Bourbon Little Brother | The Commons Brewery

Bourbon Little BrotherBourbon Little Brother
BA SCORE
72%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 75 ratings
Bourbon Little BrotherBourbon Little Brother
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
Ranking:
#16,180
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
75
Liked:
54
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
12.04%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 15
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Harvest06
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
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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4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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 BVukelich
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +11%
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.

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4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jakewatt135
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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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4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Bourbon Little Brother from The Commons Brewery
Beer rating: 72% out of 100 with 75 ratings
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