Barrel Select Batch 1 | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Barrel Select Batch 1Barrel Select Batch 1

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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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4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to several generous BAs for the CLBS hook-up. BTW, if you are shipping this brew, tape the cap real tight with electrical tape, and wrap it in a bag before packaging. I have seen a few leakers, so better safe than sorry.

A - Pours a deep murky brown hue, with a strange patchy white head replete with an exceptionally varied assortment of bubbles. Mysterious looking.

S - Wow. A very rich earthy, musty, woody and quite tart aroma is punctuated with cinnamon and a pickled fruitiness; exceptionally complex.

T - Wow again. This is a very well-made brew. Outstanding. I find it hard to adequately describe; perhaps it has flavor nuances comparable to exceptionally tart applesauce. The sweet finish is followed by a lactic-briny aftertaste that lingers tantalizingly. A masterful balance of barrel-aging, base-beer brewing, and batch-blending.

M - Well-carbonated. Sometimes too well-carbonated. Lighter-medium in body with a richness and a dynamic flavor progression from start to finish.

D - Awesome stuff; very well assembled. I want more. And more. And more...

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes. Glad I could share this beer with everyone.

This pours a murky brownish/amber color. Kind of a creamy off-white tannish head that maintains a frothy cap over the beer and leaves behind some nice chunky lacing. The look and the smell remind me a bit of Consecration.

Smells got a dry earthy sweetness if that makes any sense. Some sort of dark fruit, like currants or figs.
At this point I accidentally snorted a little-- this beer is SOUR when snorted! I literally had tears in my eyes. It felt like my sinuses were bleeding. It burns like eating red berries.

Anyway... The taste is biiiig on some nondescript dark fruit-- maybe some currants and red grapes. A nice oaky presence. A very drinkable and enjoyable sour brew. The body has plenty of carbonation. Really nice and drinkable.

Just outstanding.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour presents a hazy dark brown body with some decent tan lacing.
Wow, this aroma just hits hard, vinegar and sour smacks hard. Lactic. THIS is how i like them! Makes me really excited for whats to come.
Flavors confirm just how sour this is, very. Dry lactic sourness plays with massive amounts of tannic oak notes, vinegar and young reds, and some fruits and kalamatas. love this.
Mouthfeel is dry.

one of my top 3 fav Wilds, i do believe.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another superb sour from Captain Lawrence. Thanks Mike, for the opportunity to try this.

Pours a hazy, woody brown with a silky tan head and light lace. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is tart with notes of oaken wine barrels, musty funk, plums and cherries.

Taste is very well balanced. Quite sour, but not out of control. French wine, wood, and ripe pitted fruits.

Crisp, refreshing body has an long, complex finish of sour fruits, oak and sweet malts. One of the best new sours I've had in a while. Worth seeking out.

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4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/10
Pours a rusty doo doo brown with a nice haze and a healthy head of tiny tan bubbles. Some very light gushing directly after opening, but not more than one drop on the floor after grabbing my glass.

Smell of sour lemons, brett, oak and light fruit, Apricot, lemon, ripe Bosc pear.

Taste of lemon, vinegar, oak, green apple, pear. The flavors start off nice and puckering with a dry tickle from finishing yeast, followed by a nice mellow sweetness of light colored fruit. Even the brown sugar caramelization comes out after warming a little more and your tastebuds come out of shock from the tartness, creating a great well rounded sour.

This one really convinced me that I will have the ability to stop having to order Russian River beers from the Left Coast (shipping kills) and can really look forward to the Barrel Select series to continue coming. Not the cleanest looking, but definitely one of the better sours I have had. One to be savored for sure

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4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this a few times since the release, and each time makes me wish that I hadn't traded so many bottles...

Pours a murky brownish color, some khaki foam with great lace. Open this right out of the fridge and let it warm in your glass- most of the bottles I've opened have gushed some.

Aromas of tart fruits- sour cherry, green apple, a good helping of acid that just barely hints at stinging the nostrils. There's also a spicy wood component that was suggesting a cinnamon-like spice note at times. The taste is similar, with hefty acidic bite. Some dirty earthy-woody-type funk, though that's not the center stage here. Flavor is dominated by tart cherry and sharp green apple flavors complemented by a darker plum-like fruitiness. A bit of drying woody vanilla in the finish, though the acidity is felt throughout. Well carbonated, and a nice lively mouthfeel on this one. I'm looking forward to future barrel select blends!

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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I goit this bottle from dmeadows as part of a BIF, and I am in his debt. The label says barrel FO/BB, bottled on 2/10. It further says "this beer is the result of a lot of patience and a lot of experimentation. It took over 4 years to build up a reserve of barrel aged beers from which to pull from to create the beer. A blend of several barrels ranging in age from 2 to 3 years old."

The cap came off easily, then the bottle started to slowly gush. Nothing too problematic, and only a little beer was lost. Based on appearance and aroma, this beer starts off strong. The beer is dark orange, maybe a light shade of brown, very hazy, with a thick frothy tan foam and lots of clumpy lacing. The aroma is intensely good, kind of mixing the best from lambics, American wild ales, and oud bruins. Sour funk and dark cherries or plums, tart and fruity smelling. The beer tastes just as good, bracing tartness tempered by just a touch of sweetness, a sour ale that doesn't go vinegar, instead it gives dark fruit characteristics while keeping an alum-like finish.

Thin body, just about right for the style, this goes down as easily as a sour wild ale can. Extremely good, very recommended, I'll try to get more now.

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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled the bottle down and poured it into my Ommegang flute.

A: Very deep rusty brown colored. Poured with a quarter finger of white head. Quite a bit of lacing which I really did not expect.

S: The first thing I got was pungent funky cheese. Like a blue allowed to warm on a hot day. Lots of vinegar in the nose. The bret is subdued but I get get a slight whiff of some barnyard. The oak really does come through nicely giving just a hint of vanilla. Really complex nose.

T: Starts off with a blast of acidic taste combined with a touch of plums. The sourness hits the front of your tongue after that and just lasts to the finish. Super sour. If you do not like super sour beers with tons of lacto this one is not for you. The vinegar became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

M: Medium bodied. Not as carbonated as I thought this was going to be. No gushing or anything else like that. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. Hopefully they will continue to release more in this series. I think I have had a few components that make this up at various stages but this blew them all out of the water. This is a nice example of when blending works.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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