NEBWineNBeer (7) - USA - JUL 21, 2009 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This might be the perfect pairing for a cigar. It is slightly smoky and has great bourbon barrel vanilla flavors. Just enough sweetness too.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From notes. Bottle to shaker. Loads of chocolate, caramel, old oak and some vanilla. Iíll drink this one again.
badgerben (4887) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown color with a thin head. Nice caramel aroma with maybe just a bit of smoke. Oh my god, the taste... all of the aroma plus just a great balance of the usual bourbon aged flavors: bourbon, vanilla and oak. I can not emphasize enough Sprecherís brilliance at aging beer in bourbon barrels. Itís obviously been in a bourbon barrel, but itís not like Iím drinking a pint of bourbon. Out-freaking-standing.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
1000 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a fluffy off-white head. Great Bourbon, oak, and vanilla aroma. A beautiful play of texture and flavors just in the medium body palate. Initial caramel and chocolate taste transitioning to an amzing bourbon and vanilla taste and finishing with a nice smooth oakiness. The alcohol is very well hidden allowing for a richly complex and flavorful beer that is wonderfully drinkable. This beer is under-rated.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a swing top 1 liter bottle with the words, " Brewmaster Limited Release" on the front label, a small amount of info on the right side of label, sampled at cellar temperature in a chalice.
Opened with a loud pop, made a good appearance, poured a clear deeply red hued amber with a foamy beige head that settled into a a thin creamy lacing, good carbonation for a Wee Heavy.
Had a rich Wee Heavy nose, smoky peat and slightly pork meaty, caramelized, toffee, molasses and a oak woodiness.
A crisp, textured on the tongue and smooth full bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability.
Delicious tasting, smokey peat, meaty, caramel and toffee, dark ripe fruits, caramelized brown sugar, vanilla barrel flavor, tea-like hops and a roasty, molasses sweet, smoky, caramelized malty finish.
One of the best Wee Heavy/Scotch Ales I have tried, well worth seeking out and trying before it is gone.
HappyHandsClub (32) - 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.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color with minimal white head. Bourbon nose with a sweet earthy tinge to it. Dry bourbon flavor thatís well balanced and not overwhelming.
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1l bottle. Pours a clear ruby-red port color with a billowy brown head. Aroma is a unique blend of sweeter notes like caramel, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, and a hint of coffee alongside roasted malt alongside the unmistakable alcoholic bite and woody/peaty notes of brown liquor. Taste is not as full as youíd expect but also much mellower than youíd expect, with a low-key sweetness of caramel, chocolate and vanilla giving way to a smooth and long finish staggeringly similar to a mellow bourbon or whisky. Immensely complex and extremely delicious.
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2011 Maybe Iím crazy, but I thought this stuff was really good. Pours a beautiful deep copper color with a very small head. The aromas are explosively deep with rich vanilla, heavy caramel, oak, and choclate. Just a wonderul aroma. The flavor is much the same with the flavors being deep and heavy on the tongue. Itís rich, but itís not over the top and definitely not cloying. Great stuff!
mfhennig (281) - 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!