Nor' Easter Winter Warmer | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Nor' Easter Winter WarmerNor' Easter Winter Warmer

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a truly unique brew, combining some unusual elements to create a powerful, yet flavorful brew. I brewed a similar beer to this one back in 1998, while I was home brewing out in California. Only this time around, I decided to age it in bourbon barrels to add a new element to the already rich sensory profile. The combination of dark malt, elderberries and bourbon barrels makes for an interesting tasting experience. This is a sippin’ beer, so sit back by the fire and enjoy.

Added by Billolick on 02-12-2007

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Photo of sitarist
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 5, bottled Jan 2011.

Pours a deep brown color, with hints of purple. 1/4" coral colored head falls quickly to a light top coating. Leaves rings, and webs of lacing that slide back in to the drink.

Wow, its aroma is not what I was expecting. An olfactory orgy is going on in my brain. I honestly do not know how to begin defining this beer. Im not saying its vinous, but Ive had $150 a bottle Cabernet Sauvignon, this is as balanced, and as complex. I smell some oak, but not much if any bourbon, cherries, light smoke, grapes, chocolate, white & green peppercorns, horehound, a little bit of earthy funk, etc... Artfully balanced.

Its flavors fall in line, and are even better. Just like its nose; I taste oak, but not much bourbon, cherries, vanilla, the peppercorns, grapes.... Amazing balance between tart, and sweet.

Mouthfeel suits itself well, it has a Medium body, with light fizzy carbonation. It has a pleasant medium, dry finish. Light body for a winter warmer, but perfect for its flavors.

What a pleasant surprise this beer was. I was expecting a heavy sipper, instead I found a perfectly balanced beer. Not sure how this brew was fresh, but with almost two years on it, its doing pretty dam good! Do beware, alcohol is hidden very well.

ISO more!

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Rich and dark. Very big head that stayed for almost five minutes (served in a tulip glass).

S: Cherries, raisins, chocolate, coffee, hops. Super uber balanced too!

T: I wish I could drink this all day everyday. All of the above, but just add some malts; which in turn added sweetness to it. And again super uber balanced.

M: Balanced. Great carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol, but in a good way to me.

D: Again, all day every day!

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Photo of Blursimarsi
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle thanks to Maxxdaddy and his mommy) Pours dark brown to black with a creamy, medium, light brown head. The aroma is vinous and fat yet soft and complex with tones of oak, malt, dark fruits and a light spicy yeastiness. Notes of creamy chocolate, salt and sweet liquorice, brown sugar, molasses, dark cherries, sweet dark grapes, blue berries, wild strawberries, prunes, figs, rum raisins, vanilla, bourbon, butter, cardamom, mild nutmeg, mild white pepper and of course a touch of elderberries. Bit fiery on the nose from both the alcohol and the bourbon barrel. The flavour is perfectly medium sweet, light bitter and with a light acidic finish that mixes well with the lingering buttery note from the oak. Tones of chocolaty/dark bready malt, elderberries, vanilla-ish bourbon oak, brown sugar/molasses, touch of hops and subtle spiciness of white pepper and nutmeg. Very vinous as well with tones of blue grapes, cherries, prunes, figs and blue and black berry jam. A touch of mango. The mouthfeel is full, velvety, soft, smooth and light oily with a fine medium carbonation. The aftertaste is of tart-ish elderberries, a peppery spiciness, faint hops and molasses. Medium to full bodied. This is near perfect beer that is some sort of crossover between strong porter and Belgian strong ale.

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Photo of joshuacavett
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to lazerlobe for trading this to me in 2010. The elderberries came out initially as spoiled and almost infected; however, as this beer warmed up the berries were much more tame and delicious/intoxicating smelling. The carbonation was very good throughout the entire tasting of the beer. I was really expecting a much thicker caramel chocolatey of a beer for the winter warmer, but this consistency of this beer was great. Capt. Lawrence precision for making beer really showed through on this Nor' Easter. We split this bottle between four people into oversized wine glasses. Additionally we served it at a temperature of 55° and I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Everyone at the table agreed with the wierd smell initially but all enjoyed it after about 10 minutes. I cannot wait to order another one and try the next years batch.

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Photo of jwc215
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a dense light brown head that stays. Great retention power for such a high abv.

The smell is of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark malt and licorice (from the elderberries).

The elderberry (anise/licorice-like) tastes melds exceptionally well with the vanilla/oak. Chocolate pulls through. Vinuous with a wonderful yeast strain. Alcohol is present, but complements in a fruity way. Full-bodied and warming.

Absolutely smooth and drinkable for the high abv. This is a wonderful, unique winter brew that is very well constructed.

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Photo of Avryle
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Night in the Woods" tasting 3.29.08
The perfect excuse to open another bottle of this!

A- Pours super dark, almost black

S- Herb-y/juniper berries, malt, vanilla & bourbon

T- A lot going on here... black licorice, malt, sasafras & vanilla. Very strong bourbon flavor without the booziness in the finish. The fumes after you swallow linger on your tastebuds... damn this is delicious!

M- Wonderfully full-bodied. Minimal carbonation.

D- Only one bottle left in the cellar (as I wipe a tear from my eye) and no more until the next release. I could drink this every day its that good.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Batch 2

Poured into a tulip a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, huge thick creamy tannish two-finger head, lots of nice thick creamy sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, nice touch of vanilla, bourbon, figs, raisins, plums, and some caramel notes. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice touch of vanilla/bourbon, dark fruits/caramel. Full body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Very drinkable, this is my first CL brew, and hopefully not my last. This BSDA is very different then any other I've had in the past, the Bourbon Barrel Aged and stout like taste is AWESOME! Thanks Joe!

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Photo of drseamus
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not to copy LittleBreeze, but...

Tasting 3/29/08

Batch 2

Nice dark body with an off white head. There is a strong bourbon aroma with a good amount of sweetness. There is a good vanilla character. The flavor has a bunch of sweet bourbon, dark chocolate, and good caramel. Very delicious all around. Great medium/heavy body. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Sampled over 2 hours or so. Thanks to Fletcher (boatshoes) for this!

A: Pours a pitch black body with reddish tint. No real light penetration. The beige cap vanishes in a minute or so, but it leaves a thick collar with broken film on top of the beer.

S: When cold, the beer is very bourbon-dominated, and has a tart/sour cherry aroma (I'm guessing this is the elderberries that the label mentions -- but I have no idea what elderberries smell and taste like, so I'm going with cherries). As it warms, the two aromas balance each other out, and the beer expresses notes of coconut, vanilla, oak, and brown sugar.

T: When cold, it's just bourbon- and tart cherry-dominated, just like the nose. As it warms, it really starts to get going. A subtle orange pith flavor comes out, as do brown sugar, coconut, vanilla. The interplay between the flavors is excellent; the cherries (really elderberries) develop into a vinous flavor that complements the vanilla well. The finish carries tannic cherry skins and oak, as well as an orange peel bitterness. Also a hint of spice and some roasty chocolate in the aftertaste. Surprisingly well-integrated.

M: Big, bold flavors in a delicate balance. I'm impressed. In fruit-aged beers I tend to be sensitive to the tartness and tannins of the skins. By the end of the beer I'm just sick of both. Here, both qualities are restrained in such a way that each sip is refreshing instead of compounding the residue of the previous one. The carbonation is low-medium, so I can't really call it scrubbing. The beer simply does it right. And I should mention: it has no heat. It's not syrupy. It has some heft without being heavy. Just right.

D: Drank the entire 750mL by myself. This is a top-notch beer. Sample it just below room temperature and let it work its magic on you. This is a beer that opens up in a very impressive way.

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Photo of AltBock
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green 750ml bottle that has a plain and simple blue/purple label with the name of the beer in big bold white letters in front of falling snowflakes. The left side of the label is where they keep all the usual label information (US Government warning, address of the brewery, etc..) and the web address of the label's designer. The entire right side of the label is covered with a big detailed paragraph that descibes the process this beer went through. Alot of work went into this beer. It under went 3 fermentations and one those fermentations was in a bourbon barrel. Below this paragraph is a reprint of the brewmaster's signature and a hand numbered batch number of #2.

Appearance: I decided this beer needed to be poured into a big Snifter. What came of of the green bottle was a beer that is just as black as complete darknes. I put this beer up to a light and just like complete darkness, no light was visiable. Not one speck of light could penatrate this beer's black body. Not only was the beer's color thick, but the head of foam as well. It had a 1 1/2 inch thick tan colored head of foam that never went away! The only time the head of foam actually receded was when I took a few sips of the beer. And when it receded, it left behind streak after streak of beautiful tan colored lace in its tracks. This beer's appearce was just amazing! It was eye candy to me.

Smell: It had a deep dark thick complex aroma of dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, a plum or two, elderberries, a few red raspberries, red grapes, a smidge of sweet caramel toward the back, a quick splash of bourbon, and then this deep dark aroma ended with a gentle touch of oak. Captain Lawrence did a nice job controllling the amount of bourbon and oak in the aroma. They let them have their equal time in the aroma without having them conquer all the other aromas that were in here.

Taste: It had a heavy, but not overwhelming taste of dark roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, ripe elderberries, chocolate that was infused with red raspberries, a small touch of bourbon, charred oak, and then this dark taste ended with a smidge of sweet alcohol. What was nice about the taste was that everything was controlled in the right amounts. Not one taste in here overshowded the taste that came before it, the taste after it, or even the taste that was 3 tastes down. Every one of them had it's moment to shine with no worries that the next taste, the oak, or the alcohol was going to cover them up at some point.

Mouthfeel: It was definitely a full bodied beer with no strong aftertaste of oak or alcohol. Instead it had a strong long lingering aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate, espresso beans, and a subtle hint of charred oak. I could only taste a little bit of the alcohol in the taste, but there was no way I could tell that this beer had an ABV% of 11%.

Drinkability: A pricy beer, but well worth the price. If I could, I would buy another bottle of this fine beer. Not bad for my first Captain Lawrence brew. If this is any indication on how their other beers might taste like, then I am certain to seek out their other fine brews. This is a must try from Captain Lawrence. You won't be disappointed! I know I wasn't!

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Photo of cavedave
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the Capt Lawrence rep. who was generous with tastings, knowledgeable, and brought this cask to Half Time for 16 oz. growler pours

It looks almost like Palo Santo, same thin head of dark beige, same cordovan brown, cloudy, thick, opaque color, same tempting appearance. Nice.

An exceptional aroma grabs my nose and won't let it go. Wine, oak, raisins, yeast, alcohol, earth, toasty malt, and a ghost of bitter backing blend into an exceptional bouquet. Very balanced perfume, can't wait for a taste.

I haven't chilled this, it is about fifty now, I guess, and the first sip is an incredible rush. My taste buds literally charge and fire at first touch to tongue. It starts with a creamy cannonade of elderberry, chocolate, toasty notes, oaky undernotes, goes into a climax of mild alcohol warmth, and lingers upon the tongue in as clean and smooth a vibrant finish as its possible to imagine, balanced with delicious bitterness below the surface. The first sip ended earthy and bitter, the next had vanilla notes, wine, almost floral. Now my palate is into it, and it's warmed a bit more. Exceptional, remarkable, a charged flavor of incredible joy, more oak now, more undernotes beyond my ability to describe, but they have combined with the main flavors into a stupefyingly complex and marvelous whole. The finish is astonishingly clean for a big beer, smooth and flavorful, and lasting. I've gone too far with hyperbole, but this beer deserves it.

Mouthfeel is clean, creamy, carbonation is medium, but the beer benefits from it, less would not have worked as well. As good a mouthfeel as imaginable.

Due to the extreme deliciousness, and addictive qualities of the flavor, this beer is dangerously drinkable. I only wish the rep. would have let me fill my 64 oz.'er.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler filled at DeCiccos on 12-12-09 consumed today. Cellared since then lovingly.

A: Poured black with only the slightest hints of brown when held up to sunlight. Two fingers of brown head with decent lacing. Tons of head and lacing for a 6 month old growler.

S: Wonderful nose. Oak right up front. A little bit musty. Ther elderberries are elusive since who knows what one smells like but whenever I have this beer I always pick up on something weird so I will assume that this is that. Little chocolate. Vanilla.

T: I love this beer. So complex. The oak is part of everything. Little touch of roast. Coffee. Nice yeasty esters. Just amazing.

M: Nice and dry. Well attenuated.

D: I could drink this beer everyday. No real hint of the ABV other than a nice warming feeling. I cannot recommend this beer enough.

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Photo of WesWes
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is perfect. It has an excellent mix of malts, vanilla, berries, and yeast. It's a thing of beauty. The taste is great. It has a kick ass bourban flavor that compliments everything. The vanilla character playing off the berries is awesome. The Belgian yeast adds a great fruitiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a goddamn great beer. It's complex and easy drinking.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky very dark brown with little head. The smell, however, is something different- rich Bourbon notes along with some fruity elderberry as the beer warms. There are definite barrel notes as well, but as an undercurrent, not in-your-face wood. Very nice marriage between the coconut, brown sugar and sultana notes of the Bourbon, the fruitier berries, and a vanilla and lightly roasty finish. If anything, the taste is even better with the flavors even more vibrant than then the aromas. The Bourbon is fairly heavy handed- but I love that. The elderberries add a complex vinous note, and the oak lends a spicy finish, while the malt and roastiness provides an even keel for the other flavors to layer themselves on. Magnificent! Rich and Bourbony in the mouth, but oh, so smooth! What a lovely beer!

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Photo of Deuane
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Clockworkorange for this one!

A-Dark brown cola with a thick, creamy tan head. LEft copious amounts of caked lace behind.

S-Big roasty malt, with a lovely wisp of bourbon, dark fruit and a bit of sourness.

T-Malty sweetness with touches of bourbon, dark fruits, caramel and the lingering sourness from the fruit addition. This is one of the best tasting dark, fruited brews I have had.

M-Full body with an amazing smoothness. This is simply a treat to drink.

D-With well hidden alcohol, all that smoothness, tartness and flavour this is one seriously great beer. Sierrags and I had to fight over the remainder in the bottle!

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Photo of marcpal
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheRealBastard for trading this one.

Batch #2, 750ml bottle poured into a Urthel tulip glass.

I let it warm some from the fridge and split it with a friend- have been sitting on this one for several months.

A: Much darker than I would have guessed. Tan head on top of dark porter looking body.

S: Something of a balsamic glaze smell, super sweet. Malts and bourbon on the nose are some of the strongest I have ever experienced- freaking great smell. Oaky, wood and some sneakiness finally coming out from the dried fruits.

T: Absolute full development of the dried fruits right smack up front: dried figs, dates, raisins, the whole gamut. Like a fruitcake I made last year with bourbon soaked dried cranberries and raisins- beautiful flavor. I dont know what elderberry tastes like but Im guessing thats in there as well with the mix of fruits. The wood and the bourbon contribute to the finish. A tight brew.

M: Very full body, some chewiness. Nil heat from the alchohol, and smooth as silk.

D: For such a flavor bomb, it is a sipper to a 'T' but a pleasure to do so. Seriously enjoyable and a fun one to split. It is a broad classification in terms of style and not sure this is the run of the mill for a Belgian strong but dont know what else I would consider it. A great, truly great winter warmer.

These guys at Capt Lawrence are on the right track in so many ways- hardly anything less than top notch coming out of Pleasantville.

As much as I complain to not having access to FFF, HOTD here in NJ, this is something I take for granted- the simple trip up to NY to visit these great folks.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a goblet. Syracuse may not be getting a Nor' Easter, but we are getting quite a bit of Lake Effect so this beer is quite fitting.

Batch 2.

Pours a super dark brown with light ruby outlines. The one finger khaki colored head quickly falls to a soft layer of foam leaving some sticky goodness behind on the sides of the glass. Smell is sweet bourbon with dark chocolate and carmel malts. Vanilla beans, fig, raisins, elderberries, leather, and coconut. I can tell this one is gonna be a sipper, but I have all the time in the world so bring it on! The taste reminds me so much of bourbon balls I had when I was in Kentucky. The sweet smoked oaky bourbon flavor dominates the tongue first, but the dark fruits and sweet rich malts quickly find their way in the mouth midway. Carmelized almonds with some musty earth hops and all sorts of berries in the aftertaste. Medium to heavy body with thick feel. The carbonation is a tad high, but not to the point of taking away from the overall beauty of this beer. I thought this would be a chore to finish, but I put it down pretty quick. A very well made beer, I look forward to the next batch for sure!

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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another impressive offering from Captain Lawrence. Pours the color of burnt pine with a silky tan head.

Nose has big roasty malts, spicy bourbon, oak, vanilla, ripe fruits, subtle hops and a collection of rich spices.

Taste is equally complex. Sweet, bready malt profile well balanced by the holliday spices, whiskey barrels, ripe berries, figs, raisins, chocolate, vanilla and flowery hops.

Big, thick body is well carbonated. Drinks well for such a huge ale. Slight boozy presence in the finish that adds another layer of intricacy.

The elderberries really come out as this reaches room temp. They add crisp berry presence to both the aroma and flavor. CL Brewing is really putting out some world class stuff. Keep up the strong work my friends.

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Photo of BTPete
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an advance try of this years (2009) Nor' Easter from Scott at a promo at Half Time in Poughkeepsie. Tried sample and then purchased 16 oz "growler" to go. Drank within a few hours. A of note was that Scott mentioned this years is 12%.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Dark blackish with big fluffy brown head.

S: Really smell the berries in this. Scott had mentioned less bourbon and more elderberry this year and you can tell! Nice strong malt backbone to accompany the berry sweetness. Some alcohol aroma.

T: Roasty malt up front with some bourbon character. The ending is really unique with a big berry kick. Very vinous. It also has a very smooth character for 12%. The first sip was almost shocking to my mouth. Tons of flavor.

M: Full flavor and body. Nice carbonation on this. A little alcohol zing is in there though.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable though at 12% you must be careful with this one. It will sneak up on you. A beer of this flavor profile needs to be enjoyed respectfully, good luck finding a beer to follow this one up!

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 750mL bottle shared with some friends on 8/22/09 as part of a mini tasting. From notes.

Pours Dark brown with ruby highlights and a light tan head into my tulip. Very inviting.

Aroma opens up with roasted malts, dark chocolate, toasted coconut and caramel candies as well as vinous characters. The barrel impact is very nice. There are also nutty and sweet vanilla flavors accompanied by dark fruits - cherries come to mind. The taste is very complex and does a nice job of mirroring the aroma, 8 months after the release, the barrel flavors have come into a stunning balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, coating at times, but never overbearingly thick. Carbonation is appropriate, but could even be a tad bit lower. The ABV is extremely well hidden, sneaks up on you, but just barely starts to show up when I get to the last few sips of the glass as it comes closer to room temp. Can't wait til Batch 4!

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Photo of maximum12
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I abase myself to the east, where resides the one known as marcpal. This fine BA sent this excellent brew to my humble abode unannounced, arriving in the middle of a brutal sub-zero Minnesota cold snap. Being as it advertises itself as a winter warmer, I couldn't think of a better time to pop it open. After the generosity of marcpal, I was afraid I might not like it. There goes that land mine.

This beer gets huge points for originality. The dark fruits - elderberry, I presume, although I've never tasted one - mix in beautifully with the dark ale tastes, the bourbon comes in as a subtle undertow that threatens to knock the feet out from under my palate, & the alcohol is present as a breathy afterthought. The mix is absolutely spot-on perfect. Nothing is dominant, lots of good is present, & the balance is great.

Nor'easter is slick as oil & dark, but not heavy, cloying or filling, but again, with a nice balance. For a big dark beer with some serious alcohol the wife & I could easily sit around the fireplace & put a couple bombers of this away. Love to have it on tap someday.

Man, I have one other Captain Lawrence in the basement I was planning on saving, but now, who knows?

Thanks Marc, this was a treat!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

fogdog included this as an extra in our last trade. I decided to split it with Trevor (lynx1245) in a tasting that also included RR Salvation. Poured into a couple of snifters.

Appearance: Pours out of the bottle looking like liquid Tootsie Roll (in color, not consistency). Body actually looks a little thin, and definitely flat. Once it settles, the body is blackish brown with shades of orange-brown near the edges. Head is slow to form and quick to leave; dissipates to a loose, light brown, halo in less than a minute. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, and sweet, dark berries. Charred oak bourbon barrels make a huge impression on this smell. Not so complex, but very rich and pleasant.

Taste: Doughy malts and dark chocolate combine and remind me of chocolate chip cookie dough. Sweet & sour (elder)berries and molasses follow, and then oak and bourbon to cap it off. Nice alcohol burn. Lots of sweetness, but very smooth - not cloying.

Mouthfeel: Slick with low carbonation. Lighter (in body) than you'd expect for such a strong beer. Also very, very smooth. A bit on the syrupy side. Finishes very dry and warm.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, especially considering the high ABV. Smooth and pretty light, but somehow the alcohol harshness is really kept in check. Sweet and tasty - this would be great right around Christmas. Big, big thanks to fogdog for the hookup!

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4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer! I was a big fan of the berry undertones, which were not too overpowering, and hit the tongue just right. The aging in bourbon barrels was a nice choice, as the beer is smooth, and has a lovely alcohol content. This is the perfect beer to be snowed in with (particularly if it's with someone you love!)

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Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Batch No. 2.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" pinkish tan head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head bubbles quickly migrate to the rim, with plenty of lacing. Aroma is fruity sweetness with prevalent alcohol character. Taste starts with rich full maltiness, hits the tart berry notes in the middle, and then lets the vanilla and oak character mix with the alcohol and just melt away. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is very nice as well. Maybe not as impressive as batch one for me, but still a brew worth searching out.

4/24/07 - 5/4.5/4.5/5/4.5
22oz bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Batch No. 1.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" purply-tinged tan head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Dense, frothy head is more or less a constant, little change over time, with lots of heavy coating lace. Aroma is creamy malts with berry notes and ample alcohol. Taste is a mirror of the nose, with the close of oaky alcohol melded in nicely with the fruit touches and malt depth. Mouthfeel is oh-so smooth, and drinkability is dangerously easy for the style. How can something comes forth somewhat thin and easy to drink, yet display such malt and wood depths? I don't know, but I like it...

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. Been sitting on this one for a while, and I'm glad I did! Thanks to gpcollen1 for hooking me up with this one back at the beginning of summer.

Pours the darkest of browns, nearly black, with a thick and creamy two-finger tan head that fades real slowly. Lots of thick lacing.

Smell is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some Belgian yeast, caramel, and dark red wine fruits. This smells incredible!

Taste is dark chocolate up front with strong bourbon undertones. Sweet caramel and toffee lead into some dark red wine fruits. There's some yeast flavors before finishing with some alcohol warmth and some vanilla and more bourbon. The taste is near perfect. This stuff is amazing!

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. It coats the mouth, but is extremely smooth.

An incredible beer that went down very smoothly. I really wish I had more of these stashed away in the cellar. I hope I can get my hands on some bottles from future batches.

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Nor' Easter Winter Warmer from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 318 ratings.
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