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Bourbon Little Brother - The Commons Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vkv822 on 01-01-2013)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
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anteater

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-11-2013 07:09:25 | More by anteater
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-18-2014 00:51:35 | More by stevec32
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-17-2014 00:59:18 | More by POTABLE83
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vonnegut21

New York

2/5  rDev -47.9%

04-15-2014 19:18:19 | More by vonnegut21
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IndyDad

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04-12-2014 12:50:45 | More by IndyDad
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seanthornton152

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-20-2014 00:31:09 | More by seanthornton152
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -21.9%

03-15-2014 04:51:28 | More by rab53
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 05:46:06 | More by JohnGalt1
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ArdyExfor

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-08-2014 04:21:32 | More by ArdyExfor
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JoeSatran

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

03-06-2014 02:06:38 | More by JoeSatran
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mantissa

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-28-2014 02:31:49 | More by mantissa
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 02:06:05 | More by Alieniloquium
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle at Belmont Station during NW Beer Safari. First shot at The Commons, and hoped to have a good intro.
A: Big frothy head; settles to a full foam. But still a bit bubbly.
S: Nose was full of dark fruit, touch of leather, bready with some yeast
T: Really liked the taste. Big flavors. Fruit, leather, chocolate, bourbon with pronounced vanilla, Tasty sipper!
M:Very good, but... Unfortunately, a bit bright with carbonation. Would have enjoyed a something more velvety with those flavors. Still..was very good. Full, and carried the malt well.
O: A very nice beer. Would purchase again. Definitely has me interested in more beer from The Commons. Just can't help but think it could have been special.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 01:19:15 | More by BillRoth
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TaborTime

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-09-2014 23:08:18 | More by TaborTime
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cestlavie

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-09-2014 04:42:29 | More by cestlavie
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teddyarrowhead

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-04-2014 20:39:38 | More by teddyarrowhead
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BVukelich

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Belgian Ale glass. Served a little below room temp. Appearance was a murky, brown with a light tan head that quickly dissipated. Average lace. Picked up the stronger alcohol and bourbon in the aroma. Above medium carbonation. It felt like dozens of sharp little pins pricking my lips and tip of my tongue. Taste was sweet and strong, hint of raisin (I think). Any bitterness is overpowered by the high alcohol. Slick viscosity. Delicious bourbon aftertaste kept me raising the glass quickly in between sips. Daddy liked!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:28:51 | More by BVukelich
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:57:36 | More by LiquidAmber
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DimensionX

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-10-2014 04:30:03 | More by DimensionX
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-05-2014 05:27:46 | More by sclitch
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:18:42 | More by artoolemomo
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Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

10-07-2013 21:37:46 | More by PZBREW
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urwithdave

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-24-2013 12:35:28 | More by urwithdave
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-02-2013 17:55:45 | More by JMRSN
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Bourbon Little Brother from The Commons Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.