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Barrel Select Cherry - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Barrel Select CherryBarrel Select Cherry

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BA SCORE
85
very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 40
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SpeedwayJim on 12-07-2011)
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Reviews by mikeyv35:
Photo of mikeyv35
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 02/16/12
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: SH Large Snifter

Thanks to SpeedwayJim and Capra12 "Suitcase Jon" for providing me w/ this brew! These 2 gentleman have become good friends of mine, they are extremely generous, and are a great asset to the beer community.

Pours a medium brown mahoghany in color w/ red hues, w/ a 1/2 finger white head that leaves nice sticky lacing. Aromas of cherry skins, oak, and funk. The taste started off w/ mild cherry sweetness and slight acidity, which lead into oak and a touch of vinegar, and finished w/ wet socks/wet dog. Thin bodied, but lush. Pretty easy to drink.

Overall, solid, but kinda lackluster and not memorable. The major lack of sourness and being classified as an American Wild Ale really hurts this beer and it's scores. However, I happen to really enjoy Flanders Reds, and this brew felt to me as if it fits more into that category. Viewing this as a Flanders Red, not anywhere near the best I have had, but it's solid and I would gladly drink it again.

mikeyv35, Feb 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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)

Billolick, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cosmicevan!

(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.

ehammond1, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

acurtis, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of mikey711
3/5  rDev -20.4%

mikey711, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of jsilva
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

jsilva, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

oline73, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Mag00n
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Mag00n, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Thorpe429, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of shufon
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

shufon, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
2.03/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

AleWatcher, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of funkyaudio
5/5  rDev +32.6%

funkyaudio, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Ilovebrew
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Ilovebrew, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of sideshowe
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

sideshowe, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of brystmar
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

brystmar, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

DefenCorps, Dec 23, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

zeledonia, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

scottfrie, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

polishkaz, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

orangesol, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of stevefinny
5/5  rDev +32.6%

stevefinny, Dec 09, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

BARFLYB, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +6.1%

HopStoopid120, Dec 07, 2011
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Barrel Select Cherry from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.