5 Years Later | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

5 Years Later5 Years Later
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5 Years Later5 Years Later

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Billolick on 02-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 71
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best beer I've ever tasted. Had it with a cheese platter at Gramercy Tavern in NYC in Jan 2015, which means this particular bottle had been cellared for at least 3 years.
Poured a deep dark black, with intense smells and a taste that lingered long after the meal was over.
Drink it if you find it!

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes. Sherry, alcohol and cocoa on the nose. Pours deep dark opaque chestnut to mahagony under a 3” finely bubbled foam cap. Rich chocolate caramel rolls over the tongue bringing roas, coffee, alcohol and a bitter hop accent by the finish. Very creamy texture and a medium full body.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid probably more than I should have (about $17.99, I think) for a 750 ml bottle at Westmere Beverage. Consumed on March 5, 2011.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with mahogany hues around the edges. A 2-finger light brown, bubbly head settles on top and leaves behind decent lacing.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose, but what's there is real nice: chocolate malt and leafy and earthy hops.

T: Great taste. Nice chocolatey malt up front - I get both dark chocolate and milk chocolate at different times. Also a bit of roasted coffee in the middle. Finishes with American-variety hop bitterness: piney with some citrus. There is a touch of heat at the finish, but at 10% that's not surprising, and I didn't think it took away from the taste at all. Overall, this is tremendously balanced between the chocolatey malt that I like in a big stout and the hop bitterness I like in a D/IPA. Great stuff that really earns that 5 rating, at least for me.

M: Full-bodied. Carbonation is active but fairly smooth all around.

D: Excellent. Obscenely drinkable for a beer that's 10% ABV.

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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!

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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was at the Huntington Superstar chatting up how much I loved this beer when I had it on tap at The Good Life this past weekend only to find out that it was just added to the growler station where I was earlier in the week. Uh...YEAH! I will certainly be leaving with a 32oz fill of this!!!

a - Through the growler, just as black as I remembered, but with a tint of red where the light struck it right. Opened the growler and filled my Portsmouth sniftery tulip. The same frothy head quickly built at the top of the brew and looked great. Frothy and foamy and easily rebuilt after it had gone away. Real beautiful beer upon first pour...kind of like the way I used to admire a guiness...this actually looks quite irish stout like.

s - Strong roasted malts. Some chocolate, some coffee and even some tobacco and a hint of hops, but this is all about the malts. The coffee hint seems to come from the extreme roastiness of the brew...very reminiscent of a high quality gourmet coffee.

t - The flavor, too was intense roastiness and essentially all dark malt with faint hints of chocolate or cocoa. Hops only really show in the bitterness which seems more subtle than I remember from a week ago. Essentially the taste is only roasted malt, which is a flavor I enjoy. Upon second pour I picked up a bit of hoppy vanilla as well.

m - Good carbonation, light to medium bodied. Smooth as silk.

o - Overall, I really dig this beer. So much so that I ran out the other day to pick up a slew more bottles of this one. Nice work captain lawrence...keep on making these amazing beers that fly under the radar!!! No difference in scores from the tap (makes sense since this growler fill was a few hours ago)...can't wait to crack a bottle and see how it compares.

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4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber that is fresh from the Captain's men this week. Winter congestion makes it a bit hard to smell the beer, but it does smell good.

Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma of earthy hops and caramel malt with a hit of citrus hops at the end. Taste starts with somewhat sweet hops up front (more a pils taste to them) which is followed by a big rush of citrus and tree-tasting hops and a bit of warming from alcohol, but little ethanol shows through the taste. Bitterness comes through the malt in small amounts as it warms up a bit, matches by a bittersweet hop taste and a lot of citrus/tree hop freshness. Clean mouthfeel and the hops and malt make a solid aftertaste of citrus/pine and a bit of black malt. Very drinkable, other than a slight warming in the finish, I would never know it was as heavy as it is.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap review supplemented by a bottle

A: The beer is black with only a touch of brown when held up to the light. I have had a few black IPAs american black ales or whatever they are called this week and this is the blackest I have ever seen hands down. A finger of bone colored head with some spotty lacing as well.

S: The nose is of green hop and an obscene amount of malt. It is weird the only thing that is even close is Stone 11th AKA Sublime but this takes it to the next level. Some chocolate. Just a touch of roast which works since it does not really work with the hops.

T: Starts off with equal part hop bitterness with some chocolate to balance it out. There is some other malt but it does not really impart much to the taste but it balances it out nicely. This beer is hoppy as hell right now. It really is quite balanced all things considered. You only get the slightest hint of the ABV.

M: Surprisingly light given the ABV and the grist. Feels like an IPA which is impressive.

D: One of the most drinkable 10% beers that I have ever had. You think black IPA but you would never think this. Totally gonzo beer. Congrats the the Captain. Makes me look back 2 weeks after their opening and sitting in an empty tasting room with Scott. Now such problems are a thing of the past. Congrats to the Captain for 5 years and many more.

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