Bourbon Little Brother | The Commons Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
66
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 66
Reviews by inlimbo77:
Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, Winter 2012 release
Kennett Brewfest plastic cup

A: Murky dark amber. I thought this would be darker than it actually poured out. Hazy. Light tan head. Nice carbo. Sticky lacing when you swirled it.

S: Lots of bread. Not getting a lot of bourbon. Dark fruit. Almost dark cherry. Some hints of vanilla from the barrel but thought this would be more pronounced.

T: You get some dark fruit initially. Thinner mouth than planned. I was surprised all around here.

M: Big medium. High carbo.

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More User Reviews:
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 seanthornton152
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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 Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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?

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Photo of jason_nwx
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Photo of ArdyExfor
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 digita7693
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

Photo of JMRSN
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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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 NWHopinator
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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 MadeInOregon
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Bourbon Little Brother from The Commons Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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