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The Bruery Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds



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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 444   ABV: 14.8%
4 Calling Birds was our 2011 winter ale - a spiced strong dark ale. We took inspiration from the traditional winter warmer for our fourth verse, integrating gingerbread spices into a robust dark ale. Notes of licorice & banana bread mingle with dark fruit, molasses and bitter chocolate for a perfect cold weather sipper! This is the Bourbon Barrel Aged version of last years holiday seasonal! Spending a year in rich oak barrels, the beer has picked up incredibly deep and luxurious notes from the oak and bourbon, but has maintained it’s original charm.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Big thanks to douglas88 for hosting and opening this cool brew. It pours with a clear amber body with thin copper hues supporting a tan head of foam. The aroma has loads of smooth sweet bourbon as well as some vanilla and ginger bread sort of mixed with holiday fruit cake. The taste is similar with smooth rich malt sweetened bourbon to go along with spicy fruit cake and various blended vanilla and sweet malt notes. Into the finish it gets boozy. Nice, the smoothness really makes this work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1595) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle. A: Dark mahogany in color with a thin cappuccino head. N: Light bourbon, clove, raisin, prune and fig. Some caramel and toffee. Burnt brown sugar. Lightly cherry. T: Quite sweet. Almost cloying. M: Medium body, spritzy carbonation, light alcohol burn. O: Tasty. Not sure how this compares to a normal BDSA but I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (7204) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong booze, spice, nutmeg. Medium mouth, dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, nutmeg, light roast, boozy, really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Poured into a snifter. 3.25 A: Dark brown color. A small, short-lasting frothy head formed and as light brown in color. 4.5 S: Nose on this is wonderful. Tons of spices that all blend well together with the base beer. Gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe some allspice. Layers of caramel with toffee. The bourbon falls behind the spices and it does very well there. Oak, vanilla, and a subtle welcoming booziness. Prune, molasses, currants, and hints of anise. 3.5 T: While the nose is complex with great depth, the taste is more booze focused. This is a shame since I’d love to drink a beer that tasted like the nose on this. It’s still good, but less complex with much less depth. Prune fruitiness oddly enough comes out as the focus of the taste. Molasses, caramel, toffee next. Spices listed in the nose are underneath all of this with leathery bourbon. Oak and vanilla. Overall the booziness is fairly well hidden for the ABV, but it still packs a punch that lingers and warms well after the sip. 3.5 M: Heavier body. Good moderate carbonation. Sticky chewiness from all the excess sugars. Light creaminess. Not too bad. 3.5 D: Of the Bruery’s big, boozy diabetes bombs, I prefer the barrel aged anniversary series over this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2554) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Deep reddish brown in color... Aroma of banana bread, bourbon, spices, dark fruits... Flavor is slightly thinner than I would expect, bourbon is prevalent, slight alcohol burn... gingerbread, spices, dark fruits... Decent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9283) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
Bottled 750 ml, at rlgk + Aniela tasting, USA comes to Göteborg 2014, on October 18, 2014. Marked 14.8% ABV.
Thanks to _angst_!
Clear dark red to black color, small brown head. Sweet, spicy, alcohol scent. Spicy, alcohol, sweet taste. Roasted aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (15805) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle at USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Clar deep amber/brownish beer with a very small head. Yeasty aroma, fruity, spicy, cinnamon, some ginger, caramel, some banana. Very sweet fruity flavor, spicy from ginger mostly, figs, caramel, toffee. Too sweet and lots of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (4128) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle received as an extra in a trade. Thank you stawn! Pours dark brown with a rather small frothy offwhite head that doesn’t leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is sweet and spicy with sweet bread, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, caramel, toffee, alcohol, charred wood vanilla, hay and soil. Taste is sweet and spicy with sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, ginger cloves, nutmeg, hay, soil and alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, spicy astringent, boozy and medium to full bodied. finish is sweet and spicy with caramel, toffee, spices, soil and charred wood. Too sweet and spicy for me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (8395) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
"Very bourbon heavy, probably even when newer, as most of their barreled offerings ain’t exactly shy about it. Love the bourbon and dark spices (gingerbread like under he bourbon) especially on the nose. Has held up nice since coming out. Strong and sweet, but never would have thought it nearly 15% if the bottle didn’t say so."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9152) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pour out of 750 ml bottle, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of brown sugar, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, slight maple, very sweet. Taste is a mix of caramel toffee, hints of acidic malt, hints of oak, vanilla, touch of grain, slight bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, finishing fairly sweet. Good, but a bit over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (3661) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Big bourbony, toffee, raisins, figgy, brown sugar, dates, wood, and soy notes in the aroma. Taste is vanilla, cardamom, dark chocolate, toffee, coffee, light raisins, soy sauce, raisins, and roasty with a sweet chocolatey finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty good.

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