Bourbon Little Brother | The Commons Brewery

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75 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States
commonsbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by vkv822 on 01-01-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of VashonGuy
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mild, smooth, subtle ... those were my first notes on this beer. As for appearance, it's a dark reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma and the taste combine mild dark fruits with Belgian yeast. The bourbon influence in this beer is subdued, both in the nose and in the mouth; it's there all right, but it's not shouting "Bourbon Bourbon Bourbon" at you. That's just fine by me.

So, as long as you are not expecting a dark stout, which this is not, or a bourbon bomb, you'll be fine with this beer. Mild, smooth, and subtle ... those are good attributes.

Serving: on tap

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a strange beverage, partially bourbon barrel aged, i didnt love it at first, but it really grew on me as i drank on it, and by the time i was finishing off the bottle, i totally was into it. chocolate brown in color but kind of light looking for what it is, big belgian looking head on it. smells like whiskey and rotting fruit, i am surprised by the lightness of the malt, not toasty or chocolatey at all, maybe a dry cocoa note, but this is way lighter than it looks on the grain spectrum, fruity for sure, raisin and plum and dates. the whiskey is stronger in the nose than it is in the flavor, but it really comes on as it warms up, just like the alcohol, they seem to work together well. maybe its the yeast thats strange, but its not belgian the way we usually think, more of a dried fruit and soft spice complexion, lots to it, but its kind of weird with the bourbon. i think i might even prefer a non barrel aged edition of this just to taste the yeast more clearly. medium weight on the palate but great carbonation, wet wood lingers in the finish with a little caramelized sugar. enjoyable strong ale, and definitely something a little different, but this is nowhere near my favorite beer thee guys do. either way, its really rad they are selling some beer in colorado now, i am a longstanding fan of all that they do!

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Photo of impending
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ambruns1979
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drone
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of chossboss
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of festizio
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SocalKicks
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Quafftastic
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of djrn2
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wulfie85
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndrewGoria
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishColonial
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of jakewatt135
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of NWHopinator
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dheldman
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bigtwin
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bourbon Little Brother from The Commons Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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