Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds - The Bruery
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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottle opened on 8.16.13
A - Pours a dark brown with a fizzy brown head that is gone fast.
S - Tons of bourbon, spices, figs.
T - Strong spices and bourbon, fruity, fig, raisin finish.
D - Lower carbonation with a heavier body.
O - Strong spices and bourbon, good and hits you hard. This one is built to age.
09-06-2013 05:28:20 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.53/5 rDev -13.9%
Bottle from the Reserve Society
Pours a deep dark brown with a garnet bend to it and a smallish tan head that quickly dissipates to a cap on top that constantly dances as the carb stream tries to replenish it. Smells of gingerbread, molasses, ethanol, woody vanilla lots of brown sugar and ripe pitted dark fruit. This smells a lot better than the regular version, or maybe a year has done this wonders. Heavy alcohol in the nose. The flavor is sweet with lots of dark sugars and hints of fruit. That is quickly countered with a heavy shot of ethanol and some mild spices. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick bubbly mouthfeel. Wow that's still pretty hot, flavorful and definitely a sipper, but wow that's some heat in there.
08-07-2013 01:05:46 | More by johnnnniee
British Columbia (Canada)
3.81/5 rDev -7.1%
Thank you ObeMaltKinobee!
Appearance. Pours a dark cola brown with half a finger of light tan head that fades quickly.
Smell. Sweet caramel, nutmeg and licorice with some nice dark fruit, vanilla and fresh barrel wood.
Taste. Molasses and caramel, dark fruits, some woody bourbon and christmas spices.
Mouthfeel. Fairly full body, low+ carbonation.
Overall. A decent big brew. Nothing unpleasant going on.
08-06-2013 00:43:41 | More by Rutager
3.45/5 rDev -15.9%
Thanks to ObeMaltKinobee for this bottle...I think. This might be the first time in half a decade of beer trading that I've found a "Lost Record". I hang my Auditor head in shame & split this 750ML molotov cocktail with my wife.
The pour is dried blood brown-red, except liquidy. Close to completely still, with a federal minimum of carbonation; the second pour is even close to the activity of shaken water. Has that distinctive Bruery smell of black malts & wicked bourbon. Only a barely perceptible sliver of spices peeks out of the malt/bourbon monster.
4 Calling Birds - Bourbon Barrel Aged is a boozy belly-flop. Naked alcohol abrades the tongue & lights up the "designated driver" signal in my head - good thing I'm on my couch. Bourbon & booziness call the shots here. There's a lovely shot of spices, much more noticeable than in the nose, & I can buy the 'gingerbread' noted in the description, though i wouldn't have volunteered that. Background chocolate. Mouth is nice, sticky, thorough, thick. But half a bomber is looking pretty intimidating from where I am (thankfully) sitting.
Perhaps my expectations were too high, but this is a low-complexity, big-bourbon beer. Not a bad way to waste an hour, but there's really not much to it. Good beer.
07-31-2013 02:27:38 | More by maximum12
3.58/5 rDev -12.7%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Dark brown. No head. Thin khaki collar.
Smell - Bourbon, brown sugar. Licorice. Quite boozy.
Taste - A little bit more Belgian character than the nose. Fruitier. Lots of licorice. Booze and bourbon. Slightly spicy.
Mouthfeel - Sweet and heavy. Boozy. Medium low carbonation.
Overall - Barrel is harsh, but as always, the Bruery makes some bourbony sugar goodness.
07-30-2013 00:55:40 | More by Alieniloquium
4.09/5 rDev -0.2%
750ml into a snifter. The brew appears dark brown with a khaki head. As the cap fades, it leaves spotty lace sticking to the glass. A swirl revives a finger that is slow to fade. Lighter brown is seen around the edges and more ruby through the body when held to the light.
The aroma includes a sweetness like belgian candy sugar mixed with vanilla, caramel and toffee. Some oak and chocolate grain to roast aspect blend with a mild hint of oxidation. Dark fruity alcohol evolves as it warms mixing with bourbon.
The flavor is like dark fruity alcohol mixed with chocolate, raw oak and bourbon with plenty of cardboard-like oxidation but not too much. Earthy with vanilla and caramel into the aftertaste that focuses a bit on the sweeter instead of boozy side of things. The spicy base beer is well represented but the barrel aging really takes it to the next level.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation and plenty of warming alcohol. It is quite boozy even at colder temperatures and strangely oxidized already for only being 6-7 months or so since its release. This was a very enjoyable offering but the already evident amount of oxidation has me questioning how long I will hold out on my other bottles.
07-15-2013 19:38:58 | More by stakem
4.26/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured in to Bruery tulip.
A - Poured deep brown and settled black with a thin layer of light brown head that immediately disappeared.
S - Massive barrel notes dominate the nose - sweet bourbon and vanilla and toasted oak. Some spice and a light gingerbread aroma is noticeable.
T - Charred oak, sweet bourbon and a touch of vanilla are dominant as the barrel again really takes over the palate. Spice, hints of chocolate and a light gingerbread presence.
M - Medium to full body with very low carbonation.
06-22-2013 15:02:31 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.21/5 rDev +2.7%
Dark cola color with a short but dense light brown head.
Smells like blackstrap molasses, figs, nutmeg, vanilla and toffee.
The bourbon dominates the palate. Charred oak, vanilla, toffee, boozy as hell (in a good way.) licorice, molasses, nutmeg.
Mouthfeel is heavy and supports the booze well. Carbonation is low.
It's a sipper. The bourbon dominates but I think is showcased fantastically while still letting the base pop. Well done.
06-15-2013 02:21:43 | More by Vonerichs
Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
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