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Barrel Select Black - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 6.68%
Wants: 79
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from 2011. Poured into a snifter 11/19/2014.

A- Dark purple-brown body. Not particularly appealing in appearance. Minimal white head, no lacing. [3.75]

S- Lactic acid, grape juice, oak. Minimal funk. Smells quite sour, but with a nice sweet grape-like backbone to it. This nose has a nice balance to it despite plenty of acidity. [4]

F- Mouth-puckering lactic acidity mixed in with grape juice-like sweetness, some oak, a little bit of must, and even less funk. A bit of lemon and citrus as well. This is not particularly funky, but it is quite sour, which is a nice change of pace. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, very drinkable despite being so sour. Good carbonation. Finish is lactic acid mixed in with a bit of grape sweetness. [4]

O- Nice sourness that isn't overwhelming like Side Project sours. And a nice grape sweetness balances it out. Pleasantly surprised with this one. [4]

Final score: 4.10

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3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle split with a buddy and poured into snifter glasses. Cellar temp.

Pours a dark dark amber and has minimal fizzy tan head with quick dissipation and rimming, no lacing.

Smell is funky and fruity. Sour cherries, lactate, white grapes, dark fruits.

Taste is heavy on the lactic acid with sour cherries up front. Sour white grapes. Funky and dry. Not overly sweet. A bit of cardboard on the back end.

Mouth is medium, very dry, sticky, a little watery, moderate carbonation and fairly smooth.

Overall a decent and enjoyable sour but not one I'd seek out again.

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Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip at Jason's place.

A - White foam settles to wisps, partial collar, and minimal lacing. Body is quite black; this beer delivers!

S - Lots of oak, vinegar, cassis, and some lightly musky funk as well. Somewhat harsh, rough, and acidic, although some of that might be alcohol that I'm misinterpreting.

T - The taste is better, with less aggressive oak, and much better-hidden alcohol. A nice mix of dark berries, light vanilla, still some oak, and some cherry vinegar.

M - Dry, medium body, lower carbonation, moderate acidity. Alcohol is very well-hidden, as I didn't realize this was anywhere close to 10%. Could use a bit more spritz, but otherwise pretty solid.

D - The smell is rough, but once you get past it the taste is surprisingly enjoyable. I've never totally loved Captain Lawrence sours, and this beer is pretty consistent with my past experiences. Nice to try, but not something I'd actively seek out again.

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Barrel Select Black from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.