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Frost Monster - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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88
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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 316
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 16
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
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 rdilauro
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
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 (291 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (887 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (974 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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! (711 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (2,363 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (485 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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. (457 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black tar with a few fat fingers of dark foam head; sheets of lace left behind

S: dark roasted malts and black coffee, some notes of cocoa and charred wood

T: rich and roasty malts, espresso and bittersweet chocolate - almost a smoky element, too

M: medium-to-full bodied, smooth and mellow; slightly sticky and slightly coating

O: nothing cutting edge here, but simply an outstanding Imperial stout, worth a try for fans of the style, the brewer, or new beers (473 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 (359 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Good Beer in New York a few weeks back, having never given this a go before and fortunate enough to find a single bottle of this. Captain Lawrence doesn't have that wide a distribution here in Jersey and this looked relatively appropriate for the season, even though it hasn't been that cold this week. For a Double/Imperial Stout, this felt amazingly easygoing for something with 12% ABV and was just as drinkable as dark beers that were half as strong. This wasn't complex but had just enough going for it that I'd enjoy it again if I were to come across it the next time I'm shopping for beer in the Big Apple!

The pour to this was as to be expected - dark, somewhat thick, and with a good head. Not terribly full when it came to the latter but it was tan present for a bit before fading away to a thin remnant on top of the liquid. A good amount of bitter chocolate and smokiness to the nose, which were both present in the taste as well. The mouthfeel was full and there were hints of dark fruits like plum and currant as well in here. Slightly cloying, the smokiness led to a good taste to this as the bitterness was similar to that of cocoa powder. This never felt like a chocolate Stout but since the alcohol was so recessed, the flavors came out a bit more and the aftertaste was nice and chewy as well, even though there was never a "motor oil" factor here to contend with.

Like reserved Stouts? Look no further. I could feel the alcohol kick in by the time I polished this off but never could I taste it. Beers like this grow on me quickly since they warm me up nicely without having to be shoved down or endured as I have to process the booze. A nice amount of sudsy lacing and some soda-like sweetness served as a reminder that not all Stouts have to taken so seriously and this was fun to drink. Worth the price and the experience of being subtly knocked over as I restrained myself from downing this too quickly. Recommended for those nice, cold Winter nights! (1,996 characters)

Photo of TBuikus
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of Young_John
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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. (502 characters)

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Frost Monster from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.