other small bottle offerings. I would get this one again, but I would not rush out of my way for it.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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 beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chalice.
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 hopflyer
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/01/14. Picked up a 4 pk with thin layer of dust on it in a Spirits store in central jersey.

pours dark coca cola brown with dark tan head. Leaves a ring throughout but dissipated quickly.

Nose is very subdued. A little dark fruit but that's about it.

Taste is subdued as well but it's a comingled blend of dark fruit and a little bit of chocolate. Not very smoky. Slight caramel flavor and portrays some sweetness. Alcohol is completely absent for a 12%! Warming opens up a some bitter cocoa flavor.

Feel is surprisingly thinner than I'd expect for its ABV and carbonation is a bit more than expected. Opposite of what I'd expect for both but between the alcohol undetectable and the feel, this is very easy to put down.

Not sure what I should think of this one. Its very tame for its advertised ABV. the flavors are nice but also tame but the feel makes it more than just a sipper. Curious to see how the next three go.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with a short dense brown head that settles into a thick ring. Very creamy looking.

The aroma is of roasted barley with some char. Bittersweet chocolate and perhaps some cocoa. Some anise. Big beefy stout aroma.

The taste has more of a milk chocolate flavor. The roast is fairly mild but provides a good base flavor. Good woody flavor. Seems to have some oat, as it is quite smooth, but I am not certain. Anise is definitely present. There is a bit of an alcohol note in the finish which is slightly unpleasant.

The feel is full with prickly carbonation that helps break up the body. Sweet and bitter on the palate, good balance. Slightly sticky and chalky in the finish. Bit boozy as well.

I think this is a good stout but the booze presence is a bit harsh. Tone it down a notch and this is a very good stout.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
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 NuclearRich
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Roguer
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a rich, 2 finger dark mocha head with decent retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is stringy and layered with great stick. An excellent looking beer.

Nose is liquorice, chocolate, smoke, roast, cocoa and fudge. A light booziness sweetens the background a bit. Real solid.

Opens chocolate, cocoa, liquorice and smoke. Roast and espresso in the middle mixed with more chocolate, booze and coarse smoked malt. End is sweet with some hints of dark plum and other fruit. Coarse and slightly hot finish with a sticky chocolate, liquorice, and roast aftertaste. Pretty good.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth but a bit boozy in the mouth and goes down rich and warm. Finishes thick and silky with a messy, lingering aftertaste. Solid.

This beer is a pleasant surprise after a couple of misses by Captain Lawrence. Certainly worth trying and one of the better offerings of the style from a NY-based brewery.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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 cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a captain lawrence snifter.

a - brew poured a watery, yet rich black with a finger of creamy tan colored head that left a coating of lacing on the glass. the head never fully dissolved leaving a thick ring on the surface and a thin skin with some heady islands of foam and bubbles on the surface.

s - frost monster indeed. very roasted black malt...really reminiscent of winter or sitting inside a freezer. big coffee and some chocolate.

t - as the nose suggested, big roast. some black malt and nice coffee notes. nice imperial stout because has the body, but some soft char that gives it a winter vibe.

m - stouty, but with a char.

o - overall, not the greatest imperial stout out there, but worth a try. i'd be interested to see what the barrel does for this...and rum barrel aged, no less. has an interesting twist on the style with all that roast and some of the char making it a lighter side stout.

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Photo of tone77
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, hops are present, and surprisingly, alcohol is not. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a quality beer, and maybe a bit too drinkable at 12% abv.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a Bottled Date of12-05(?)-2013. Pours a rich, very dark brown color with a 1/4 inch of brown head. Virtually no lacing. The aroma is earthy and slightly nutty. Molasses, caramel and dark fruits. The taste is earthy as well. Hints of nuts and chocolate. More dark fruits and black coffee towards the end. Earthy, nutty and dark fruits at the finish. Slick mouthfeel. Fairly noticeable alcohol presence. Overall, pretty solid beer.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; very deep brown - virtually black; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 3 finger medium brown head that receded slowly to a splotchy cap; OK lacing;

S; deeply roasted grain; bittersweet chocolate, a hint of vanilla;

T: follows the nose from start to finish with a mild to moderate bitterness;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very nice, but not as complex as I would have liked;

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Fresh bottle dated 12/06/2013.

Appearance: Black like the night, thin brown tinted body with an average (tan) head at best rising to maybe eighth of an inch with a hard pour.

Smell: Deep coffee, that really smells good but it leaves very quickly.

Taste: What you smell is what it tastes like, but very amplified. Smooth bitterness. Coffee without the milk and a small dose of dark chocolate that feels mellow. Not sweet like some other imperial stouts, but just enough.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, sticky but could use some tweaking.

Overall: Not a bad pickup, I would definitely buy it again especially now that I found out it was a one time release. Grab a glass and enjoy...Salud!

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Photo of fmccormi
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); bottling date of December 6, 2013 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“BOTTLED 12062013 1248 844/846”), making this just about three weeks old on the date of consumption. Mmm, fresh impy stouts . . .

Appearance (4.5): Two easy fingers of fine-grained, cappuccino-colored foam rise off of the pour, capping an effectively jet black body. It shows good retention, taking its very sweet time to die down and leaving a wide, almost unbroken collar stretching from the surface of the beer to half the head’s original height. So, it’s got outstanding retention for the style.

Smell (3.75): Lots of rich, sweet malt tones are evident in the smell of this beer, showing molasses and dark brown sugar, coffee liqueur, brandied fruitcake, and some cocoa powder hanging out in there, too. On the boozy side, but this is a big beer (12% ABV, apparently) and very fresh.

Taste (3.75): All in all, the palate follows the nose, but leaning toward cocoa powder and bitter chocolate (like unsweetened baking chocolate) more than fruitcake and molasses. Bitter chocolate, dark brown sugar, coffee liqueur, and a finish that’s partly numbing (brandied cake) and intensely bitter (utterly unsweetened chocolate), but rich and very smooth up until that point. There are some dark pit fruit notes opening up as it warms.

Mouthfeel (4.0): It’s a full-feeling beer, for sure, but the body does not have quite the heft or viscosity you might expect for such a goddamned big imperial stout. I’m not really complaining, though—it’s full, smooth, and has a very fine, very tingly, very smooth carbonation that spreads all over easily, matching the slightly numbing booziness of the body. It’s not necessarily textbook AI/DS, but it works in its own way.

Overall (4.0): This is, in the end, kind of a different type of American Double/Imperial Stout. It’s not the chewy, liquid espresso brownie you might expect from the style, or the syrupy, imperial milk stout brewed with “natural flavors added” that you might expect from the style, but rather something that hones in on molasses, pit fruits, integrated booze, and malt tones that don’t necessarily elicit coffee grounds and cacao nibs. But it’s still an imperial stout, and it’s still quite good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company "Frost Monster"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 12022015"

Appearance: Opaque black-brown body beneath a dense, finger-thick head of orange-tinted dark brown. Both the head retention and lacing are average.

Aroma: Alcohol and fruit mix over dark bittersweet chocolate.

Flavor: As in the aroma, the alcohol is prominent, as well as the yeasty fruitiness (plum/prune, raisin, apple/pear, berry, some cherry). This is clearly a monster that needs to be tamed! Chocolate notes help to balance the middle, along with some nuttiness, toastiness, burnt sugar/ brown sugar, molasses, and piney hops. Charred roastiness and bitterness linger in the bone-dry finish, combining with alcohol and yeasty fruitiness... it's a very long-lingering finish, but also one that's fairly harsh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a clear silky-smoothness from alcohol. Moderate, fine bubbled carbonation. Delicately bristling at the outset and then utterly velvety and silky. Nice!

Overall: I've never had a less than stellar beer from Captain Lawrence until now, and I'm really quite shocked as it's a big beer as well - I can only hope that this was a one-off batch that got away and just fermented too warm (at least there are no higher alcohols). Still, it has some redeeming qualities, and isn't completely to be ignored, it just needs to be truly treated as a sipper. - - - Ahhh... I just saw that this was aged in apple brandy barrels, Laird's no doubt, and I'm sure that's exactly what I'm finding. In that case, perhaps this is an example of going to excess. I don't think that the barrel aging has helped at all, and rather hindered, especially in a beer that already boast 12% ABV.

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges and a half finger of head. This offering has a rich "round" roasted quality and a full body even for the style. The finish has more than a fair share of hop essence for the style.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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 WunderLlama
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter

Black liquid, two finger brown foam cap settles to a dense, pencil thin layer

Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate

Taste of Roasted malts, dark roast coffee, a roasr coffee bitterness

Alcohol is well hidden

Good beer

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Frost Monster from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.