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Mother Barrel Select - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Mother Barrel Select
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 32
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is the last beer to be aged in Scott’s 800 gallon oak barrel before emptying it so he could get it out of the old brewery in Pleasantville. The beer is a black ale, aged in the wood for over a year. It has some bright sour notes, a touch of musty wood, and fruity undertones.

(Beer added by: brystmar on 06-17-2012)
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vonnegut21

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

A: Pours a deep brown/black with a thin, half finger of tan head. Minimal lacing.

S: Strong sourness in the nose, developing into a mix of vinegar, oak and wine notes. The smell makes me anticipate a super acidic flavor.

T: This beer is in your face sour. In a good way. Lots of acid up front. Deep, strong oak flavors with some dry wine flavors. A bit of vinegar and cherry on the back palate.

M: Very well carbonated, with a drying finish. Leaves you anticipating the next mouthful.

O: If you like your wild ales with lots of acidity and up front sourness, this is an excellent beer. Lots of oak character and some vinuous notes, but mostly an in your face sour punch. Definitely grab some if you have the chance.

06-25-2012 13:41:06 | More by vonnegut21
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davey101

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%

375 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 4/12.

A - Pitch black body, just a hint of red/brown when held up to the light. One finger high light khaki head forms and does not go away. Really nice lacing and retention considering the high abv. Forms some alcoholic legs as well. Looks like a stout.

S - Not what I was expecting. Really complex, and frankly just all over the place. Strong anise/liquorice notes followed by some smoke and peaty malts. A touch of vanilla and oak, but just a massive anise presence. A bit of grapes and spice on the finish. Not detecting too much barrel or dark fruits like others are getting. Really unique and pleasant aroma.

T - About as sour as sour gets. Its interesting because its not based off of fruit flavors, like cherries in a kriek. Instead its based off of really strong smoke and anise flavors. Anise leads into intense smoke along with some acetic and vinegar notes that you'll find in a flanders oud bruin. Some sour cherries, oak, and vanilla. Mouth puckering with a nice medium and coating mouth feel. Carbonation is really spritzy and works with the body and keeps the flavors from coming off as syrupy. Its a sipper though, drinking this too quickly results in flavor overload!

O - What a wild beer. This really changed my view on what a wild ale can be. This is like a super sour anise heavy porter with a flanders vibe. I loved it though. Really unique and just proves that the Captain knows how to use their barrels.

07-17-2012 05:08:33 | More by davey101
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ehammond1


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cosmicevan!

Nearly black in color with a moderately sized dark brown head that dies down to a film atop the beer. This leaves messy sheets of stick down the glass.

A very nice aroma quite similar to the Barrel Select Black: lactic sourness, wood, vinegar, black pepper, and some currants and/or cherries. Very nice.

This is quite sour, with very nice wood and black currant notes, and mild vanilla. The alcohol is very well hidden. There's some vinegar here as well, along with big red wine notes throughout. Very nice, complex, evolving.

Medium bodied with high carbonation--somewhat spritzy.

Very nice.

08-12-2012 02:30:03 | More by ehammond1
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cosmicevan

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Thanks to nick for picking this up for me at brewery, was pleasantly surprised to still see it available yesterday when I was there so grabbed another bottle or two. Enjoyed from a Captain Lawrence tulip.

a - brew poured a deep shiny brown that settled into the glass black with a finger plus of off white almost cream colored tan head. The head was a layering of bubbles that slowly fizzled away while new ones bubbled to the surface adding new layers. No lacing to speak of and swirling the glass rebuilt the fizzy head quickly.

s - on pouring the beer a sour odor filled the air. Upon closer inspection a sweet tart vinegar odor waffled into my nasal passages. Quite pungent. Some oak is in there adding to the tartness, but this is mostly vinegary cherry. Very reminiscent of barrel select black.

t - big burst of sourness almost knocked me out of my seat. You can definitely find the nor Easter base with the red wine notes, but they are soured over immensely. Strng vinegar on top of sour cherries, but a nice balance of dry red wine nor Easter notes. Quite nice.

m - puckeringly sour, medium to full bodied. Finishes a touch dry but extremely smooth and I am surprised to say a quenching drink for the warm weather.

o - overall a sour for the sour fans. Although I am not drinking this side by side with the black, memory tells me this is like the black but on sour steroids...much sharper and vinegary, but quite tasty indeed. I really am digging all the experimentation coming out of capt Lawrence lately and this is another winner. Souring nor Easter is interesting since the base is deeper and richer than your standard sours, but the oak really brightens it up. Don't be fooled by the color this baby is sour and with a red wine twist. India it. Glad to have a few more of these. Thanks capt! Keep them coming.

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Mother Barrel Select from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.