Barrel Select Cherry | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Barrel Select CherryBarrel Select Cherry

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SpeedwayJim on 12-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 56
Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed side by side w the raspberry. murky brown thin head. nose is sour cherry. taste is tart cherry but not too much. one trick pony of sour cherry that is ok. not great.

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Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a murky red amber color. The beer looks almost flat.

Smell: Dark sour funk with tart cherries up front. There is a sweet undertone throughout.

Taste: The flavor is quite tart with lots of cherrie tartness. I'm also getting a lot of oak. The sour notes fade a bit towards the finish which is fruity.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The funky notes overpowered the fruit a bit much, but I enjoyed it enough.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is hazy and ruby orange colored with a small off white head. The aroma offers funk and cherries, though not as vibrant as the raspberry version. Decent flavor. Nice cherry taste but not as popping as I would prefer. Pretty good.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caped and waxed, Bottled 9/12, purchased for $20 at the source.

The pour is murky brown almond butter darker amber. Darker tan head, on the loose side, stays a bit, then goes to minimal film and light fine spots and thicker strands of lacing on the glass.

Slightly over ripe cherry on the nose, along with some musty earth.

Notes of more cherries, light wood, moderate acidity, more musty/earthy character. Complex, super smooth and easy drinking for the style. I imagine a year or two in the bottle might smooth things out and I'm sure other changes might kick in, but this is drinking mighty fine right now.

Moderatly sour, quite flavorful and highly enjoyable.

(from looking at the reviews of last years version, I'd say this years is a major improvement)

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Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cosmicevan!

(Aged for 1 year)

A dark, cloudy, almost chunky dark cherry in color (sort of a dark brown crimson and burgundy). There's floating bits of wood and/or cherry. Thick and full of sediment. Not a pretty beer, by any degree of measurement.

The aroma is quite strong and powerful: big notes of sour cherry lead the way, along with oaken barrel, some acidic character, and earth.

The flavor is moderately sour and full of cherry flavor, along with mild barrel, mild earthy funk. Complete and flavorful, though a sour cherry beer as opposed to a kriek.

Full in body, almost chewy, with low carbonation.

A distinctly American sour cherry ale.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.97/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 7/2011. Thanks for sharing, Jeff!

A: Pours a murky diarrhea color, but I did get a bottom pour. Other glasses were clearer and redder. Bubbly film for a head, no lace.
S: Funk, sour notes, and little bit of fruit. Pretty muted all around though.
T: More muted fruit but some sour cherry pits are noticeable. Funk, yeast, sourness and acid dominate. Aftertaste is a bit fruity but kinda dirty tasting.
M: Greasy, slick, smooth, low bubbles, not bad. Light tartness.
O: Not my favorite, but still a decent drinking sour. Fruit was too muted though.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm to near cellar temperature before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Captain Lawrence's Barrel Select Cherry is a bit of a gusher when first opened, foaming up and out of the bottle. It eventually pours an unattractive, murky color that's somewhere between brown and maroon. There's a little bit of khaki colored foam sitting atop the beer, but head retention and lacing are minimal. The nose is of cherries and cherry pits, the latter of which fades into a bit of oaken woody notes. That's all played against by a lightly vinegary, tart aroma. The cherry fades a bit in the flavor profile, leaving more room for wood and acidity. The result is to the beer's detriment however, as the influences from the oak and the bugs are a bit too prominent, rendering the beer a little on the harsh side. The body is on the lighter side, without being bone dry, suggestive of this being a higher ABV wild ale. The carbonation could stand to be just a little bit livelier. The Barrel Select Cherry was my least favorite of the samples poured at the last Captain Lawrence release, but it's still a solid sour beer. I'm looking forward to checking out the Barrel Select Raspberry and the Cuvee de Castleton in the near future.

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Photo of mikeyv35
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 02/16/12
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: SH Large Snifter

Thanks to SpeedwayJim and Capra12 "Suitcase Jon" for providing me w/ this brew! These 2 gentleman have become good friends of mine, they are extremely generous, and are a great asset to the beer community.

Pours a medium brown mahoghany in color w/ red hues, w/ a 1/2 finger white head that leaves nice sticky lacing. Aromas of cherry skins, oak, and funk. The taste started off w/ mild cherry sweetness and slight acidity, which lead into oak and a touch of vinegar, and finished w/ wet socks/wet dog. Thin bodied, but lush. Pretty easy to drink.

Overall, solid, but kinda lackluster and not memorable. The major lack of sourness and being classified as an American Wild Ale really hurts this beer and it's scores. However, I happen to really enjoy Flanders Reds, and this brew felt to me as if it fits more into that category. Viewing this as a Flanders Red, not anywhere near the best I have had, but it's solid and I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.06/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Apple-cider vinegar, cinnamon, some sweet malts, big red chewing gum, and cherries.

The cinnamon kicks in on the finish with dry spicy notes. Where's the sourness? The regular Barrel Select is MUCH better than this. There is a lot of dry cider like character here.

Feels thin, watery, and boring.

Overall-- I think "meh" sums it up nicely. There is nothing about this beer that makes me want it again-- and I really don't see it improving a whole bunch with age.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thank you, Pete. Apposed with the Raspberry Barrel Select.

A rather dark pour with cherry-like color, this has a dense, off-white head that hangs around a while. The nose has a big cherry character, with mild tartness, cherry skins, vanilla, a faint funk and a mild plasticy note. The flavor is grainy with cherries, mild raspberry character (from the sour brown base?), mild sourness and a rather disappointing lack of funk. Still, though, the cherry character is pleasant - fresh and rather vibrant. The finish is a little disappointing with a yogurty, lactic tartness and just a little bit of fruit. The mid-palate in particular, suffers from a watery feel. Decent, worth a try.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a murky brown color with a finger of light tan head that quickly recedes into nothing.

S- smells like a cherry sweet tart. Slight caramel notes blend with tart and sweet cherries with a hint of cherry pit. Soft oak in the middle with an earthy Brett character. Some cranberry and leather on the finish.

T- starts of with a sweet cherry and cherry pit flavor that transitions into a touch of tartness and mild acidity. Soft oak flavors in the middle with a earthy Brett flavor. Finishes with some leather and cranberry.

MF- slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Soft fizzy carbonation.

D- very drinkable

overall a pretty good sour. Soft tartness and earth/oak play off each other well. Very soft flavor however. A touch more intensity would make this a killer brew.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle. Poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 3 finger off-white fine head with decent retention. Beer is a dark, clear, deep purple-red. Lacing is stringy and patchy with moderate cling. Slightly above average for clarity and head retention.

Nose is cherry juice and oak. A slight yeastiness and spice is detectable but just barely. Not bad but not a whole ton going on here.

Opens slightly tart and sweet cherries. Cherry skin and stem bitterness appear a bit towards the middle along with a strange yeastiness that lingers in the background. More tartness, cobwebs, and plastic at the end. Actually gets a bit more "funky" as it warms. Finishes yeasty and fruity sweet. End is dry cherry skin. Decent but there's again, no overwhelming flavor that sets this apart. Flavors also aren't integrated to the point of being "very good".

Light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Oily and slick with some bubbles in the mouth and prickly and lively going down. Finish is puckering and dry with a very dry finish. Nice.

This beer isn't nearly as good its raspberry counterparts and the potential for aging isn't as high on this one. Only hope this one gets more tart with time as the cherry flavor is already a touch muddled and not too well integrated. Its not bad overall though.

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Barrel Select Cherry from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.54 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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