Barrel Select Black | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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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): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
89
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
7.92%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
19
For Trade:
3
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3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries and berries along with some funky aromas. Taste is the same with a mouth puckering finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good wild ale with some nice aromas and flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to bmanning for grabbing this bottle for me. Served in a Captain Lawrence cervoise. Pours a very dark brown with a short off-white head that bubbles up and falls fairly quickly without leaving too much lacing behind. The nos carries some light notes of cherry and roast underneath a moderate lactic presence. Touch of oak. Flavor has a good mixture of fruit, acid, and background malt. Light-medium body with good carbonation. Medium level of acidity. Quite easy to drink. Nice.

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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unlabelled bottles at EBF.

Dark molasses brown color, a bit of light coming through, nice fizzy head.

Nose sour brown malts, toasty sweet caramel brown malts that seem to have been soured, a touch of a tart fruity kick as well.

Taste sour brown malts, caramel like brown malts, light acidic tart mouth watering, a bit of tart darker malts like a soured fig or something, light lacto or lambicus like acidity and tartness, and hint of bready malts. A bit sticky on the finish but it dries a bit, more acicity, hint of booze, and decent tartness that doesn't linger as long as expected.

Mouth is a bit bigger bodied than I expected, good carb.

Overall interesting, its a nice take but was hard to hold up to Castleton and Golden Delicious next to it.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/04/12 notes. Had from a bottle a few times up at EBF in the day session in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, roasted malts, nuts, fruity malts, toasted malts. Not overly sour but pretty nice.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, tart fruity malts, vinegar, roasted and toasted malts, nuts. Much more sour then the nose, really nice.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Acedic.

o - Overall this is my least favorite of the 4 Barrel Select's, but it's still a good beer. The taste is nice and sour, though the nose and taste are a little muddled. Wouldn't bend over backwards to get this but worth checking out if it isn't too hard to find.

EDIT: 10/15/12.

Have had this another 2 times since it's release, most recently on 10/13/12. Not quite as much vinegar as it had fresh, and most roasty notes, but still nice. Sour fruit is there, though not overpowering.

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3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Same label as Mother Barrel. The bottle date has been wiped off of this one. Awesome system, Captain Lawrence.

Appearance - Murkier than Mother Barrel. Wispy surface. Dark reddish body.

Smell - Much less sour notes than Mother Barrel. Caramel malt comes out more. Still acetic, though.

Taste - Less sour tasting, too. Acidic, but not overly sour. Malty and less fruit. Less vinegar, too, which is nice. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Maltier and heavier. Not so sour, but the sourness it has isn't good.

Overall - Not a great sour. The flavors just aren't exciting. Decent, I guess.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce green bottle, purchased at the source a week or so ago, $15. Allowed to warm up quite a bit before opening.

Pours a deep and very dark shade of brown, dark mocha head, of just a bit more then a film. Leaves a moderate collar and some spots of high lace.

As soon as the bottle was opened, the nose of musty and vinegary sournes sprang forth. Notes of vinegar, forest floor, and again mustyness.

Carbonation is spot on, soft and pleasing to the senses.

Under the initial moderate sour punch, some dark chocolate malts can be tasted. Also a pronounced wood/smoke note. Super dry and sour/tart throughout.

Loved it. Worth seeking out if you enjoy complex, big and quite sour beeers. A nice treat.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip at Jason's place.

A - White foam settles to wisps, partial collar, and minimal lacing. Body is quite black; this beer delivers!

S - Lots of oak, vinegar, cassis, and some lightly musky funk as well. Somewhat harsh, rough, and acidic, although some of that might be alcohol that I'm misinterpreting.

T - The taste is better, with less aggressive oak, and much better-hidden alcohol. A nice mix of dark berries, light vanilla, still some oak, and some cherry vinegar.

M - Dry, medium body, lower carbonation, moderate acidity. Alcohol is very well-hidden, as I didn't realize this was anywhere close to 10%. Could use a bit more spritz, but otherwise pretty solid.

D - The smell is rough, but once you get past it the taste is surprisingly enjoyable. I've never totally loved Captain Lawrence sours, and this beer is pretty consistent with my past experiences. Nice to try, but not something I'd actively seek out again.

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Barrel Select Black from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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