Devil Bird Holiday Ale | Lavery Brewing Company

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Devil Bird Holiday AleDevil Bird Holiday Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
laverybrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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

Added by Morey on 12-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.78%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by templar316:
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4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
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...

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Note: 2011 vintage

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Devil Bird Holiday Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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