superspak (5883) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2017
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/16/2012. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep reddish/copper/light brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, bourbon, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of vanilla, coconut, toffee, peat smoke, leather, roast, herbal, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Slight booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, bourbon, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of vanilla, coconut, toffee, peat smoke, leather, roast, herbal, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, light vanilla/toffee, peat smoke, herbal, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly tannic, and lightly silky/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is good. Pretty thin feeling for the ABV, but not bad. Mildly increasing warmth of 11%, with no barrel booziness. Overall this is a delicious BBA scotch ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Very rich and complex, with great balance between yeast, malts, barrels. Great barrel presence and integration, without being boozy. Only real complaint is with the body/mouthfeel; but this was really enjoyable, and a spot on style example otherwise. phoner2 (47) - Racine, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2017
thought I would like this more than I did. Just doesn't seem like much barrel flavor, and very boozy. Block (2950) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2017
A stronger scotch ale, not too bad. Notes of caramel, sweet backbone, alcohol in the finish. onceblind (10322) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2017
Aged for about4 years (I think). Hazy deep amberish chestnut color with a thin beige cap. Weird nose that’s almost like infant sanitizer but also has a bit of cocoa and wood and musty bourbon. Smooth boozy and earthy malt flavor with gentle mossy Scotch Ale tones with woody but simple bourbon and gentle boozy phenols, and more simple biscuity dark Scotch malts. AirForceHops (7689) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2016
650 ml bottle, thanks to a trade with Adrien. Color is a cloudy Amber / orange color when held to the light. Aroma is bold oak, moderate bourbon, light toffee and maybe dark fruits
AdamChandler (5150) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2016
Flavor is shows a big amount of oak with a toffee and dark fruits. Hints of butterscotch. Lower carbonation with a slick / oily texture. Body is medium with a lasting oak finish. Yeah, overall it’s alright.
Reddish pink orange, a small thin white head....a slight bit of sediment. Smells really good. A really to-style aroma for a scotch ale. The oak is very present, a little caramel and toffee to top it off. I hate to say it but I get what I’d equate to how a puppy smells after it vomits in the taste. You know the smell fi you’ve ever had a dog. Taste is also more oak chips than oak barrel. Overly naked, spicy even with a lot of smoke. a little plastic at the finish. drjay44 (3799) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2015
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 (285) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2015
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 (32) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2015 Sprecher got Commando right !!! It’s cloudy non-see through consistency in bright light sets up for a satisfying special ops pallet experience. There’s 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 I’d guess due to TWO YEARS in the barrel and further aging. Two 12oz bottles has more effect than any beer I’ve 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 (993) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2015
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 isn’t very powerful. Very nicely made that seems a little under-rated to me.