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Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

148 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 30
Gots: 87 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-25-2013 23:46:20 | More by claspada
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cosmicevan

New York

3.89/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

12-25-2013 01:47:42 | More by cosmicevan
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-21-2013 23:59:24 | More by SocalKicks
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bcrossan

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-21-2013 23:14:09 | More by bcrossan
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

12-21-2013 22:33:05 | More by Rollzroyce21
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mcgwire756

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-18-2013 15:56:16 | More by mcgwire756
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dcloeren

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-16-2013 19:12:48 | More by dcloeren
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wolf_switzer

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-09-2013 01:31:14 | More by wolf_switzer
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Scottie_A25

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-06-2013 03:53:24 | More by Scottie_A25
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topdown

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-11-2013 00:39:41 | More by topdown
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-10-2013 23:44:12 | More by LotsofLupulin
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-10-2013 21:08:53 | More by MarkyMOD
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-10-2013 03:31:36 | More by eawolff99
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-16-2013 20:57:44 | More by gueuzedreg
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-10-2013 18:09:37 | More by djaeon
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powz87

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-08-2013 06:55:52 | More by powz87
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

09-28-2013 19:29:36 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

Bottle poured into my Jackie O's tulip...

A. Pours a dark tobacco brown, nearly black. It doesn't have much head to speak of, just some loose, soapy bubbles that ring the brew. Lacing is equally sparse, though this is a 15% bruiser so perhaps I shouldn't be expecting much.

S. Spice, spice, and then some spice with a touch of spice. I get a lot of cinnamon, some nutmeg, clove. Also hints of roastiness, stone fruit, and some chocolate shavings. The bourbon soaked wood notes clash a little bit with everything else going on here. They rip through the bouquet with this dry, boozy note that detracts every so slightly.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely with a lot of spice, some roasted malt, light chocolate, and a huge kiss of bourbon. Unlike the nose, the bourbon actually compliments the flavor profile nicely, though this is still pretty boozy. It's got some nice flavors and hits most of the marks for a strong dark ale.

M. It's pretty darn boozy, like munching on bourbon soaked dates. Strong tannic, drying notes on the finish from the barrel. Balance could certainly be better.

O. It's solid, but nothing remarkable. Not sure bourbon barrel aging does anything at all for this brew. The barrel isn't all that well-integrated, and I'm more intrigued by what the regular base beer would have tasted like. Not bad, but not memorable.

09-28-2013 18:58:18 | More by siege06nd
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-25-2013 16:00:24 | More by iL0VEbeer
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IPAyForHops

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-23-2013 16:54:19 | More by IPAyForHops
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JPortillo

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

09-15-2013 23:37:43 | More by JPortillo
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

09-15-2013 20:15:48 | More by drabmuh
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

09-12-2013 18:24:08 | More by CityofBals
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Indytruks138

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

09-09-2013 18:41:44 | More by Indytruks138
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brystmar

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-08-2013 19:40:40 | More by brystmar
Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.