Frost Monster Imperial Stout | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.94/5
Very Good
426 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 with Chocolate and Coffee

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,554
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
426
pDev:
9.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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26
Gots:
82
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 426 |  Reviews: 71
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

Photo of jzeilinger
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of buzzy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkeefe1800
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BFCarr
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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 SlightlyGrey
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssteckley
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too potent.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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 JeffKowalek
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Frost Monster Imperial Stout from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 426 ratings