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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 phreshbeer
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sold in a 25oz bottle with an attractive silver/black label. The beer is "black" in color and hard to see through. When held to the light a dark mahogony is revealed. Head is coffee colored, thick, and sticks around for several minutes.

S: Chocolate and hops.

T: Bitter Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt to start. Next, the warm flavor of alcohol. Finally, strong bittering hops at the finish. Overall, a nice combo of flavors.

M: Heavier than an IPA, but not as creamy as a stout. Feels just about right for black DIPA.

D: Very drinkable for a 10% beer. Even though its hoppy, this beer may be suitable for aging.

phreshbeer, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of diddly
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip - dark, dark black, with a nice tan head.

Very rich flavor, with hints of alcohol, but surprisingly smooth. Most of the flavor definitely comes through from the malt, but with some subtle hops in the back. There's also some very nice smoke.

The aroma, though, is powerfully hoppy.

Overall, a very good beer.

Very happy that I have a few more bottles of this to hang on to - can't wait to see what this is like later on.

diddly, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of mistakebythelake
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle thanks to ubufan2112.

A dark brown with hints of red color to this beer. Slight head Hints of floral hops, fruit, roasted malt and oak. Got a lot of smokiness and fruit characteristics with some chocolate on the finish. Low carbonation and not to thick considering the flavor profiles. A pretty good balance and glad I shared the bottle with some other BA's as I probably could not have finished myself. Wonder what aging would do to this beer?

mistakebythelake, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark with maroon around the edges. Tan head that sticks around for awhile
S-some citrus hops along with raspberry? Reminds me alot of the pb&j from shorts
T-smoky and toast malts. Almost a coffee taste to it. Very complex
M-medium bodied and smooth with some coffee after taste
D-very drinkable considering abv

brew3crew, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish red. A bit of frothy off-white head. Smells very smokey and malty. Lots of smoke on the nose. Tastes bitter and strong. Tons of malt on the backbone . The hops rare fairly prominent but honestly are overpowered by the smoke. The hops are mostly grapefruit centered. Pretty darn drinkable for a 10 percent!

Urbancaver, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I didn't want to pay 15 bucks for this beer, so a 6 dollar 16 oz. growler was the way to go. Pours deep, dark black with deep brown edges when hit with light, a billowing tan head sits atop this brew. The head fades and with each sip leaves another sheet of lacing. The aroma is a blend of earthy, piney hops and chocolate, roasted malts. Flavor comes on strong in the form of dense bittering hops, piney and slightly astingent. Dense malty body, not so much roasty as chocolaty, with some hazelnut and chestnut flavor. Well balanced but nothing really pops. Just a tad hot at the end, but all in all well put together. Again @ 15 bucks it pains me to give this beer such a good score, its just to expensive, but it is also well executed.

pmlondrigan, Feb 23, 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 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 scottcarpenter
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a growler purchased @ DiCiccos (Ardsley) on the 5th-Year Anniversary launch by Capt. Lawrence. Poured into tulip.

A: One shade off from jet black. Slim tan head that stays; not much lacing.

S: Backbone of pumpernickel and dark crusted bread. Top notes of spicy hops, and a sweet roastiness. Light floral hint.

T: Bold malt and yeasty flavors up front. Burnt sugar and bitter chocolate with a slight charcoal taste form the basis. Spicy hops rein it in and add sweetness but no fruitiness. Drying bitter finish that lasts and lasts with a bit of an alcohol blow. A fuller taste when warmed up.

M: Lowish carbonation; smooth and a bit chewy. Stays in the mouth and helps the taste stay around.

D: Quite drinkable, but even better sippable. Alcohol is noticeable, but you still wouldn't guess 10%. Booziness feels like part of the flavor profile.

scottcarpenter, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A one finger dark beige head relaxes to a lively skim atop this black and opaque brew. Lace sheets cling with persistent resin to the glass.

Luscious chocolate and roast greet my nose, followed closely by heavenly citrus hints, dark bread, even lighter hints of floral. Enticing bouquet.

Oh wow, this is really quite a blast of flavor. It starts with burnt sugar and herbal bitter, picks up the pace with some dark roastiness, even some charry bitter, drying pine joins, but the bittering hop in this is dominant, a delicious extract of bitter pith flavor, especially in the finish. There's a lot of complexity to the malt bill, but little in the way of sweet balance. I mean that in a good way.

Mouthfeel is more IPA than Porter (unlike many supposed black IPAS), nice attenuation, very resinous, dry clean finish, maybe a touch too much carb. if I'm picky about it.

Drinkability is good as any big offering in this style, esp. as alcohol is well hidden by hop flavors.

Impression: Congrats on five great years, this huge beer is a wonderful creation to celebrate.

cavedave, Feb 20, 2011
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
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5 Years Later from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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