Frost Monster - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.11 | pDev: 8.76%
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 19 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Billolick from New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 bottle, caged and corked

Pours near black, moderate mocha cap and leaving minor low spotty lacing.

Charred malt, brandy and dark chocolate on the nose

More of the same on the tongue and around the mouth...I get dark chocolate, dark malts, brandy and Frost Monster goodness....well worth a try or get a few bottles to put in a dark closet for a year of two

Mar 20, 2016
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

375ml corked and caged bottle into a Grrrz teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a super foamy 3 finger mocha colored head with very long retention. Beer is pitch black but a touch thin. Lacing is stringy and patchy with excellent stick. A very good looking beer.

Nose is liquorice, roast, booze, char, smoke, vanilla and cocoa powder. Grainy and booze with creamy, hop bitter overtones. Very aromatic. The flavor isn't what I prefer but this is pretty impressive.

Opens with a creamy hop bitterness. A very light tartness from the roasted malt along with liquorice, chocolate, slightly tart dark fruit and smoky notes. Creamy and mellow hop bitterness fades in and out. Boozy throughout and there's an overwhelming ethanol towards the end. Like nail polish going down. Sticky, boozy and filmy aftertaste. Not sure about this one.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Boozy in the mouth and hot and rich going down. Boozy finish with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Ok.

This is waaay over the top and could be 5 or 6% less ABV than it should be. Boozy throughout and the ethanol presence going down ruins the whole experience. Not very good.

Nov 14, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Curran today, thanks dude.

This one pours a dark deep black, with a very small head and no lacing.

This smells like apple brandy primarily, with some booze, leafy hops, intense char, and chocolate.

This has a bit too much carbonation, rendering the taste kind of prickly, as the carbonation is way too high for the style. There's a good amount of tasty apple brandy and some oak, but it just doesn't meld together well because of the prickly feeling here. The mouthfeel is not as creamy as it could be, because of the carbonation, and the flavors kind of clash too. Carbonation is important, guys. It's got a bit of booziness on it, too, which also detracts. Not super drinkable.

This was a bit of a miss, I feel there were some major flaws.

Nov 08, 2015
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle. The bottle says " Aged in Oak Barrels" but I'm pretty sure it's the Apple Brandy version. Pours a pitch black color with about 3 inches of fluffy khaki head that is rising out of the top of the snifter. Lots of lacing. I'll be waiting a while to get to drink this one. The aroma is certainly boozey apples, almost like a caramel apple. Oak, vanilla and some smoke. The taste isn't as boozey as I expected by the aroma. Roasted coffee, espresso, cocoa powder and earth. Boozey warmth at the finish with more espresso. Hints of vanilla and oak. Some apple tartness as well. Heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Way more drinkable than it smelled, but still the barrel flavor is present. Overall, I'd probably buy it again but $12 for 12.7oz is a bit too pricey for me to do so.

Oct 02, 2015
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Roguer from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, topped with a mocha head. Good head size, retention, and lacing.

As the bottle is marked "Aged in Oak Barrels," one might question if this is really the Apple Brandy version. One whiff tells you the answer. It's big and boozy, in a liquor way more so than just a high ABV stout fashion. Nice presence of roasted barley alongside the oak and brandy.

Flavor is the typical Frost Monster profile - roasted barley and deep notes of cocoa - with a touch of slightly sour oak up front, and a moderate finish of brandy.

Quite a bit of sting and bite on the feel. Moderately full bodied and silky.

Oct 01, 2015
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black, 1 finger tan head w/ moderate lacing. corked top almost took an eye out
S: oaky-apple-brandy. hint of mild cocoa & coffee notes.
T: the apple brandy is most certainly there. there's a dominant oak forward flavor, imo, that stands out the most. has an enjoyable sweet note to it too.
M: thought this would be highly carbonated after putting a hole in my ceiling but it was not. not too thick, finishes smooth, heat simmers down at room temp. thinking will be a gem after it has aged a bit.
O: bought (2) for wife and i to share this past weekend. went back the next day to buy the remaining case. thinking the majority of people were thinking this was their base beer and not the barrel aged version thus not so much interest. of any apple brandy barrel varient beer ive had this is by far my absolute favorite. price point is on the higher side ($12 / 12.7 oz) but there aren't many aged stouts that come cheap. "dangerously" drinkable...could have done 2 myself. so glad i found. so glad i have a few to let sit. do not pass up the opportunity to purchase this beer.

Sep 28, 2015
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BourbonJersey from New Jersey

4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. 8/29/15

Looks: Black as night. Slick like oil. Not much head.

Smell: Apple brandy. Dark malt chocolate. A smidge of coffee. Alcohol.

Taste/Feel: Nice thickness. The alcohol/Apple Brandy is very pronounced, with the chocolate and espresso of the base beer falling in the background. Still very hot. I think as the beer ages, it will become more balanced and drinkable. Not that this is a bad beer, I enjoyed it quite a bit. The alcohol is a tad astringent and it is very apple brandy forward, but it is still good.

Overall: An enjoyable beer, and one that I will review again in a year or 2 after it's had some time to mellow out a bit.

Sep 01, 2015
Frost Monster - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 19 ratings