drjay44 (3001) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
651 ml. bottle. Per the label Scotch style Ale aged in Oak Bourbon barrels. 11% ABV. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled ivory head, with extensive lacing, over an effervescent, moderately particle laden copper (SRM 18) body.....nose is hints of Bourbon from the barrel, light plum, raisin, no hops......taste is slightly sweet, light whiskey, hints of oak, smoke, dried fruit, including plum, raisin, no hops, balance to the malts and barrel......mouth feel, light body, high alcohol, moderate carbonation. This is a very light and simple take on the style of a heavy Scotch Ale. This is because it is overly dominated by the high alcohol and the barrel. Alcohol adds lightness and sweetness to a beer, but no complexity. This needs less alcohol and more malts to be true to the style. It is a partially failed experiment from that standpoint, but is a drinkable beer.. BJCP 7/2/13/4/6
mfhennig (154) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a muddy reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is mostly caramel and molasses with just a hint of bourbon. Not overly sweet but you can taste the candy. Very smooth bourbon finish.
I bought 2 bottles when I saw it, should have bought a case. This is terrific!
HappyHandsClub (22) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2015 Sprecher got Commando right !!! Itís cloudy non-see through consistency in bright light sets up for a satisfying special ops pallet experience. Thereís nothing complex about the consistency of this brew. It just goes down with tactical precision makes you want to go into battle.
Barrel aged for TWO YEARS, this sublime brew will not be available again until autumn 2016. After resting for six months on my basement canning room floor, Commando has achieved a smoothness I am thrilled about. Compared to going straight from barrel to refrigeration, further aging around 58 degrees is a must to bring the best out in this amazing beer.
ABV is higher than stated Iíd guess due to TWO YEARS in the barrel and further aging. Two 12oz bottles has more effect than any beer Iíve tried and that also goes for Sprecher TWO YEAR barrel aged Czar Brew Russian Imperial Stout. I usually drink one of each and I am completely satisfied.
Lemke10 (905) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours a murky brown color with a slight head. The aroma is full of oak and is boozy. The taste is sweet, malty, and extremely well-balanced. The aging in bourbon oak barrels add a nice depth to the taste to the brew that isnít very powerful. Very nicely made that seems a little under-rated to me.
cards04 (2379) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A really nice scotch ale. Lots of bourbon notes in this. Caramel too. Peat and booze in the aroma and flavour. Very nice.
jaymobrown (1746) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bourbon nose with heavy hints of molasses and brown sugar. The taste follows the nose but with more alcohol. Very burning on the tongue. Long finish.
kambei70 (795) - - DEC 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 bottle. A mucky brown color with some orange highlights and very little off-white head. The aroma is very grainy with some plum and prunes. The alcohol comes through on the nose, as well as a little bourbon. The taste is pretty much like the nose with quit a bit of residual sweetness. Maybe it's my predilection for Sprechers Root Beer but I get a hint of that as well. Some yeast ones as well. Has a fairly thin, well carbonated mouthfeel with a little sting.
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AWISLguy (1827) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Rays in Tosa. Hazy brown pour with no head. Aroma has butterscotch bourbon with some peat, later some berry. Taste is heavy sweet malt, butterscotch, vanilla and light fruit. Lowly carbonated, medium bodied, with alcohol. Finishes bourbon-y, sweet malty. Perhaps a bit old? For a bourbon scotch ale, a good example - perhaps a bit bourbon-y. 13.8
jeremyh70 (890) - Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy dark copper with a small light tan head with little lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, vanilla, some dark fruit and bourbon. Taste of caramel with prominent vanilla, some toasted malt and moderate dark fruit. A little smoke and good amount of warming bourbon. Finishes with some vanilla/caramel malt and that warming alcohol. Light/ medium bodied with moderate/high carbonation. Clean and prominent flavors with a nice taste.
alexsdad06 (7107) - Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1 liter flip top bottle from backlog notes. Pours a dark amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma has caramel malts, dark fruit, and some oak character as expected, but also has a tart sour character like something has gone wrong, I wanted to like this.