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Bourbon Little Brother - The Commons Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A Belgian Style Dark Ale aged in bourbon barrels. Fermentation produces flavors of dark fruits, toffee, and chocolate with a balanced underlying bourbon note.

(Beer added by: vkv822 on 01-01-2013)
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

2xHops, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Gonzoillini, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Huge khaki head. Lasts forever. Great surface foam with a thick collar. Brown body.

Smell - Dark fruity character. Belgian sugars. Caramel and some yeasty notes.

Taste - Nutty caramel sweetness. Belgian sweetness. The only hint of a barrel is some vanilla in the back.

Mouthfeel - Way overcarbonated. Lingering sweetness. Medium body.

Overall - Pretty good, but where's the bourbon?

Alieniloquium, Feb 25, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

reinheitsgematt brought this gem over tonight.. 2013 vintage... Pours a clear walnut... fizzy dark tan head... dies back pretty quickly... decent lacing... Thanks a bunch Matt!! New to me beer!!

Nose shows pretty strong dark fruity esters... not really enough malty backbone IMO.. bourbon shows a bigger vanilla.

Flavor mirrors the aromas but has more intricacies.. some light cocoa and hints of yeasty phenols remind me of clove.. bourbon barrel presence is there, but is pretty balanced and never gets out of whack.

Big carbonation for the style, but it isn't too bad.. just a little too prickly... and could use a little more background maltiness to help on the palate and it would also deliver the sorta convoluted flavors into one wheelhouse.

Again, big props to Matt.. This is a new to me beer from a brewery that I really like.

3.5/3.5/3.75/3.5/3.75

JohnGalt1, Mar 12, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark burnt orange with a big three finger light tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of mixed fruit; cherry, orange and plum with a bit of dark dried fruit, spicy and a hint of bourbon. Flavor starts with classic Belgian strong dark flavors of light and dark stone fruit and dark dried fruit then transitions to Belgian yeast, sweet light stone fruit and bourbon. Finishes with lingering bourbon and light barrel oakiness and vanilla. Light bodied with sharp, peppery carbonation, almost overcarbonated. A nice domestic take on a Belgian strong with a light to moderate bourbon component that melded well with the other flavors. The flavors are all somewhat subdued, but work well together and leave a pleasant finish. Enjoyable, especially if you like bourbon flavors with your ale.

LiquidAmber, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

cestlavie, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

digita7693, Jan 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

bluckbeyes, Jan 03, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml : tulip glass
2012 Seasonal.
Bourbon barrel aged Little Brother.

Pours mahogany with a foamy off white head.

Bourbon upfront, transitions to dark fruit, as well as some caramel/toffee notes.

Medium body, with low prickly carbonation.

An enjoyable Belgian dark. When slightly chilled, the bourbon is the most prominent feature, but as it warms it becomes much more balanced between bourbon notes and dark fruits/toffee.

vkv822, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

HevvyMetalHippie, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mantissa, Feb 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

nmann08, Apr 14, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.1.13

A - Pours a medium dark brown with a fizzy tan head that fades slowly.

S - Yeasty, raisins, slight coffee.

T - Toffee and raisins, some wood, yeast and finishes with a hint of bourbon.

D - Good carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Belgian dark with a nice subtle bourbon finish.

HuskyinPDX, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

oregone, Feb 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

sclitch, Jan 05, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up basically no head- I had to swirl it to get a sense of the color. The head is a light beige with malted notes while the body is a muddy, chestnut brown with slight hints of ruby which appears as a mix of dark amber and maroon when held up to the light.

Nose- Very subtle. Thought I got notes of bubblegum at first but that may have just been the banana that seems to be the dominant note of the aroma. Some cloves, a bit of ashiness which transitions into light bourbon notes that seem to suggest leather and tobacco. Slight oak. Swirling adds nothing to the aroma.

Taste- Starts off pretty thin, only to show big notes of grain and cereal. Not quite what I expect from a Quad/BDSA. Even a little bit of corn. I sure hope more notes show up. Some underlying dark fruits, some banana, but nothing that has much presence. Bubblegum even. Slight raisins. Huge grain, lots of brown bread. Some candi sugar. Very low on any sort of bourbon notes. Maybe some oak on the finish and linger? Some lemon citrus appears. Some cocoa, not really chocolate as mentioned on the label. Very low heat. Not a bad beer but doesn't really match the expectations I had based on the label. Above average to good. I wonder if aging would benefit but I'm not sure if I want to spend the money to find out. Good amount of complexity, balance, and integration- simply needs more presence. Less flattering notes fade and allow the more enjoyable fruit esters to show but nothing close to the complexity I wish for appears.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with very light carbonation. Pretty airy for such a high gravity beer. Almost delicate.

Drinkability- Very drinkable but also has a flavor profile that is very easy to miss. 11-12 bucks is reasonable for a 750 but I don't think I would buy this again. I would try it on draft again but that's about it.

Overall- Above to good beer which could be a really good beer if it just had more going for it. It doesn't really show any barrel aging but I can't complain as there isn't a hefty price tag to boot. It's pretty much in line with most of The Commons beers (which I really want to like but still haven't delivered that aha moment). I will keep trying- everyone else speaks so highly of them.

artoolemomo, Dec 25, 2013
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Bourbon Little Brother from The Commons Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.