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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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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-08-2013 04:01:39 | More by tommyguz
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Up front is all malt...and the back end is all chocolate and dark coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Coats the tongue pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:05:41 | More by CFHMagnet
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

03-23-2013 17:49:27 | More by ejimhof
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Holmes698

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-09-2013 17:49:15 | More by Holmes698
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-21-2013 00:58:11 | More by Pensfan0782
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

02-11-2013 06:11:08 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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phingdong

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

01-14-2013 16:16:05 | More by phingdong
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

01-08-2013 18:42:32 | More by ShanePB
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cjoc83

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13%

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

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-12-29 in Columbia, PA

A - Deep dark brown with a 1.5-finger tan head and good lacing.

S - Rich roasted grain, light bourbon, vanilla, sweet cherry, chocolate malt. Nice but not over the top.

T - Roasted grain, char, semi-sweet chocolate, oak, light bourbon, not very sweet. Finishes with some sour dough bread, oak and roasted and hop bitterness. The bourbon isn't the defining element.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. A bit watery but still silky.

O - Comparing it with a recently-tasted Duclax Exile X-1 Imperial Porter, this is less sweet and has more of a sour finish. I liked the Exile better but my wife quite-preferred this one and would rate it higher than I have done so here.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 22:06:44 | More by Tucquan
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-16-2012 17:33:17 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-14-2012 23:42:00 | More by djrn2
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jwat

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-03-2012 12:24:51 | More by jwat
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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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Starkk00

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-11-2012 00:41:11 | More by Starkk00
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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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cld253

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-18-2012 01:46:10 | More by cld253
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 12:57:36 | More by akorsak
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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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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-28-2012 03:26:44 | More by kbuzz
Devil Bird Holiday Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.