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Captain Lawrence 5 Years Later

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Five years later, I look back at all we have gone through to get where we are today and I smile. It has been an amazing journey in one of the greatest industries in the world. We have met a ton of new friends, all in the name of great beer! This beer was brewed to celebrate all the great times we have had and plan on having in the future. Brewed with five different malts and five hop varieties this deep, dark and hoppy ale is meant to be enjoyed with friends. Straight from the captain’s cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy! – Scott Vaccaro

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
750 bottle-thanks dmac for sharing-pours a big foamy to rocky tan head and black color. Aroma is resin, roasty/chocolate. Taste is somewhat harsh/biting resin hops, roasty/ashy/chocolate dark malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6174) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Pours dark black with light tan head. Aroma has notes of pine, orange, some roast and chocolate, slight toffee notes as well. Very much like a Black IPA. Taste has notes of slight pine and grassy bitterness, slight grapefruit and bitter orange, nice coffee, toffee, roasted notes, balanced very well with some bitterness at the end. Very smooth, and way, way too drinkable for 10%. Good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Difficult to classify this brew, which is perhaps why it is sometimes referred to as a Black IPA and other times/places American Strong Ale. None the less, if you like either of those, you may very well like this roasted-malt beauty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
A: The beer pours almost black with a big khaki colored head. S: Smells of roast, a lot of roast, and some dark chocolate. Not terribly hoppy, unfortunately. Some moderate pine notes, which is really it. There is a mild acidity and some slight metallic notes. T: Interesting flavors of dark fruit and dark chocolate. Big time ash and intense flavors of roasted malts. There is a pretty strong bitterness, some mild coffee, and also some chalk. Pine and citrus peel, a mild herbal quality, are really it as far as the hops. M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation. O: I like a lot of Black IPAs, but this was not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pours black very little head. Smells of brandy and yet it also has a sour smell to it, also coming through some floral hops,nuts and roasted malts. Tastes of nuts, roasted malts, chocolate, with some sour notes coming through. Not getting much hops, mouthfeel is thick and the finish is long roasted nuts and slightly hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Pours black with some licht escaping through the sides. Thin cream head and some lacing clinging to the sides. Strong chocolate , coffee, heavy roasted malts, and licorice in the nose. Loads of heavy bitter roast, chocolate, and ginger snaps. The finish is rather long and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2011
In short: An uber hoppy dark-barley-wine-stout-something, borderline Imperial Black-IPA. Tasty and very nice.
How: From a bottle (or tap?) at Extreme Beer Fest 2011.
The look: Clear near black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose has a bit of roast and plenty of green pine-needles. Taste has a robust malt backbone with plenty of rich sticky caramelized malts, low-medium roastiness sensation, a truckload of piney hops with some citrusy notes. No sign of the 10% abv, not at all. So heavy that it felt like a extremely hoppy imperial stout barley wine bastard beer, borderline Black IPA. It kind of reminded me of Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale (the supposedly black barley wine). I love beers like that. A great beer to commemorate Captain Lawrence fifth anniversary. Congratulations Scott!!! I remember discovering this then unknown brewery 5 years ago in a New-York pub. Time flies. 5 years ago I never thought I would be entering my 3939th rating today, back then I was still hoping to one day have a life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1984) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Bottle thanks to dmac! Very dark black pour, creamy lacing and a little thin lasting head and aroma of caramel, hops and a little coffee. Flavor is earthy caramel, burnt nuts a little raisin and finished slightly spicy and very creamy(can’t sense that this is 10%). I like this quite a bit, and will probably try to trade for another bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9152) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Bottle… Black ale with a small, fizzy, khaki head. Oaken, hoppy, chocolate nose – almost floral in a way. Full-bodied and silky with supple carbonation. The flavor provides a boatload of charcoal flanked by caramel, chocolate and resiny, hempen hops. The lengthy finish is burnt, moderately bitter and then dry. It’s hard to nail this one down. Black Ipa? Black barleywine? I don’t really know, but I like it a lot. Bottle courtesy of dchmela!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2011
Bomber Bottle. Right from the brewery! Beautiful black pour with a light tan head. A dark roasted malty aroma. This is one BIG Beer. Deep rich flavor. If you savor this beer slowly, you will enjoy the five different hops and the five different malts. This is truly one to enjoy.

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