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Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds - The Bruery

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

zestar, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Dark brown color. A small, short-lasting frothy head formed and as light brown in color.

4.5 S: Nose on this is wonderful. Tons of spices that all blend well together with the base beer. Gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe some allspice. Layers of caramel with toffee. The bourbon falls behind the spices and it does very well there. Oak, vanilla, and a subtle welcoming booziness. Prune, molasses, currants, and hints of anise.

3.5 T: While the nose is complex with great depth, the taste is more booze focused. This is a shame since I'd love to drink a beer that tasted like the nose on this. It's still good, but less complex with much less depth. Prune fruitiness oddly enough comes out as the focus of the taste. Molasses, caramel, toffee next. Spices listed in the nose are underneath all of this with leathery bourbon. Oak and vanilla. Overall the booziness is fairly well hidden for the ABV, but it still packs a punch that lingers and warms well after the sip.

3.5 M: Heavier body. Good moderate carbonation. Sticky chewiness from all the excess sugars. Light creaminess. Not too bad.

3.5 D: Of the Bruery's big, boozy diabetes bombs, I prefer the barrel aged anniversary series over this.

DavoleBomb, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

falcon1, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Beerontwowheels, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Gfunk720
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, out of my Founders Snifter. Thanks as always to my trustee Scott

A- Pours a nice brownish/black, very slightly transparent. Starts off with a nice healthy head that quickly dissipates. After settling, it looks pretty mundane.

S- A stinging boozy scent hits first. I can get some hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and bourbon coming through. A little sweetness, but not nearly as much as most bruery beers.

T- Very smooth initially, then sweep in the spices and malt. Again some cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as some chocolate. The aftertaste is primarily bourbon and vanilla, with touches of spice. Much less sweet than many of the other bruery BA offerings which is welcome.

M- Nice and carbonated and no cloying sweetness. Plenty of body without being overwhelming. My only complaint if I could make one would be that it is almost too fizzy.

O- Overall, this is one of the best BA beers from the Bruery that I've had in a while. I expected it to be overly sweet and difficult to put very much down. However it was dangerous how easy this was to drink. The spices are evident but blended well into the beer, as is the bourbon barrel aging. This will be really good once it has time to mellow a bit more.

Gfunk720, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

ajzy, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

hpthebull, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

tbone1384, May 22, 2013
Photo of dbc5
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into B. Nektar mini chalice.

A: Pours a cola color which yields about a 1 finger, soapy head that recedes extremely quickly. Glass is left looking like it is filled with flat cola. Not a particularly good looking beer.

S: Big bourbon up front. Wasn't expecting this big of a bourbon presence. Vanilla, caramel, and chocolate, followed by nutmeg.

T: Wow, this things is huge. I didn't really have huge expectations for this one, but it is fantastic. First thing that popped into my mind is "bourbon candy." As this warms, the nutmeg pushes through, with cinnamon detectable on the finish. Alcoholic gingerbread cookie is a reasonable characterization. Really enjoying this.

M: Low carbonation, viscous, and chewy. Appropriate mouthfeel to support a beer like this.

O: Honestly wasn't expecting too much from this one, but it snuck up on me. Really enjoyable beer.

dbc5, May 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

kapkenobi, May 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

ShanePB, May 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

moonknight31, May 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22%

illy0sis, May 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Texasfan549, May 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

kjkinsey, May 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

imperialking, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

OC_Beer_Fan, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

vissai, May 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

DarthKostrizer, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

cfrances33, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

CelticAleMan, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

HopsintheSack, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

notchucknorris, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

t0rin0, Apr 04, 2013
Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.