5 Years Later | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.04/5
117 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
117
pDev:
11.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
18
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of StoutSnob40
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PERDIDOUSA
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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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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Photo of mschantz
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mtomlins
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

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)

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A solid jet black color with a big bubbled light tan ring on top and significant lacing. The aroma is easy to catch as soon as you open the bottle. Deep licorice and nutty leaf. Malt-peat and light rhubarb, smoked oak. It's beautiful. The flavor hits a little harder with heavy dark chocolate malt, more licorice-molasses and a hint of meaty smoke. As is usually is the case this big beer only improves as it warms. The body is full but not syrupy or cloying. Carbonation is subtle for a solid, slick feel. Alcohol is a bit evident but not intrusive at all. Awesome dark ale.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Shilt
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into 50W tulip glass - bottle received from zipper8650

A: Pours a very dark brown with a beige, 2 finger, silky head. In a couple short minutes the head settles into a thin, creamy ring. Leaves a good, sticky lacing.

S: Nose is very piney and hop forward. A good amount of roast which comes off as more chocolate than anything else. A hint of citrus notes as well. Hints of molasses and dark figgy-type fruits as well.

T: Very hoppy. High bitterness. There is a lot of sweet and roasted malt at the finish, which balances to the hop bitterness well. Coffee, mixed with some smokey pine, and bites of licorice sticks.

M: Medium body. Dry. High Carbonation. A little boozy.

O: Captain Lawrence continues to impress me. This one has a great balance of hoppy and malty with a high level of complexity.

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Photo of Willytee3
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle into tulip

Pours a dark chocolate brown with red highlights in light. Rich foamy latte colored head.
Smells of rich milk chocolate with bitter dark chocolate notes. Some toasted Malts, a touch of blackstrap sweetness. Foamy bubbles cling with some sticky lacing.
Tastes of coffee with chocolate undertones, dark bitter bite. Dry bitter bite, stovepipe with a touch of sweetness followed by licorice and earth. Unsweetened chocolate finish.
Feels medium body and chalky.
A touch of booze comes through as it warms.

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Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of DoogeeZ
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of meaghan2k
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of marshmeli
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of DaveHack
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of nickfl
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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5 Years Later from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 117 ratings
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