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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastmaster (256) - 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 (1364) - 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 (6858) - 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 (490) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (6420) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6010) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours a deep brown color with a small white head. A light bourbon nose, heat, raisin, light caramel. The flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, some vanilla, sweet barrel, more heat in the flavor, light spices and wood. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1715) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2013
2012 Seasonal. Well this was quite a delight. I bought this bottle at Belmont Station in PDX sometime last Dec (2012) before I went traveling, and decided to actually cellar it for a bit - which is rare for me these days. This one worked out! Brown pour, little tan head. Aroma is fruited notes of airy bourbon, hints of mellowed roast and darker malts. Smooth, but lightly carbonated (still) on the palate. Touches of a thicker brown ale with mild roast smothered in vanilla’d bourbon glide across the tongue, All the notes from the nose and the mouth have blended together brilliantly it seems. Great brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3347) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle @ ZeeBra Extreme Beer Festival 2013. Copper amber pour, off-white head. Aroma is fruity, spicy, winter beer, boozy and a bit dusty. Flavor is sweet spicy, Belgian, some booze, warming.

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