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Frost Monster - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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87
very good

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | 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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.76/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 18:29:51 | More by KTCamm
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Chegui

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-07-2014 21:50:12 | More by Chegui
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stevec32

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-07-2014 03:49:46 | More by stevec32
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-05-2014 00:37:56 | More by atone315
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phooky

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-04-2014 03:34:50 | More by phooky
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Eric15

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-02-2014 22:06:07 | More by Eric15
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metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 23:48:21 | More by metter98
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NuclearRich

Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 22:59:07 | More by NuclearRich
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-01-2014 21:16:18 | More by smithj4
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prisdefer

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-28-2014 23:36:24 | More by prisdefer
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-26-2014 14:44:55 | More by djrn2
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-26-2014 04:25:39 | More by CaptDavyJones
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TBuikus

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 00:09:33 | More by TBuikus
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oakaged88

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-21-2014 02:49:25 | More by oakaged88
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firedwarftj

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-18-2014 01:18:04 | More by firedwarftj
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 13:54:09 | More by tigg924
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2014 03:41:27 | More by Holland
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JSBILK

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-05-2014 15:16:26 | More by JSBILK
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MattXT

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-05-2014 03:37:41 | More by MattXT
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-05-2014 03:20:31 | More by stereosforgeeks
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-04-2014 00:41:46 | More by JRod1969
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kristougher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-03-2014 14:28:52 | More by kristougher
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nrbw23

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-03-2014 02:44:48 | More by nrbw23
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 00:34:20 | More by biegaman
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-01-2014 04:41:12 | More by Justinbshelton
Frost Monster from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.