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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

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
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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dtx00

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +33%

11-24-2011 05:59:46 | More by dtx00
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rieg21

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

02-23-2014 02:44:59 | More by rieg21
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ShadyJay

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

01-14-2014 05:17:57 | More by ShadyJay
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psujorge

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

02-02-2012 03:35:31 | More by psujorge
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lavery Devil Bird (2011)

Pours a dark brown with a light tan wisp of head. Aromas are full and complex, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malt, white chocolate espresso. In the taste, a rich flavorful brew featuring more barrel aged vanilla elements, dry oak, roasted malts, coffee, very light bourbon, and a pinch of hop bitterness. Still on the sweet side, as there is a ton of residual sugars from the barrel. Really really nice and not a hint of the ABV. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and goes down smoothly. An expertly crafted brew that would be worthy to cellar, but is drinking just fine right now. I want more.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 18:48:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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templar316

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the liter bottle into brandy snifter. Pours thick and black with khaki head. Definately vanilla on the nose, giving way to coca, roast almonds and caramel. Hop presence is minimal, excellent malt character rolled smoothly through the full compliment of dark malts. Vanilla, coco and caramel. Rich and creamy, easy to drink several...My girlfriend says, "I almost came in my pants...

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:00:38 | More by templar316
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-26-2012 13:12:40 | More by atone315
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stealth

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-26-2013 01:36:41 | More by stealth
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-22-2014 02:39:44 | More by Durandal_777
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-30-2012 02:08:30 | More by TonyTalon
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: As the brewery had warned, this one has turned into a gusher and I had to have three pint glasses handy before it finally settled down in the bottle; once poured, it produced a prodigious head atop the fudge colored liquid; great retention and gobs of foam sticking to the glass

Smell: Chocolate fudge and roast, with hints of nutmeg, vanilla and Bourbon; smells somewhat reminiscent of egg nog

Taste: Chocolate fudge and roasty flavors, up front, with vanilla and nutmeg flavors and a hint of the Bourbon barrel building by mid-palate; a bit more Bourbon, after the swallow, that brings along a hint of booziness, but the finish is very much like the opening

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy, with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Tremendous flavor in this beer, and I like the way the Bourbon plays a complementary rather than overwhelming role; the carbonation issues got away from Jason on this one but it is still a fine beer; I really appreciate the subtle flavors I have found in this and the other beers I have tasted from this brewery

Thanks, Axic10, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:16:34 | More by brentk56
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aflyershckyfan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-17-2011 05:12:12 | More by aflyershckyfan
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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-16-2014 19:07:40 | More by griffeyb
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-05-2013 01:49:59 | More by hoppymcgee
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-18-2012 02:11:21 | More by richbrew
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gpblackgt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-17-2013 20:54:49 | More by gpblackgt
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-13-2013 05:21:09 | More by RedneckBeerz
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beergod1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask/hand pump at UPick6 in Erie PA. Poured an awesome, Hazy/creamy Brown Body, with different layers of foam, all through the glass. Nice Christmas spice flavor, cinnamon , clove. Body is a little thin, but the taste overall makes up for it. A nice balanced Hop/Malt finish...with the spice hanging around too. Wish I could take some home. (Forgot my growler)

Serving type: cask

02-13-2011 15:15:32 | More by beergod1
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Starkk00

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-11-2012 00:41:11 | More by Starkk00
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cjoc83

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-31-2012 05:00:33 | More by cjoc83
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marine1975

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2013 21:47:28 | More by marine1975
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-06-2011 01:11:10 | More by greg4579
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-29-2012 02:30:33 | More by GehenHerzog
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SlothB77

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-02-2014 12:06:03 | More by SlothB77
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-18-2013 20:57:45 | More by athomasPSU
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Devil Bird Holiday Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.