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5 Years Later - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 02-16-2011)
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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: Looks like a porter, with the fudge brown liquid capped by several inches of foam; nice retention and an impressive display of lace (4.75)

Smell: A cross between fudge and charcoal with a likely gap where the hops used to be (3.75)

Taste: Burnt toast with a smear of melted chocolate; the hops that are left still make a statement, struggling to add a piney tone; the malt lingers into the finish (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation (4.25)

Overall: When I bought this bottle I didn't research the style, thinking that a 5 year anniversary beer would be a barleywine or an old ale; oh well, my mistake....this is still a decent beer but nothing like what the Captain intended (3.75)

08-16-2014 00:38:58 | More by brentk56
Photo of wrightst


4/5  rDev -1%

05-29-2014 03:02:58 | More by wrightst
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-23-2014 19:09:21 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of Durge


4.24/5  rDev +5%

A solid jet black color with a big bubbled light tan ring on top and significant lacing. The aroma is easy to catch as soon as you open the bottle. Deep licorice and nutty leaf. Malt-peat and light rhubarb, smoked oak. It's beautiful. The flavor hits a little harder with heavy dark chocolate malt, more licorice-molasses and a hint of meaty smoke. As is usually is the case this big beer only improves as it warms. The body is full but not syrupy or cloying. Carbonation is subtle for a solid, slick feel. Alcohol is a bit evident but not intrusive at all. Awesome dark ale.

11-25-2013 04:09:25 | More by Durge
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

06-12-2013 17:58:10 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of jkane101

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

05-15-2013 00:51:16 | More by jkane101
Photo of resistdefy

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%

04-07-2013 21:29:44 | More by resistdefy
Photo of Shilt


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-27-2013 00:27:23 | More by Shilt
Photo of Justin_Neff


4.09/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a bottle into 50W tulip glass - bottle received from zipper8650

A: Pours a very dark brown with a beige, 2 finger, silky head. In a couple short minutes the head settles into a thin, creamy ring. Leaves a good, sticky lacing.

S: Nose is very piney and hop forward. A good amount of roast which comes off as more chocolate than anything else. A hint of citrus notes as well. Hints of molasses and dark figgy-type fruits as well.

T: Very hoppy. High bitterness. There is a lot of sweet and roasted malt at the finish, which balances to the hop bitterness well. Coffee, mixed with some smokey pine, and bites of licorice sticks.

M: Medium body. Dry. High Carbonation. A little boozy.

O: Captain Lawrence continues to impress me. This one has a great balance of hoppy and malty with a high level of complexity.

02-26-2013 01:13:22 | More by Justin_Neff
Photo of Willytee3

New York

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%

750 ml Bottle into tulip

Pours a dark chocolate brown with red highlights in light. Rich foamy latte colored head.
Smells of rich milk chocolate with bitter dark chocolate notes. Some toasted Malts, a touch of blackstrap sweetness. Foamy bubbles cling with some sticky lacing.
Tastes of coffee with chocolate undertones, dark bitter bite. Dry bitter bite, stovepipe with a touch of sweetness followed by licorice and earth. Unsweetened chocolate finish.
Feels medium body and chalky.
A touch of booze comes through as it warms.

01-21-2013 05:33:00 | More by Willytee3
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4/5  rDev -1%

11-30-2012 15:26:28 | More by thebouch01
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4/5  rDev -1%

11-13-2012 19:30:18 | More by imperialking
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New York

5/5  rDev +23.8%

10-07-2012 00:41:39 | More by DoogeeZ
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

09-27-2012 17:52:57 | More by meaghan2k
Photo of marshmeli

New York

3/5  rDev -25.7%

09-17-2012 19:49:17 | More by marshmeli
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

09-09-2012 22:46:59 | More by t0rin0
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-08-2012 17:26:26 | More by dextermcgurk
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-07-2012 22:01:58 | More by DaveHack
Photo of nickfl


4.48/5  rDev +10.9%

A - Pours with two fingers of light tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lacing on the glass as it goes.

S - Spicy, dark malt with some peppery chocolate in the background and hoppy notes of pine, juniper, and mustard.

T - Pepper, clove, and dark, smoky coffee up front. Some very dark chocolate notes in the middle and more pepper with a hint of pine hops. Finishes with dark chocolate, smoke, pine and juniper hops along with a lingering note of spicy mustard.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Wow, this beer is huge and complex but also unlike any other black ale I have ever had. Great malt character with hops that keep things balanced and set the sugary notes off in just the right way. Really well done.

06-28-2012 03:16:24 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

A: single finger off white head with nice lacing on a very dark brown body with light getting through.

S: roasted malts, light coffee, vanilla and nice brown sugar presence. nice strength to the aroma.

T: roasted chocolate malts, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla and bitter, earthy hops mostly in the finish. very nice oak wood note throughout.

M: moderate to high carbonation and thick body. fairly smooth and semi dry in the finish.

Overall: This is a very good beer. Complex and very complete.

06-28-2012 03:13:30 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of chugalug06


3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

Great caramel/brown head! Even better head retention. Brew is very thick black. Well laced too.

Great big hops come out in the nose. Tons of pine and Caramel. This one help up nice with time.

Very smooth and delicious. Zero bitterness and tons of unique milky smoothness. Vanilla and Bourbon stand out. Chocolate and caramel too. Dry and strong. More like a old ale then ABA, but still nice. Heavy carbonation. Slight rubbing alcohol/rubber flavor.

A good brew, but slightly off style... Recommended, but not worth hunting. Very strong, but not offensive.

05-24-2012 01:31:45 | More by chugalug06
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New York

4/5  rDev -1%

05-18-2012 23:29:06 | More by virinow
Photo of brystmar


2.8/5  rDev -30.7%

Bottle shared by blatantdream, thanks!

Dark brown/black pour, off-white head, beady lace. Ultra boozy aroma; masks most of what's here honestly. Needs work.

Taste is similarly dominated by alcohol. Deeply roasted malta and hints of hops are hiding in the corners, but my god is this boozy. Time to go back to the drawing board guys.

05-09-2012 00:39:49 | More by brystmar
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

05-07-2012 02:32:47 | More by ithinkimasofa
Photo of pezfiend

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

750 ML bottle into Captain Lawrence stemmed glass. Just bought the bottle today to celebrate my promotion to sales this morning so the bottle's already about a year old.

A: Pitch black with a good 3 finger head lacing all around the glass as the foam dies down.

S: Dark Chocolate, coffee mostly. The bottle's a little older by now and lost most of it's hop aroma, almost like a strong stout now.

T: Once again, chocolate, coffee, caramel notes, minor bitterness from the hops. There's almost a chalky charcoal taste I get which is not necessarily bad, oak, burbon.

M: Coats the mouth like an oil slick very chewable beer. If drinking before 12pm wasn't so looked down upon in certain areas I could see this replacing my morning coffee on a work day.

O: Great beer, was not what I expected at all. I'm used to American Black Ale's with a lot more hops. The hops are pretty much all gone and with time it's become a great strong stout.

04-17-2012 17:28:59 | More by pezfiend
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