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 | website

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

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17
Ratings:
82
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
30.54%
 
 
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16
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 82
Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool to see an experimental brewery pop up in Erie PA.

A- Body is a dark, nearly opaque cola brown hue. Pours with virtually no head but does retain a thin collar pretty well. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- The main component of the nose is the bourbon barrel. Lots of wood soaked oak come through and some alcohol astringency. Behind this is a faint hint of roasted malt.

T- The porter comes through a lot more in the flavor. Mild roasted malt and bourbony sweetness come through initially. The finish is a hint sweeter as some chocolate comes through with bourbon sweetness. A good does of nutmeg is in there too-which adds to the festive "winter porter" title I guess. A hint of roasted malt evens it out with a hint of alcohol warmth and astringency lingering.

M- Somewhat thin with low carbonation.

O- Overall this is a decent brew. I cracked this open last night and was not as impressed with it as I am now. It has all the characteristics one would expect in the profile for a bourbon barrel porter. Another year in the cellar and this will be a very good brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brown color with a really creamy looking head on top. The head retention was pretty good on this the lacing was hardly there. The smell of the beer was oaky, it was a little sweet too. The taste of the beer was also oaky tasting upfront with a subtle chocolate flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel had a good body to it. Overall the beer was pretty smooth and tasted good. I would have liked to get more bourbon flavors though.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Tan head sits atop a dark brown beer. Fairly standard for a porter.

S: Booze is strong, how? A lot of roast, but the alcohol is just overpowering. Has some sweetness of vanilla and some sweet chocolate. Aroma isn't a winner here.

T: Taste falls a bit flat as well. Bitter with bittersweet chocolate, heady hops. No sign of bourbon barrel aging, barely a sign of this being a porter. The roast is there, but everything else just falls off.

M: Thin and ends with an unpleasant taste. No warmth from the bourbon, no porter body.

O: Glad I have another growler, but not so glad I bought the beer inside of it. Not sure what makes this a "holiday" beer, or where the bourbon is, or why it's called an imperial porter.

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Photo of beergod1
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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)

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Devil Bird Holiday Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.
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