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Barrel Select Black - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

81 Ratings
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-19-2012 15:23:40 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-07-2012 14:51:23 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-08-2012 03:34:16 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-27-2013 16:57:59 | More by kjkinsey
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-23-2014 04:55:43 | More by zestar
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-27-2013 23:52:41 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-13-2013 22:37:12 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-28-2013 07:04:36 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-05-2012 23:45:30 | More by JAHMUR
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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
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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
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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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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-30-2012 21:57:48 | More by imperialking
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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
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Billolick

New York

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
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%

A bottle split with oglmcdgl in some glasses.

Barrel Select Black is not totally black, very dark brown in color with a small amount of dark tan bubbles that grace the top for a few. Some minimal suds on the glass. Pours out dirty and looks to have a nice body on it. The scent really jumps out with tart berries and oak. Some vinegar and acidic nature. Blackberries and some roasted quality. Would not surprise me if some of CL's porters were in one of the barrels. Taste is nice and tart and layered. Berries are up front, oak is dominant, some vanilla seeps through, red wine taste, vinegar, porter essence. Tart cherry, blackberry, etc. Feel is at about medium with a subtle carb and an acidic finish with slight vinegar, yet not at flanders red levels. This was a great beer, a nice mix of flavors and possibly one of the better dark sours I have had. The only drawback is the 10% is in the mix a bit.

09-07-2012 04:39:36 | More by BARFLYB
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-09-2013 15:20:08 | More by Gonzoillini
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-07-2012 02:40:56 | More by xnicknj
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-10-2014 19:18:21 | More by iL0VEbeer
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-29-2012 02:12:53 | More by AgentZero
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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
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Barrel Select Black from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.