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5 Years Later - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

110 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 02-16-2011)
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brystmar

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:39:49 | More by brystmar
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Amalak

New York

3/5  rDev -25.7%

11-23-2011 03:05:11 | More by Amalak
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SourNotes

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -25.7%

11-14-2011 16:42:37 | More by SourNotes
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3/5  rDev -25.7%

05-07-2012 02:32:47 | More by ithinkimasofa
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marshmeli

New York

3/5  rDev -25.7%

09-17-2012 19:49:17 | More by marshmeli
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womencantsail

California

3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours almost black with a big khaki colored head.

S: Smells of roast, a lot of roast, and some dark chocolate. Not terribly hoppy, unfortunately. Some moderate pine notes, which is really it. There is a mild acidity and some slight metallic notes.

T: Interesting flavors of dark fruit and dark chocolate. Big time ash and intense flavors of roasted malts. There is a pretty strong bitterness, some mild coffee, and also some chalk. Pine and citrus peel, a mild herbal quality, are really it as far as the hops.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I like a lot of Black IPAs, but this was not very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 17:36:31 | More by womencantsail
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: It pours jet black with no evidence of any hues or clarity when held up to the light. There is a good looking two finger tan head that displays solid retention and leaves a bunch of sticky lacing behind.

S: The smell begins with a healthy dose of piney hops. The crazy thing is this bottle is a couple of months old (4 I think) at this point and still really hoppy. There is hint of the dark malts with some tobacco, and charred barley. As it warms a touch of booze surfaces with some raisins and vanilla in tow.

T: The hops are up front but not as overwhelming as the nose indicated. It is very piney followed by a wave of dark, charred malts. There are some deep smokey notes from the malt that are reminiscent of a good cigar. The finish is boozy, bitter and moderately dry. For me the taste is a bit abrasive overall.

M: Moderate to thin body with rich carbonation.

O: Interesting beer, but definitely not one of my favorites from Captain Lawrence. I think you could say this was an attempt at an imperial CDA, but the charred malts are just too acrid and bitter for it to be truly successful.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 02:27:12 | More by Neffbeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

11-14-2011 22:13:04 | More by JAHMUR
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Bierlerner

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Out of a bomber bottle and into a tulip

A- Hazy black. Nice creamy tan head and good lacing. Head goes away quickly.

S- smells of dark fruit, cocoa, coffee, and a little pine. Not hugely robust aroma. Smells pretty nice though.

T-sadly disappointed. Wasn't the hop bomb I was expecting. Coffee, chocolate, and a little hop. Not too complex. Just ok, I guess. I guess the hype is what ruined it for me

M-Mid-high carbonation. Medium body. Real smooth.

O- I've had plenty of american black ales and this was just ok. I guess I just wish it was hopper. But, it was worth the try. And thats what this game is all about. Look forward to tasting the rest of their brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 00:40:28 | More by Bierlerner
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Dubber55

New York

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark brown/black with 1 finger of mocha head. Leaves some spotty lacing. Looks nice

I smell mostly pine and booze

The taste follows the nose: pine and booze with maybe a little smoke, some roasted malt, and a little coffee. Not terribly complex. The booze is there- has a rubbing alcohol type flavor

Mouthfeel is on the medium to heavy side. Kind of chewy

Drinkability is below average. The booze flavor is too pronounced for me and the beer itself is not complex. I wouldnt want to drink more than 12 ounces

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 23:51:14 | More by Dubber55
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HosP

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this buried with other beers, probably should have drank a little sooner. Poured 750 ml into tumbler.

A- Pours not quite jet black. Light around the edges. Dark brown head with decent lacing left on the glass.

S- Roasted malts dominate the nose here. A bit of chocolate to it. Some piney, slight citrus hop aroma towards the end. Hops could come through a bit more if it were a little more fresh.

T- Roasted, burnt flavors up front. I can see where some people describe as ashy taste. Some bitter chocolate, hints of coffee in the background. Ends with some bitter piney hop flavor. If it were a bit fresher hops may have come through better, at least I would hope so.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation to it.

O- For a black IPA, would have like more hop flavors. May have had some couple months ago. Not my favorite black IPA at all. Still not horrible, but could have been much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 04:44:06 | More by HosP
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dextermcgurk

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-08-2012 17:26:26 | More by dextermcgurk
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-02-2012 00:03:39 | More by whartontallboy
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jackie7787

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-17-2011 20:18:17 | More by jackie7787
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

09-09-2012 22:46:59 | More by t0rin0
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep dark burgundy brown color ale with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of pine and astringent hops with notes of caramel malt with some toffee notes. Taste is a complex mix between some pine and astringent hops with some sweet malt notes with some caramel and toffee notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting though not something I would feel the need to drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 03:16:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/12
*From notes

A: Rich and dark. A good pour yields a 1.25 finger head that fades to a decent collar and moderate lacing.

S: Ouch. The hops have faded quite a bit, and it gives off a Pine-Sol quality. A solid dose of chocolate malt lingers in the back of my nostrils, adding a needed perk to the bouquet.

T: Big, bitter pine oil and more of that earthy, chocolaty malt. Quite nice, really. It's much better then I'd hoped for, and at eight months of age, I'm happy with it.

M: Thick and dense, plenty of weight and complexity.

O: I can't believe I buried this one (accidentally) in the cellar for so long. When fresh, I imagine this was the tits. It's got a lot of potential. Sure it's currently past it's prime, but it ain't bad as-is, and one you need to consume ASAP, granted you're still holding.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 22:14:21 | More by Rhettroactive
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mindspin315

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge light brown head and sticking all over the glass. Dark body not quite black but close. Brown around the sides and bottom of the glass.

The aromas blend together and smell like a IPA, Barleywine, and Stout hybrid. Upfront on the nose piney hop notes. The blend of hoppiness and graininess of a Barleywine come through almost simultaneous with the pine aroma. Dose of chocolate malt and caramel midway. Toasted bread and roasted malts as well. Would like to know the 5 hops/5 malts used to make this beer.

This is not the freshest of bottles, so I would love to see how the hops were on this one fresh, but they definitely are playing a big part here. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, pine, and citrus. A bit of grain and hops through the middle. Finished with a wash of bitterness and a bit of dryness. Touch of heat in the chest. Light smoke and ashy quality at the end and in the aftertaste as well.

A bit more hops upfront on the taste would improve this beer a lot for me, but I still found plenty of aspects to enjoy. (Granted I'm not drinking this fresh so the hops most likely have faded a bit). The aftertaste is very good. This beer blends together aspects of different beer styles quite nicely. This beer falls under the Black Ale category and I find it to be one of the better versions of this style. Not the best of, but certainly a top the mix. Better as it warms.

[87/100]

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 07:36:30 | More by mindspin315
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Ralphs66

New York

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn, I had some friggin awesome expectations for this beer; and at $15 a bomber, who wouldn't. Don't get me wrong, it's a REALLY nice beer. But when it boils right down to it, it's CL espresso stout with a higher ABV, a bit more carbonation, and a bit more complexity; but not by much. Pours nice, dark and mysterious. Great foam, and it's hanging on. Smells are coffee and chocolate, with some smokiness and alcohol. Like I said, a really nice beer, but I wanted more than just a nice buzz from it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:35:01 | More by Ralphs66
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fastpass17

New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz Bottle

A: Rich brown in color, the head has a brown tinge to it. Good carbonation through out the drink.

S: Opens with chocolate mixed with cream. Then hops come in somewhat resiny followed by pine. I really enjoyed the overall aroma.

T: This starts off like a brown ale, pine then comes to the forefront, there are notes of burnt sugar and rum through the drink.

M,D: My one caveat is the fifteen dollar price tag. Sharp on the tongue at first then enjoyable. Split the bottle with a couple of friends after a meal it is strong.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 04:15:38 | More by fastpass17
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nitro0292

New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By the dates of the reviews it looks like my bottle is a little past its prime. I am unable to tell, however due to the lack of a bottled-on date or best by date. Boo.

Poured a coffee-colored near black shade. Mahogany brown at the edges when held up to light. Pour produces ample head, with that cool cascading effect (without the nitro). Head was a beautiful cream color, which stayed around for a quite a while and left plenty of rocky lacing.

I don't smell much in the way of hops, I'm assuming its because the bottle is old but again I cannot be sure. Smell is fruity esters (like from a slightly warm fermentation) chocolate and some coffee. A touch of herbal/pine, but you really have to look (smell) for it. Oh yeah, and some alcohol.

To me this tastes a lot like aged Storm King. I can taste some hops amidst the dark fruit, choco-alcohol flavor. Also reminiscent of BCS. Tastes good, but to me an "ABA" should have more of a hop presence. This is an imperial stout with a solid malt-hop balance. This is by no means a bitter and dry beer. Understood with the lack of dryness, but me likes some more bitterness please.

Mouthfeel was moderately heavy with low carbonation (which makes the head more impressive). Again very stout like. Just enough viscosity to help hide the alcohol. I repeat, help hide it...you can definitely taste it.

Overall, this is a solid beer. A good sipper to enjoy. Do not expect an IPA-like brew, expect a sweetish RIS with some hop balance and a long, lingering finish on the sweet side of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 02:51:13 | More by nitro0292
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 01:31:45 | More by chugalug06
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phichifiji00

California

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black, two inches of thick light brown head, lots of lacing.

Smell: Hoppy, malty, pine resin, citrus, roasted malt, coffee.

Taste: roasted malt, caramel, hops, sweet, bitter finish, hints of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter finish.

Overall: A pretty tasty black IPA. More roasted notes than any other black IPA I've had. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 16:12:11 | More by phichifiji00
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-23-2014 19:09:21 | More by DrunkinYogi
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-07-2012 22:01:58 | More by DaveHack
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5 Years Later from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.