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Nor' Easter Winter Warmer | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Nor' Easter Winter WarmerNor' Easter Winter Warmer
BA SCORE
4.07/5
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320 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,988
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
320
pDev:
12.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
159
Gots:
58
Trade:
3
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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught, vintage 2007. From NYC Beer Week, 9/08.

Pours opaque black, thin tan head.

Nose is honestly all bourbon - heavy on oak, vanilla, alcohol.

Taste is similar - the beer itself seems completely lost in the bourbon. Along with the bourbon, oak, and vanilla, you get a hint of roasty malt and the barest hint of cocoa and a dose of sharp alcohol, but nothing that pulls the beer out of the bourbon barrel. Not much in the way of subtlety here.

'08 vintage.

Tons of bourbon in the nose and taste, but complemented by a sweeter malt character, with more of a cocoa and brown sugar presence underneath. Increase in score probably comes as much from freshness as anything, but the bourbon character and the beer itself both seem to be brighter and more clear in this version.

Numbers reflect an average of the two.

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Photo of waltonc
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After being somewhat disappointed with Smoke from the Oak, I was concerned about how this would turn out. It is awesome. Pours dark caramel brown with creamy white head. Smells and tastes of toffee, vanilla, light wood notes, and, of course, bourbon. But the bourbon is not overdone and complements, rather than dominates, the taste. Body is fairly thick, carbonation is medium, not too sticky. Pretty high drinkability given the style and ABV. Outstanding.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep dark brown with a rich tan head and some nice lacing.

S-Toasted marshmallow, sweet raspberries (well, elderberries I guess but I have never had them so...), maybe a hint of oak.

T-Nicely complex and deep. Some vanilla and dark chocolate notes, jammy sweetness and a light touch of bourbon. A bit of alcohol in the finish, but not an unwelcome one.

M-Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

D-A joy to drink, especially for the ABV. Glad I was not driving after this one.

HV

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Photo of TheDoorman
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This bottle looked so enticing. A bourbon barrel winter warmer, brewed with edelberries. Not that I know what an edelberry, but thats beside the point.

The beer poured a deep deep brown with a minimal off-white head, after a heavy pour, indicating a low carbonation level. The aroma is magnificent and complex, filled with oak, red wine, port, and a touch of berry and vanilla sweetness in the background. The taste starts with a strong dosage of bourbon in the foreground, with a malty palate, and an ever so slight hint of berries. Complex. Alcohol is present throughout, though some of that may just be residual bourbon notes. An excellent warmth as the beer slides down your through. Full-bodied and dry.

This beer may be a touch too hot, but I probably drank this in the wrong setting, with a meal. This is beer is a real winter after dinner sipper. The aroma and taste are really quite interesting, complex, unique, inviting and warm. I nice 10oz glass would be perfect in front of a fire, with a book, or some nice conversation after dinner. Unfortunately, the beer only comes in 750ml size, so make sure you have a group. This beer is really not meant for more than a glass per person.

I have a hard time rating this, because I clearly drank it incorrectly. As an after-dinner sipper, this is truly a superb beer. But it is not diverse, I would never recommend drinking this with a meal or having more than a small glass in a night.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn, NY on 1/16/09.

A - Poured a dark brown body with creamy one-finger tan head that receded to a thin ring of retention but yielded thick lacing throughout.

S - Opens with a dark chocolate malt character and prevalent bourbon nose that melds together with traces of vanilla, brown sugar, mild alcohol and hints of oak.

T - While the bourbon dominates the flavor, its presence is still pretty subtle overall. Vanilla and chocolate notes emerge and sweeten the pot a bit. Finishes with a bitter chocolate aspect and more suggestions of bourbon and oak.

M - Smooth and lush body with a silky texture and soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is pretty warm overall with a mild alcohol/bourbon sting.

D - Wow! This one blew me away. Nor'easter drank like a champion... so smooth and creamy on the palate. This is extremely drinkable for such a big beer. I will definitely seek this out in the future.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, batch 2, courtesy of shaebs99, poured into a tulip.

This one pours almost black with only hints of mahogany around the edges, with a one-finger creamy tan head that dissipates to a ring fairly quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma really smells like bourbon soaked berries dipped in some chocolate. It all melds together very well, with the bourbon not too overpowering in the nose.

Sweet dark chocolate and fruits dominate the front end of the taste, with the bourbon and oak presence really growing into a fairly dry finish. The bourbon leaves a definite burn on the back of the throat as it goes down.

For a beer this dark and big, the mouthfeel was on the lighter side of things with less carbonation than I was expecting.

This is really complex beer with all kinds of stuff going on, but it comes together as a whole really well. Good stuff!

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Photo of younger35
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this brew in a fairly recent trade with Fishdawg71. I find Captain Lawrence's brews to be pretty inventive and well thought out. Can't wait to dig into the rest of their brews sometime soon. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Batch #2, Bottled October '07.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brown with a nice slowly forming medium tan head that recedes fairly slowly. A semi spotty cap is left behind along with a super thin collar and bits of spotty lacing.
Smell- The wood is prevalent right from the start with lots of oak, vanilla and toasted coconut. Some bourbon soaked cherries (or maybe elderberries but I have no idea what elderberries smell like) and raisins add a real nice fruity aspect. More chocolate and caramel in the nose as it warms and intensifies. I think a lot of the Belgium qualities of this brew probably get lost in all the barrel aging.
Taste- Very intense as a big blast of caramel, chocolate and toasted marshmallows burst they way onto the scene. Honestly never tasted coconut in a beer before (other than Maui Coconut Porter) till now. Maybe I'm just being influenced by the tasting notes on Captain Lawrence's website but I get it. The elderberries add a bit of light fruitiness that are somewhat pruney and fig like. Surprisingly the bourbon and wood really don't seem to come out till somewhere near the end. Lots of vanilla and oak and notes of charred wood and ash. The finish is long and warming with more of those roasted marshmallows and burnt sugars.
Mouthfeel- Surprising fairly light body with very subtle carbonation. Although the beer starts quite sweet it finishes rather dry and warming.
Drinkability- This is a 100% sipper. The 11% ABV is hidden fairly well and it's not really the alcohol that makes this a sipper IMO. It's the intenseness of the flavors that are dramatic and really nice. Very tasty winter warmer that really is quite different than any other I've had. Big thanks again to Geoff!

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006.

Poured a dark amber hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate caramel malt with traces of ginger and all spice.

The taste consisted of even flavors of caramel, maple and raisin. Spices detected toward finish along with a touch of pear.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a smooth and well aged ale. This one really improves with age.

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Photo of Biggness
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark with a brownish tan head and some nice lacing. The smell is of vanilla and bourbon. The flavor has a large bourbon flavor with some hints of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. This beer has a great malt base. The mouthfeel is a little dry and the carbonation might be a tad low. I drank 3 pints out of this last night, but 4 would be tough :)

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML bottle poured into a regular snifter over some time. Batch 3 purchased at brewery in N.Y.

A- CL Nor' Easter comes out of the bottle a dark brown/black color while it settles in the glass completely black. The head is a 1/2 finger of a dark shade white to vanilla color and great lacing for a BA beer.

S- This beer smells great with top notch bourbon and vanilla sweetness with some woody backing. Dark fruits arise also with berries. Some raisins with caramel and chocolate with dark malt. Slight alcohol as it warms.

T- So that's what an elderberry tastes like. Along with other dark fruits the bourbon flavor is pretty strong and pleasant if that's your thing. Getting some oak and a whole lot of vanilla is also present and inviting. A bit of coffee and a backing of wood is coming from the barrel as well. Nor' Easter also has some wine tastes.

M- Very thick on the mouth for me but not a problem. as it warms this one is a breeze to drink. The vanilla stays with me the most. The alcohol is not quite present but I know it's there towards the end of the bottle.

D- Great at 11% and a sipper. There is no reason to rush through this beer as i drank it over 2 hours. I like this out of the bottle a bit better, but on tap it's quite good. The blend of flavors is amazing and quite a change from some winter warmers even though this is a BSDA. Loving the wine qualities. Great for sharing.

The captain knows how to work a barrel, i wish i got more of these.

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Photo of hellbilly
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i'm not sure where this came from but if you sent one to me i thank you...

batch 2 bottle shared with the phoenix crew...

pours very dark brown with a dense though short lived khaki colored head.

the aroma is full of bourbon barrel woodiness... it's very smooth and pleasant. also noted are molasses, chocolate, caramelized sugar, vanilla, eucalyptus and mint. the palate is malty and sweet yet the sugar level is not an issue. lots of roasty malt in the flavor mixes with cocoa, dark raisins, fruity sourness, molasses, vanilla oakiness and just enough bourbon to make a difference. there's a mild bitterness on an otherwise smooth finish. as it warms it picks up a slight sourness which makes it more well balanced than it already was. medium body with a luscious mouth feel.

insane... intoxicatingly rich and complex yet so easy to drink!
8/5/8.5/4/18/4.4

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

That marcpal is one generous sum bitch. Thanks again, Marc, for the chance to try this one. Kharma will catch up with you. I promise.

Poured from the bottle a deep dark brown with ruby highlights. The tan head was thin and the lacing was very light.

A very interesting aroma with this one. I hate to say it but it smells quite a bit like dogs breath( maybe it's what some refer to as leather). Funny thing is, the smell was not a turn-off. I'm thinking it's from the bourbon barrels. Also note dark ripe fruit, raisins, and booze.

Tastes of bourbon, raisins, dark ripe fruit, cocoa, vanilla, and figs. Finishes with a very red wine-like note. The 11% alcohol warms the palate very nicely.

Medium bodied, slick and oily, with a lighter carbonation.

A beautiful beer from Captain Lawrence. Well-balanced and delicious. A must try if given the opportunity. And please, share it with a friend. It's a big bottle.

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Photo of maximum12
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

And...wow. 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 kasper
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3, 1 week fresh straight from the Captain's cellar. Drinking a bottle now but Beer Advocate won't let me add a second review (which is silly because batches change). Also had it on tap at the release.

A: Pours a murky brown with an almost purple hue -- the color of dark raisins. Produces a minimal coffee ice cream-colored head on a chilled pour that's creamy, but a tad thin and wet. It quickly fades to a ring and slight swirl.

S: Aromas of alcohol-soaked dark fruits -- raisins, elderberries. Strong aromas of vanilla and bourbon, with hints of oak and a tad of coconut, chocolate, leather and oak. Definitely some booze in the nose as well. There's also a tad of smokiness or charred wood.

T: Delicious dark fruity malt up front flowing into some heavy booze then all sorts of flavors hit the palette -- alcohol, bourbon, coconut and a bit of oak on the finish. There are several other components which I cannot decipher. The complexity of this brew in both the nose and taste is something to be sought.

M: Heavy and somewhat sticky, but remarkably smooth with only the mildest carbonation.

D: Batch 3 has one up on Batch 2 in my opinion. Lots of similarities to DFH Palo Santo Marron, but a different beer within itself. This is certainly a strong brew -- a winter warmer in deed. Something to cosy up next to during a snow storm on the couch or in front of a fire, which is almost precisely what I'm doing.

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Photo of LennyV
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3 poured into my Delirium Tremins snifter. Pours black with a small tan head no lacing.

Smells of bourbon. This brew was aged in bourbon barrels.

Tastes intially of bourbon/alchold but as it warms the elderberrys and bourbon meld into a coconut taste. It is quite unique.

Medium bodied in the mouth and a little to fizzy intially but gets better as the bottle breaths.

At 12% abv this a great sipper after a good meal.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. batch #2 bottle into an Ommegang chalice.

A--Body is the color of melted dark chocolate, which is too say: deep brown and totally opaque. Actually looks creamy. Head is small but lasting, maybe eighth of an inch. One advocate described it as "ovaltine" and I like that enough to heist it.

S--Tons of hot bourbon on the sides of the nose, and in the middle is a sweetish ripened fruit that might be elderberries, might be prunes, raisins, currants--you name it. Dark skinned ripe and dried fruit. Amazingly there's still room in the nose for some vanilla and dark wildflower honey.

T--HUGE flavor profile on this badboy. All the bourbon-barrel aged beers I've had to this point, which are admittedly few, have been overtaken by the sweetish mash flavor in the tasting. Not this one. This puppy has as much as its nose: more vanilla, some almond, a spicy sassafras-like character, and then the dark-skinned fruit that's in the aroma. Extremely vinous, with chocolate notes and black licorice toward the end of the spectrum. There's even a small hop bite in the very back right at the end, alongside a solid sweet malt backbone throughout the rest of the tasting. One of those beers that reveals a new flavor ever sip (and you will be sipping).

M&D--Mouthfeel's extremely milky and carbonation is gentle. This is the port of winter beers. It's like a beefed up dubbel, like a dubbel on methamphetamines. Alcohol is well-hidden, but you feel it in no time (or at least I did). Not one to be trifled with, I tells ya--this proves the Captain sea-worthy. Consummate beer for cold weather, and I bet one that mellowed with some age. I'll find out when I score some '08 vintage, hopefully immediately!

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Photo of Dirty1
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this on a recent visit to the Whole Foods in White Plains New York. I poured from a 750ml. bottle (labeled batch no. 3) into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with some light creeping around the edges giving it a slight ruby tint. Poured with about 1/2" tan head that fell away as quick as it appered and left hardly any lace.

S- Fist whiff is all bourbon with the elderberries close behind. Hints of dark fruits and subtle oak. Damn it smells good!

T- It's almost reverse of the smell. I get nice sweet berries and grains up front, with hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Then the bourbon comes in with a very subtle oak note. It also has hints of yeast and dark fruits like figs and raisins. Very nice warming alcohol that is hidden well with the bourbon. Not much hops to speak of, but it dose finish with a slight bitter bite.

M- Medium to heavy body with a slight oily feel. Pretty low carbonation that seems to fit this style.

D- I thought this was a pretty complex beer. It was balanced nicely between the fruit and the bourbon with interesting undertones. It was wonderful on the cold night that I bought it! The big alcohol % and interesting flavor make for a very festive beer perfect for sharing. I like it enough that I'm taking a couple bottles home to Georgia to share with my Dad on Christmas night! Cheers!

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.74/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 4/29/08. Bottle, batch 2. Pours dark black with no head (only slight bubbling from an extremely vigorous pour). Aroma strongly of bourbon, oak/wood, some sweetness. The flavor was slightly less bourbon, but it still dominates. I didn't get any elderberry fruitiness, just sweetness from the alcohol, producing a roasty, alcoholy, sweet taste. My throat was warmed after just a few sips. Unfortunately, this was too bourbon-dominated for my liking. If I do ever develop a liking for bourbon-aged beers, I will revisit this one.
5/4/5/4/13 (3.1/5)

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of PEBKAC
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the night during the VSK event at The Blind Tiger. Spent the better part of two hours sipping on my glass.

Deep porter-like pour into a 12oz tulip. A inch & change of Ovaltine head atop a deep black & brown body with russet highlights.

At first this was total disappointment. Just bitter coffee grounds in taste & smell. Stuff was too damn cold to get anything out of it. Had a different beer & let this one sit, eventually amassing a nice lineup of tasters to ponder.

Once it warmed up considerably, it had so much going for it. Scents of smoke & chocolate malt, marshmallowy vanilla, & stollen-like bread & macerated fruit notes soften & spice up the alcohol. A bit of coffee & licorice that I just couldn't shake off near the end my only complaint. It all translated from my nose to my tongue & back. I have no idea what elderberries taste like, but the end result is delicious.

Slightly milky, carbonation is soft, but just enough to keep it moving with interrupting the experience.

I'm not one to usually praise Captain Lawrence. The only year round recipe I really liked he tweaked, & I felt these seasonal bottles always brought more hype then drinkability in the end. This one is very good though, right there with the Cuvee as the best stuff I've had from Pleasantville.

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Photo of hopdog
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle acquired in trade with jjpm74 (thanks!). Bottle labeled batch 1.

Poured a dark, dark brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of wood, nuts, chocolate, roast, light vanilla, and a very light berry/fruitiness. Every once and a while, I also thought I was getting some pine. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, brown sugar, and had an all around vinous characteristic as well. Alcohol well hidden (I'm pretty sure I'll be feeling buzzed after drinking this one myself though!).

Notes from 4/1/07

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Photo of marcpal
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
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 bbothen
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle sitting around the cellar for about 8 months. Why not bust it out on a random Nor Cal 80*, clear sky, shorts, flip flops kinda October Friday?

Pours deep dark black with a firm & bubbly 1 finger deep tand head. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing on glass.

Yowza. Plenty of big oak & wood aromas, sweet dark fruit, plum alcohol soaked raisins, plums, distinct vanilla. Awesome.

Sweet, dark fruitiness, oak/wood, yeasty, bourbon, bourbon soaked prunes. There is an incredible amount of flavor going on here. The barrel aging is very dominate. Oh, and AWESOME.

Full, rich, sommth, heavy, low carbonation, warming alcohol finish.

Well I now have a almost full 750 ml of this bad boy staring at me. One tulip full in and I feel the 11% already. Better go see if my neighhbor wants some. Hopefully he doesn't.

What a unique & interesting brew this is. Hats off to the Captain Lawrence team. I'll be seeking out more of their brews for sure. Indeed.

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Nor' Easter Winter Warmer from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 320 ratings
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