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Commando - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies by year

(Beer added by: JohnnyHopps on 10-01-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

2014 edition. Out of retirement. 11.9%. 4-pack. Here we go.

Almost clear garnet brown with a buttercream head of lengthy endurance, given the strength underneath.

It emits fumes of black cherries, plums, boggy earth, campfires, caramel, and, especially, band aids. Bourbon is suppressed, but also here, within coconut and vanilla.

Sweet, as expected. Black cherry, toffee, salt water taffy, molasses, and ensuing dark rum. For a beer of this size, the alcohol signature is minimal, adding tracers of rum and bourbon lightning. Rides out toasty, with billows of peat smoke, and buttery oak flourishes. That obnoxious band aid note from the nose reappears, and throws a wet blanket on what otherwise was a good show.

The body is thickish, sheared off a little with boozy heat. A steady trickle of CO2 keep it drinkable.

There's a fairly rugged aspect here, even with (or because of) the two years in the barrel.

We've reached a point where a $10 4pack is good buy, even with moderate quality. And here it is, but only if the Czar Brew is already gone.

Photo of oberon
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep dark roasted chesnut brown with a thinner but well sustained tannish colored head atop.Alot of vanilla/whiskey in the nose,almost overpowering,a bit of brown sugar and toasted wood underneath.Big sweetness on the palate without the complexity I would want,between the vanilla and sweet alcohol not much else gets through.I like alot of the stuff Sprecher brews but this is just a big sweet vanilla bomb in my opinion.

Photo of don1481
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a glass.

Appearance: Transluscent beverage with a rich caramel color. Lots of bubbles floating vigorously within. Small amount of an off-white head that dies down pretty quickly.

Smell: Smells... chewy. Like I could just chew through this. Weird, I know. But also lots of caramel and booze notes.

Taste: Flat. Meh. Not something I'd want to have after this bomber. Very disappointing given the smell.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a flat aftertaste to go with the flat taste.

Overall: Now I see why this was 2/$6 at Discount Liquor. Hopefully the BA Russian Imperial I grabbed for the second bottle will be better. So disappointing.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense glowing brown body with a big bubbly mat of head that is soon gone.

S- The big wet oak aroma has band-aid aromas to follow with a vanilla hint in the finish.

T- The dry caramel malt has some hints of honey malt sweetness followed by wet wood and some oak notes with a band-aid peat dry finish. There is some walnut note to the malt but it remains softer than the band-aid.

M- The fizzy light mouthfeel has an alcohol heat that hits in the chest at first and then grows.

O- This beer is thin with a hint of barrel and nice hints of good malt, but the band-aid flavor is the main player. It is never as big as a smoke beer but it is still in the way.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was looking specifically for a new bourbon/whiskey-aged beer to try, and came across this one. I wish I'd passed it up.

Upon opening the bottle, the smell was great and I became very excited. However, once I tasted it, disappointment filled the air. The whiskey is good, and has a nice power and bite to it, but the underlying beer is just not a very good beer. It doesn't complement the whiskey well, and has an aftertaste that made me not want to finish the beer at all. Honestly, it tasted as if the beer itself had turned slightly.

As far as what album this beer tastes like, it tastes like Bush's Razorblade Suitcase. Steve Albini produced that one, and it's the only thing it had going for it. Even he could make a bad band sound good.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jwc215
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clouded dark caramel-colored with a wispy head. Some spots of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel/toffee/nougat, plums, bourbon/wood and peat smoke. Rich and robust.

The taste is of sweet caramel candy, nougat, plum with a nice bourbon/oak character. The malty ale comes through well. The bourbon is well-integrated without masking. Some peat smoke comes in to balance the sweetness in the finish. Warming alcohol comes through, but not too hot for the 11.9% abv that is on the bottle. It has a very long finish.

It is smooth with the soft to medium carbonation working well here. It hits full-bodied. There may be room for it to be even fuller and still work, but it's wonderful as it is.

Oak bourbon barrel used well - adding character without overwhelming. A rich, malty, sweet "sipper".

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice smoke presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Commando from Sprecher Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.