Barrel Select Batch 1 - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by hayesez:
4.3/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Received in a recent trade with SpeedwayJim. Generally split these with some friends or my wife...but it's after 1:00 a.m. and I'm really pining for a sour. So I guess I'll slowly put this one away as I watch all of the specials on John Wooden. Batch "F0/BB" and bottled on 2-10.
Poured (several times mind you) into my Portsmouth tulip. Pours a murky dark pine sap color with a beautiful, dense one finger head (that looks very similar to a foamy hot chocolate. Hangs around for quite some time and leaves a small amount of lacing on the side of my glass at the beginning. As the head recedes, it leaves interesting "clumps" on the surface. By the last pour this one has left all kinds of thick patchy lace on my glass.
Definitely smells like it is going to lean toward the tart side of the spectrum. Some sour cherries and a little bit of funk are the major players that I uncover. As it warms up a bit, I get some other sweeter fruits as well, but can't specifically place them. A tiny bit of vinegar on the nose as well, but nothing detracting.
Yup, definitely leans toward the tart side (which is just fine by me). A bit of sweetness up front, but sour cherry jumps right in (there are no cherries used in this beer, by the way). Other mouth puckering flavors emerge, the more I drink. The wood is obvious as well, however I'm missing the vanilla. This is a light bodied beer that really is quite easy to drink...I am having no problems putting it away by myself, and I'm already digging into my fridge for something else. I do enjoy the finish as it vanishes quickly leaving just that telltale tartness in the corners of my mouth.
I was quite impressed with the Barrel Select. This is a quality brew that I will seek out yet again.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2010 16:10:23 | More by hayesez
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3.88/5 rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750mL bottle from JMRSN. Thanks! Split 3 ways.
A: Opaque brown with a thin creme head. Medium legs. Kind of muddy, but passable. N: Grape, cherry, and a touch of vinegar. Some leather like a good pinot noir. Raspberries and more sour pie cherries. The dark fruits dominate, much like a good Flanders Red.
T: Not nearly as good as the nose. Moderately sour, and very leathery. Minor amounts of cherry. Raspberry and marionberry. Sour grapes. Plenty of earth. Very vinous, and the oak is well integrated.
M: A bit on the heavier side, but within range. The beer expands more like a stout.
O: A very worthy beer if you like dark sours. Has a nice complexity, but after having FF this does fall a bit short. Still recommended if you can get it, though.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2012 17:56:48 | More by writerLJBerg
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I got this one in a trade a couple of years ago, pretty sure from black13 -- so if so, thanks, dude! Review is from notes taken on 6/21/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.
Appearance: Pour is a dark coppery color and reminds me of a dark cider; body is rather murky and doesn't allow much depth of sight into it; starts with a short 1/4 finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin island of skim and a narrow ring around the surface;
Smell: Smell is potent, I can smell it from the table and it's got a lot going on in there; lots of fruit, of the green acidic variety (perhaps apples and cherries); bit of a vinegar scent to it and plenty of funky and sour notes; perhaps a bit of some caramel in there bringing a touch of sweetness.
Taste: That is a very tart beer - very sharp and puckering right off the bat; the second sip is considerably easier on the mouth; plenty of the acidic, green fruitiness; bit of a saccharine sweetness to it, like a really strong SweetTart; bit of an alcoholic bite on the back, which I thought was interesting since it's not especially high in ABV.
Mouthfeel: Body isn't too heavy, but not quite light either; the tartness is obviously the most powerful aspect in the mouth, and it'll make you pucker, that's for sure; body is lively, and I've gotta give the body credit for being alive, but not explosive like a lot of wilds are, so that's refreshing; a thick and sticky coating is left all over the palate; belly is left quite warm from the acidity.
Overall: Wilds aren't an everyday kind of beer, but this one is pretty exceptional -- granted, the first sip caught me well off my guard, it gets better with each drink. Great scent, great flavors and a rather impressive body.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2012 01:01:31 | More by bamadog
Barrel Select Batch 1 from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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