Frost Monster Imperial Stout | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Frost Monster Imperial StoutFrost Monster Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
3.94/5
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:
#5,732
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
414
pDev:
9.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
76
Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin off white collar around the edge of the glass—this died down and eventually completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark and chocolate malts along with light hints of licorice and a slight amount of bitterness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels a little lighter in body compared to other Russian Imperial Stouts. It is very easy to drink since it hides its alcohol well.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Truncated notes below. Full review to follow. Served cold into a tulip in NYC and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

A: Creamy khaki-tan colour. Retention is good - about 4-5 minutes. Leaves no lacing.

Opaque solid-black.

Sm: Dark and chocolate malt sweetness. Cream. Needs roasted barley, but lacks it. Some raisin. Sassafras. Rum-soaked fruit. Molasses. Definitely on the sweeter side.

Has no hop profile, yeast, or alcohol.

T:/Mf: Creamy, with a dark malt and chocolate malt backbone. Sweet. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Smooth, wet, full-bodied, aptly thick. A bit overcarbonated.

O: Drinkable and enjoyable, but admittedly middle-of-the-road for the style. In a world in which Storm King, Yeti, and Ole Raspy are available on the shelves across the nation, this won't see mainstream success. Average at best. You need to bring more to the table to create a world-class imperial stout.

C

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with light dry coffee notes and black chocolate notes also noticeable. Taste is also a mix between some roasted malt notes with light dry coffee and some black chocolate notes. Body is quite full with nice smooth texture and ABV is well hidden. A bit short on complexities but still an enjoyable imperial stout.

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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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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4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

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

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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Frost Monster Imperial Stout from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 414 ratings
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