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Commando | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies by year

Added by JohnnyHopps on 10-01-2012

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 50
Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color of a dirty penny.
Aroma is peat, oak, caramel and toffee. Taste follows. It has a great big boozy finish which is required here. Compares favorably with Backwoods Bastard.

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Photo of Josh012012
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cant see the age any more but this must be around 2-3years old

The worst looking beer I have had to date. . TONS OF SHIT floating around in this one.

Smells delicious. .mild sweet malts burns sugar and burbon

Tastes like a beautiful BA aged scotch ale

Feels great.. but the insane amount of sediment floating around detracted mentally

Overall really good just wish it did not look so gross

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Even though this beer has been made since 2012 this is the first time I ever seen it. Now in a 12 ounce format it was very affordable at 4 bucks a bottle.

A - The only issue I had was the beer was almost flat very little head to speak of and very murky dark brown. Still for almost 12% I let this slide.
S - Not too intense bourbon on the nose slight vanilla and caramel malts with some smoked peat and oak.
T+M - Wow that's smooth not sure how awesome the base beer is but the barrel really took hold of it and made it something amazing. Very little burn and a good amount of bourbon warmth. Taste is fairly sweet caramel malts, vanilla and oak with a good helping of bourbon to boot.

Overall I liked both the Bourbon RIS and this beer but this one gets more points for being so smooth and so high octane. I personally never even seen "Pipers Scotch-Style Ale" which I assume is the base but I will be buying more of this if I see it. Bourbon barrel age done right.

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Photo of Nicknackpaddywack
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Forget chocolate wet dream Czar Brew Russian Imperial Stout. Commando Scotch style ale aged in oak bourbon barrels at 11.9% alcohol is a pleasant surprise for "rock 'em sock 'em" robots who can handle deep & nasty "gruel" in the vein of Straight To Ale's Laika & Unobtanium.

Too many of these 6 week & partial barrel aged blends & Goose Island crap cater to the Lite weight crowd. At least you can't see through Commando with a good hazy look up against bright light.

Commando satisfies the special ops operative.

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Photo of Gotti311
1.5/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I have discovered that one of the common scotch yeast strains that commercial brewers use I do not like one bit. The base and the barrel are both a huge mess. I didnt get far into this bomber

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Photo of Lemke10
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
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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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bomber $ 13.99 at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Bottle marked 07825 121321131 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak of vanillin and some alcohol
Head tiny (1 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to a partial ring and island
Lacing none
Body brown, muddy
Flavor begins with caramel malt and vanillin, fades as it warms, ends with an alcohol stomach burn; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, slightly syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Out of a bottle into my tulip. Received in trade from Kevinpitts! Thanks Kevin!
A – Pours out a caramel/copper with more caramel coloring on the head. Small head and trace lacing left down the glass.
S – Nice boozy smell. Whiskey.
T – Surprisingly the taste doesn’t match the smell. The whiskey smell doesn’t translate heavily into the taste. Caramel malt, trace amounts of vanilla, honey and finishes a tad smoky.
M – Low carbonation and a bit thin. Clean on the palate.
O – Not bad but not great. The aroma is unreal but the taste doesn’t follow up with as good a ride. Still solid and glad to get a chance to taste it. I think that the smell is so good that you expect more.

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Photo of don1481
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of oberon
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Photo of joedevivre
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
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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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer at the Valpo Brewfest on 09/29/2012. I also have a bottle that I picked up the brewery over the summer. It struck me as pricey, but I gave it a shot.

In the pint glass, the scotch was a brownish black color with a modest off-white head. There was a significant whiskey aroma that tickled the hairs in the nostrils. The aroma is a wake up call by itself. The initial taste was a mild sweetness of the scotch. Assuming the base beer is Piper's, I could defintely taste the sweet wheat and maltiness. Balanced nicely with the scotch was a whiskey soaked backbone. Notes of vanilla, biscuit and perhaps toffee were present. I thought this was a little thin for a scotch, which meant the beer did not linger long. This is unfortunate because beer like this are supposed to be sippers. In the aftertaste, the beer seemed to smooth out as the malt developed a little tang to it.

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Commando from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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