Frost Monster - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
03-01-2014 23:48:21 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
08-27-2014 18:27:07 | More by Phyl21ca
4.18/5 rDev +7.5%
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..
12-12-2013 02:51:37 | More by Billolick
4.09/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
02-02-2014 00:34:20 | More by biegaman
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
01-18-2014 19:01:17 | More by Gmann
3.51/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
02-10-2014 13:54:09 | More by tigg924
Frost Monster from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.