j12601 (12973) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2011
On tap for growler fills at DeCicco’s. Pours a deep black with a medium sized tanned beige head. Lots of roast, chocolate and char. Big pine hops, citrus. Sweet at first, but more roast and big thick tannins and char. Somewhat sweet, long roast and char on the finish. Nice stuff. blipp (9501) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle shared at Paul and Ryan’s 5,000th rate tasting. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Nice hoppy aroma with some big piney notes and light roasted malts. The flavor is well balanced with piney and floral notes, light chocolate, and roasted malts. Nice. BrewBoxer (2653) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Draft at beer table. Pours a dark chocolate color. Smells of raisins, bread and oak. Taste is fruity, malty and hoppy all in one. Quite complex and flavorful. Reminds me of the hebrew jewbalations strong ales. Very good deyholla (11900) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Sampled from the tap at the brewery. Poured near clear dark brown with brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was full of roasted dark grains with a relatively strong pine note. Flavor began with roasted dark grains but was taken over by a strong pine hop note. jtclockwork (16855) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle at Paul and Ryan’s tasting. Pours black with tan head. Nose of chocolate malt and hops. Taste of chocolate malt, hops, fruit and bitter chocolate.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Sweet, dusty, chalky nose, lots of roast, lots of ash. Taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lots of chocolate, some chalk, some plum. Meh. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours black that allows no light to pass with a moderate tan head that lasts through the first third of the glass and leaves partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of pine, malt, brown sugar and mild roast. The flavor begins with a solid dose of malt that is lightly sweet and is followed by an equally solid dose of piney hops that is somewhat resinous and retains the mild sweetness of the malt. The bitterness, while strong, is not overdone and does not linger excessively. Nearly full bodied. Very enjoyable ale. LilBeerDoctor (4032) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt but also lots of sweet malt and alcohol. Flavor of warming alcohol and roasted malt notes. A solid hoppy, citrusy malt base.. It is like a black ASA (vs IPA). The 10% is quite evident and this is a strong beer! An unusual style choice (IMO) for CL’s anniversary beer, but very enjoyable.
8/4/8/4/15 [3.9/5] DocLock (10836) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2011
750 capped bottle from PUB’N. Pours deep brown with 3-finger khaki head. Nose is very earthy and peaty roasty dark malt, resiny hops. Tastes rich, very earthy, piney hoppy, a bit on the cloying side, very malty, with a lot of complexity and a big depth of flavor. Gets a bit hot late, and the IBUs overtake the malt somewhat. ben4321 (6607) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2011 Location: Draft at Blind Tiger, 2/19/11
Aroma: The nose has some coffee, roasted malts, big hop presence too
Appearance: This one pours a pitch black color with a small head
Flavor: The taste has a balance of big roasty maltiness, some sweetness, and some good bitterness
Palate: This beer has a pretty decent body to it, full enough, and drinks rather nicely
This beer was quite enjoyable. A nice way to celebrate 5 yrs, glad I got to try it so quickly after the release. In general, I like what Captain Lawrence is doing, and I hope the next 5 years produce as many good beers as the first 5.