The Commons Little Brother - Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7386) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2017
Bottle bought at brewery in Portland. A bit muddy in color but with a lot of caramel and toffee and some barrel. Doesnt show ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3774) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2017
2013 vintage. Pours a moderately dark brown with garnet highlights and a medium beige head that leaves very nice lacing. Nose is pretty coconut-forward with some strong alcohol but nothing bad. Bourbon, check. Light oxidation. Taste is more coconut, light dark fruits, toffee. Moderately sweet and pretty balanced. I feared it was going to be too hot but its not. Maybe 4 years was enough for it to mellow down? Body is medium and carbonation pretty high (this was almost a slow gusher so thats not totally unexpected). A pretty nice bourbon barrel aged quadrupel. A bit of the base beer is lost but other than the overcarbonation it didnt suffer too much from the extended aging. I would certainly get it again if it was available in 12oz bottles...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
crispaire (178) - - MAR 3, 2017
pours a dark hazy amber from tap. tastes: medium malty sweetness, lightly bitter palate: full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish with warming whiskey notes nice, complex, tasty, and wish i had more than a taster!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (4563) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 23, 2017
Draft at taproom. Dark mahogany, small ring of head. Aroma is pit fruit, plums, mildly sweet. Taste is also fruity, raisins, prunes. The barrel aging announced itself later on with some booziness and heat. Well crafted.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (3465) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2015
750 mL bottle poured. 2014 vintage. Listed at 10% Pours a muddy brown color with a swirling fizz head. Sweet aroma heavy with bourbon. Bourbon really comes through here, with sweet caramel, and even has a bit of whiskey burn late in the palate. Finishes cool. A little to sweet but I could have expected this. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (4116) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2015
Tap at the brewery. Nice. Lots of bourbn, lots of malt, vinous, bit of caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1215) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2015
Had 3 barrel-ageds, this the lightest of the 3, solid & smooth, the barrel influence lighter and balanced. alcohol concealed in flavor as well, hazel nut notes to go withthe toffee & oak. goes down too easy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (14140) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2015
Draft - Dark fruit, sweet and barrel notes. Clear copper with a decent beige heads. Mellow, malty, sweet, bourbon, vanilla and pecans. Sweet and nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose is like a brown ale, with some nutty and toasty notes to it, but a bit of Belgian yeast and dark fruits to it. Taste is slightly sour and yeasty up front, but stays pretty smooth. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (5547) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle at Tasting, Seattle. 2012. Clear, heavy, bright brown, good tall off-white foam. Caramel and bourbon on aroma. Caramel, red fruit vanilla warmer. Belgian dubbel malt character. Fizzy body.


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