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Barrel Select Batch 1 - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 150
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is a new beer that was produced after waiting for some of our sour brown ale barrels to "ripen" and take of the flavors of the wild yeast and the oak barrels until we thought they were ready to be blended and bottled. This batch is a blend of 6 barrels, 4 of one batch and 2 of another, the mix of which has created a totally new beer. Intensely sour with hints of oak and funk. ABV 7.5-8.0%. The first batch's code FO/BB means French Oak Bret Brown.

This is a different beer than Barrel Select #1 which was a single barrel served at EBF 2009.

(Beer added by: aerozeppl on 03-24-2010)
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes. Glad I could share this beer with everyone.

This pours a murky brownish/amber color. Kind of a creamy off-white tannish head that maintains a frothy cap over the beer and leaves behind some nice chunky lacing. The look and the smell remind me a bit of Consecration.

Smells got a dry earthy sweetness if that makes any sense. Some sort of dark fruit, like currants or figs.
At this point I accidentally snorted a little-- this beer is SOUR when snorted! I literally had tears in my eyes. It felt like my sinuses were bleeding. It burns like eating red berries.

Anyway... The taste is biiiig on some nondescript dark fruit-- maybe some currants and red grapes. A nice oaky presence. A very drinkable and enjoyable sour brew. The body has plenty of carbonation. Really nice and drinkable.

Just outstanding.

08-04-2010 04:30:46 | More by AleWatcher
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joel66

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-28-2013 18:38:12 | More by joel66
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

First release of bottles, enjoyed at the Birdsall House in Peekskill,NY as part of their opening weekend celebration. Bomber that was bottled 2/10, pours cloudy/murky medium brown, under a dark tan head, showing excellent retentive power, with cling, sheet and more then ample scattered lace. Woody, musty, sour nose with a jolt of vinagar. Solidly sour, with out being biting or off putting, dark malts still present. Earthy, funky, barnyard oozing, oaky and highly complex. Easy flowing over the tongue. Wild ale/sour beer lover track this one down and enjoy. Simply delicious new one from the good captain.

03-31-2010 01:47:10 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3%

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle, which was drank alongside Cuvee de Castleton, Rosso e Marrone and Flaming Fury. I thought this was the best beer of the four.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is brown sugar, tart cherries and some brett notes. The flavor is tart cherries, some funk, some brett notes, oak and vanilla. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding beer.

10-10-2010 18:07:22 | More by Mora2000
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a nice dark brown with a small brown head. Nose is sour and funky. Really nice.

Taste is really sharp and funky. Very smooth and drinkable for a funky sour. I really love this. Mothfeel is sharp and full, good carbonation.

10-02-2010 19:16:51 | More by kingcrowing
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-29-2012 03:20:02 | More by acurtis
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Indytruks138

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-23-2014 20:11:47 | More by Indytruks138
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jh1982

Nevada

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-15-2011 03:59:19 | More by jh1982
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duchess wine glass. Shared by schen9303.

A: Moderate pour (after half of it exploded into the sink) yields a 1 finger, fluffy off-white head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy brown-clay. Lacing is abundant, surrounding the glass in a near permanent design.

S: Woody, funk, soil, plums, cherries, and rasberry... all engulfed in a vinegary booziness. Very appropriate and gives a great preview of what's gonna be on the palate.

T: Acetic acid and vinegar and intensely sour throughout. Sour plums and cherries are present along with soil and dirt in the background. Yeasty bitterness is present towards the middle and end, no doubt a result of the intense carbonation. Finish is dry but messy. Yeast leaves its mark, adding more and more bitterness to the end and with each sip thereafter.

M: Here's where this beer falters. Light to medium bodied that just keeps getting fuller and fuller as it warms. Carbonation is there but evaporates quickly, leaving a heavy beer that drains the palate. Appropriately dry though and it seems to suck all the moisture out of my mouth. Finish is a bit messy due to the lingering yeastiness.

D: Very intrigued to try this a year from now, the sourness here is a bit too intense for me when coupled with the inappropriately heavy body. This beer just isn't lively enough for its style and I'd like to see how time will change it. Can't wait to come back to it in a year or two.

05-02-2010 02:56:50 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Photekut

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-19-2013 02:05:43 | More by Photekut
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Drank alot of this yesterday and then more of it today

A: Murky brown with a brown colored head that was fairly thick when it was poured. Some clarity, but not much and very little lacing

S: Nice sour fruit notes, some cherries and even a bit of figs. Also very nice dryness. Some good wood notes too as well a a touch of sweetness.

T: Much like it smells with some sour fruit, and very winelike with a load of tannins. I really enjoyed the oaky woodnotes that were present.

M: The dryness was my favorite part of this beer. It was slightly puckering in terms of sourness and really i cant find many flaws heere.

D: Very easy to drink for a sour. One in which i can enjoy probably a whole bottle myself.

05-09-2010 21:13:46 | More by mikey711
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-01-2013 01:10:17 | More by Gonzoillini
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nickd717

California

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%

750ml bottle via trade.

Pours murky reddish with a nice lasting off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is great and fruity with sour raspberries and cherries and some funk.

Flavor is good and funky. Not as great a fruit flavor as the aroma suggests, but it's still solid. Cherries, raspberries, and green apples. Slightly vinous.

Decent palate - medium body and acidity.

Very nice beer overall. Drinkable, and pretty good overall for an American Wild Ale.

08-19-2010 17:58:39 | More by nickd717
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Ralphs66

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Wasn't on their official bottle list, but when I asked the guys at Birdsall House if they had any sours on hand, they delved into the far reaches of the fridge and pulled out this friggin' beauty. Whoa baby; this sour is SOUR. I shared some with the guy next to me at the bar and he just nodded his head and said "sour". Didn't ask for seconds...
A gorgeous beer. Brown like fresh apple cider from the farm stand. A whole bunch of nose, but vinegar is obviously the most prominent. I was eating a Reuben sandwich with very salty fries and some house made pickles. Well, this beer stood up to all of them and continued to shine. Cleared my palate after each and every sip. Only slight drawback was that it does leave a pretty good burn in your stomach due to all the acid; have your zantac ready and waiting....and then just keep drinking!

02-19-2011 16:54:15 | More by Ralphs66
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scootny

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%

A cloudy garnet brown with a tight creamy head and a decent amount of lace. Smell is just lovely. Cherries and oak, light funk with a red wine like grape note. Sourness is plentiful. An underlying malt facet. Taste is so good I wish I bought six bottles instead of four. Tart and sour cherries and grapes. Lovely malt core with a Belgian flair. Leather and lots of oak and a bit of vanilla in the finish. The finish is dry and long with juiciness dripping from your mouth as you relish the malt and wood tones fading on your palate. Feel is superbly soft with a velvety creaminess as it wraps around the tongue. Still enough carbonation to keep it light. Very easy to drink this one and but you want to savor every drop.

10-20-2010 02:42:35 | More by scootny
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brian23456

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-29-2013 18:40:15 | More by brian23456
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GRG1313

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Barrel Select Series; Barrel No. FOBB/Bottled 2/10. American sour ale.

This is a wonderful drink all around. Amber with white head.

Nose of light sweet funk and light sweet sour.

Well balanced sour that's a big mouthful - rich, full, bold and sour, but with a sweet/malt/cooked orange flavor profile. There is a malty character and actually a carmel and coffee flavor profile that is unexpected in a sour. Yet, it works and is delicious. A vanilla oaky nose and flavor developes as undertones as it warms in the glass.

All around a nice drink.

02-28-2011 05:51:02 | More by GRG1313
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-14-2011 14:26:40 | More by SpdKilz
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-06-2012 17:50:25 | More by jsilva
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Diomede

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-27-2011 22:01:22 | More by Diomede
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured into a standard tulip. Bottle was fresh from the recent release.

Minimal head and virtually no head retention. There were some brown yeasty flakes floating on top of the head when I did my second pour. yum!

Light brown in color.

Great smells coming from this one. Fruity at first but the typical barnyard and sour smells come to the forefront after a bit.

Quite tart and sour up front but a very smooth finish. Very lactic with a bit of a vingary burn in the back of my throat especially as the beer warmed in my glass.

Great american Oude Bruin (though not quite as sweet as some classic Belgian examples). I have a feeling this one will continue to develop nicely in the bottle. I am glad I have a few bottles for the cellar.

Another great one from the Captain.

04-23-2010 17:25:42 | More by tendermorsel
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3%

thrilled to be able to have this one, poured into a snifter at room temp.

dark brown with some light reddish touches around the sides and the bottom of the glass. A nice and foamy brown head rose up to a height of around two inches before dropping down to about half and then hanging around the rest of the session with deep and thoroughly coating side glass lace, this one was perfect.

The aroma was wonderful, previously poster arrived atthe word fuck to describe and I would have to agree here. Rich sour notes, sweet and tart cherries dropped in with light oak notes as it warmed, but dominted by the deep sour and cherry notes. Such a wonderful balance here between the sour notes and the rich underlying fruit flavor. Some nice dark malts as it starts to warm, but the long drawn out sour flavor comes back and dries out the palat

05-30-2011 22:05:38 | More by mikesgroove
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largadeer

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

Thanks to chswimmer, alfrantzell and nickd717 for sharing bottles at various tastings.

The beer is a murky, turbid reddish-brown color. It's well carbonated and has a large and solid off-white cap.

Strong acetic acid in the aroma. Strawberries, raspberries, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar - quite pungent and complex, the bacteria gave this a fruitiness so intense you'd swear they brewed this with berries of some kind.

Balsamic vinegar-like acetic acid is heavy on the palate. Strawberry and cherry fruitiness is matched by somewhat heavy tannins. Medium-light in body with a tannic and acetic finish. This is good, though it's a beer you have to be in the mood for. The first time I tried this I found it overly acetic, the second time I enjoyed it much more. I'm not often crazy about sour beers with a dominant acetic acid character these days, but this one pulls it off.

06-02-2010 23:39:10 | More by largadeer
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billyshears

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7%

02-05-2012 18:34:27 | More by billyshears
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

750 mL bottle courtesy of cmurren25 in a recent BIF, thanks a ton Chad! Pours a dark copper color with a little bit of tan foam. Fades pretty quick to a nice sheen and collar.

Nose is sweet-ish with plenty of fruity tartness. Oh, and did I mention puckeringly sour? Yea, strawberries and cherries.

Whoa, this bitch is sour, but oh-so delicious. Slight oak and vanilla are really the only other things I can discern besides the powerful fruity sour/funk. Carbonation might be a bit high, but there is really not a whole lot to complain about here for lovers of sour beers. It is really good, but had this next to Red Poppy from LA and lacks the complexity and finesse that Red Poppy shows. Still though, if you can get your paws on one of these, do it!

08-01-2010 18:30:08 | More by twiggamortis420
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Barrel Select Batch 1 from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.