Barrel Select Cherry - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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3.6/5 rDev -4%
750 mL bottle, allowed to warm to near cellar temperature before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.
Captain Lawrence's Barrel Select Cherry is a bit of a gusher when first opened, foaming up and out of the bottle. It eventually pours an unattractive, murky color that's somewhere between brown and maroon. There's a little bit of khaki colored foam sitting atop the beer, but head retention and lacing are minimal. The nose is of cherries and cherry pits, the latter of which fades into a bit of oaken woody notes. That's all played against by a lightly vinegary, tart aroma. The cherry fades a bit in the flavor profile, leaving more room for wood and acidity. The result is to the beer's detriment however, as the influences from the oak and the bugs are a bit too prominent, rendering the beer a little on the harsh side. The body is on the lighter side, without being bone dry, suggestive of this being a higher ABV wild ale. The carbonation could stand to be just a little bit livelier. The Barrel Select Cherry was my least favorite of the samples poured at the last Captain Lawrence release, but it's still a solid sour beer. I'm looking forward to checking out the Barrel Select Raspberry and the Cuvee de Castleton in the near future.
04-03-2012 13:34:04 | More by axeman9182
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
Type: 750ml. Bottle
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.
02-17-2012 05:18:44 | More by mikeyv35
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
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
A- pours a murky brown color with a finger of light tan head that quickly recedes into nothing.
S- smells like a cherry sweet tart. Slight caramel notes blend with tart and sweet cherries with a hint of cherry pit. Soft oak in the middle with an earthy Brett character. Some cranberry and leather on the finish.
T- starts of with a sweet cherry and cherry pit flavor that transitions into a touch of tartness and mild acidity. Soft oak flavors in the middle with a earthy Brett flavor. Finishes with some leather and cranberry.
MF- slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Soft fizzy carbonation.
D- very drinkable
overall a pretty good sour. Soft tartness and earth/oak play off each other well. Very soft flavor however. A touch more intensity would make this a killer brew.
12-15-2011 20:19:47 | More by Viciousknishs
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
Barrel Select Cherry from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.