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Devil Bird Holiday Ale - Lavery Brewing Company

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Devil Bird Holiday AleDevil Bird Holiday Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A festive name for a holiday beer, right? Based on the Irish tradition of carrying a dead wren through the streets on the day after Christmas. Will be available usually the week after Thanksgiving and will be very (very) limited release. Packaged in 1 liter flip top amber bottles & our recipe and style changes from year to year.

2011 - Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels

(Beer added by: Morey on 12-25-2010)
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Reviews by Ozzylizard:
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3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 Bomber at 42 degrees into goblet
Aroma – bourbon
Head average (3 cm), creamy, light brown, fully diminishing
Virtually no lacing
Body dark brown, cloudy – bottle conditioned
Flavor begins lightly sweet with hint of vanilla; no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol, not very malty
Ends slightly sweet
Medium to full palate, oily, lively carbonation

Overall OK, nothing spectacular. Very low on maltiness for an imperial porter

Ozzylizard, Jan 24, 2014
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A 1 L swingtop growler from the HopShop in State College. My first run-in with Lavery.

A: The porter is appropriately dark, midnight on a new moon. A white head, thin and wispy, is the only color provided. It stands out nicely.

S: Dark roasted malts, chocolate and char, have a sweet caramel edge. The bourbon is present but not overwhelming, making me think that this is a blend of regular and barrel porters. Vaniilla is mild but it is there.

T: The bourbon warms in the first sip, a sweet tantalizing hint. The porter itself is dark and roasted, chocolate and coffee along with burnt toast. The vanilla is faint but evident, a nice accompaniment that softens up the dark porter elements. The vanilla is augmented by rich wooden strength after the boldness of the porter fades away. This is, though, a porter through and through, the big dark flavors present with or without the bourbon. A good porter but I wouldn't mind a little more from the bourbon.

M: Nicely carbonated with plenty of porter darkness. The alcohol is well hidden too.

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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color - faint hints of red are visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of bourbon from the barrel aging process.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate malts along with hints of roasted malts and bourbon along with a slight amount of bitterness. Hints of oak also become noticeable in the finish as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a rather easy drinking porter, especially for a bourbon barrel aged beer, but has some complexities so it is one that is still interesting to sip.

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I received this one as a gift (Thanks Output01x). Poured a finger of tan head over a deeply brown body. Nothing to see here folks. Head sticks around quite a bit, which is nice, but no lacing.

Deep chocolate, malt and coffee.

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Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry caramel and roasty oatmeal. In the taste, nice roasted malts and a small sweet oatmeal for a very nice balance. Quite smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry chocolate and coffee like aftertaste. Big roast, big flavors, and quite tasty.

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On-Tap @ Six Pack House of Beer (West) in Erie, Pa.

Poured very dark brown in color, almost black, but when you hold it near light, it's dark brown with brownish hues. Head stood about 1 finger tall and is beige in color. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is relatively mild for a BA beer brewed with chocolate. I'm getting some roasted malts, some chocolate, and maybe a touch of wood, but Bourbon? Not really.

Roasted and chocolate flavors up front. I'm also getting a bit of a cola taste about midway. Again, not too much oak or bourbon, maybe just a touch. I'm guessing that either these barrels were previously used for aging beer, or this beer was just simply removed from the barrels too soon.

Nice medium bodied mouthfeel. It's actually a bit on the full side for a porter. It almost has a creaminess to it.

A nice Porter overall, but the bourbon just isn't prominent enough.

Morey's Bottom Line: When you call this a BA beer, it just takes away from the score a bit. I drink a good amount of BA beers, and this just falls a bit short. It's still a tasty beer, and I love that Lavery is getting this creative and daring this early in the game.

Nice

Morey, Jan 12, 2012
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Lavery Devil Bird (2011)

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Devil Bird Holiday Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.