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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2011
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

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1163) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 22, 2011
Black IPAs are a fairly new style among the craft beer market, but what’s even newer are double or imperialized versions of these beers. It’s 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. It’s 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. There’s 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, it’s actually quite difficult to describe. Throughout it all is the sheer energy that comes with an imperial beer as there’s 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, I’d 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 it’s 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
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 doesn’t 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 I’ve to date. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-22-2011

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2635) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2011
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2011
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joebudzjoe (668) - Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2011
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 that’s not too heavy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 8, 2011
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
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.


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