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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
A variation of our Little Brother Belgian dark strong ale, Brotherly Love is matured in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with red tart cherries and roasted Peruvian cocoa nibs. Take your time with this rich, decadent beer – and share it with friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5357) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with light retention. Aroma of sweet dry fruits, with some light chocolate notes and some bourbon/vanilla notes. Taste is a complex mix of chocolate, sweet dry fruits notes, light molasses, some residual sugar notes and some bourbon and vanilla notes. Body is about average with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Intriguing experiment with great flavours but lacking some cohesion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1932) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottleshare. Pours dark amber with limited head and no lacing. Nose is plum and vanilla. Taste is big sweet, light/medium bitter. Flavours of plums, vanilla bourbon, maybe a slight cherry hint. Mouth is creamy with light carbonation and alcohol is dangerously well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11588) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2015
A hazed dark amber brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with treacle, candy sugar, dark fruits, plums, licorice notes, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with light coconut oil, chocolate, light coffee, treacle and dark fruits, molasses, alcohol warmth, very nice. Bottle from Boutip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (5194) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle thanks to bauermj. Pours clear hazel, quite large beige head, kinda fizzy, diminishes to a decent residual with good lacing. Aroma is dusty, some bourbon, caramel, some toffee. Flavor is light plus sweet, oak, bourbon, dark sugars, perhaps cherry. Very light bitterness, some ABV heat. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (9343) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/27/15] Draught at The Commons Brewery in Portland. Nice deep reddish brown. Lovely aroma of bourbon, vanilla, cookies, chocolate and some dark fruits. Sweet flavor with chocolate, vanilla, cookies, some fruitiness and a tart cherry note. Medium-bodied. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle shared by DanielCoors. Poured hazy dark brown with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate complex toasted sweet malt and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Solid complex sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a smooth complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7462) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle shared by DanielCoor. Pours dark brown in color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have tart cherries, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, some hints of the alcohol, I thought that the flavor was good, smooth, wood, sweetness is there, I would drink this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1510) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with a big fizzy light tan head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bourbon and chocolate with some cherry, dark fruits and cinnamon.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with some acidic and tart cherry and some chalky boozy bourbon in the finish. Some cinnamon comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK big beer. A bit too sweet and boozy with chalky acidic notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (5256) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle thanks Skrip. Brown pour with tan head. Dark fruit, some dark malt aromas. Sweet dark malt, light berry and sweet tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7878) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
"I really dig the cocoa in this beer. I wanted a little more punch from the cherries and the bourbon barrels, but in the end this was a nicely balanced effort. Lightly sweet and even more lightly tart. Complex and refined."

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