Frost Monster Imperial Stout | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged in Apple Brandy Barrels

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
409
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.82%
 
 
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 409
Photo of GreenSaint
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice and Strong, but Smooth at the same time. The Perfect beer for real beer drinkers. Frost Monster is definitely a winter beer. I challenge you to not feel a bit like a Viking conquering a foreign land in the dead of winter while enjoying it. It reminds me of a dogfish 120, but with a better taste and cooler label!!!

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Photo of PaulElk
4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reminds me of Ten Fidy and Founders Imperial stout. All the complexities of roasted malt with well hidden alcohol. Bottled 11/22/2015. This stuff was a great find

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

Powerful and delicious. Great apple character, roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak. Thick and rich. This one will last forever in the cellar. My remaining bottle won't last long around here. I should have bought a case. DAMN!!!

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Photo of Boston71
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark rich stout- creamy head

Smell the smoke
Full body smoky malt with a touch of sweetness no bitter notes
Lightly carbonated smooth finish

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Photo of SteveB24
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearence: smooth black, very thin , tan head.

Smell: very malty, some smokiness, sweetness, coffee, hint of chocolate.

Taste: virtually identical to smell. But with a hint of alcohol and a distinct freshness that accompanied the rich malts.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, mildly creamy, light carbonation.

Overall: very good. Not too strong/ offensive but complex, tasty, fresh and bold. An excellent winter beer. Plan to buy at least two or three more times this season.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is a red tinged black, no head but visible carbonation. Smell us a little apple brandy right off the nose straight into chocolate, coffee and leather.first taste is apple brandy sweetness then straight into roasted coffee with those 2 battling until each sip is gone. Its a bonfire night beer, toffee apple sweetness with coffee and treacle bitterness balancing this beer perfectly, a great beer and also pretty original.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a 1’ head that falls to a lacing atop the ale and the side of the glass
Poured cold it smells like coco and chocolate
Taste is of roasted malt and fudge brownies, it is not harsh
Mouthfeel is smooth, 12% alcohol undetected at first but you can taste it as it warms up.
Overall this is a damn fine Imperial Stout, not overly hoppy, toasty, or sweet. Real solid.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/6/2013. Very dark body but not completely opaque, some light is allowed to shine through along the edges of the glass. Decent sized, light tan colored head that liked to stick around. Very smooth, well balanced aroma, getting everything from coffee, milk chocolate candy bar, licorice, dark roasted malts, vanilla, ripe grape, maybe some hazelnut in there too. I'd prefer a chewier body. This one is on the lighter side of full, big sweetness, slightly ashy, and a healthy dose of carbonation. The taste is enjoyable; creamy and smooth. Good amount of roastiness comes through, with some sweet cocoa, and bitter coffee, lactose, hint of dried fruit and alcohol, and burnt sugars. A nice alternative to the more well known "standards" of the style (BCS, FIS, Plead 5th, Stone IRS, Siberian Night, Yeti)

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled 12/6/13. I'd forgotten I had these in the closet. Yay, 2 year aging.
Pour is beautiful jet black with half-finger light-tan active head. Appears medium to light-medium in density or perceived strength. Brownish-brick red on an 1/8 of the edges.
Smell is roasty raisins with charred chocolate. Molasses is imagined. Dang, what an enticing whiff! An iota of dry alcohol assaults the nostrils if you look for it.
Taste: cocoa, caramel, the midpoint of bitter and sweet chocolate, the hotness of a cherry-chocolate cordial sweeps past -- every taste has a mid- and end-palate of tingly dry hops -- almost too much sharpness after 720+ days, yet it's nice to not have a flat/syrupy cocoa mess as well.
An hour after I poured it, it's still carbing anew with every tilt. As it warms, the smell is more woody, imagined smokey, the alcohol whiff almost a dead ringer for plum/apricot brandies I've had from the old country.
It may not be rounding out into perfection, but this is incredibly better than the single I had when I acquired them 2 yrs ago. Can't remember seeing it recently on shelves, but ppl ought to grab it up and wait 2 years, they'll be friggin' glad if they do.

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Photo of DrRambis
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz bottle dated 11/11/14. I've tried this brew twice fresh and now I'll enjoy a third.

Look: Inky brownish-black with zero light shining through, 1'' head with a cappucino-brown hue.

Smell: Doughy roasted malt dominates the smokey tinged aroma, there is a piney hoppiness with some lemon elements in the backround, some sweet brown sugary elements linger at the finish of the smell. Nascent alcohol.

Taste: Bitter roasted malt up front, w strong dark chocolate elements merge with some dominant coffee elements as well. Brown sugar and pruny fruit as well. The coffee notes play well with the citrus notes of the hops. Smoky, but not nearly as so when fresh. Smoke and bready malt with some pine hop create a very earthy tobacco like flavor to this beer. Finishes with some creamy milk flavors, with punishing piney bitterness.

Feel: Thick and unctous. Silky mouthfeel. Finishes with definite astringency. Drying but has sugary elements.

Overall: The flavors sort of emerge to create a choclate flavored cigar flavor profile. Or maybe chocolate and marshmellow roasted on an open fire. Much better than fresh when the smoke dominated the other flavors. A very nice example of a hoppy American Imperial Stout with the smoky elements being a little bit of a twist on the traditional style. Really melded with time; if you see a dusty bottle sitting somewhere on a dark store aisle I implore you to pick this up and enjoy.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this for a while, dated 12/01/2014, so almost a year.

Pours a huge fluffy thick frothy 1.5 finger dark mocha colored head that fades semi slowly, nice thick lacing, pitch black thick beer.

Nose is pretty nice, big caramel, dark chocolate, powdered cocoa biscuity cookie, lots of fluffy nougat, a little roast and dark roasty charred like malts, but not acrid burnt roast, touch of earthy hops, lots of dark malts, and touch of vanilla.

Taste brings dry stout flavors, roasty dark malts, again not acrid, dry bitter stouts, with a mild earthy spicy hops, a little tea like hop note, with bitterness from the roast and hops. Dark caramel candy, charred malt notes, not acrid, chewy nougat, fluffy nougat, dark chocolate and a little roasty coffee, little fudgey even. Finish is quite bitter, very sticky too with fair sweetness, little roasty char, dark malts, fudgey cocoa, caramel, and nougat all lingering nicely.

Mouth is full bod, chewy rich, nice fluffy carb, just a hint of booze barely there.

Overall pretty nice, def a nice dark malt with spicy hop combo, good malt characters, roasty without being acrid, nice dark chocolate caramel and nougat, booze hidden well, a bit too sticky and sweet on the finish.

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Photo of cwalter
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The stuff pours like motor oil and looks like it too. Jet black in color with a fluffy med tan head 2 fingers in depth. Tons of roasted chocolate malts in the aroma. Also getting a charred character reminiscient of smoked meats. Maybe even some hints of liquorice. The flavor is rich, heavily roasted chocolate malts, coffee grounds and maybe hints of dark fruit. However the charcoal flavor really predominates in the mid to back end of this beer along with some alcohol warmth in the back end. This beer has a moderate to heavy mouthfeel. One of the better imperal stouts I have head, not a huge fan of how smokey it is though.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smoky is the defining characteristic of this one. You wouldn't know it comes in at 12%. Pours dark with a 1/4" brown head. Roasted, malty and warming, as an imperial stout should.

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Photo of farrago
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thick head, close to three fingers, very dense with an even surface, about as dark brown as you are going to get, the lacing stretches out into long streaks with good stick. Fully opaque black liquid, nothing gets through it, can see the tiniest micro beads of bubbles just below the surface. The nose overflows with chocolate, cocoa and a strong roasty quality, not quite bitter enough for coffee notes, leans more towards toffee and milk but in no way “soft,” some cherry or plum fruit scents, a bit of campfire wood smoke, dense enough to be compact yet not evanescent. Full-bodied, you’d be tempted to call it heavy were it not for the dryness which helps to relieve weight. The carbonation also has the power to lift it off the palate. There is some booziness here and in the mouth more bitter coffee notes and wood smoke. The licorice, milk, butterscotch and chocolate notes can’t quite smooth it out but maybe better for it as it might become too simple. The roast lingers well and overall it seems like it would benefit from medium to longer term aging. Given its headiness, not sure you’d want more than a couple in one sitting.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and thick. Large dark khaki head is dense and long lasting. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smokey, roasty aroma. Bitter dark chocolate, dark(almost burnt) malt. Espresso and licorice.

Heavy roasted malt on first sip. Dark chocolate and espresso. Smoke, earth, and licorice. Just a touch of vanilla and cream counterbalance.

Thick mouth feel with mild carbonation. Creamy feeling belies the heavy, bitter flavors. Lingering dark chocolate but with a touch of sweetness.

Big, bold heavy stout. Very creamy feel.

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Photo of Billolick
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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..

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Photo of KornWallace
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 3/26/14
Location: Skibbo's
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Pours black with nearly no head. What little carbonation there is is light brown. Very little cling.
Aromatics: Some coffee, bitter chocolate and a lot of sweet. Malts in the back.
Flavor: Starts with the coffee flavor and bitter chocolates. A boat load of carbonation moves us into the sweet chocolate. Cocoa. And the beer gets sweeter with time
Finish: The finish isn't that strong. Some of the coffee and cocoa. Some of the carbonation but not a lot of any of it.
Notes Bottled 12/6/13

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is black, dense, head is tan, fine bubbles with nice lingering quality.

Smell is very pleasant: nice roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, some espresso, then some earthy hops and subtle bitterness.

Taste is great, hard to believe it clocks in at 12% abv: roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee earthiness, hops are earthy, slightly piney but balance the strong flavors.

Mouthfeel is a standout quality of the beer, very pleasant and lingering flavors, moderate carbonation, maybe some drying on the tongue.

Overall, a very very good beer that hides its strength very well.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours black. Head is a very large, frothy, deep brown color. Mild lacing. Not exactly sure that this is aged in Apple Brandy Barrels. It says nothing of it on the beer's label and that is definitely something a brewer would want advertised. I even checked the site; no mention. Anyway, the beer is very roasty on the nose. Chalky, dark malt. Almost Porter-like. Some charred malt and a tiny wink of dark fruit. Lots of bitter cocoa powder. Root beer and dark cocktail bitters. The flavor is dominated by a mix of dark chocolate baking powder and intense black roast. A very bitter initial hit. Unsweetened chocolate is the most important descriptor. Again, I am brought back to the powerful bitterness. Burnt malt. Light anise. A bit more complex in the nose. Has a good amount of body. Alcohol isn't exactly shy. This offering by Captain Lawrence is supremely aggressive with its designed flavors. It's working for me. One of the more aggressive brews I have had recently.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Not much of a head, but what amassed was a deep tan. Slight lacing. While I've have better stouts, this one holds its own. Some nice chocolate and oaky tones to it.

12%??? Really? Drinks no tougher than 7 or 8%. I always appreciate that in a stout. I'm sure this'll sneak up on me once I'm done.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into fluted snifter; jet black with a big fizzy mocha head that fades after a bit leaving some foam on top and a nice ring around the edge. No lacing.
Smell is dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate and cocoa, with a hint of sweeter chocolate.
Taste is huge; big roasted malt, booze, dark fruit, subdued sweetness. Finish leaves you reeling, sticky bitterness and sweetness all wandering around in a boozy haze.
Mouthfeel is huge, slick, and full.
Overall this is a good example of an imperial stout. Big in flavor, body, and %abv, although it's not super-complex or anything.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been on a Stout kick recently as part of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. This one is a little over a year old, dated 12022015, so I suppose that there is no time like the present.

From the bottle: "Craft Brewed in New York"; "Deep & dark as a cold winter night ... The Frost Monster is lurking, Brewed with a massive amount of malt to give it the rich, roasty and smokey [sic] flavors expected of such an ale. Drink it this winter or lay some down for winters to come. Cheers, [undersigned] Scott Vaccaro".

Knowing that the Frost Monster is lurking, I was kind of reluctant to Pop! the cap & awaken him from his slumber that he began in 2015, but I pressed ahead. I gently poured the beer into the awaiting snifter, but as soon as I got enough decanted to make it worthwhile, I gave it a vigorous swirl. That did it! The Frost Monster rose up, forming three fingers of dense, foamy, deep-brown head before exhausting himself and falling back to wisps. He left a lot of sticky lacing in his wake & I began to contemplate my next move. I stuck my nose in for a whiff & was met with notes of black coffee, licorice, dark chocolate and (for me) an unidentifiable booziness. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing him to hide beneath the surface since there was ZERO light penetration. Mouthfeel was medium, but very smooth and silky on the tongue. No wonder so many previous reviewers characterized it as "dangerous" due to its ABV. The taste was very roasty and smoky, bolstered by flavors of dark chocolate and a liquor-like flavor that I still could not identify (although I saw that it was aged in apple brandy barrels). I still could not help but think of it as a dessert beer, especially since it kept putting me in mind of liquefied brownies. This was a very rich beer. Finish was semi-dry with the roasty smokiness winning out and lingering well past the swallow. Phew! I was glad for my inadvertent aging, but if I see the 2016 release, I may buy two - one for now, one for later (MUCH later).

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Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-a silky inky color with about a fingers worth of tan head that leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-the smell is really nice, lots of rich malt, dark roasted coffee, and dark and milk chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell, roasted malt and roasted coffee bitterness, chocolate sweetness., and molasses Light alcohol warming

M-medium to full body, good carbonation, dry roasted mouthfeel

Overall I was really impressed with this beer, an above average Imperial Stout, definitely worth a try if you find it

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Photo of scootny
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a welcome winter blues blast for me.
A lovely dark cola with a brown head a nice amount of lacing. Aromatics include heavy coffee and chocolate with a significant char. Flavor follows suit with sweet roasted malt and lots of coffee and chocolate. Finish is clean and dry with a fuggles/golding signature. Weight is lightly heavy with an oily character. Sweet and malty in the front with a delicious overall drinkability. A plate of
cheeses of various character and time to enjoy this superb beer
please.

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Frost Monster Imperial Stout from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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