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Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 31
Gots: 86 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  14.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

4 Calling Birds was our 2011 winter ale - a spiced strong dark ale. We took inspiration from the traditional winter warmer for our fourth verse, integrating gingerbread spices into a robust dark ale. Notes of licorice & banana bread mingle with dark fruit, molasses and bitter chocolate for a perfect cold weather sipper!

This is the Bourbon Barrel Aged version of last years holiday seasonal! Spending a year in rich oak barrels, the beer has picked up incredibly deep and luxurious notes from the oak and bourbon, but has maintained it's original charm.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 12-26-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

BGsWo22, Oct 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Big_Dave, Aug 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

thereal_adam, Aug 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

trxxpaxxs, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

duceswild, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

mendvicdog, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

kscaldef, Jun 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

MikeCactusGordon, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

threedaggers, May 12, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for breaking this one out. Pours the color of cola with no head. Nose expresses cinnamon, all-spice, malt, spruce, cocoa and ethanol. Taste follows nose - there's quite a bit of ethanol in the flavor profile, as well as the addition of vanilla and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and just a kiss of heat. Overall an interesting and complex beer, but best served in small quantities due to the intensity of the flavors - think a cross between a gingerbread Yankee Candle and potpourri.

Jwale73, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark-brown (picture root beer) with a modest sized beige head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Bourbon notes dominate the nose, but i also get some dark fruits, brown sugar, and some spice notes.

Taste: Bourbon front with some dark fruit notes (think raisins and prunes), mild brown sugar, clove, and spice notes. There is a moderate alcohol presence which must have been fairly forward fresh. The beer finishes with some tannic oak notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer. i can easily see why reviewers perceived it as hot fresh but right now the alcohol is in line with the listed ABV and the beer has a good taste profile. Exceeded my expectations based on some of the reviews I've read.

IKR, Mar 22, 2014
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stevefinny, Feb 13, 2014
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Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
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