Barrel Select Batch 1 | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While sharing what's great about Flanders Reds and Bruins, this beer does so with elegance, grace, and clean Brett tartness and character.

Rusty redish brown in color, the beer carries a deep haze. A terse and froathy head results in a lace around the glass but never fully disipates. The ample carbonation doesn't really fuel the cream-white foam that's expected.

Crabapples, tart cherries, vinous grape/oak combinations, and the must of lightly decaying woods fill the nose in sharp and aged fashion.

A blend of malt richness and clean lactic tartness attacks both the middle of the tongue and the sides. The intensity of tartness/sourness gives the impression of lemons, under-rippened berries, cherry skins, grape skins and green apples. A quick rebuttal of malts give a medium amount of chocolate, walnut, and woody richness that rounds out the sourness but doesn't quite balance it.

Creamy from the mild malty weight, but thinned by the acidic sourness and mild astringency, this beer lives on the back and fourth interplay between the sourness and malt profiles which eludes to the complexity and layering of sensations as well as tastes.

With a little more malty heaft than Rodenbach Classic and less cidery/vinegary notes than Duchesse du Burgogne, this beer carries the Flanders name well.

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Photo of largadeer
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to chswimmer, alfrantzell and nickd717 for sharing bottles at various tastings.

The beer is a murky, turbid reddish-brown color. It's well carbonated and has a large and solid off-white cap.

Strong acetic acid in the aroma. Strawberries, raspberries, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar - quite pungent and complex, the bacteria gave this a fruitiness so intense you'd swear they brewed this with berries of some kind.

Balsamic vinegar-like acetic acid is heavy on the palate. Strawberry and cherry fruitiness is matched by somewhat heavy tannins. Medium-light in body with a tannic and acetic finish. This is good, though it's a beer you have to be in the mood for. The first time I tried this I found it overly acetic, the second time I enjoyed it much more. I'm not often crazy about sour beers with a dominant acetic acid character these days, but this one pulls it off.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, off-white head of thick foam. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - Really good sour and funky barnyard aroma. Also, some nice bourbon and oak notes.

T - This is a tart and sour wild ale. Nice funky phenolic flavor with bourbon, oak and vanilla in the background.

M - This is fairly crisp and quite smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a great aged wild ale. Really well done with the balance.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a nice off white head and a decent amount of lacing. Smells nice and musty with quite a bit of sourness. Stone fruits come through, but mostly straight sourness. Some acetic character. Taste of red grapes, currants, and some sour peaches. Medium body with good carbonation. Good drinkability overall; really looking forward to seeing how this one develops.

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this treat! We were craving sours and this hit the spot.

Poured into CCB Snifter.

The bottle is a somewhat gusher. It foams up a lot, but we don't lose any of the beer.

Pours 1 finger of off white head. Color is a dark ruby hued brown. A dark sour ftw.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, and lots of funk. Horse blanket with a bit of vinegar. I get some sour raspberries as it warms up a bit. A very nice sour indeed. Wow.

Taste: Mouthpuckering goodness. Sour cherries right up front. With oak flavors and the bugs following. Horse blanket funk with a touch of vinegar. Very sour indeed. I am a pretty big fan of this one.

Mouthfeel: Sour, funky, and mouth puckering. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation for a sour. Ends a bit sour and dry but relatively clean.

Overall, a very solid dark sour. I am glad I got to drink this one. It is definitely a great beer. It is drinking very easy. This one is worth a try if you have a chance.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to both Matt and Jason for sharing this one yestarday.

A: The pour is a cloudy amberish color with very minimal off-white head.

S: A nice acidity up front along with good fruit aromas in the form of raspberries, cherries, and maybe some green apple. Quite a bit of oak and a mild mustiness as well.

T: Tart, but not overly sour. The acidity is mostly lactic with a hint of vinegar. Lemons, green apple, cherries, and raspberries on the palate along with a solid tannic oak character.

M: The body is medium with a nice level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: A really easy to drink sour, which is a nice change of pace from beers like Little Linda's or Flaming Fury which are nearly pure acid.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Brought to a local DC tasting. Thanks to monsterzero for trading me this one!

a - Pours a murky brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, especially cherries and raspberries. Also some oak, fruity malts,raisins, and funk. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour, sour cherries, raspberries, dark fruit, oak, vinegar, some funk, and light vanilla. Insanely lip puckering, very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I was looking forward to this one and to me, it did not disappoint. I thought it smelled great and tasted insanely sour; lots of cherries and dark fruits. A great sour I would like to try again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!

This beer pours a murky, hazy brown color with a nice sized head and good lacing. Immediately upon my first sniff, I can tell that there is a lot going on. Big aromas of oak and tannins. The taste was much more sour than the aroma would indicate. Wine, oak, and brettanomyces create a very complex and enjoyable taste. There is a mild vinegar note in the finish, but given how sour this beer tastes, that is to be expected. I'd happily drink this again.

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Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 1/22/11. Thanks to FeDubbelFist for gifting this beer and CaptainRedBeard for sharing!

2/10 bottle with the FO/BB mark. Poured into a snifter, appears an amber color with a yellowish tan head that is creamy. Fairly decent retention but as the cap slowly fades, it leaves stringy and spotty lacework on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is bretty and sour smelling with a sharp twang to the nostrils and subtle oakiness. There is a light sulfur smell which is a bit poop-like across the back. Funky with a touch of vinegar. As it warms, a touch of vanilla character creeps out.

The taste of this brew is sharp and funky with a taste that is lightly cheesy. Tart and acidic that makes the mouth salivate. There are indications of oak and a dry tannic character underneath the tangy sharp notes. A very light touch of vinegar is also preset in the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. It is acidic and quite drinkable. For something that initially came across a little "poopy" it was funky and enjoyable. It's something I would certainly partake in again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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 MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean9689 for sharing this on New Beer Saturday. Bottle is dated February 2010, with FO/BB also noted - French Oak/Bourbon Barrel!? Served in a snifter.

A - Pours with a half-finger of off-white foam that dissipates to some haze, leaving behind some splotchy lace. Body is a murky orange-brown color. This isn't much of a looker.

S - Horsey and funky, with lots of sweetness and apple cider vinegar. There are also some spicy bourbon barrel notes. As it warms up there is more of an Oud Bruine malt character and Rodenbach-esque flavors. There's also some light burnt plastic.

T - Taste is pretty sour and acetic. There's the same touch of plastic, but it's not overly distracting. Again, there is plenty of vinegar and sour cherry. Reminds me of the bourbon-batch of Jolly Pumpkin Bière De Mars a little bit. Better than the nose.

M - Medium body that is fairly hefty for the style. Zesty carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D - This gets a little acetic and stomach-churning after a while. High acetobacter is fatiguing. Otherwise it's pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass. Beer is brown and slightly hazy. Forms a brown head that breaks and gravitates toward the glass. Does not leave any lacing, carbonation is low.

Aroma is pretty sour with a woodsy undertone. I can't type today. Mostly acetic in the nose, some lactic and this ever so slight funk. Smells pretty good.

Beer is thin with an acetic bite to it in the front of the mouth and some sour / tart at the back corners. There is a really nice yeasty / brettanomyces character to this whole thing. Finishes really clean, its a pretty good sour.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a reddish brown with a finger of bubbly head that left a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass. Nice sour acidic and cheery aromas with oaky barrel funk and faint vinegar notes. It also seems to have fruit scents of cherry and berries. Lovely sour mouth puckering tart flavors up front which consisted of the acidic vinegar oak wood barrel funk, cherries, strawberries, and other berries. This barrel blend was medium body with lots of carbonation that had a sweet sour and dry finish. I love my american wild ales and this one is no exception. Great offering from the captain.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and crystal malt base along with a killer sourness. The yeast really dominates; very sour indeed. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth malt profile with a delicate sourness. It has a sharp edge up front that lingers in the finish. The malts calm the flavor and really round out the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a nice bit of carbonation. This is damn fine beer. It's sour, but not overly done. Thanks to Arpit for the opportunity to try this one. I owe you.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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 BARFLYB
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sideshowe for busting this out at a recent tasting. Long time want.

Captain Lawrence Barrel Select batch 1 pours pretty ruddy cruddy brown lake water type color with a thin ring around the collar brown like, no stick. Smells like a bunch of oak, different types, wood, rotted fruit and some acidic funk. Berry and wood mixed. Taste is quite all directions. Wood is big, french oak, cherry, plum, and some grainy malt over brett funk. feel was quite acidic. Went down like battery acid, body was at about medium, not gulpable. Glad I tried it, with a lot of people, no way a whole bottle of this to the head could go down.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel No. FO/BB; Bottled 2/10
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. the beer is a dark plum color that is quite opaque, when held up to the light the beer shows a murky, light-brown to amber color. As I pour this the aroma smells fruity and lactic. A closer inspection confirms these being the most noticeable aromatics, but there are also some dusty malt notes, a light mustiness, some light acetic notes that accentuate a berry like aroma as well as a firm backdrop of buttery, woody and hint of vanilla oak aromatics. The buttery oak mixes with a generally funkiness that reminds me a bit of ripe, somewhat rustic cheese. If you really dig around notes of plum, slightly oxidized apples and even a touch of something that reminds me of kiwi fruit is noticeable in the nose. A toasted maltiness really starts to become much more prominent as the beer warms up, it almost becomes one of the more noticeable aromatic notes.

Nicely tart, the sourness here is predominantly lactic in nature. There is also a viscous, fullish texture to this beer that is contributed by slick lactic acid, structure from the oak and some residual malt character. Speaking of malt, there is a subtle, toasted malt character in the finish that can be hard to notice under the more expressive, spicy oak, tannic astringency and biting acidity, but it is there and adds a nice touch to the finish. This has a nice general fruitiness to it that is not really of a specific variety, but leans towards richer fruit notes of raisins, plums, perhaps a hint of berries and maybe even some cherry like nuances. The oak contributes a light spiciness as well as the woody flavors, but it is not overwhelming, despite being noticeable and it works in balance with the other flavors here. The malt is not overtly noticeable, but there is that toasted note, as well as a vague, perhaps caramelized, sort of biscuit like flavor.

This is a very nice beer, it doesn't blaze any new trails, but what it does do is done very well and strikes a nice, integrated balance of flavors and aromas. With the malt and the darker fruit notes this reminds me of a Flemish type of sour. The oak is of course much more heavy than one would expect in that type of beer, and even the flavor isn't quite as malty as those can be, but if I had to stick it in a style that is what I would call it; clearly though this is its own thing, some sort of American interpretive style and I hope, actually I would guess it to, that these will be different each time they are bottled.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.24/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy grapefruit color with good carbonation and a white cap and bubbles

S: Funky and tart, light whiff of vinegar and some light cherries

T: Not as much cherry as I wanted, very subtle and it hid behind the tartness. Some wood and Earthiness, a sharp acidic note with light booze sting

M: Light body, big carbonation and tart

O: Worth a try but not overly exciting or good

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Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 02/2010.

(A)- Pours a deep burnt sienna color. Plenty of tan froth and lots of lacing.

(S)- A nice dry oaky bite up front. Lots of tartness detected in this. Some good leathery funk to it. Some bits of vinous vinegar and raisin.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A big oaky sour bite that flows into some rich acidic raisin, vinegar, prune, and almost a cinnamon spice to it. Not as funky as the smell was, but it is subtle. Maybe even bits of subtle cocoa.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. I like the sour bite this has on the finish. Good oak profile and acidity.

(D)- This is a winner from CL! Not crazy sour, but it is hefty. Superb oak nuances and just a great overall feel. A bit cleaner feel; less funk, but still tastes just great. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a couple of these from Peter and Devin. Thanks, guys!

After gushing and nearly getting my keyboard, this beer eventually settles, pouring a hazy, murky red with a dense, beige head with excellent retention ans a little lacing.

The nose is quite excellent. Deep in Flanders territory, this really makes me think of Rosso minus the grape. With a blend of cured leather, bright acetic notes, cherries, there's also a mellow musty funk. The oak character is quite pronounced, there's a solid barrel vanilla character along with a noticeable tannin backbone. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens with a big, juicy, acetic bite that helps emphasize the fruity undertones. The fruit complexity in pretty astounding for a non-fruited beer, with a blend of sour cherries, red raspberries and some citrus peel. The barrel character is quite beautifully balanced too, with the vanilla and tannins really playing off the fruity character. Not particularly vinous, this beer is drying on the finish with some well-used leather and tannins lingering, this beer is medium-light in body and has a moderate level of carbonation. One of the best CL beers I've had. I'd love to try this side by side with Oude Tart and Rosso.

If you don't like particularly acetic beers, I would recommend against extended cellaring. At the same time, though, a little bit of oxidation would work wonders in conjunction with the leather, so I guess I'm not sure what to recommend.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, thanks to jedwards for breaking this out at what turned out to be a pretty epic tasting. Pours with a murky/cloudy clarity with the color of unpasteurized cider - no head, just a congealed skim. Nose reveals apple vinegar, grapefruit and a hint of grape. Taste consistent with nose, with a hint of oak and a buttery quality coming out. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an assertive carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. A top notch sour that might benefit from a little cellaring to dissipate the carbonation. I'm looking forward to Barrel Select 2.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a dark brown with lots of nice carbonation, light tan, good retention and lacing.

The aroma is light giving off notes mainly of light tartness, not much there.

The taste is the same, light tart but pretty boring. There is a little oak here, not much sweetness.

The feel and drinkability are ok.

This is ok, but nothing more than you're run of the mill wild.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
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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Barrel Select Batch 1 from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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