Barrel Select Cherry - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
Large bottle, caped and waxed, Bottled 9/12, purchased for $20 at the source.
The pour is murky brown almond butter darker amber. Darker tan head, on the loose side, stays a bit, then goes to minimal film and light fine spots and thicker strands of lacing on the glass.
Slightly over ripe cherry on the nose, along with some musty earth.
Notes of more cherries, light wood, moderate acidity, more musty/earthy character. Complex, super smooth and easy drinking for the style. I imagine a year or two in the bottle might smooth things out and I'm sure other changes might kick in, but this is drinking mighty fine right now.
Moderatly sour, quite flavorful and highly enjoyable.
(from looking at the reviews of last years version, I'd say this years is a major improvement)
11-28-2012 20:05:17 | More by Billolick
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
Acquired via trade
(Aged for 1 year)
A dark, cloudy, almost chunky dark cherry in color (sort of a dark brown crimson and burgundy). There's floating bits of wood and/or cherry. Thick and full of sediment. Not a pretty beer, by any degree of measurement.
The aroma is quite strong and powerful: big notes of sour cherry lead the way, along with oaken barrel, some acidic character, and earth.
The flavor is moderately sour and full of cherry flavor, along with mild barrel, mild earthy funk. Complete and flavorful, though a sour cherry beer as opposed to a kriek.
Full in body, almost chewy, with low carbonation.
A distinctly American sour cherry ale.
09-10-2012 16:50:45 | More by ehammond1
3.45/5 rDev -8%
750ml capped bottle. Poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a 3 finger off-white fine head with decent retention. Beer is a dark, clear, deep purple-red. Lacing is stringy and patchy with moderate cling. Slightly above average for clarity and head retention.
Nose is cherry juice and oak. A slight yeastiness and spice is detectable but just barely. Not bad but not a whole ton going on here.
Opens slightly tart and sweet cherries. Cherry skin and stem bitterness appear a bit towards the middle along with a strange yeastiness that lingers in the background. More tartness, cobwebs, and plastic at the end. Actually gets a bit more "funky" as it warms. Finishes yeasty and fruity sweet. End is dry cherry skin. Decent but there's again, no overwhelming flavor that sets this apart. Flavors also aren't integrated to the point of being "very good".
Light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Oily and slick with some bubbles in the mouth and prickly and lively going down. Finish is puckering and dry with a very dry finish. Nice.
This beer isn't nearly as good its raspberry counterparts and the potential for aging isn't as high on this one. Only hope this one gets more tart with time as the cherry flavor is already a touch muddled and not too well integrated. Its not bad overall though.
12-07-2011 02:36:18 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.
Appearance: Pours a murky red amber color. The beer looks almost flat.
Smell: Dark sour funk with tart cherries up front. There is a sweet undertone throughout.
Taste: The flavor is quite tart with lots of cherrie tartness. I'm also getting a lot of oak. The sour notes fade a bit towards the finish which is fruity.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: The funky notes overpowered the fruit a bit much, but I enjoyed it enough.
01-10-2013 02:33:02 | More by oline73
2.03/5 rDev -45.9%
Apple-cider vinegar, cinnamon, some sweet malts, big red chewing gum, and cherries.
The cinnamon kicks in on the finish with dry spicy notes. Where's the sourness? The regular Barrel Select is MUCH better than this. There is a lot of dry cider like character here.
Feels thin, watery, and boring.
Overall-- I think "meh" sums it up nicely. There is nothing about this beer that makes me want it again-- and I really don't see it improving a whole bunch with age.
01-21-2012 04:42:00 | More by AleWatcher
3.1/5 rDev -17.3%
Thank you, Pete. Apposed with the Raspberry Barrel Select.
A rather dark pour with cherry-like color, this has a dense, off-white head that hangs around a while. The nose has a big cherry character, with mild tartness, cherry skins, vanilla, a faint funk and a mild plasticy note. The flavor is grainy with cherries, mild raspberry character (from the sour brown base?), mild sourness and a rather disappointing lack of funk. Still, though, the cherry character is pleasant - fresh and rather vibrant. The finish is a little disappointing with a yogurty, lactic tartness and just a little bit of fruit. The mid-palate in particular, suffers from a watery feel. Decent, worth a try.
12-23-2011 13:56:42 | More by DefenCorps
2.98/5 rDev -20.5%
Bottled 7/2011. Thanks for sharing, Jeff!
A: Pours a murky diarrhea color, but I did get a bottom pour. Other glasses were clearer and redder. Bubbly film for a head, no lace.
S: Funk, sour notes, and little bit of fruit. Pretty muted all around though.
T: More muted fruit but some sour cherry pits are noticeable. Funk, yeast, sourness and acid dominate. Aftertaste is a bit fruity but kinda dirty tasting.
M: Greasy, slick, smooth, low bubbles, not bad. Light tartness.
O: Not my favorite, but still a decent drinking sour. Fruit was too muted though.
05-19-2012 01:33:51 | More by scottfrie
Barrel Select Cherry from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.