DalzAle (2003) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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(canít sense that this is 10%). I like this quite a bit, and will probably try to trade for another bottle.
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BottleÖ Black ale with a small, fizzy, khaki head. Oaken, hoppy, chocolate nose Ė 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. Itís hard to nail this one down. Black Ipa? Black barleywine? I donít really know, but I like it a lot. Bottle courtesy of dchmela!
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vinnie. Oh, and Juden. Pour is a straigh Coca-Cola black with a rich, velvety smooth bubbled seafoam head; the head looks like the blown back side of rough waves. Lacing is geographical, forming shapes like continents in tight bubbles down the sides. Aroma of honey, caramel, burnt roasted malts, coffee beans, peppercorn, and slight bready, yeasty dough. Full, rich, luxuriously smooth and tongue-coatingly warm body. Excellent finish with a bit of boozy warming that blooms in through the throat and into the chest. Rich chocolate, caramel, fresh orange flavors abide throughout. What a spectacular beer.
maneliquor (3406) - 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 (1354) - 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 (5016) - , 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 (2784) - 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 (9588) - 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.