Barrel Select Batch 1 | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a new beer that was produced after waiting for some of our sour brown ale barrels to "ripen" and take of the flavors of the wild yeast and the oak barrels until we thought they were ready to be blended and bottled. This batch is a blend of 6 barrels, 4 of one batch and 2 of another, the mix of which has created a totally new beer. Intensely sour with hints of oak and funk. ABV 7.5-8.0%. The first batch's code FO/BB means French Oak Bret Brown.

This is a different beer than Barrel Select #1 which was a single barrel served at EBF 2009.

Added by aerozeppl on 03-24-2010

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Reviews by hayesez:
Photo of hayesez
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a recent trade with SpeedwayJim. Generally split these with some friends or my wife...but it's after 1:00 a.m. and I'm really pining for a sour. So I guess I'll slowly put this one away as I watch all of the specials on John Wooden. Batch "F0/BB" and bottled on 2-10.

Poured (several times mind you) into my Portsmouth tulip. Pours a murky dark pine sap color with a beautiful, dense one finger head (that looks very similar to a foamy hot chocolate. Hangs around for quite some time and leaves a small amount of lacing on the side of my glass at the beginning. As the head recedes, it leaves interesting "clumps" on the surface. By the last pour this one has left all kinds of thick patchy lace on my glass.

Definitely smells like it is going to lean toward the tart side of the spectrum. Some sour cherries and a little bit of funk are the major players that I uncover. As it warms up a bit, I get some other sweeter fruits as well, but can't specifically place them. A tiny bit of vinegar on the nose as well, but nothing detracting.

Yup, definitely leans toward the tart side (which is just fine by me). A bit of sweetness up front, but sour cherry jumps right in (there are no cherries used in this beer, by the way). Other mouth puckering flavors emerge, the more I drink. The wood is obvious as well, however I'm missing the vanilla. This is a light bodied beer that really is quite easy to drink...I am having no problems putting it away by myself, and I'm already digging into my fridge for something else. I do enjoy the finish as it vanishes quickly leaving just that telltale tartness in the corners of my mouth.

I was quite impressed with the Barrel Select. This is a quality brew that I will seek out yet again.

Consumed: 06/05/10

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Photo of joel66
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First release of bottles, enjoyed at the Birdsall House in Peekskill,NY as part of their opening weekend celebration. Bomber that was bottled 2/10, pours cloudy/murky medium brown, under a dark tan head, showing excellent retentive power, with cling, sheet and more then ample scattered lace. Woody, musty, sour nose with a jolt of vinagar. Solidly sour, with out being biting or off putting, dark malts still present. Earthy, funky, barnyard oozing, oaky and highly complex. Easy flowing over the tongue. Wild ale/sour beer lover track this one down and enjoy. Simply delicious new one from the good captain.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle, which was drank alongside Cuvee de Castleton, Rosso e Marrone and Flaming Fury. I thought this was the best beer of the four.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is brown sugar, tart cherries and some brett notes. The flavor is tart cherries, some funk, some brett notes, oak and vanilla. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a nice dark brown with a small brown head. Nose is sour and funky. Really nice.

Taste is really sharp and funky. Very smooth and drinkable for a funky sour. I really love this. Mothfeel is sharp and full, good carbonation.

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Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Shawner
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Indytruks138
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duchess wine glass. Shared by schen9303.

A: Moderate pour (after half of it exploded into the sink) yields a 1 finger, fluffy off-white head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy brown-clay. Lacing is abundant, surrounding the glass in a near permanent design.

S: Woody, funk, soil, plums, cherries, and rasberry... all engulfed in a vinegary booziness. Very appropriate and gives a great preview of what's gonna be on the palate.

T: Acetic acid and vinegar and intensely sour throughout. Sour plums and cherries are present along with soil and dirt in the background. Yeasty bitterness is present towards the middle and end, no doubt a result of the intense carbonation. Finish is dry but messy. Yeast leaves its mark, adding more and more bitterness to the end and with each sip thereafter.

M: Here's where this beer falters. Light to medium bodied that just keeps getting fuller and fuller as it warms. Carbonation is there but evaporates quickly, leaving a heavy beer that drains the palate. Appropriately dry though and it seems to suck all the moisture out of my mouth. Finish is a bit messy due to the lingering yeastiness.

D: Very intrigued to try this a year from now, the sourness here is a bit too intense for me when coupled with the inappropriately heavy body. This beer just isn't lively enough for its style and I'd like to see how time will change it. Can't wait to come back to it in a year or two.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Photekut
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mikey711
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank alot of this yesterday and then more of it today

A: Murky brown with a brown colored head that was fairly thick when it was poured. Some clarity, but not much and very little lacing

S: Nice sour fruit notes, some cherries and even a bit of figs. Also very nice dryness. Some good wood notes too as well a a touch of sweetness.

T: Much like it smells with some sour fruit, and very winelike with a load of tannins. I really enjoyed the oaky woodnotes that were present.

M: The dryness was my favorite part of this beer. It was slightly puckering in terms of sourness and really i cant find many flaws heere.

D: Very easy to drink for a sour. One in which i can enjoy probably a whole bottle myself.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle via trade.

Pours murky reddish with a nice lasting off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is great and fruity with sour raspberries and cherries and some funk.

Flavor is good and funky. Not as great a fruit flavor as the aroma suggests, but it's still solid. Cherries, raspberries, and green apples. Slightly vinous.

Decent palate - medium body and acidity.

Very nice beer overall. Drinkable, and pretty good overall for an American Wild Ale.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't on their official bottle list, but when I asked the guys at Birdsall House if they had any sours on hand, they delved into the far reaches of the fridge and pulled out this friggin' beauty. Whoa baby; this sour is SOUR. I shared some with the guy next to me at the bar and he just nodded his head and said "sour". Didn't ask for seconds...
A gorgeous beer. Brown like fresh apple cider from the farm stand. A whole bunch of nose, but vinegar is obviously the most prominent. I was eating a Reuben sandwich with very salty fries and some house made pickles. Well, this beer stood up to all of them and continued to shine. Cleared my palate after each and every sip. Only slight drawback was that it does leave a pretty good burn in your stomach due to all the acid; have your zantac ready and waiting....and then just keep drinking!

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Photo of scootny
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy garnet brown with a tight creamy head and a decent amount of lace. Smell is just lovely. Cherries and oak, light funk with a red wine like grape note. Sourness is plentiful. An underlying malt facet. Taste is so good I wish I bought six bottles instead of four. Tart and sour cherries and grapes. Lovely malt core with a Belgian flair. Leather and lots of oak and a bit of vanilla in the finish. The finish is dry and long with juiciness dripping from your mouth as you relish the malt and wood tones fading on your palate. Feel is superbly soft with a velvety creaminess as it wraps around the tongue. Still enough carbonation to keep it light. Very easy to drink this one and but you want to savor every drop.

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Photo of brian23456
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barrel Select Series; Barrel No. FOBB/Bottled 2/10. American sour ale.

This is a wonderful drink all around. Amber with white head.

Nose of light sweet funk and light sweet sour.

Well balanced sour that's a big mouthful - rich, full, bold and sour, but with a sweet/malt/cooked orange flavor profile. There is a malty character and actually a carmel and coffee flavor profile that is unexpected in a sour. Yet, it works and is delicious. A vanilla oaky nose and flavor developes as undertones as it warms in the glass.

All around a nice drink.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of tendermorsel
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard tulip. Bottle was fresh from the recent release.

Minimal head and virtually no head retention. There were some brown yeasty flakes floating on top of the head when I did my second pour. yum!

Light brown in color.

Great smells coming from this one. Fruity at first but the typical barnyard and sour smells come to the forefront after a bit.

Quite tart and sour up front but a very smooth finish. Very lactic with a bit of a vingary burn in the back of my throat especially as the beer warmed in my glass.

Great american Oude Bruin (though not quite as sweet as some classic Belgian examples). I have a feeling this one will continue to develop nicely in the bottle. I am glad I have a few bottles for the cellar.

Another great one from the Captain.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thrilled to be able to have this one, poured into a snifter at room temp.

dark brown with some light reddish touches around the sides and the bottom of the glass. A nice and foamy brown head rose up to a height of around two inches before dropping down to about half and then hanging around the rest of the session with deep and thoroughly coating side glass lace, this one was perfect.

The aroma was wonderful, previously poster arrived atthe word fuck to describe and I would have to agree here. Rich sour notes, sweet and tart cherries dropped in with light oak notes as it warmed, but dominted by the deep sour and cherry notes. Such a wonderful balance here between the sour notes and the rich underlying fruit flavor. Some nice dark malts as it starts to warm, but the long drawn out sour flavor comes back and dries out the palat

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Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 149 ratings