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Barrel Select Raspberry - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Barrel Select RaspberryBarrel Select Raspberry

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12 Reviews
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 63
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 36.83%
Wants: 56
Gots: 26 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SpeedwayJim on 12-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 63
Reviews by CooperEllis:
Photo of CooperEllis
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into champagne flute, split 5 ways.

General consensus from the group was:
"(smacking noise) (smacking noise) this is good." -genovm
with a smell like "antiques in a barn".

The pour is very dark, muddied amber into reddish-brown. The nose is the highlight of the beer, which I did not find to be the case when tasting it in line at the Captain Lawrence release. The head dissipates quickly.

It's soured raspberries, a lot of muddled spices and a bit, very faint, of funk. The funk is limited to sour fruit, lemon juice and a spot of molted hay/blanket.

Distinct raspberry flavor with a strong 'puree' flavor that incorporates the seeds of the raspberries into the whole.

A good bit of carbonation, with the sour notes it really dances across the tongue. A bit too much sour at the end - likely not a complaint from many folks but I do like all of my beers to finish crisp even when it's not fitting the style...

Didn't have any 'gushing' issues and found this very good across the board if a little more fruit leaning than funky. However, we also didn't find much sweetness in this and certainly had no complaints. This was my only bottle and I'm happy I/we had it fresh.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first review! Capped 750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. A huge gusher. Lost about 1/4 of the bottle all over the walls. Be careful with this one. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, 4 finger fluffy, coarse, and dirty light pink peach head with great retention. Beer is a very cloudy clay reddish brown. Lacing is stringy and thick with great stick. All aspects are good except the color which is pretty dreadful.

Nose is outstanding. Robust raspberry puree with some sweet spices. Moderately tartness that is mostly covered by and incorporated into the fruit flavors. Very simple but aromatic and deep. Really nice.

Opens raspberry fruitiness with a tart spice in the back. Oak flavors peak through a touch in the middle with wood and yeast tones coming out. More raspberry puree at the end. Sweet and dominated by fruit. Finish is slightly tart with more raspberry. Sweet juicy aftertaste. Tartness is very low with lots and lots of fruit. Not typical but very nice.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and spicy and coarse going down. Finish is watery and messy with a lingering aftertaste. More full bodied than most in the style but solid and really brings out the fruit components.

Not really too sour at the moment, Barrel Select Raspberry has a lot of potential to develop. Really fruit forward and quite sweet at the moment but I can see this one getting more sour with age. Can't wait to see how it develops!

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Photo of mikey711
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of sfr26
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ZenBiscuits
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of pknyc
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of camil1mj
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish dark brown to amber color with a layer of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet raspberry jam. Mildly tart with some spice and a malt sweetness undertone.

Taste: Sweet raspberry notes up front with a nice level of tartness. I'm getting mild vinegar sourness that compliments the fruit nicely. The finish is quite good with a pleasant sourness.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this one a bit more than the cherry version. Very smooth with a nice fruit flavor. I'd have more.

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Photo of claspada
2.44/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle starts to overflow upon opening. Pours a muddy dark pink color with a massive, fluffy light pink colored head with a lot of retention.

Aromas are dominated by raspberry puree. Moderately tartness that is mostly covered by and incorporated into the fruit flavors.

The tastes begin with raspberry fruitiness. Oak flavors peak through a touch in the middle with some yeast tones coming out as it warms. It tastes quite watered down to be honest; a lot like a raspberry seltzer drink. The finish is slightly tart with more raspberry. Tartness is very low, sweet fruits dominate now.

The mouthfeel is bodied with ample carbonation. Finish is watery and messy with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall this was a major dissapointment, the carbonation ismtoo high,the flavor tastes watered down and I really can't see this improving, except in the sour department. The carbonation will eventually become too dominant as it is bottle conditioned so I cannot recommend this beer at all to trade for or seek out. Glad I missed this release and was able to sample at a bottle share.

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Photo of Mag00n
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of SadMachine
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kaydogg
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Slight gusher when opened. A somewhat hazy garnet-hued liquid with an off-white head that settled as a thick ringlet, leaving some lacing on the glass. Earthy raspberry aroma, somewhat jammy, with hints of barrel. More of the same in the taste, raspberry puree, earth, oak, light caramel malts; flavor profile was a bit weak honestly, and there wasn't much sourness/tartness to be had. The mouthfeel seemed rather watery to me, more so as it warmed a bit, but it was still easily drinkable, body was light, though a bit sticky in the finish. I wasn't wowed by this one at all.

We did cuvee it with a Bruery Sans Pagaie, with interesting results, and I even threw a bit of Rubaeus into the mix, and I thought that blend really brought out the best in each beer, none of which I really cared for much in and of themselves.

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Photo of shufon
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Jason.

Murky amber color with a small white head. Intense raspberry aroma to this beer. A very good sourness to go along with it. A bit of grass and wood, but the raspberries really stand out. Flavor is of fresh, tart berries. Raspberries all the way with a bit of lemon, grass, and wood. Maybe just a touch of red wine vinegar on the finish.

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Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of brystmar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of DefenCorps
2.21/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thank you Pete.

Dark reddish brown with a thin, white head with poor retention and little lacing, this looks OK. The nose has all the characteristics of raspberry beers that I dislike - plasticy, mildly solventy, intense raspberry seed metallic tannins (that's what it feels like to me). No funk and no complexity here, this is an all-out raspberry assault. The palate has more of the same - intense raspberry seed character with a rather awful metallic, plastic and tannic character. The base sour is very thin, making this feel incredibly watery, and the absence of a real funk makes this all the more disappointing. Carbonation is present, but with a mouthfeel like this beer has, no amount can be described as appropriate. I'm in the minority here, but at least the Cherry was pleasant to drink.

We followed this with the RR FFaC, and that only emphasized this beer's flaws.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

enjoyed alongside the cherry. pours a muddy.briwn nose is nice preswnt ripe raspberry. drinks like a raspberry sour but.nothing fancy. drinks the same, meh raspberry. ok. nothing great.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of stevefinny
5/5  rDev +34.4%

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Barrel Select Raspberry from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.