4 Calling Birds - The Bruery
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Reviews by rdickey:
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a very deep brown, almost black, into a goblet. A thin one-finger head disappears like a ninja, leaving no trace that it was ever there.
Smell: Huge malts dominate, along with some Christmas-y spices: nutmeg and cinnamon chief among them, but there’s also a little gingerbread. Boozy esters soak through as it warms, warning the drinker: get your people back; this is going to be a big one.
Taste: The same spices in the nose come through in the mouth, but wait – there’s more – because there’s room for a lot of flavor in this huge beer. I’m now getting chocolate and caramel flavors, as well as molasses. A very nice coffee flavor eases in at the end to finish it off. As you might guess, there’s not much of a hop presence here, but of course you wouldn’t expect one.
Mouthfeel: I’m a little torn here, because the carbonation level feels a little high to me. It clearly isn’t enough to support a big head (at least the way I poured it), and I understand the desire to use carbonation to keep the beer from feeling heavy or cloying, but it feels like just a touch too much in this case.
Drinkability: There’s definitely a lot to like here, and I wish I had the patience (and space, and facilities, etc.) to age it for the recommended period, because over time I expect the carbonation would settle down, the flavors would mellow a big and it would turn from a good and interesting beer into a great one. Of course, I don’t have that kind of patience.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2011 00:29:53 | More by rdickey
More User Reviews:
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks for tossing this my way scottbreaks! Split with the mrs into 2 bruery snifters. Had the BA version not too long ago and dug it.
a - brew pours dark purple/brown with a nice light brown head with really nice retention.
s- nose is fairly festive with gingerbread and old spice over plum.
t - leads with the belgian dark and finishes with the spices afternthey wash over they flavor mid sip.
m - a bit heavy handed on the carb for a bruery beer which aren't usually this fizzy. That said, this is way lighter than your average 11% brew.
o - overall not quite as nice as the BA version, but not bad. Happy to finally pick up where I left off in trying the beers from this series, but aside from the series, these are fairly run of the mill beers from an otherwise phenomenal brewery. I wouldn't hunt it down for any other reason.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 21:13:03 | More by cosmicevan
4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.