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:
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Added by SpeedwayJim on 12-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 12
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mikeyv35
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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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2.06/5  rDev -45.4%
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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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.13/5  rDev -17%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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3.92/5  rDev +4%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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Barrel Select Cherry from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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