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The Bruery Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds



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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle. Aroma of spice, ginger, clove and banana. I got a strong banana flavor at first. Lots of ginger bread spice, caramel and vanilla. A nice holiday beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Bottle at James’ cellar cleaning tasting. Pours a clear brown, no real head. Big wood and alcohol on the nose. Medium bodied, big and warm, raisins and brown bread. Loads of malt and roast, big wood and bourbon into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6949) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to Sean’s friend. Pours hazy mahogany, small tan head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is mostly bourbon, oak and toffee. Flavor is quite sweet, light bitter, boozy, strong bourbon, vanilla, hints of ginger, toffee, cocoa, raisin. Medium body, low carbonation. Pretty tasty in limited doses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4912) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2016
(The Bruery Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds) Bottle 750 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 14.8% Dark brown colour on the body, a bit murky even, with a small light brown head, consisting mostly of bubbles.Low retention. Aroma has lots of bourbon, alcohol, dark fruits, raisins, light soy sauce. Taste is sweet and boozy, with lots of bourbon and dark fruits, dates, raisins, light vanilla, some nice dark chocolate notes on it. Medium thick body with soft carbonation, quite sticky on the palate. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maarten1993 (1007) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
Drank during the american beer tasting at Marks place 23-4-2016. Dark beer, intense taste. Deep and rich. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2016
Bottle - pours brown tan head- nose/taste of bourbon, spice, dark fruit, chocolate, banana bread and caramel - full bodied

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (1854) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2016
750ml bottle pours a black color with a bit of tan head. Delicious rich bourbon and toffee flavors with some mild spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1953) - 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 (10520) - 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 (1867) - 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 (2903) - 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

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