This beer is brewed with a huge amount of malt to give it a big roasty and smoky flavor. They say it’s as big and deep as a cold winter’s night, and the 15% ABV says they probably aren’t far from wrong. Frost Monster is brewed with two-row black malt, roasted barley, oats, crystal malt, and chocolate malt. That’s a lot of malt, and they use Columbus hops as well.
The beer pours with a big latte-colored head but without an extreme amount of lacing, which is surprising given the body. There’s no question what the backbone of this big, brawny beer is: malt. It’s big and roasty, and chocolate and dark stewed fruits such as dark cherry (like in a Bavarian Black Forrest Cake), come across on the nose. But don’t be fooled; this is all about the malt despite the aromas of coffee, mocha, bitter chocolate, baking cocoa, and a hint of sweet chocolate. This beer provides silky smooth drinking with a big mouthfeel. However, despite the high alcohol content, it is easy to drink. It’s not the heaviest Imperial you’ve ever had, but there’s plenty of taste and a nice long-lingering finish.
The beer would be incredible poured not just into a pint glass but into a snifter, because there are lots of good smells. It would go beautifully next to a cheese plate, just as it might stand up to a chocolate brownie sundae. This is a very impressive Imperial-style beer.
Review originally printed in The Handbook of Porters and Stouts.