maneliquor (2726) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into two wine glasses. Amazing colour. Pours a near pitch black with some light coming through just on the edges. A very thick and light tan head is produced about two fingers in width. Lasts and lasts. Hops is big on the nose with a complex mould of roasted malts, raisins, figs and and citrus. Toasted malts and hops smother the mouth with some nice dark fruits coming through. Great beer
Chad9976 (1065) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black IPAs are a fairly new style among the craft beer market, but whatís even newer are double or imperialized versions of these beers. Itís hard to get a new style right, let alone make a great product when the brewers and drinkers have little experience with it. But the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company has done just that with their 5 Years Later Ale. This is a beer that has plenty of good features individually, which create for a great feature collectively.
I poured a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Extremely dark maroon hue which can be mistaken for black. Forms a huge, frothy, dark yellow/tan head. It leaves great lacing on the glass and retains extremely well.
Smell: Very much in the tradition of a strong East Coast-style India Pale Ale. Light citrus and flowers with noticeable pine resin. As it warms it begins to emit a slight solvent-like fume, which is common in black IPAs and imperial stouts. Itís distracting, but tolerable, and probably the only thing keeping this from being a perfect beer overall.
Taste: Let no one say this is anything less than a robust beer. Hops light up the palate throughout the first half with a noticeable bitterness and pine-sap like stickiness. The second half is more in keeping with an imperial stout with deeply roasted malt bitterness and a rich, semi-sweet chocolate finish. Thereís some coffee notes as well as some burnt popcorn flavor in the aftertaste, combined with both milk and dark chocolate.
This is a very unique and tasty palate to be sure. Despite what I just wrote, itís actually quite difficult to describe. Throughout it all is the sheer energy that comes with an imperial beer as thereís substantial weight to the palate here. The hop presence is strong enough to create for a pleasing bitterness and taste you want in an imperial IPA. However, the malty component and sweet finish help to keep the beer from being one-dimensional and cloying.
Mouthfeel: Despite the intensity, Iíd peg this beer as being on the lower end of full-bodied, if not medium-bodied. Fairly soft texture, somewhat crispy with low carbonation.
Drinkability: While it weighs in at 10% ABV and packs a punch to the palate, 5 Years later is still a highly drinkable beer overall. I found myself finishing my first serving after only 4-5 swigs. There is a bit of an alcohol presence to be sure, both in the taste and the constitution, but itís nothing obnoxious. This beer is extremely versatile and would be ideal to have to with any red meat meal or any dark chocolate dessert.
Overall, a very impressive beer in more ways than one. Maybe not perfect, but so close.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to ubufan2112 for sending this bottle my way. Served in a Cantillon tulip.
Pours near black with a good light tan head and some sticky lacing as it moves down the glass. The nose is really, really quite nice. Loads of earthy hops with a bit of pine. Nose almost exhibits a bit of an oak presence as well. Some roast lingers in the background. The taste doesnít hit quite as hard, though the hops are front and center and there is that hint of oak in the finish. Feel is dry; there is no indication of the ABV at all. Really pleasurable. This is one of the best American Black Ales Iíve to date.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-22-2011
dchmela (2539) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to maltajo for the bottle. Pours reddish black with a big tan head. Toffee, citrus hops and roasted grains in the aroma. Huge citrus hop taste, smooth malt with some roasted grain bite. Complex and really good brew.
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a nice white head. very boozy aroma with bourbon, caramel, brown sugar. taste is a bit more hoppy, has some chocolate, caramel, and pine. overall a really good american strong ale. Id like to try more from this brewery.
hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, chocolate, some roast, caramel, floral, and citrus. Tastes of floral hops, pine, citrus, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Alcohol content well hidden.
joebudzjoe (663) - Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains, NY. Served in a tulip glass, this beer has a smoky, dark and opaque brown color with a nicely lacing light tan head. At first sip, this beer has a smoked hop flavor that is followed with a silky malt and tangy yeast flavor. This beer has almost a caramelized texture. Very good and the ABV is masked nicely. Good sipper thatís not too heavy.
TomDecapolis (4385) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown pushing black with amber notes when held to the light. Aroma of up front floral, piney and citrusy hop. The hops are quickly followed by caramel, tobacco and chocolate. Flavor of piney and grapefruit hops, chocolate, caramel, toffee and tobacco. Malt sweetness present but not cloying. No real alcohol burn.
JoeMcPhee (8167) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown pour with a thin white head. The aroma is really fresh and hoppy. Loads of citrusy/piny hops. Fresh and a little bit cocoaish as well. Lightly resinous. Chinook-like pine flavour. Assertively bitter as well. Resin and pine. Tasty stuff.
nimbleprop (4146) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml pours a nearly opaque, deep brown with a creamy, off white head. Smells chocolatey, lightly hoppy, malty, light coffee. Flavor is chocolate, light spice, brown sugar, sweet, malty, light coffee with cream. Medium bodied, spicy finish.