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Barrel Select Batch 1 - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%


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.

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scootny

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 02:42:35 | More by scootny
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Vermont

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 19:16:51 | More by kingcrowing
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hawks10

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 00:11:16 | More by hawks10
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a nice off white head and a decent amount of lacing. Smells nice and musty with quite a bit of sourness. Stone fruits come through, but mostly straight sourness. Some acetic character. Taste of red grapes, currants, and some sour peaches. Medium body with good carbonation. Good drinkability overall; really looking forward to seeing how this one develops.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 18:15:40 | More by Thorpe429
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mdfb79

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Brought to a local DC tasting. Thanks to monsterzero for trading me this one!

a - Pours a murky brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, especially cherries and raspberries. Also some oak, fruity malts,raisins, and funk. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour, sour cherries, raspberries, dark fruit, oak, vinegar, some funk, and light vanilla. Insanely lip puckering, very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I was looking forward to this one and to me, it did not disappoint. I thought it smelled great and tasted insanely sour; lots of cherries and dark fruits. A great sour I would like to try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 22:08:15 | More by mdfb79
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours dark amber with a murky haze and a quickly fizzling head. A placid surface with coke-like bubbles rising to the surface remained for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a sour promise. Sour cherries, peach pits, balsamic, and acid. Light funk with a strong fruit and acid base.

Medium bodied with a stingingly tart mouthfeel. Sharp and snappy.

Vinegar-soaked cherries, tannic fruit stones, and lactic-laced malt start the palate. Jowel watering with plenty of acedic punch and puckering tart fruit.

Finishes extremely long with a prolonged saliva flow from the back cheeks, acid burn, and persistant tack-studded cherries.

Wowza, this sour means business. Very sour and acidic with a fruity depth charge.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 00:12:15 | More by brewandbbq
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this a few times since the release, and each time makes me wish that I hadn't traded so many bottles...

Pours a murky brownish color, some khaki foam with great lace. Open this right out of the fridge and let it warm in your glass- most of the bottles I've opened have gushed some.

Aromas of tart fruits- sour cherry, green apple, a good helping of acid that just barely hints at stinging the nostrils. There's also a spicy wood component that was suggesting a cinnamon-like spice note at times. The taste is similar, with hefty acidic bite. Some dirty earthy-woody-type funk, though that's not the center stage here. Flavor is dominated by tart cherry and sharp green apple flavors complemented by a darker plum-like fruitiness. A bit of drying woody vanilla in the finish, though the acidity is felt throughout. Well carbonated, and a nice lively mouthfeel on this one. I'm looking forward to future barrel select blends!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 21:53:26 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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nickd717

California

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 04:30:46 | More by AleWatcher
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, off-white head of thick foam. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - Really good sour and funky barnyard aroma. Also, some nice bourbon and oak notes.

T - This is a tart and sour wild ale. Nice funky phenolic flavor with bourbon, oak and vanilla in the background.

M - This is fairly crisp and quite smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a great aged wild ale. Really well done with the balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 14:30:03 | More by zeff80
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 18:30:08 | More by twiggamortis420
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean9689 for sharing this on New Beer Saturday. Bottle is dated February 2010, with FO/BB also noted - French Oak/Bourbon Barrel!? Served in a snifter.

A - Pours with a half-finger of off-white foam that dissipates to some haze, leaving behind some splotchy lace. Body is a murky orange-brown color. This isn't much of a looker.

S - Horsey and funky, with lots of sweetness and apple cider vinegar. There are also some spicy bourbon barrel notes. As it warms up there is more of an Oud Bruine malt character and Rodenbach-esque flavors. There's also some light burnt plastic.

T - Taste is pretty sour and acetic. There's the same touch of plastic, but it's not overly distracting. Again, there is plenty of vinegar and sour cherry. Reminds me of the bourbon-batch of Jolly Pumpkin Bière De Mars a little bit. Better than the nose.

M - Medium body that is fairly hefty for the style. Zesty carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D - This gets a little acetic and stomach-churning after a while. High acetobacter is fatiguing. Otherwise it's pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 21:23:59 | More by MasterSki
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 22:03:23 | More by Sean9689
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel No. FO/BB; Bottled 2/10
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. the beer is a dark plum color that is quite opaque, when held up to the light the beer shows a murky, light-brown to amber color. As I pour this the aroma smells fruity and lactic. A closer inspection confirms these being the most noticeable aromatics, but there are also some dusty malt notes, a light mustiness, some light acetic notes that accentuate a berry like aroma as well as a firm backdrop of buttery, woody and hint of vanilla oak aromatics. The buttery oak mixes with a generally funkiness that reminds me a bit of ripe, somewhat rustic cheese. If you really dig around notes of plum, slightly oxidized apples and even a touch of something that reminds me of kiwi fruit is noticeable in the nose. A toasted maltiness really starts to become much more prominent as the beer warms up, it almost becomes one of the more noticeable aromatic notes.

Nicely tart, the sourness here is predominantly lactic in nature. There is also a viscous, fullish texture to this beer that is contributed by slick lactic acid, structure from the oak and some residual malt character. Speaking of malt, there is a subtle, toasted malt character in the finish that can be hard to notice under the more expressive, spicy oak, tannic astringency and biting acidity, but it is there and adds a nice touch to the finish. This has a nice general fruitiness to it that is not really of a specific variety, but leans towards richer fruit notes of raisins, plums, perhaps a hint of berries and maybe even some cherry like nuances. The oak contributes a light spiciness as well as the woody flavors, but it is not overwhelming, despite being noticeable and it works in balance with the other flavors here. The malt is not overtly noticeable, but there is that toasted note, as well as a vague, perhaps caramelized, sort of biscuit like flavor.

This is a very nice beer, it doesn't blaze any new trails, but what it does do is done very well and strikes a nice, integrated balance of flavors and aromas. With the malt and the darker fruit notes this reminds me of a Flemish type of sour. The oak is of course much more heavy than one would expect in that type of beer, and even the flavor isn't quite as malty as those can be, but if I had to stick it in a style that is what I would call it; clearly though this is its own thing, some sort of American interpretive style and I hope, actually I would guess it to, that these will be different each time they are bottled.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:21:36 | More by Gueuzedude
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womencantsail

California

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to both Matt and Jason for sharing this one yestarday.

A: The pour is a cloudy amberish color with very minimal off-white head.

S: A nice acidity up front along with good fruit aromas in the form of raspberries, cherries, and maybe some green apple. Quite a bit of oak and a mild mustiness as well.

T: Tart, but not overly sour. The acidity is mostly lactic with a hint of vinegar. Lemons, green apple, cherries, and raspberries on the palate along with a solid tannic oak character.

M: The body is medium with a nice level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: A really easy to drink sour, which is a nice change of pace from beers like Little Linda's or Flaming Fury which are nearly pure acid.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 19:10:57 | More by womencantsail
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Gobzilla

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a reddish brown with a finger of bubbly head that left a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass. Nice sour acidic and cheery aromas with oaky barrel funk and faint vinegar notes. It also seems to have fruit scents of cherry and berries. Lovely sour mouth puckering tart flavors up front which consisted of the acidic vinegar oak wood barrel funk, cherries, strawberries, and other berries. This barrel blend was medium body with lots of carbonation that had a sweet sour and dry finish. I love my american wild ales and this one is no exception. Great offering from the captain.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 18:55:07 | More by Gobzilla
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I goit this bottle from dmeadows as part of a BIF, and I am in his debt. The label says barrel FO/BB, bottled on 2/10. It further says "this beer is the result of a lot of patience and a lot of experimentation. It took over 4 years to build up a reserve of barrel aged beers from which to pull from to create the beer. A blend of several barrels ranging in age from 2 to 3 years old."

The cap came off easily, then the bottle started to slowly gush. Nothing too problematic, and only a little beer was lost. Based on appearance and aroma, this beer starts off strong. The beer is dark orange, maybe a light shade of brown, very hazy, with a thick frothy tan foam and lots of clumpy lacing. The aroma is intensely good, kind of mixing the best from lambics, American wild ales, and oud bruins. Sour funk and dark cherries or plums, tart and fruity smelling. The beer tastes just as good, bracing tartness tempered by just a touch of sweetness, a sour ale that doesn't go vinegar, instead it gives dark fruit characteristics while keeping an alum-like finish.

Thin body, just about right for the style, this goes down as easily as a sour wild ale can. Extremely good, very recommended, I'll try to get more now.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 00:53:37 | More by TurdFurgison
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muttyd

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bit of a gusher as I pop the cap. Pours a dark copper/amber with a thin beige head. Sticks well to the glass I swirl it around. Some red/ruby highlights. I rarely give 5.0 for appearance, but this is one fine looking beer.

S - Lots going on here. Strong sour/citric aroma is most prevalent. Layered in are strong aromas of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, overly ripe cherries. Musty/yeasty aroma as well.

T - Sweet cherries, sour apples, citrusy fruits up front. Followed by oak, vanilla and funk. Very complex beer. Finishes very sour with a mouth watering astringency.

M - Moderate carbonation, dry (as expected), and very enjoyable.

D - This being my second beer from CL, I am starting to become a fan. Extremely drinkable (if you enjoy the style), and I look forward to future releases.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 01:30:05 | More by muttyd
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to several generous BAs for the CLBS hook-up. BTW, if you are shipping this brew, tape the cap real tight with electrical tape, and wrap it in a bag before packaging. I have seen a few leakers, so better safe than sorry.

A - Pours a deep murky brown hue, with a strange patchy white head replete with an exceptionally varied assortment of bubbles. Mysterious looking.

S - Wow. A very rich earthy, musty, woody and quite tart aroma is punctuated with cinnamon and a pickled fruitiness; exceptionally complex.

T - Wow again. This is a very well-made brew. Outstanding. I find it hard to adequately describe; perhaps it has flavor nuances comparable to exceptionally tart applesauce. The sweet finish is followed by a lactic-briny aftertaste that lingers tantalizingly. A masterful balance of barrel-aging, base-beer brewing, and batch-blending.

M - Well-carbonated. Sometimes too well-carbonated. Lighter-medium in body with a richness and a dynamic flavor progression from start to finish.

D - Awesome stuff; very well assembled. I want more. And more. And more...

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 01:00:42 | More by ktrillionaire
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this from our most recent trade!

Barrel No. FO/BB
Bottled In: 2/10

A: Pours a hazy, muddled, dark caramel brown color. Sitting on top for the duration is a thin and creamy, khaki colored head that leaves quite a bit of lace on the glass. Open by the sink, it's a slooow gusher. Loads of sediment suspended in the skim and ring.

S: Aromas of tart peaches, sour cherries, vinegar, and funk. Strangely enough, from time to time I was able to pick up on an ever so slight cocoa/chocolate smell.

T: Fantastic mix of flavors. This starts off with a blast of sour and acidic cherry and really tart green apple. Right after that I got some sodden buttery oak and right behind that is that hint of cocoa. Finishes with a mild vinegar flavor and slightly sweet orchard fruit as well as a little bit of funk.

M: Almost perfect balance between acidity, sour, funk, astringency, and creaminess. Don't ask me how, but this feels full and creamy at times.

D: I can't believe how smooth and full this beer presented itself for a sour AWA. Those guys at the Captain are really firing on all cylinders, especially with their sours.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 18:58:19 | More by GbVDave
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hayesez

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Consumed: 06/05/10

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 16:10:23 | More by hayesez
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largadeer

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 03:36:54 | More by callmemickey
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aerozeppl

New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled the bottle down and poured it into my Ommegang flute.

A: Very deep rusty brown colored. Poured with a quarter finger of white head. Quite a bit of lacing which I really did not expect.

S: The first thing I got was pungent funky cheese. Like a blue allowed to warm on a hot day. Lots of vinegar in the nose. The bret is subdued but I get get a slight whiff of some barnyard. The oak really does come through nicely giving just a hint of vanilla. Really complex nose.

T: Starts off with a blast of acidic taste combined with a touch of plums. The sourness hits the front of your tongue after that and just lasts to the finish. Super sour. If you do not like super sour beers with tons of lacto this one is not for you. The vinegar became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

M: Medium bodied. Not as carbonated as I thought this was going to be. No gushing or anything else like that. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. Hopefully they will continue to release more in this series. I think I have had a few components that make this up at various stages but this blew them all out of the water. This is a nice example of when blending works.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 22:17:58 | More by aerozeppl
Barrel Select Batch 1 from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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