Barrel Select Black - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
12.7 ounce green bottle, purchased at the source a week or so ago, $15. Allowed to warm up quite a bit before opening.
Pours a deep and very dark shade of brown, dark mocha head, of just a bit more then a film. Leaves a moderate collar and some spots of high lace.
As soon as the bottle was opened, the nose of musty and vinegary sournes sprang forth. Notes of vinegar, forest floor, and again mustyness.
Carbonation is spot on, soft and pleasing to the senses.
Under the initial moderate sour punch, some dark chocolate malts can be tasted. Also a pronounced wood/smoke note. Super dry and sour/tart throughout.
Loved it. Worth seeking out if you enjoy complex, big and quite sour beeers. A nice treat.
04-15-2012 21:20:39 | More by Billolick
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
Acquired via trade
A very dark crimson and dark brown, but definitely not black. There isn't a lot of visible carbonation and the head is small, quickly fading, and light brown in color. It leaves the glass oily on the way down.
The aroma is complex, evolving, and immensely enjoyable. There's big, stinging sour character immediately, along with a good amount of barrel, and dark fruit--cherries? currants? There's also a bit of roast character rounding things out nicely.
The flavor is just as nice as the aroma, with a big, full sour character from sip to swallow, lots dark cherry and/or black currant fruit, nuts, and mild roast. This comes together really nicely.
Medium bodied with low carbonation.
This reminds me of a 1- to 2-year-old bottle of Russian River's Consecration, and that's a very, very good thing.
04-22-2012 16:40:13 | More by ehammond1
3.85/5 rDev -8.3%
375ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.
Pours pitch black with a cream mocha head with moderate retention. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick. Decent.
Nose is tart red fruit, roasted malt, and soured cocoa.Some creaminess in the back blends everything together. Nose is a little muddled but nicely aromatic.
Opens tart coffee, cocoa, and chocolate. Some sweetness. Tart red fruit really comes in towards the end. Puckering red fruit finish with a woody, tart, fruity finish. Nice.
Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lively and prickly in the mouth and goes down slick and puckering. Messy finish with a dry aftertaste. As it should be. Surprisingly lively.
Surprising that this is 10% as it drink very easy. A complex beer that gets a bit muddled here and there but for a dark sour, this is pretty nice. Worth trying.
06-28-2012 23:25:00 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.35/5 rDev -20.2%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Same label as Mother Barrel. The bottle date has been wiped off of this one. Awesome system, Captain Lawrence.
Appearance - Murkier than Mother Barrel. Wispy surface. Dark reddish body.
Smell - Much less sour notes than Mother Barrel. Caramel malt comes out more. Still acetic, though.
Taste - Less sour tasting, too. Acidic, but not overly sour. Malty and less fruit. Less vinegar, too, which is nice. Bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Creamy. Maltier and heavier. Not so sour, but the sourness it has isn't good.
Overall - Not a great sour. The flavors just aren't exciting. Decent, I guess.
08-28-2012 23:26:27 | More by Alieniloquium
4.23/5 rDev +0.7%
A big thanks goes out to the BA who sent this to me as an extra gift in a recent box! Shared this one during our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, dark fruit, funk, fruit, and leather. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, sour, tart, wood, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This was a pretty well balanced brew that kept my palate intrigued throughout the glass. Each sip brought a nice rush of sour and tart with just enough fruit to make it stand out from some of the rest I have had. If you have not had the chance to try this one, you definitely need to take the time to do so.
09-04-2012 11:46:59 | More by thagr81us
4.2/5 rDev 0%
A huge thanks to Dan (DSlim71) and jbuddle for this beer. Cheers!
Appearance – Pours a dark black into my LadyFace snifter with almost no head (after a careful pour by my brother-in-law). Slight lacing is left on the sides.
Smell – Oak, barnyard funk, vinegar, cherries, must, and slight sweetness.
Taste – Wow, quite nice. Big dark sour fruits, a nice oak characteristic, slight vanilla, roasted malts, grapes and cherries, and sweet malts.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation, has a nice jaw puckering effect.
Overall – A very solid beer and glad I have one more in the cellar. Would love to see what ages does to this. A very nice “black” sour.
06-30-2012 00:01:03 | More by SpdKilz
4/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a very very dark brown color with some reddish hues. Smallish khaki brown colored head that immediately dissipates leaving some decent spotty lacing.
Aromas begin with sour cherries and super tart berries, I was not expecting that from the appearance. Some light earthy and oakiness emerge as well. As it warms you get the nice subtle sour dark black cherries and maybe some other dark fruits.
The tastes begin with the same punch in the face of dark cherry sourness coupled with some lesser sweeter black raspberry fruitiness. There is also some malt to be deciphered here but not exponentially more or less than the aroma. Hints of earthiness and oak with notes of a fruit infused balsamic vinegar poke out as well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to higher carbonation (for a 10% beer). Finish is super dry with mouth-puckering amounts of sour and tartness.
Overall I did not enjoy this as much as Mother Barrel as this was a bit more vinegar-forward and dark fruity compared to the roast flavors I enjoyed in Mother Barrel. Still good, just not as spectacular and I don't see this aging well (like pretty much every high ABV American Wild).
02-24-2013 14:43:24 | More by claspada
3.53/5 rDev -16%
Big thanks to bmanning for grabbing this bottle for me. Served in a Captain Lawrence cervoise. Pours a very dark brown with a short off-white head that bubbles up and falls fairly quickly without leaving too much lacing behind. The nos carries some light notes of cherry and roast underneath a moderate lactic presence. Touch of oak. Flavor has a good mixture of fruit, acid, and background malt. Light-medium body with good carbonation. Medium level of acidity. Quite easy to drink. Nice.
12-15-2012 19:29:33 | More by Thorpe429
3.89/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
11-24-2013 20:32:28 | More by MCain04
3.9/5 rDev -7.1%
Unlabelled bottles at EBF.
Dark molasses brown color, a bit of light coming through, nice fizzy head.
Nose sour brown malts, toasty sweet caramel brown malts that seem to have been soured, a touch of a tart fruity kick as well.
Taste sour brown malts, caramel like brown malts, light acidic tart mouth watering, a bit of tart darker malts like a soured fig or something, light lacto or lambicus like acidity and tartness, and hint of bready malts. A bit sticky on the finish but it dries a bit, more acicity, hint of booze, and decent tartness that doesn't linger as long as expected.
Mouth is a bit bigger bodied than I expected, good carb.
Overall interesting, its a nice take but was hard to hold up to Castleton and Golden Delicious next to it.
02-07-2012 18:07:50 | More by jlindros
Barrel Select Black from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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