Barrel Select Black | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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4.18/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian-style black ale aged in Italian oak tanks. Wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria have ripened it into a tart, oaky, uniquely tangy and drinkable sour ale.

Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,899
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
98
pDev:
6.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
19
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of rdoggg
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wizzle32
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Clear, reddish-brown body with a three finger head that left lots of lacing.

Aroma – Sour, berries and plums, pretty tangy.

Taste – Sour, tannins, a little fruity, some malt under the sourness, long sour aftertaste

Mouthfeel – Quite puckering but good.

Overall – A very very good sour ale. High price point though.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the Captain Lawrence Brewery.
A: Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head, virtually no retention past the pour, an soapy lacing.
S: Presents with a floral and funky bouquet with emergent aroma of vanilla/oak, ultimately displaying my roasty chocolate and coffee, as it warmed.
T: Tart. Quite distinct from nose. Flavors of molasses, raisin and fig. Lactic acid taste evident.
M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.
O: This is really a well constructed and distinctive, American Sour.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Daniellobo
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives the color of molasses, with no head whatsoever

Smell: Funky and oaky, with caramel, prune and lactic tones

Taste: Caramel and lactic prune, up front, with developing funk and oak tones in the middle; vinegary and funky in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body but zero carbonation

Overall: Rather clunky, I am afraid, with the flavors not blending well at all; the mouthfeel was disappointing, too

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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from 2011. Poured into a snifter 11/19/2014.

A- Dark purple-brown body. Not particularly appealing in appearance. Minimal white head, no lacing. [3.75]

S- Lactic acid, grape juice, oak. Minimal funk. Smells quite sour, but with a nice sweet grape-like backbone to it. This nose has a nice balance to it despite plenty of acidity. [4]

F- Mouth-puckering lactic acidity mixed in with grape juice-like sweetness, some oak, a little bit of must, and even less funk. A bit of lemon and citrus as well. This is not particularly funky, but it is quite sour, which is a nice change of pace. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, very drinkable despite being so sour. Good carbonation. Finish is lactic acid mixed in with a bit of grape sweetness. [4]

O- Nice sourness that isn't overwhelming like Side Project sours. And a nice grape sweetness balances it out. Pleasantly surprised with this one. [4]

Final score: 4.10

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Barrel Select Black from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 98 ratings