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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 Rhettroactive
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

Rhettroactive, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of brez8791
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

brez8791, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

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
Photo of mindspin315
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

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]

mindspin315, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Paul68
4/5  rDev -1%

Paul68, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

whartontallboy, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

GuisseppeFranco, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of HosP
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

HosP, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of jackie7787
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jackie7787, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +23.8%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
5/5  rDev +23.8%

BrewCrew2010, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of stimulus
5/5  rDev +23.8%

stimulus, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Rusty18
4/5  rDev -1%

Rusty18, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of asparkoflife
4/5  rDev -1%

asparkoflife, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1%

djrn2, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +23.8%

alalvarez75, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of scootny
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

This a combined review of the fresh bottle and a cellared version. I am taking the higher scores from each category.

Appearance is just short of perfect. Dark cola color with a towering light brown head that stays forever and leaves lots of lace. (Both)

Smell is very chocolatey and is nuanced with vanilla and oak. Mild cherry and a hint of leather. Deep roasted grains and warm dark breads. Hops are big as well with a good piney bite and a touch of citrus in the fresh and more muted pine in the older.

Taste is where this stuff sets itself apart. This is like a cross between an American stout and a DIPA. Big chocolate malt front with coffee and mocha trailing after. Aging lets typical barrel flavors like oak, cherry, and leather develop. Nice. Fresh, the hops sweep in and cover this stuff and give a BAM grapefruit signature to the finish and then the more subtle aspects show themselves. Alcohol is more evident in the aged bottle in the middle of the swallow as the more lovely hops cover it more. However it in no way tastes like 10%. Finish fresh is all hops and grapefruit, aged is coffee tinged earthiness and a bite of hop oil.

Feel is lighter that something this strong has a right to be. Fresh it has a velvety creaminess. Older is shows a gentle carbonation and a light syrup thickness.

A great sipper and a two for one beer. Fresh it was more like a DIPA but with some cellaring it reveals some extremely complex barrel like flavors. Glad I had it fresh and old.

Notes from 4/15/11

scootny, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1%

GRG1313, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Busker
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Busker, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.08/5  rDev +1%

A really nice beer, that I wish I had fresher. Brought this back from New Beer in the Bowery area of the lower east side.

A: Very healthy tanish head on top of a very dark brown body. Lighter brown/red highlights on the sides.

S: Lots of roasted nuts in the smell, fluffy sugar grass tinged hops waft up behind the roast. Cocoa powder and perhaps a little espresso.

T: A big flavor, tons of roasted nuts, espresso and cream. Some nice grassy hops, but it's a little muted. Beautiful lactose sugar cream and coffee. Has a nice mix of flavors and balanced well too. Quite tasty brew not a ton of hops but a nice malt profile.

M: Very creamy and soapy, I love this feel.

Very nice beer.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Amalak, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -1%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours pitch black with a cloudy 2 finger tan head that was thick enough to leave a mountain range; it faded very slowly and left great sticky lacing and rings as it went down. Looks just like a stout but smells like an IPA.

Aroma consists of big floral hops, flowers, citrus hops, grapefruit, pine cones, chocolate malt, cocoa, sweet malt, caramel, molasses, light vanilla and smoked grains; the hops blast your nose up front and then give way to the roasted malts that are chocolatey and sweet. Quite aromatic, this was not what I expected but still very enjoyable.

Tastes like it smells, with floral hops, flowers, citrus hops, grapefruit, pine cones, chocolate malt, cocoa, coffee, toffee, sweet malt, raisin, plum, caramel, molasses, vanilla, charcoal, smoked grains, light yeast, brown sugar, bourbon or an oaky flavor like this was barrel aged and is quite boozy. The smoked malt, caramel, molasses and citrus hops work together for a nice balance that's leans to the grainy side and has a dry bitter finish. Very complex and tasty, this beer gets more flavorful as it warms and is a slow sipper.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and slick with low carbonation, a heavy body that's chewy and thick, and low drinkability as this is a boozy slow sipper meant to indulge at a snails pace. This was very tasty for such a strong ale, and one worth trying.

CHickman, Nov 20, 2011
5 Years Later from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.