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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Little Brother is a rich and malty ale. A bit of roastiness, toffee, candy and chocolate come through as it warms. A smaller batch of Little Brother was aged in a Heaven Hill Bourbon barrel and blended back in for a touch of Bourbon. Little Brother is a pleasant and satisfying cold weather warmer.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5040) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin head. Super bourbon flavor and a rich malt backing. This was a terrific beer. Very good blending.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
Super gusher with a flow up continual foaming. Medium brown with visible chunks, good beige head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, cooked pineapple, raisins, honey, hint of bourbon. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a warning finish. Taste is bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, raisins, hint of wood.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
"Definitely think this is partially barreled. Light fruit, wood and booze from the barrels. Light vanilla. Covers up a little of the complexity of the base beer, though. Not sure, without getting to try them at the same time, which I like better."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastmaster (333) - Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Pours root beer brown. Quick head. Bananas, fruit, cherries. I expected more funk, but surprisingly sweet. That banana aroma comes around in the taste appoint with vanilla and bourbon. Some almond Light body for the style. Complex. Caramel

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. 2013. Mahogony beer with a big tan head. Big bourbon aroma with vanilla, light chocolate, light spice, and light fruitiness. Bourbon and vanilla flavor with caramel, spice, and yeast. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel and bourbon linger with spice, light vanilla, and oak.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnGalt1 (592) - , Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle:   2013 version.   Big bourbon, banana, and clove aroma.   Smells pretty damn good!   Really spritzy, airy on the tongue, almost too much.   Musty start, bourbon, very airy and bubbley, some dark pitted fruit, bready, a little clove and banana too.   Smells like a Bourbon German Hefe, but comes across as more of a Belgian, albeit its really carbonated, to the point I would say too much.   Nice flavors, some apple skin too.   Lots of apple skin on the backside.   Fairly assertive bourbon, too much carbonation, with some Belgian like influences.   Enjoyable.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (7236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a dark mahogany with a medium beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, candied sugar, and bubblegum. Flavour of banana, candied sugar, vanilla and light bourbon. Highly carbonated, boozy and uncomplex. Not the greatest.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVukelich (37) - Algona, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2014
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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