Commander - Lift Bridge Brewery
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Reviews by KBomb:
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep ruby-brown color, entirely translucent, not much head or lacing (consistent with the style).
Aroma has big-time candy sweetness. Lots of honey, brown sugar, and even some chocolate. A touch of oak and some faint "cheap" bourbon aroma marks the boozy smell. I'm surprised to hear other people comment on how strong the cardamon smell/taste comes through since I find it to be very mild.
The front of the sip is super-sweet with honey, toffee, fig, rum soaked raisin. I only detect the cardamon in the aftertaste, and again I find it very mild. Bourbon flavors seem missing, but other sweet flavors are highly prominent.
Mouthfeel is notably balanced. Less syrupy and cloying than some other big barleywines, yet still has a slickness to it.
Commander is a very fine brew, but the alcohol content and sweetness are almost too much. I poured about 10ozs for myself and I can't even finish it despite my admiration for much of its qualities.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2013 04:41:21 | More by KBomb
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2.53/5 rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Bottle number 1789
Pours copper with a small off white head which doesn't last very long before fading. thje aroma has cardamom, brown sugar, spices, and that's about it. I do not pick up any Bourbon, dark fruit, or vanilla. Disappointing. Hopefully this will taste better than it smells.
Has an overly sweet taste with plenty of alcohol heat. Does not taste like Bourbon, just alcohol. There is also cardamom, brown sugar, and a small hint of vanilla. Not impressive at all. There is nothing to balance the cloying sweetness.
On the light side of medium bodied with very little carbonation. Has a boozy aftertaste. Not very well made in my opinion. I will pass on this beer in the future.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 03:41:50 | More by hardy008
Commander from Lift Bridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.