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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11800) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Capped 750 from Special Brew in Lynwood, WA. Pours coppery/ruddy dark brown with a slight tan head/smear. Aroma of treacle, chocolate and very light vanilla. Full bodied. Flavor is treacle, yeast/banana, chocolate, and bourbon light. Heat is noticeable, but not bothersome. Banana gets stronger with time. I’m liking it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9840) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle... Pours mostly clear and brown with burnt-orange highlights and a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is dusty and woody with mild notes of sourmash whiskey and caramel. Full-bodied with jazzy carbonation. The flavor is a swirl of toffee, wood, candied dark fruits and caramel. Finishes with buttery toffee and lightly sweet caramel that lingers. Bottle provided by newcigarz!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (1137) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Poured from tap to glass. Reddish Amber hue with a creamy brown head that settled to a ring. Aroma is caramel, dates, figs, toffee, vanilla, oak. Mouthfeel is great with a medium body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet with a slight ethanol finish. Overall this is a really enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5085) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1512) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6286) - 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."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastmaster (349) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1597) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7052) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnGalt1 (651) - , 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.

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