5 Years Later | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Billolick on 02-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head with nice lacing on a very dark brown body with light getting through.

S: roasted malts, light coffee, vanilla and nice brown sugar presence. nice strength to the aroma.

T: roasted chocolate malts, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla and bitter, earthy hops mostly in the finish. very nice oak wood note throughout.

M: moderate to high carbonation and thick body. fairly smooth and semi dry in the finish.

Overall: This is a very good beer. Complex and very complete.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great caramel/brown head! Even better head retention. Brew is very thick black. Well laced too.

Great big hops come out in the nose. Tons of pine and Caramel. This one help up nice with time.

Very smooth and delicious. Zero bitterness and tons of unique milky smoothness. Vanilla and Bourbon stand out. Chocolate and caramel too. Dry and strong. More like a old ale then ABA, but still nice. Heavy carbonation. Slight rubbing alcohol/rubber flavor.

A good brew, but slightly off style... Recommended, but not worth hunting. Very strong, but not offensive.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of brystmar
2.77/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by blatantdream, thanks!

Dark brown/black pour, off-white head, beady lace. Ultra boozy aroma; masks most of what's here honestly. Needs work.

Taste is similarly dominated by alcohol. Deeply roasted malta and hints of hops are hiding in the corners, but my god is this boozy. Time to go back to the drawing board guys.

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of pezfiend
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle into Captain Lawrence stemmed glass. Just bought the bottle today to celebrate my promotion to sales this morning so the bottle's already about a year old.

A: Pitch black with a good 3 finger head lacing all around the glass as the foam dies down.

S: Dark Chocolate, coffee mostly. The bottle's a little older by now and lost most of it's hop aroma, almost like a strong stout now.

T: Once again, chocolate, coffee, caramel notes, minor bitterness from the hops. There's almost a chalky charcoal taste I get which is not necessarily bad, oak, burbon.

M: Coats the mouth like an oil slick very chewable beer. If drinking before 12pm wasn't so looked down upon in certain areas I could see this replacing my morning coffee on a work day.

O: Great beer, was not what I expected at all. I'm used to American Black Ale's with a lot more hops. The hops are pretty much all gone and with time it's become a great strong stout.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of brez8791
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mindspin315
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


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Photo of Paul68
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of HosP
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jackie7787
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of BrewCrew2010
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of stimulus
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Rusty18
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of asparkoflife
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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 rab53
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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