Frost Monster Imperial Stout | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Frost Monster Imperial StoutFrost Monster Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
83.6%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 414 Ratings
Frost Monster Imperial StoutFrost Monster Imperial Stout
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
Ranking:
#5,586
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
414
Liked:
346
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
9.64%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
76
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 414 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost completely black with a nice feel,thick and full. Aroma of malt,dried fruit,coffee,and bitter chocolate. Despite high abv it was well hidden and allowed all the other flavors to come through. This is one of the few high abv beers that I've tried that I would definitely try again

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Photo of Navinjohnson
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An opponent to be sure. One is enough, not because of the alcohol but because it's just SO damn big

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Photo of Chipotle
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlaskaAg
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nater919
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fscottkey
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] The ABV is not listed (it is 12% according to their web site). It has a really clear bottled date (12/13/2016). The beer is black and forms a fat 3 finger head of dark brown head. The bubbles in the head are totally uniform and small. Looks really nice in the glass.

S: [3.50] Dark fruits, plums, figs, booze.

T: [4.00] Marshmallow, charred wood, bittersweet chocolate.

M: [3.75] Better than medium body. Lower carbonation. A slight burn on the back end of the palate - but not enough to lower the enjoyment.

O: [3.75] This is really a sipper. The booze on the nose does not come through on the flavor - so that is positive. But this is still a big beer and needs to go down slowly. I would drink this again but generally I stick in the under 8% range so it would have to be for an occasion.

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Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of malt, chocolate, apples, and a bit of coffee. Not an overwhelming aroma, but still pretty good.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of dark chocolate notes, some of the advertised apple brandy (not as much as I would have thought), a tinge of coffee, and lots of roasted malt. A solid enough flavor that has some interesting characteristics. Could have used a tiny bit more oomph with some ingredients, but it's still tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat dry and chalky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer is uneven in spots, it's still worth a look. Drinkable.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbone2131
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulElk
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
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 PJCarnell
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Nyrangersgrrl
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WCKDVBZ
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of TrevFlory
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, roasted malts, some fruit, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a smoky and hearty roasted malt character up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. There’s no hint of the 12.00% ABV, but also no hint of the apple brandy barrel aging essence either. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several better big stouts that I would pick first.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Alphakitty
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cwalter
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +6.3%
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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Frost Monster Imperial Stout from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83.6% out of 100 with 414 ratings
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