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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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Photo of superspak
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Copperhead
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 7/9/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Purple/brown rust appearance.

Huge khaki head which quickly dissipated; decent lace.

Oak, black pepper & vanilla notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Vanilla, black pepper & butter flavors; faint booze heat emerged as this warmed. Smooth & dangerously drinkable given the a.b.v., this was a nice surprise.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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 +13.8%
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 +15.7%
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 skaboom420
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gobuccos
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kraty1
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nicknackpaddywack
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
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 -58.6%
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 wethorseblanket
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lemke10
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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 JeffSK
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwc215
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
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 MrTana
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Cramerican
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 Culley
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
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 emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Westuh
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of GallowsThief
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Commando from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 54 ratings
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