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Bourbon Little Brother - The Commons Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: vkv822 on 01-01-2013

A portion of Little Brother is added to Heaven Hill bourbon barrels after primary fermentation where it picks up a rich, bourbon flavor. After a few months this is then blended back with a non-barrel aged version that had been cold conditioning.
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 15
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4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A year old bottle which may explain the very high levels of carbonation. Almost a root beer float sort of suds. Aroma is vanilla, oak, dark fruit. Flavor follows with some of the classic Belgian clove and banana as well as a cola /root beer flavor. Some criticize the body but we have to remember this is a Belgian dark, but a stout. The strong Bourbon flavors without the boozy heart is an accomplishment. One of the nicest mergers of Belgian flavors with Bourbon that I've had.

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3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Such a nice sudsy mouthfeel. Dark brown with a golden edge in the Crooked Line tulip. Plenty of foam. Fruity and roasted grain nose.

Sugary taste along with the intriguing Bourbon taste. Not as boozy as a lot of barrel-aged brews. Faint burnt

Pleasant fruity, dark, and dry yeasty taste. An interesting brew with a more modest barrel influence. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods just off Burnside in Portland.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I got a lot of banana and bourbon on this which turned out to be quite a good combo. It was a little thinner than I would have liked. good beer

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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating of November 2014 release. This was slightly creamier than the Nov. 2013 release.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle courtesy of beastmaster from the Pirtland airport. Pours dark brownish purple with massive khaki head and a shit ton of sediment. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast funk, spices, banana, chocolate, and vague booze. Flavor is actually really nice. Funky yeasty banana up front with a bit of prunes and raisins, then there is a nice punch of sweet bourbon and vanilla, spice, a lingering vanilla caramel marshmallow, and some oak. Body is a bit weak on the thinner side for the style with lowish carbonation. Overall this was better than expected with a strong bourbon whiskey presence that is actually kind of nice and almost a spicy rye whiskey note with the quad-bourbon combo. Not bad.

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Bourbon Little Brother from The Commons Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.