Tasting: December 5, 2015
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Beer #: 869
There is a street located in South Salem, New York named Captain Lawrence Drive. It’s named for Captain Samuel Lawrence, a leader of the Westchester Militia who fought in New England during the American Revolutionary War. Captain Lawrence is buried a short distance from the street that bears his name and brewery owner Scott Vaccaro grew up on this very Captain Lawrence Drive. An easy connect the dots to the name of his Elmsford, NY brewery.
I’ll note that there is a non-barrel version of Frost Monster and although the labels are basically the same, this barrel-aged version comes in a twelve ounce bottle with a cork and cage presentation.
After popping open the cork in this twelve ounce bottle, I’m pouring a snifter about an inch deep with this oak barrel-aged Frost Monster from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. The pour leaves me a frothy khaki colored sitting on top of the deep black stout like ice cream atop a root beer float. Right up front, the oak barrel influence of damp wood and vanilla of Frost Monster pierce through a mellow and somewhat complex base stout. Cherries, smoke and chocolate meld under a bit too much carbonation and a firm astringent boozy burn. A real mixed bag here. I think a little age might just take the edge off these two glaring negatives in Frost Monster. I have another bottle and I think, I’ll check back on its progress in a couple of years.
As of right now, I’d put Frost Monster at a respectable 89 points.