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Barrel Select Batch 1 - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 146
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 150
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aerozeppl on 03-24-2010

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.
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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/3/2010. Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet tart candies, sour lactic acid, oak. Flavor is quite tart and sour, plenty of lactic notes and yogurt. I felt this one was too sour/tart and I couldn't get many complexities from the base beer. It was a slow slow sipper and just meh overall for me.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.24/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy grapefruit color with good carbonation and a white cap and bubbles

S: Funky and tart, light whiff of vinegar and some light cherries

T: Not as much cherry as I wanted, very subtle and it hid behind the tartness. Some wood and Earthiness, a sharp acidic note with light booze sting

M: Light body, big carbonation and tart

O: Worth a try but not overly exciting or good

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sideshowe for busting this out at a recent tasting. Long time want.

Captain Lawrence Barrel Select batch 1 pours pretty ruddy cruddy brown lake water type color with a thin ring around the collar brown like, no stick. Smells like a bunch of oak, different types, wood, rotted fruit and some acidic funk. Berry and wood mixed. Taste is quite all directions. Wood is big, french oak, cherry, plum, and some grainy malt over brett funk. feel was quite acidic. Went down like battery acid, body was at about medium, not gulpable. Glad I tried it, with a lot of people, no way a whole bottle of this to the head could go down.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle I received in a trade from a BA but I can't remember who, thanks! When I popped the cap there was a very icky brown sediment all around the neck but I soldiered on. Dark brown color, decent head, smells a little wild and sour. The taste was like an oud bruin, sour brown ale. Overall not a bad beer but not one I'd visit a second time but I was glad for the opportunity.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to sweem for busting this long time want out to share. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Rusty dark red/orange hue. Small amount of light beige head fades and leaves no lace.

S: Decent sour cherry profile with a good amount of wet leather, oak, attic dust and a mild spice that I can't figure out.

T: Nowhere near as sour as I was hoping. Solid tart cherry and oakiness. Bit of leather and mild funk.

M: Medium to light body. Actually a bit on the thin side for my taste.

O: Just another sort of sour cherry wild. Decent but I'm cetainly glad I never sought this one out.

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Photo of caresville
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this ones a gusher!! lost a decent amount in a cracking open to fast incident...

a- mahogany brown, almost maroon. yellowish, cream colored thin and puffy head. great lacing. pretty cool looking.

s- pretty typical of a sour but that doesnt mean bad. sour grapes, sour apples, farmhouse stinky funk, im getting hot strawberry pop tart outta this one.

t&m- its very good, but not interesting. the more i drank it the more i realized it doesnt POP to a certain taste so i have hard time picturing what im drinking. unusually thick and creamy for a sour, very slimy. not overly sour either, very fruity and creamy. all your sour fruits are in there and theres a little burn going down.

d- very easy to drink. like i said its unusually creamy and smooth for a sour (for me atleast). not overrun with tart, sourness. another very solid brew from the guys at CL.

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Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a dark brown with lots of nice carbonation, light tan, good retention and lacing.

The aroma is light giving off notes mainly of light tartness, not much there.

The taste is the same, light tart but pretty boring. There is a little oak here, not much sweetness.

The feel and drinkability are ok.

This is ok, but nothing more than you're run of the mill wild.

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Photo of craytonic
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bit of a gusher on opening, nice light brown head, pour is a rusty, cloudy mud that is nearly opaque. Looks a bit like diarrhea.

Smell: Lots of american oak, joined by vinegar and funk. Followed by faint tart cherries and possibly raspberries with a hit of apricot (that does not fit in at all).

Taste: Big american oak dominates, a bit too freshly cut. Followed by funk and vinegar, then the faint tart cherries and raspberries. Very dry and sour. Too much fresh oak, but it doesn't lend much of a tannic backbone. Might be some balsamic vinegar in there, maybe some hoisin sauce.

Mouthfeel: Big ding here, a bit thin.

Drinkability: Goes down easily enough; doesn't hold a candle to rosso. Brewery is certainly starting to come into its own though, should be interesting over the next few years. Can't imagine that this would get any better with age, probably will degrade fast.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Captain Lawrence barrel select (aged in oak barrels) – nice orangey murky copper color, but more on the orange side of the spectrum than anything else. Smell of sweet tarts all day, smells great. Appearance…decent head with nice lacing, but sparse with such a small pour. Sweet tarts all day, but they are balanced and not too in your face or too sour. WHOA SUPER SUPER SOUR…probably the most sour beer I’ve ever tried. I don’t think my palette is up to a beer this sour yet, but it is quite tasty…has a brown sugar-ness to it. Mouth is puckeringly sour…like pucker pucker…I can’t even describe it…super sour. Very good sour, the barrel and the oak, you don’t get it so much since it is so overly sour. As many people mentioned at this event, I have to agree, this one is flying under the radar…I just learned of it’s existence today and wow, if you are a fan of sours, this is one to seek out.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to nyrangerfan for this.

French oak, brett brown bottled in 2/10. This one gushed a decent amount upon opening, but I was prepared for it as the last time I saw a bottle of this opened it did a number on the walls and furniture.

3.5 A: The color on this is a bit disgusting. It's a opaque brown in the shade of half parts mud and half parts shit. Initially three plus fingers of creamy beige/light brown head with average retention and some nonuniform lacing.

4.0 S: Good amount of brett funk in here. Musty basement with a musky earthiness. Fruity lactic acid with apple and cherry notes. Some sour acetic acid as well. Good amount of oak and a light tannic astringency.

4.0 T: The taste is a much more intense version of the nose and not for the faint of mouth. There's a mouth puckering sourness to this with moderate amounts of acetic acid and more than moderate amounts of lactic. The sourness comes with some fruity notes. Sour dark cherry, not quite ripened sour plums, and green apple. Oak comes through a bit stronger in the taste, but isn't a dominant flavor. A light vanilla and a moderate tannic astringency.

4.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit higher than I'd like, but that was dealt with by twirling. Quite creamy, which is wonderful, but the mouth puckering is a bit higher than I'd prefer.

4.0 D: Pretty good beer. A few of these categories were borderline next highest score. This is fairly complex, but the intense sourness gives an illusion of being one dimensional.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, muddy red-brown body. Transparent around the edges when held to the light. Thin dirty white head. Moderate retention. Nice skim. No lacing. Quite a bit of gunk in the second glass despite a careful pour.

S: Vinegar, dark fruits, funky yeast, oak, vanilla, red wine. Complex, pungent and the different notes are seamlessly integrated.

T: A bit of a fall off here. Very acidic and tart. Dark fruits like cherries and raisins. Vanilla, oak, and general funkyness. Doesn't quite blend together harmoniously. Perhaps some age will fix these minor issues.

M: A bit thin. The tartness does a good job of masking the thin body at first, but eventually it just can't do it anymore. Moderate carbonation. Lingering acidic finish.

D: Between the thin feel, and powerful acidic/tart blast, this was a slow drinker... even for me.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a reddish copper color with a tight tan head

S-nice oakiness to it with a hint of vanilla, notes of vinegar and acidity with a nice sweetness in the back.

T-tart and acidic in the back, sweet dark fruit, oak underneath. strong acidic finish that lingers nicely.

M-quite smooth, a little thin in the back with good carbonation up front but falls off a little at the back.

D-this is pretty straight forward, not a huge mix of flavors, nice job on the acidity levels and balanced with some nice sweetness.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and crystal malt base along with a killer sourness. The yeast really dominates; very sour indeed. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth malt profile with a delicate sourness. It has a sharp edge up front that lingers in the finish. The malts calm the flavor and really round out the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a nice bit of carbonation. This is damn fine beer. It's sour, but not overly done. Thanks to Arpit for the opportunity to try this one. I owe you.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle FO/BB with date 2-10.

A - Pours a reddish brown with an off-white head that sticks around for a bit. A bit of lacing here and there along the sides.

S - Tart/funk, and lots of it. Some oak, slight cherry, something else that I just can't quite describe.

T - Similar to the nose. Tart, funk, oak. Pretty much straight forward here, but good, nonetheless.

M - Light to medium, dry finish.

D - Easy, good, yummy. A solid brew, for sure.

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Photo of kkipple
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Todes for saving our palates from the nearly-disastrous HOTD Halloween tasting a few days ago, this one put us on the solid upswing of good brews.

750ml bottle, "2009", etc.

A. Hazy caramel russet-brown beer sporting 2cm tall tan head with some lace. Thickish, dense foam holds steady.

S. The real charm here, reminds me of a Jolly Pumpkin brew barrel-wise. Sour, buttery oak with limited funk charms, coconut, lots of red wine, vinous, complex with sweet highlights, Supplicationish. Joyful to smell but not as tightly wound as I really like 'em; there is some vague barrel here but it mostly just adds to the fun.

T. Sour and oaky, with a distinct lacto-pedio flavor going strong. Slight acidic lemon burn in the throat detracts, otherwise, solid. Lots of red wine and barrel curiosities, ultimately mostly dry and tempting with a pleasing undercurrent of caramel sweetness. Vinous, for sure, again, acidic and a little rough 'round the corners. But good.

M / S. Finish comprised of wild-sour lemons, Malbec, buttery oak and that mouth-watering tartness. Quite nice, body is dry and slightly burning / warming. The only real flaw here.

Barrel Select is a fine sour brown beer and one that I would like to try again. One of the better things to come out of Cap'n Lawrence; would be interested to see what age does to this one as it is already pretty lively and woody.

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Photo of RedChrome
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slight haze to a slightly darker then ruby beer. Inch high light tan head faded over two minutes to a slick on top. Tiny carbonation bubbles.

Scents of raspberries with a very tart funk. There is a very faint malt backing to the aroma, but the overall sour presence is too overpowering to be a good balance.

Same raspberry from the nose is forward on the tongue. A bit of a gritty nature to the malt and a faint hops note on the back of the tongue. A bit more balanced then the scent.

Average thickness on the tongue, but a clingy sour on all surfaces. Carbonation is average.

A good brew. This would be great for a salad with raspberries and lemon dressing. Yet another solid brew from a solid brewer. Worth hunting down for any fan of wild ales.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Party of our epic tasting at jackie o'swith brad and Co

A-very dark and murk brown. Mysterious...
S-Not much of a smell to it. Little bit of wood and funkiness
T-very tart and sour. Sweet dry finish. Sourness really lingers.
M-light bodid and smooth. Nicely sour
O-good brew overall. Savored for a bit.

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Photo of largadeer
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of hawks10
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - Barrel FO/BB - Bottled February 2010 - Poured into a tulip...

Pours a murky brown color with plum highlights. An abundance of off-white head forms and slowly recedes, leaving some lacing behind...

Sour and acidic dark fruits dominate the nose, a hefty dose of funk comes forward when you swirl the beer a bit. Just went for a hike in the woods, totally getting similar smells in the beer as I did outdoors, oaky and earthy, pretty nice...

Sour, acetic acid gives this a slight balsamic character. Fruity, dark cherries and blackberries. Oak, with touches of vanilla at the very end. A funky finish with a drying effect...

Medium bodied with good carbonation gives this beer a lively feel. A bit puckering with a dry lingering finish...

Pretty good, refreshing and somewhat easy to drink...a whole 750ml bottle alone is a bit much however...heartburn!

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Photo of grittybrews
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From South Sound tasting notes:

Poured a murky reddish-orange with a finger of dirty white head. Tart cherry aroma with hints of vanilla oak and yeast -- really nice.

Higher carbonation and an airy, dry mouthfeel. Lots of sweet cherry up front followed by some gentle oak and funk. Lingering tartness on the finish.

Nice balance between the oak/yeast/sour characteristics. Not too groundbreaking but well-executed.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Eric for pulling this out of the cellar for us.
Bottled 2-10

Pours pretty dark compared to what I was expecting. A nice aount of crisp white head. Vry pretty. Smells fruity. Raisiny and sweet. Lote of tart on the nose. Smilar tongue. Tart and sweet. A bit thin in the middle but nicely sour. Very nice finish

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Photo of BTPete
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with friend at Birdsall opening. Reviewed from notes.

CL Barrel Select Series bottle.

A: murky brown with no head once settled. A big swirl works it up though. The bottle did have a little gush but totally contollable.

S: funky, musty, earthiness. Smells tart and sour. Not a ton of oak but some wood in there. I wonder where this will go with time in the bottle.

T: really nice, sweet and sour. Sour kicks in and really dry and puckers my mouth. I'm really enjoying. Some unique fruit characteristics but the dry puckering at the end really is interesting.

M: smooth, not overly carbed and dry at the end. Medium bodied.

D: really drinkable, will make trip to brewery when bottles are released.

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Barrel Select Batch 1 from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.