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5 Years Later - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

111 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

t0rin0, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1%

djrn2, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +23.8%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ubufan2112 for sending this bottle my way. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours near black with a good light tan head and some sticky lacing as it moves down the glass. The nose is really, really quite nice. Loads of earthy hops with a bit of pine. Nose almost exhibits a bit of an oak presence as well. Some roast lingers in the background. The taste doesn't hit quite as hard, though the hops are front and center and there is that hint of oak in the finish. Feel is dry; there is no indication of the ABV at all. Really pleasurable. This is one of the best American Black Ales I've to date.

Thorpe429, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear very dark amber (close to near black) in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high tan and dense head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness and notes of chocolate and coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it’s not very bitter and the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

metter98, May 10, 2011
Photo of brentk56
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)

brentk56, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

GRG1313, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a huge thanks goes out to rich for this one. i had been dying to try it so i brought it out last friday to split with alex. poured into pint glasses.

what a nice deep, dark, black pout that let no light come through what so ever. a good head of tan crept up the sides of the glass and left some nice lacing all along the sides.

dark malts are very prominant here with chocolate, lots of roasted notes, hints of vanilla and tobacco and of course very nice and perfectly placed piney hops. this carries over well into the taste as the hops come out first and give a nice little quick bite of flavor before the rich backbone of smokey malts kicks in with all of its sweet, roasty goodness and balances out the palate, creamy with a wonderful carbonation to it you really had to search for any hints of alcohol here at all.

overall an outstanding beer. great fresh, cannot imagine it ageing well, but really just outstanding the way it is right now!

mikesgroove, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kylehay2004, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

nickfl, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Cigar City tulip.

A - A nice voluminous tan foam settles to a thin ring, some wispy cirrus patches, and minimal lace. Dark brown body.

S - Dark malts, sugar cookie, baker's cocoa, roasted grains, and some nice floral and citrus notes. Even at six months it still smells very much like a Black IPA rather than a stout or porter.

T - The flavor is quite good as well, with tons of sugar cookie, sweet cocoa, and a touch of citrus. Alcohol is surprising well-hidden - didn't even realize this was 10%. Also avoids the charry and astringent finish that I dislike in many beers of this style.

M - Somewhat thin for the style, and a bit dry and gritty. Pleasant active carbonation, and minimal alcohol presence. Could use a bit more heft and creaminess.

D - This has held up surprisingly well for the style, and I enjoyed it quite a bit in its current state. Hopefully Captain Lawrence will revisit this beer again in the future so I can try it with its full hop presence.

MasterSki, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Received as part of my Birthday BIF box from dmeadows; thanks Denis! Been looking forward to trying this one.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two fingers of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about two minutes and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, rooasted malts, bready malts, light chocolate, and some earthy notes at the end. Big hops up front which then give way to some earthy and musty notes. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, roasted malts, and chocolate malts. All four mix together up front into a nice combination. Some nice bitterness up front as well due to the hops. Also some bready malts, light vanilla, and light alcohol.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body, goes down very easy for 10% ABV. Great mouthfeel.

d - I thought this was a very drinkable, enjoyable Black IPA. I thought the mouthfeel was amazing and I didn't have a problem drinking the bottle by myself. The smell and taste have that interesting Black IPA combination of hops and chocolate/roasted malts, but this beer does it better than most. One of the better Black IPAs I've had; would certainly have again. Another good beer from Captain Lawrence.

mdfb79, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1%

imperialking, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1%

InspectorBob, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -1%

wrightst, May 29, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle purchased at the brewery in Pleasantville a few days ago. Vince V. says this is a "Black DIPA". No bottling date info. The label is top notch, with spacey black and silver designs and nice lightning bolt logos on the corners, well done.

Pours black, dark tan frothy head, leaving respectable fine sheeting and strands of lacing.

The nose is where the excitement starts, its loaded with dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla and later dusty hops. Big and juicy sniff on this one.

First I get another blast of dark chocolate, then dark pumpernickel bread, some vanilla, followed by a jolt of drying, bitter and pungent hops.

Mouthfeel is rich and chewy, like a dark chocolate milkshake, with a hop infusion on the tail end.

Flavorful, complex, dense waves of chocolate balanced with all those hops.

Congrats on 5 outstanding years!

Billolick, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chalice at Great Bar Harry in Brooklyn. Certainly an interesting beer. It had a fairly rich character, yet wasn't too thick to impede the drinkability. There was a clear roasted coffee and roasted chocolate note followed by mild dark fruit notes. Overall, was a great beer to have at the end of the night.

tempest, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into oversized wine glass. Pours clear dark brown color with a huge 3 finger light tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Nice thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, bread, roasted malt, chocolate, orange, and pine. Nice complex and hoppy aromas. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, orange, and pine. Decent amount of bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, chocolate, and roasted flavors. Medium carbonation and full bodied. Nice creamy mouthfeel and smooth drinkability for the alcohol level. No alcohol in the taste and a fair amount of warming present on the finish. Overall, a delicious black ale. Tons of flavor and complexity with easy drinkability for the alcohol level.

superspak, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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5 Years Later from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.