Lavery Devil Bird Porter
I had never heard of Lavery Brewing Company before seeing this bottle on the shelf, but how could I pass up on a seasonal beer that's aged in bourbon barrels, from my home state, has an interesting name and served in a liter flip top bottle? As it turns out, Lavery is a pretty young brewery, founded just a couple of years ago in Erie, PA (Side note: it's pronounced Lav-ry...not Lave-ery). Bonus points for the fact that the name refers to an Irish tradition of carrying a dead wren through the streets on the day after Christmas, St. Stephen's Day (those Irish sure know how to warm your heart with their traditions, am I wrong?). Following in the footsteps of breweries such as Anchor, Lavery will change their recipe for this beer each year. Last year was a Spiced Ale. This year, it's an Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon barrels. The bourbon is strong in the aroma but the brown and chocolate malt come through more in the taste with faint bourbon notes. Sweet, chocolatey and a great beer for winter weather. Just make sure you have a friend or two to share it with.
Overall Rating: B (8 maids-a-milking)