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Frost Monster Imperial Stout | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.94/5
Very Good
415 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#5,879
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
415
pDev:
9.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
76
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 67
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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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Stanley23
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leroybrown10
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Celtics76
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deg
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HamdenHector
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 TomMorris
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McKinley
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skellbop
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OGShotzy
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnsfolly
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Creamy and smooth. No coffee taste. A very tasty example of the style.

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Photo of tone77
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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 ER527
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craftaholic
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
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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Photo of WunderLlama
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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 rab53
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 grue_soda
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjd315
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Frost Monster Imperial Stout from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 415 ratings
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