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Captain Lawrence Barrel Select Mother Barrel

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This is the last beer to be aged in Scott’s 800 gallon oak barrel before emptynig it so he could get it out of the old brewery in Pleasantville. The beer is a black ale, aged in the wood for over a year. It has some bright sour notes, a touch of musty wood, and fruity undertones.

Editor’s note: 375ml bottle, yellow Captain Lawrence cap, no waxing, labeled (in silver marker) as having been bottled 4/12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2014
From notes. Tasted some time near the summer of 2012 from a capped bottle, big thanks to Curtis for sharing. Pours dark molasses with an amber tint, and a thin tan head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is super sour, tons of red wine vinegar, some vanilla oak, earthy funk, and dark caramel malt. The flavor is aggressively sour, but a nice balanced blend of everything from the nose otherwise. The body is full with just under average carbonation and a long, super sour, malty, and very tannic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2014
(375ml bottle) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, cola, vinous, chocolate, grapes, light char/smoke, and citrus. Flavor of raisins, plum, caramel, balsamic, cherry, oak, and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14682) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
375mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a deep dark mahogany / near-black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out lots of oak, wood, sour dark fruits, and some red wine notes. Flavour brings out subtly tart dark fruits, red grape skins, some vinous (red wine) notes, and loads of oaky wood. Very complex, finishing on notes of dry, lightly soured dark fruit and grape skins, as well as woody vinous notes. Hides the 10% ABV very well. Very enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18735) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle shared in NH with AJ - thanks a lot! Aged one year. Pours deep brown with a creamy, beige head. Old, wet wood on the nose with stewed berries as well. Light sweet flavor with big tang, dark berries, light vinegar, more wet wood. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Sour finish, moderately dry, with very tart dark berries and lingering wet wood. Quite dynamic and complex. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle (on New Year’s Eve)... Poured deep, darkish cola, brown/red with a thin forming khaki head. Aroma of dark fruits, grapes and cherries with barrel and lactic acid. Hint of roast and malt sweetness with dark fruits, wood, and a decent amount of acidity for a nice, complex, tart character. Really nice, easy going. Joy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle @ Bobby’s house, thanks to GT. Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, black cherry, oak, and cola. A nice bit of chocolate, lemon, and grass. Flavor is tart and acetic. Light cola and caramel sweetness. Plenty of balsamic, cherry, oak, green apple, and lemon. Mild chocolate. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
375mL. Pours a clear, deep cola red/brown. Weaker foam. Okay for oude bruin. Really solid Flemish red nose- stuffed with blackberry, cabernet red wine, cinnamon, steak fat, mild acetic acid flash (okay for this style). Taste is more lime heavy, very citric, as it warms falls more into Flemish red with red wine, minerals, cinnamon, saltwater. Solid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013
A: Dark Amber/Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Tart Cherries, Red Plum, Mild Vanilla T: Tart Cherries, Red Plum, Semi Acidic M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Sour, Mildly Bitter Overall, pretty solid sour ale, nice dark fruit tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle shared with Leighton. Enjoyed at 55F in stemware.

A - Pretty dark pour espresso head. Nice lacing

S - Nose is roasted malts and a hint of tootsie roll. Not much sour in the nose. More oak and leather

T - Wow. Very sour. Musty and like a soured porter. Interesting but very sour!

M - Thin and oily mouth feel. nice roasted notes.

O - Not a beer I’d seek out again but pretty drinkable for a sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle. Murky brown pour with browish head. Aroma is really fruity, cinnamon, acetic notes, orange, berries, very rich and interesting. Taste is sour, lots of acetic and citrusy notes, woody, spicy, almost smoky finish. Best dark sour I’ve had I think.

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