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Commander - Lift Bridge Brewery

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88
very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 53
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Commander™ is our English-Style Barleywine ale brewed with heavy fists of malts and subtle, sweet Cardamom. Aged in bourbon barrels, its bold, complex flavor reaches heights measured only by the building of its namesake. This 12.5% ABV treat is best enjoyed in smaller portions when you have some time to savor it, between now and 2020.

(Beer added by: plfahey on 11-19-2011)
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with a friend, but this beer was so big it wouldn't have hurt to have a 3rd. It poured a deep red with a weaker off-white head and larger bubbles that seemed to indicate the higher ABV. Wow, the aroma jumps out of my goblet and is rich and fruity with vanilla coconut and pineapple upfront. The flavor is equally rich, but not over the top, or cloyingly sweet. The strong, but gentle bourbon flavors blend seamlessly with fruity esters, making one of the best barrel and beer collaborations I've tasted. It's hard to tell where the complex beer character ends and the barrel starts. It may have been $18 for a bottle, but it's worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 04:40:50 | More by tempest
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tatter tot hotdish in the oven. What to do? What to do?
How about open this badass local brew? Sure, why not.

Poured rigorously from the bottle into an oversized merlot glass.
Super pale copper color with redish hues when held to light, very hazy, not much can be seen through the glass.
Head almost forms half an inch, leaving a solid collar and spotty thin streaks of lace.
Aroma is superb, malt driven with sweet brown maple sugar, just snipit of barrel and vanilla. Loads of bready sweet malt. Man this is smelling really wonderful. Mild floral hops with a small amount of resin.
Taste: My reaction literally "Wow, this tastes amazing" My mouth is smiling on the inside. I really like this beer, outfuckingstanding to be exact.
Starting out with just a small amount of heat. So for me, to have such a small amount of well hidden heat and just the right amount of warming, its fairly significant. At 12.5 % thats a well hidden abv. Goose and Maverick would call this thing dangerous.
Sweet delicious malts, vanilla, mild bourbon, toasty wood, maple brown sugar and syrup drenched buttery rolls that melt in your mouth.
Hops warm through the swallow presenting with very floral flavors and mild pine.
Mouthfeel is slick, not heavy, but balanced with a slick mild creaminess and moderate carbonation.
A small amount of earthy peppery flavors through the swallow as well.

This beer has so much flavor and so many terrific attributes. I wish I could afford several more bottles to open over the years. Because this is by far the best beer of this style to come out of MN, and also one of the best beers of this style to ever grace these lips.
Great Job LBB, you guys nailed it!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 00:30:39 | More by Buebie
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LaCoursiere

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-20-2011 22:06:32 | More by LaCoursiere
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Shango42

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-20-2011 05:59:02 | More by Shango42
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Alpar

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-19-2011 05:05:00 | More by Alpar
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-18-2011 23:56:30 | More by Mdog
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seeswo

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12-18-2011 14:33:51 | More by seeswo
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Pitmonkey

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-17-2011 11:57:35 | More by Pitmonkey
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TCMike

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a 1 finger, short lived tan head. The color is a medium amber/orangish.

The aroma is of bourbon, bread, and citrus.

The taste was bolder than I had anticipated. It has low carbonation, and a medium, sticky mouth-feel. Predominate taste is bourbon, followed by dark fruits, and then a hint of citrus.

A definite sipper, and another good beer from a local brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 01:56:02 | More by TCMike
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Hopstout

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Brownish copper with a hint of orange. Clear. Very little head and low carbonation. The color is uncommon and intriguing.

Aroma - Decent scent of bourbon whiskey and a splash of sweet vanilla. Also, a hint of Oak. Maybe a little raisin as well.

Taste - Very full flavored with multiple layers yet balanced beautifully. Strong taste of warm bourbon whiskey with Vanilla, Sweet malt and Oak.

Mouthfeel - Potent yet calm and smooth with a nice aftertaste that doesn't linger.

Overall - This barleywine takes your whole mouth hostage with a floodgate of flavors that really are uniquely balanced. With the high alcohol content and powerful whiskey zest, this one is made to swig in small tasty sips.
I really enjoy both bourbon and beer so this was right up my alley.
I decided to cellar two bottles of this to try at a later date and I have a feeling that bottle number two will not last a year.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 23:43:25 | More by Hopstout
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mull0263

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-14-2011 17:51:27 | More by mull0263
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adrock7309

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured one of my bottles into a cigar city snifter.

There was about a half inch of light tan head with pretty large bubbles present too after an aggressive pour. It lasted only a few seconds before dissapating.

The color was a brownish garnet with a slight orange tint as well.

The smell was glorious and filled with oak, caramel, bourbon, and some holiday spice hints. Almost reminded me of a hot buttered rum or egg nog scent. Totally into it.

The flavor was much of the same and I was surprised how smooth this was for such a big beer. I am really looking forward to trying it again with a couple years on it. I really have to commend Lift Bridge on a stellar brew, This is phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 21:47:20 | More by adrock7309
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy ruby color with a one finger tan foam head that fades fast and leaves some sticky suds on the side.

Smell: Sweet with the bourbon whiskey right up front, mixed with some good bready malts. Nice.

Taste: Sweet and smooth with that bourbon barrel flavor right there. Mixed with some good roasted malts. The alcohol warming is there right away with the first sip, as to be expected with a barleywine. The bourbon flavor really makes this one shine.

Mouth feel: Sweet and slick with low carbonation, which fits the style well.

Overall: I love good beer, and I love good bourbon whiskey...so this is really the best of both worlds. Full and robust flavors, smooth as silk and strong as hell. An excellent English Barleywine from our own little Minnesota brewery Lift Bridge. Well done, Lift Bridge!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 00:49:31 | More by ChopperSmith
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stpaulsipper07

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-07-2011 00:14:21 | More by stpaulsipper07
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-03-2011 02:52:04 | More by bigdaddypolite
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YogiMN

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-01-2011 20:18:51 | More by YogiMN
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psychotia

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-29-2011 03:53:16 | More by psychotia
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-26-2011 19:28:03 | More by TheDudeRules
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-23-2011 22:04:13 | More by millelacsmark
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rebis1bear

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-21-2011 16:27:02 | More by rebis1bear
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brewnic

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-21-2011 03:49:05 | More by brewnic
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mnbearsfan

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-20-2011 17:00:24 | More by mnbearsfan
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a titch out of the bottle the day before the release party, had a glass at the release party, had another glass at the release party, pondered having a third glass, considered the car keys in my pocket, thought better of it, bought six bottles. Guess I like it.

Pour is a cloudy orange with a heavy dose of yellow, almost hefesque. The smell reaches out to grab one by the noses short & curlies: spicy, sweet, vanilla, malty. Lovely.

Commander is a barrel-aged English Barleywine of unique parentage. The spices, assumedly cardamom, are tearing a whole lot of hole in this beer. There's also a rye component - rye barrels? The barrel presents itself with a nice dose of vanilla & faint bourbon underneath the spicing. Finish is a malt rampant, a swift blow of sweet malts that's slashed by the drying of the wood. The balance is exquisite.

This is an excellent barleywine, & a great first barrel-aged effort by a young brewery. Delighted to have a few bottles to see how this one turns in the next year or two. Lift Bridge, do this again, or something like it - this is a unqualified success.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 04:53:25 | More by maximum12
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brydeen

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-20-2011 01:54:44 | More by brydeen
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-19-2011 23:23:42 | More by Ungertaker
Commander from Lift Bridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.