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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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goalie33

New York

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-17-2011 20:16:26 | More by goalie33
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benz08

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-17-2011 03:19:32 | More by benz08
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

11-16-2011 01:08:55 | More by HopStoopid120
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-15-2011 22:17:31 | More by nmann08
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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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SourNotes

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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

New York

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-14-2011 13:57:00 | More by Avryle
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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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schlimenhaumer

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a slightly translucent black with a substantial yellowish head and excellent lacing.

S: A strong smell overall with a wide variety of malt and hop notes. Most prominent are roasty malts and piney hops. The smell also reminds me a bit of oak, and there's some booziness as well.

T: Strong roasty malt flavors give way to plenty of bitter, piney hops that carry through to the finish. It's a very strong and complex mix of flavors, but it comes together well. Can't taste the alcohol at all, which is pretty impressive at 10%.

M: Full-bodied and slick, really coats the whole mouth. Nothing too exciting, but stands up well to the flavors.

D: If you're looking for a strong, complex and hoppy beer, it doesn't get much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 18:46:22 | More by schlimenhaumer
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrnyc for this one

Look: Pours a pitch black with a brown ring around the bottom of the glass great 1 inch head and excellent retention and some very nice circular lacing.

Smell: Very potent piney hop note and some chocolate.

Taste: Upfront is a very odd hoppy flavor maybe cause by the five different versions of hops melding together. It is a bit off putting and to be honest is it me or does most every black ipa have a fruity pebbles like taste to them. The beer finishes off nice with a bit of coffee and as it warms some real nice chocolate notes show up.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and a bit astringent

Overall: Not the best black ipa I have ever had maybe this one is affected by age because I know I have had it for about 2 months now so I would love to try it again fresh

Overall:

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:48:01 | More by DarthKostrizer
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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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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ManVersusBeer for this beauty.

A: Pours super dark, thick, and black as pitch. Massive head that lingers for awhile. Lacing is huge as it drinks.

S: Smells of coffee, chocolate, burnt toast, and huge citrus hops. There is a beautiful sweetness deep in there that I really appreciate in a black ale.

T: Starts off with sweet caramel notes balanced well with roasty bitters. The beer then turns up the hop profiles and becomes very bitter. However... there is a smoothness, a creaminess, a silkiness to this beer that is remarkable.

M: Full bodied beer. The silky smooth malts linger, but are eventually overwhelmed by the bitter hops. Lasting essence is pure bitter hop.

O: If you are a fan of Black IPAs (or whatever they're called) this is a beer that you need to try. Great work by a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 05:04:15 | More by trxxpaxxs
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MasterSki

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 00:05:12 | More by MasterSki
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer, almost black, with a khaki head that left some nice sheets on the side of the glass.

S - Some resin, faded earth notes and hops, burnt caramel, roast. The hops on this are gone but it smells pretty nice.

T - This beer drinks pretty big, and reminds me a bit of a porter. Very earthy, particularly on the finish with some nice roast. Hops has faded with time, but you can stil tell this is a black IPA.

M - Pretty thick, close to full bodied, soft carbonation.

O - Good beer, would like to try this a little fresher. This is a pretty intense black IPA, can't drink tons, but has solid taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 21:36:46 | More by AgentZero
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 03:53:00 | More by superspak
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mcallister

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very deep mahogany showing some scarlet hues in the light. Head is high, rocky, tan and killer. Long lived and spotty sticky lacing.

Rich roasted caramel aromas, black malts, piney and citrusy hops, chocolate covered orange slices, apricot, light stone fruits. A hint of smoke and asphalt at the end. A really nice aromatic treat.

Wow this beer may change my perception of the style. Rich complex, crazy long finish that finishes citrusy and full of bitter hops but then is suddenly clamored and stops to a huge bitter roasted malt. Lots of chocolate, spent coffee grounds, burnt sugar, mocha, orange peel, slightly sweet toffee, and milk chocolate, bitter. Some piney and earthy hops linger late in the finsh. Just a big, complex, monster of a beer and delicious. Rich, creamy, and bold.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 19:10:44 | More by mcallister
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, shared with a few friends.

Appearance is is not far away from black with a two finger head.
The smell of 5 Years has pine, resin, hops, and something mint like. Its` taste hits with malts right away, hops, more resin, along with a pleasant sweetness. MF is hearty, with some smokey charcoal in the finish. A very nice black ale from CL.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 01:30:07 | More by mltobin
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Phoenix2443

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown color.

Smell - hops and pine up front, then charred malt, bittersweet chocolate

Taste - bitterness and pine flavor up front then sweetness with slight citrus, burnt malts. One of the best of this style I've ever had.

Mouthfeel - Medium body

Overall - very enjoyable beer and one that is easy to drink for how high of ABV it is

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 19:29:49 | More by Phoenix2443
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GregSVT

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that fades to a small layer and leaves some good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has a lot of chocolate, cocoa, and citrusy hops. Everything is big and bold in this one.

T: The taste starts with a hint of cocoa and then a big rush of citrus hops. The chocolate and roasted malts dominate the finish with a bit of coffee as well.

M: The feel is medium bodied and slightly creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Tasty beer for what it is which is pretty much a Black IPA. Good flavors and aromas but not really my thing. I'd recommend it for anyone that likes hoppy dark beers though.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 03:55:04 | More by GregSVT
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Tim – thanks!

Pours black with a light tan head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet dark malts with a light roast and semi-sweet chocolate. Also present are good amounts of pine and light herbal hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malts up front are quickly sweetened through the addition of slight toffee and lighter caramel malts. Midway through the sweetness subsides as pine and leafy hops take over, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer tasted too much like a kitchen sink, with too much going on to fully accentuate the positives. Still, it fared better than most beers that fall into that trap. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 17:46:59 | More by glid02
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:
A 750ml capped bottle, received from hoppymcgee, opened late April 2011 (thanks, Greg!); poured to a pint glass at around cellar temperature (50 degrees F, give or take)

'Deep, Dark & Hoppy'; brewed with 5 different hops and 5 different malts. Side label includes a nice statement of gratitude from brewer Scott Vaccaro regarding the 5 Year 'Journey' that Captain Lawrence has embarked upon.

A: Gorgeous two-finger head, sturdily-built and tinged the color of toasted marshmallows. Over ten minutes or so, it winnows down to a lumpy cream, thickened at the edges and trailing strands of foam. Not quite 'black' (shows some mahogany at the fringes), but good enough. Healthy carbonation when held to light.

S:Toasted, dry 'grain' aroma - borderline 'burnt', then a nose-twitching spiciness. Liked it at first - then 'ho-hum' afterward. Decent strength yet not a ton of depth.

T: On the more-chocolate, less-ashy side of 'Black IPA' - for which I'm grateful

M: Smooth, actually ridiculously smooth. I may not be a big fan of the style/flavor, but I can definitely appreciate the feel. And this has a very fine one.

O:

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 16:07:24 | More by msubulldog25
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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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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a foamy tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Nose is piney hops and roasted malts.

Taste is like the smell with some chocolate malts and toffee, some nice hop bitterness on the finish.

Medium carbonation with some dryness on the finish.

This is a top notch black IPA, nice and hoppy with a strong dark malt backbone. I've had many that don't measure up, but this one does.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 02:15:21 | More by FLBeerGuy
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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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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a charcoal black color with some suprising ruby highlights when held to light, decent cap of off-white/lightly greyed head, nice sticky lacing. Scent is a huge whiff of hops - quite resinous which combines with alcohol notes to be almost cologne like. Malts are roasty, charred and faint smoke. First sip is quite bold and bitter - one of the most palate scorching beers i've had. As mentioned above, the pine and noticaeable alcohol work together to begin to kill the palate, but the nice roasty, earthy and charred malt notes are able to come through. Medium bodied, uber dry. I was a little hesitant that I wouldnt be able to kill a whole 25oz of this after how bold the first few sips were, but the mouth became used to the heat and the beer mellowed nicely as time progressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 14:49:01 | More by rfgetz
5 Years Later from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.