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Barrel Select Black - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 79
Gots: 20 | FT: 4
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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Photo of Alieniloquium


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
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%

Thanks to ineedabeerhere for this! Poured into a chalice. The color is dark brown with ruby hues. There is a thick medium tan head.

The aroma has a bit if vinegar and tart cherry notes. There is some slight brown sugar and cinnamon notes.

The taste has a bit of milky sweetness before the tartness hits. This is an oude bruin vinegary tartness.

This is medium bodied. There is soft, fluffy carbonation.

The only thing really holding this back for me is personal preference. The dark sours aren't my favorite, but I enjoyed this one more the more I sipped it.

11-16-2012 05:58:16 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

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
Photo of MCain04


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
Photo of jlindros


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
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

05-21-2013 21:16:22 | More by MasterSki
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries and berries along with some funky aromas. Taste is the same with a mouth puckering finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good wild ale with some nice aromas and flavors.

04-10-2012 03:13:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

375 mL bottle shared by Ben.

As the beer pours it has a pretty clear purplish mahogany hue that settles in a darker garnett brown with light purple tinges against light and a creamy, light tan head. Some legs and dots of lace with a thin film and small bubbly collar. Immediately upon popping the cap a potent vinegar sourness hits the aroma and as the beer warms the nose becomes slightly oak, red grape, light vanilla, fruity and vinegary with a potent rubbing alcohol finish. Flavor immediately hits on the Rosso barrels and vinous red grapes with the Nor'Easter underlying with rich malt and sweet fruit. As the beer warms, more fruit emerges from the vinegar and oaky prevalence. Thicker side of medium body with light, fine carbonation. Fairly dry and oaky finish. Much, much better than Barrel Select Cherry and Raspberry, not quite Rosso, but drinking nicely fresh. The fruit flavor is already fairly mild so aging this long term doesn't seem like a great idea.

04-26-2012 01:26:07 | More by yourefragile
Photo of GuisseppeFranco

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-08-2012 01:36:35 | More by GuisseppeFranco
Photo of GRG1313


4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-28-2013 07:04:36 | More by GRG1313
Photo of wesley14


4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-29-2012 05:38:02 | More by wesley14
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

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
Photo of phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-01-2012 16:28:37 | More by phingdong
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-05-2014 14:30:29 | More by nrs207
Photo of POTABLE83

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-02-2014 03:16:14 | More by POTABLE83
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-25-2014 05:53:11 | More by Duff27
Photo of SMason

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-17-2012 18:01:34 | More by SMason
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-26-2012 12:59:07 | More by ncaudle
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-19-2013 08:07:41 | More by vissai
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-21-2012 01:49:20 | More by seeswo
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-07-2014 15:59:37 | More by mltobin


4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-13-2012 16:05:30 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
Photo of xnicknj


4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-07-2012 02:40:56 | More by xnicknj
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

From 02/04/12 notes. Had from a bottle a few times up at EBF in the day session in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, roasted malts, nuts, fruity malts, toasted malts. Not overly sour but pretty nice.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, tart fruity malts, vinegar, roasted and toasted malts, nuts. Much more sour then the nose, really nice.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Acedic.

o - Overall this is my least favorite of the 4 Barrel Select's, but it's still a good beer. The taste is nice and sour, though the nose and taste are a little muddled. Wouldn't bend over backwards to get this but worth checking out if it isn't too hard to find.

EDIT: 10/15/12.

Have had this another 2 times since it's release, most recently on 10/13/12. Not quite as much vinegar as it had fresh, and most roasty notes, but still nice. Sour fruit is there, though not overpowering.

02-27-2012 17:55:31 | More by mdfb79
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Barrel Select Black from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.