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Mother Barrel Select - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Mother Barrel Select
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 35
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing this one. Served in a Captain Lawrence cervoise. Black. Nose has a bit of fruit and fairly-heavy acid. Flavor has a touch of roast and dark fruit. Mild acetic. Dry. A bit harsh. I generally haven't been a huge fan of Captain Lawrence sours, so it's not too surprising that I wasn't a big fan of this one.

Thorpe429, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The label for this and Barrel Select Black is exactly the same. The only difference is, this one has the new Captain Lawrence cap and a bottling date of 4/12.

Looks exactly like Barrel Select Black. Better head retention though. Pitch black. Light cream mocha head. Oily legs. Light, non-stick lace.

Nose is cream, dark, tart fruit, peat, and some woodiness. Some sour roastiness also. Average.

Opens tart red fruit. Soy sauce and vinegar tartness. Big sour red fruit notes towards the middle and end. Boozy. Wood and peat at the end. Finishes puckering. Not this brewery's best work though not bad by any means.

Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. Oily and filmy in the mouth and prickly going down. Finish is messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Average though this gets a bump for hiding the big-time ABV.

This is easily the worst of the Barrel Select series for me. The flavors here are very muddled and there's a great big vinegar and booze presence right at the end that kicks me in the face. Not really a fan though I can see how others might enjoy it.

SpeedwayJim, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of jbuddle
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

jbuddle, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle to a snifter. No name. Come on, Captain Lawrence... Bottled 4/12, which I guess is the only way you know it's Mother Barrel.

Appearance - Dark, not quite black. Wispy lace and leggy for a sour ale.

Smell - Sour. Flemish red smelling. Soured dark malts with a cherry twang. Chocolate in the back.

Taste - Cherry sour. Immediate vinegar, which is unpleasant. Oaky finish. Not much base beer remaining. This is extremely sour.

Mouthfeel - Very vinegary, but not boozy. High carbonation and extremely puckering.

Overall - Vinegar sour. I don't love it. It's tough to avoid when you sour those dark malts, though. It's decent and clean, but too acetic for me.

Alieniloquium, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer shared at a recent tasting, thanks. Served in a snifter. Beer is dark with a tan head, low retention, no lacing, looks fine.

ARoma is interesting, lactic, dark, nice.

Beer is medium in body and mildly sweet up front with a thin body on the finish and some lactic acid in there with a mild tartness. A decent sour but Captain Lawrence makes better beers.

drabmuh, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of DanH83
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

DanH83, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

BARFLYB, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

LoveStout, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers and a big thanks to DSlim71 for hooking me up with this. 375ml green bottle poured into a matching Captain Lawrence cervoise. This brew pours a very dark brown color that rests in the glass looking pretty close to black. When held to the light, it shines with lighter brown clarity. A dark tan cap sits atop with just about 2 fingers strength and recedes to less than a finger with streaming bubbles supporting. As the cap fades, it leaves patches and spots sticking to the glass.

The nose has some lemony citric bite to it mixed with a significant lactic presence. A suggestion of vinegar, acetone and a hint of plastic rounds things out. Behind the wild character, there is a fairly noticeable roasted element that smells of roasty chocolate first with a hint of coffee that then blends into earth, tobacco and leather. The aromatics of this brew capture exactly what I would expect for a sour stout or black american wild ale.

The taste of this brew just straight up brings the sourness. Mild vinegar and acetone lead the way with a hint of plastic, earth and lemon. Throughout the flavor profile, acetone is evident mixed with some mineral quality that is almost beefy or bloody. A faint inclusion of sour cherry quality tries to poke through. The brew finishes with more earthy elements that are mildly musty with dark chocolate and coffee really coming out in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For a 10% wild ale, the alcohol is fairly well hidden behind the sharp acidity. I really liked how the sourness integrated with the dark roasty quality that is still evident in this brew. If somehow the acetone and funky plastic could be removed this would be a world class offering. However, as-is it is pretty solid and I look forward to revisiting this with some age on it.

stakem, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of cavedave
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Merc for picking this up for me. Live review.

Pours darkest brown, red highlights, a finger of light brown head that recedes to a lasting cap.

Tart and citrus with hints of funk carry into the nose on sharp alcohol. Not altogether a pleasant aroma, even for a wild.

Sharply vinous tart to start things, some brown sugar sweet adds to it, unripe cherry, hints of hormonal funk, and the sip ends with lactic tart lingering. Tasty, but I expect more.

Low carb. but lively enough, thick, could be a bit cleaner finish.

Compared to other wilds from this brewer this is less tasty and less complex. Glad I got to try it, but I won't be seeking it out again. Not recommended at this price for sure.

cavedave, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks merc for sharing this...
The beer pours black with a thin white head. The nose is slightly metallic and tart with a touch of acetone pulled in on a good whiff. The flavor is relatively mild and sweet, but definitely sour (just not overwhelming). As expected it's puckeringly dry, but the black ale adds an interesting contrast to the sourness. Overall this is a tasty beer that could afford to sit for a bit.

ThePorterSorter, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1421st Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster
375 ml

Vintage 2012
Thanks to winning rice for sharing

Chicago Bottleshare

App- This poured out like a flat cola color (color only). Really had no head behind it and maybe 2 dots of cling.

Smell- What the hell is in this glass? It's got a ton on the nose. A bit that opens up with a deep lactic note and moves into a cherry cough medicine aroma.

Taste- The final note of the cherry cough medicine is the opening flavor of this with a good mix of tannic, oak, sour and a bit of booze flavor.

Mouth- A smaller medium body with a medium carbonation level. Fairly medicinal but still was nice.

Drink- A very tasty beer with a good depth of flavor. Small oak with some anise and dark fruits. Reminds me of a thicker Marrone Aciddife.

FosterJM, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Greenplastic615 for bringing this to our weekly bottle share. 375 ml bottle served into a tulip.

A: Dark brown, not hitting inky black but almost there. Reddish hues appear in the light towards the bottom. Small beige head forms but leaves on a thin ring. Minor lacing.

S: Huge acidic sour notes, dark roasted malts, dry Merlot and some simple sweet red berries. Perhaps some cherry and grape, with a good amount of oak on the back.

T: A nice sour bite up-front that does follow into the back end, but it's balanced with the dark malts, caramel and wood. There plenty of fruitiness here too, black cherry and more grapes. The roasted malts come back in the linger.

M: Nicely carbonated without being overdone. For a big barrel aged sour black ale this is quite nice. A bit dry from the oak to finish off.

I was really excited to try this one, so thanks again Jason. This almost tasted like Weyerbacher Sour Black on steroids. A really nice beer, it leaves me wanting more from Captain Lawrence.

ShanePB, Aug 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Mother Barrel Select from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.