The Commons Little Brother - Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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beerplace (2158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2017
Taster at Elizabeth Station. Pours a dark brown with a weak beige head. Aroma is bourbon, candied fruits. Taste is sweet with candied berries notes, bourbon notes. Good stuff.

4
KansaiBeerLvrs (5391) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 30, 2017
2016 vintage and listed at 10% now I believe. A deep ruby brown color with a substantial beige head that has big raison and plum belgian ale aromas with a sweet oaky bourbon compliment. A really clever idea to combine the sweet malty goodness of what I’d call a Belgian Dubbel as a base beer and then add the wonderful bourbon flavor complexity.

3.5
SudsMcDuff (8523) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2017
bottle, i love the commons beers .. . ruby brown like a dead clown .. solid foam, mouth was rounded .. . leather, bourbon, berry skin, yeast, tie sweat, caramel shavings .. . pretty good but not very deep .. . . firecrackers: the silent killer

3.4
Bule (2277) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2017
750ml bottle of 2016 Release. Pours a dark brown color with a bit of white head. Lots of malt, mild bourbon. Belgian yeast lingers.

3.7
j12601 (13205) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2017
After party at TAP NY 2017. Pours a hazed brown with a thin tan head. Bourbon bananas and caramel. Medium bodied, caramel, toffee, sweetness. Long caramel, warm vanilla, slow wood.

3.8
BuckeyeBoy (8659) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 26, 2017
750ml bottle 2013 vintage. Pours out a brown color with a little amber notes and a sand head. Nose is light pit fruit some bourbon barrel vanilla malts toffee and a little chocolate. Taste is more of the nice bourbon barrel touch rich malts some sweetness.

3.8
Gerbeer (4079) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2017
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with moderate head. Aromas of dark fruit, dark caramel, sweet toasted malts, and alcohol. Flavors of sweet dry raisins, dusty caramel, toasted malts, light metallics, andlight woody bourbon. Tasty but was looking for greatness...

3.9
rosskyle (778) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2017
750ml bottle. Plum color with an off white head. Plum raisin sweet bourbon aroma. Bourbon plum raisin chocolate alcohol flavor. Medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
drfabulous (8683) - 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. Doesn’t show ABV.

3.8
mathieuc (4000) - Québec, 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 it’s 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 that’s not totally unexpected). A pretty nice bourbon barrel aged quadrupel. A bit of the base beer is lost but other than the overcarbonation it didn’t suffer too much from the extended aging. I would certainly get it again if it was available in 12oz bottles...


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