Winter Ale | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Billolick on 11-24-2012

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Photo of SkiSailRide
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

On tap at The Milton upper East Side in Manhattan. I love Brown Ales and this one is right up there. More of a dark amber color with the dryness of a brown. Not too sweet with mild effervescence.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of ElijahRivera
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of sd123
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of judkinst
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brooklynbrews
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BklynTerp
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Ace1117
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. "Winter Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 11042015" - 39 days old
$1.99 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

First off, who is this Captain Lawrence? Let's see... James Lawrence, born 1781 in Burlington, NJ... studied law but joined the U.S. Navy in 1798... rose through the ranks having seen a good amount of action... died of wounds incurred in battle aboard the USS Chesapeake on June 4th, 1814 just 2 months after being promoted to Captain... quoted as having said "Don't give up the ship. Fight her till she sinks." as he was carried below deck... in addition to being memorialized in the naming of 5 U.S. ships, many places are also named after him including Captain Lawrence Street in Lawrence, MA

Deep mahogany in color, and clear, beneath a rocky head of yellowed white, it offers a gently fruity aroma backed by softly caramels and toasty malts. In the mouth it's medium to medium-light in body and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, slightly moderate carbonation. The flavor is richer than the aroma suggests with notes of milk chocolate, golden caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. A restrained spiciness rounds it out along with a median bitterness and low-level leafy and grassy hops. It finishes mainly dry, lingering with some residual malt that's both caramels and subtly chocolatey, giving way to leafy and earthy Goldings, and then a gentle dusting of spice.

While it may not impress in girth, it definitely impresses in refinement! The subtle spiciness is magnificent, adding just an edge of liveliness to an otherwise fairly straight-forward but nicely done English-style brown ale. Rounded, balanced, polished, and drinkable!

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh growler pour from the brewery this afternoon. I'm guessing at the "style", but it seems to land somewhere between an amber/mild/brown ale.

Pours pretty typical, lighter almond amber, retentive khaki head, with a nice low sheet of tiny bubble, as well as ringed lace.

Fairly nondescript nose. I'm getting some mild malts , honey and vanilla.

Toffee flows over the tongue. Flavor profile is built upon waves of smooth malts This new brew is an easy drinking sessioner. Highly enjoyable quaffer that doesnt punch you in the face.

I'm likely partial to my local brewery, but this seems like another high quality creation from the Captain. Not sure how much production there will be of this one, bottles? etc. But I'm a fan

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Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Whole Foods in Ridge Hill. A nice clear light chestnut brown with a little carbonation streaming up my glass. A nice amount of lace as well. Smell is front loaded with malts and toffee. Big wave of spices as well. Nutmeg is the bigger player, with peppery holiday spiciness that flows back into a mild fruitiness. Taste is malty and full of toasted and nutty nuances. Spices are well done and take a good nutty brown ale and transform it into a top tier holiday session ale. Finish is dry with a crisp earthy hop bitterness. A light mineral sourness that gives a nod to and good English nut brown ale. Feel is light and crisp with a mild effervescence that is perfect. A wonderful addition to the holiday beer world. The toasted and spiced facets of this one will lend itself well to many holiday and winter meals.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight spice in taste with hints of toffee and caramel. Malty through out and with a subtle balance.
Aroma is spicy
Looks nice on the pour with a tall bellowly head.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tempest
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

English brown ale? I know northern browns like Newcastle can be a little fruity, but this is practically juicy. Winter warmer IMO. Anyways, it's a tasty beer. I'm not usually a big winter warm fan, but this has a great balance of easters and bready malt. Underneath the cherry and strawberry notes is a blend of light caramel syrup and toasty bread crust. There's a hint of earthy hops in the finish, which makes this a clean, well-rounded winter beer. Check it out. It's just a step ahead of many American winter warmer-type beers. It's just a little more crisp and complex.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Picked up as a single.

Pours light brown, very little foam. Nutty and bready nose. Taste is sweet with caramel cherry notations. Toasty. Slight spice at the finish gives a subtle kick. Some fruitiness. Light carbonation buzz. Good beer.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JoeBloe
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

it says here that this beer is retired, but I'm enjoying one that says it was bottled 11/03/2014 - pours a nice caramel brown with a 2 finger head - mildly spiced - easy drinking - a good brew for this rainy November afternoon -

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Photo of Beerparrot
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth and easy to drink without a bunch spices up your nose. If I could get this local, I'd have more, 1 bottle wasn't enough.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Winter Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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