Frost Monster | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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:
61
Ratings:
391
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
24.75%
 
 
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26
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 391
Photo of cwalter
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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 farrago
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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 zac16125
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 11/12/2015

I accidentally left this in the freezer for approx 24 hours which caused it to freeze. This was several weeks ago, and it has been thawed since at fridge temperature. Hoping I didn’t affect the beer that much.


A: Pours an opaque black with 1 fingers width of mocha colored head dissipates at a moderate rate and leaves a few small patches of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is roast, leather and tobacco, subtle cocoa. Decent amount of sweetness to balance the roasty and leather notes. Very nice. 4.25

T: Taste is roasted malt, semi-sweet cocoa, some herbaceous notes on the finish, raw oak, light roast coffee bitterness. 4

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium body with a carbonation thats on the higher end of the style. Not sure the ABV but if its high then its well masked. Drinkability is average. 4

O: A nice non-BA/non-adjunct IS. Good combination of roasty and leather/tobacco, with a subtle sweetness to balance. A well done brew. 4

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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 HamdenHector
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; very deep brown - virtually black; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 3 finger medium brown head that receded slowly to a splotchy cap; OK lacing;

S; deeply roasted grain; bittersweet chocolate, a hint of vanilla;

T: follows the nose from start to finish with a mild to moderate bitterness;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very nice, but not as complex as I would have liked;

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Photo of tone77
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, hops are present, and surprisingly, alcohol is not. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a quality beer, and maybe a bit too drinkable at 12% abv.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company "Frost Monster"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 12022015"

Appearance: Opaque black-brown body beneath a dense, finger-thick head of orange-tinted dark brown. Both the head retention and lacing are average.

Aroma: Alcohol and fruit mix over dark bittersweet chocolate.

Flavor: As in the aroma, the alcohol is prominent, as well as the yeasty fruitiness (plum/prune, raisin, apple/pear, berry, some cherry). This is clearly a monster that needs to be tamed! Chocolate notes help to balance the middle, along with some nuttiness, toastiness, burnt sugar/ brown sugar, molasses, and piney hops. Charred roastiness and bitterness linger in the bone-dry finish, combining with alcohol and yeasty fruitiness... it's a very long-lingering finish, but also one that's fairly harsh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a clear silky-smoothness from alcohol. Moderate, fine bubbled carbonation. Delicately bristling at the outset and then utterly velvety and silky. Nice!

Overall: I've never had a less than stellar beer from Captain Lawrence until now, and I'm really quite shocked as it's a big beer as well - I can only hope that this was a one-off batch that got away and just fermented too warm (at least there are no higher alcohols). Still, it has some redeeming qualities, and isn't completely to be ignored, it just needs to be truly treated as a sipper. - - - Ahhh... I just saw that this was aged in apple brandy barrels, Laird's no doubt, and I'm sure that's exactly what I'm finding. In that case, perhaps this is an example of going to excess. I don't think that the barrel aging has helped at all, and rather hindered, especially in a beer that already boast 12% ABV.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter

Black liquid, two finger brown foam cap settles to a dense, pencil thin layer

Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate

Taste of Roasted malts, dark roast coffee, a roasr coffee bitterness

Alcohol is well hidden

Good beer

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges and a half finger of head. This offering has a rich "round" roasted quality and a full body even for the style. The finish has more than a fair share of hop essence for the style.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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 mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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 KidFrosty
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice thick head. Dark black color. Nice chocolate malty taste with a bit of burnt flavor. Smell is actually kind of mild for such a strong brew, or maybe just compared to IPAs.

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Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch on tap at the Lark, pours pitch black color with a small 1 finger tan head which dissipated slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Smells of chocolate, burnt grains, smoked grains, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, light coffee grinds, faint piney hops, cocoa powder and rich roasted malts. Basic yet enjoyable nose.

Tastes of chocolate malt, oaky notes, toffee, coffee grinds, dark chocolate, piney hops, light floral hops, molasses, Hershey's syrup and mild earthy spices. The chocolate is dominant and really stands out, delivering nice complexities and rich chocolate malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a slick feel and little to no carbonation that hides the ABV masterfully. It's a thick beer but not quite chewy. I've had this beer before from the bottle, but this well aged keg added nice depth and additional flavors for a really smooth and enjoyable stout.

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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 manfromanotherplace
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Czarkazm
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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 hopflyer
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/01/14. Picked up a 4 pk with thin layer of dust on it in a Spirits store in central jersey.

pours dark coca cola brown with dark tan head. Leaves a ring throughout but dissipated quickly.

Nose is very subdued. A little dark fruit but that's about it.

Taste is subdued as well but it's a comingled blend of dark fruit and a little bit of chocolate. Not very smoky. Slight caramel flavor and portrays some sweetness. Alcohol is completely absent for a 12%! Warming opens up a some bitter cocoa flavor.

Feel is surprisingly thinner than I'd expect for its ABV and carbonation is a bit more than expected. Opposite of what I'd expect for both but between the alcohol undetectable and the feel, this is very easy to put down.

Not sure what I should think of this one. Its very tame for its advertised ABV. the flavors are nice but also tame but the feel makes it more than just a sipper. Curious to see how the next three go.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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 ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter. 1-Dec.-2014 bottling date.

Pours very dark, looking essentially black and opaque in the glass. It looks thick and the mouthfeel confirms this.

The aroma and flavor fit the look being very rich and malty, perhaps even for the RIS style. Lightly smoky with hints of black licorice and black coffee in the finish and aftertaste. Still, just mild bitterness. High ABV is partially hidden: this drinks more like 9% than like 12%.

O: recommended.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a brown head.

Smell: Smoky, roasted malt. Coffee

Taste: Cocoa, malty, coffee, smoky.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, well carbonated.

Overall: A nice stout. Easy to drink. Isn't overwhelming with alcohol despite 12%

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Photo of Boston71
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
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 VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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 beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chalice.
A: Deep engine oil pour, thick and viscose as was the mocha, 2 finger bready topping that sits above with a well lasting effect. Beautiful stratified layered lacing goes down the glass.

S: Dry burnt barley, and wet coffee grounds with a very low awareness level. Dry cocoa and a soft campfire ash leave.

T: Dark bittering coffee grounds, cocoa, campfire minerality delivers the bluntness the nose lacked. Burnt barley, roasted dark fruit skin with some burnt, leafy hop flower cones. Scorched pine and dry yeasty, breadiness.

M: Roasty dry bittering hold, thick, viscose content with some mineral, roast coating on the tongue. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Big warming dark roasted monster with maybe the exception the nose. Does well at warm temperatures with a wintery cold settting.

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Photo of DrRambis
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Frost Monster from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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