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Barrel Select Black - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 81
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Alieniloquium, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

andrewinski1, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SpeedwayJim, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of MCain04
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

MCain04, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jlindros, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MasterSki, May 21, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

yourefragile, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev -4.8%

GuisseppeFranco, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.8%

GRG1313, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev -4.8%

wesley14, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

claspada, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

phingdong, Sep 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

funkyaudio, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

nrs207, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

POTABLE83, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Duff27, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

SMason, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

ncaudle, Sep 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

vissai, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

seeswo, Apr 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mltobin, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

xnicknj, Feb 07, 2012
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Barrel Select Black from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.