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
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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of phichifiji00
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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3.84/5  rDev -5%
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


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Photo of nitro0292
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
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 mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Phoenix2443
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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

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