Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds - The Bruery
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Reviews by ehammond1:
3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brown with no light coming through. Small to moderate brown head. Leaves the glass oily and only spotted with stick. Pretty enough, though unremarkable, as with most barrel-aged offerings.
Far more barrel character than the base version, I'm happy to report. The Christmas spices, gingerbread and molasses, are definitely prevalent underneath the strong barreling, with a banana bread characteristic I was surprised to find.
The flavor is similar to the aroma, though the Christmas spices and the bourbon barrel don't mingle particularly well at colder temperatures. The Christmas spices initially bring a sharp, almost acidic nature to the beer, akin to an infection, but that isn't the case at all. Upon warming, the flavors integrate nicely and the vanilla and oak from the barrel play well against the gingerbread/cinnamon/dark brown bread character of the base beer.
Medium in body with low carbonation.
Very nice, but this one needs to warm to nearly room temperature to be fully appreciated.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2013 23:02:47 | More by ehammond1
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3.89/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
big thanks to portable for having too much beer and popping this (along with 11 other choice brews) into a shipper and sending it my way. shared with the mrs in two bruery snifters.
a - brew pours a dark purple/brown that settles as black in the glass. upon a hard pour there was some dark tan head that quickly dissolved from the center outward until the beer looked still and shiny as a bourbon barrel aged beer often does.
s - nose is fig, plum, and brrrboun. smells rich and chewy.
t - much like the nose suggested, figs and plums with some soft nuttiness and seasonal seasoning on the finish...oh yeah...and the booze...there is some heavy booze, but i like it (and so does my wife). gives it an almost sangria vibe to it.
m - big bold rich and chewy. drinks real nice i could drink two-ee.
o - overall, reading through the reviews, this beer gets a bad wrap (i actually tend to think that this series in general gets a bad wrap...they are all interesting and unique-ish beers and the concept is fun - they are not designed to be masterpieces, they are designed to be one off seasonals and hopefully last til the end of the series). is this beer boozy? you bet. it clocks in at just under 15%...so i expect it to be boozy. everything is not in the right place though as with a melange 3 or white chocolate, but the booze is a cool compliment to the beer and gives it an old ale vibe. glad i got to check it out and look forward to checking out the non barrel aged version.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2013 01:47:42 | More by cosmicevan
Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.