Commander Imperial Stout | Dead Frog Brewing

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Commander Imperial StoutCommander Imperial Stout

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Dead Frog Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by canucklehead on 08-27-2013

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 8
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Photo of BCborn
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle 650ml
yes it's dark, with a small dark head
smell , rich sweetness cherry, dark friuts, doughy malt
taste, follows smell with a touch of bourbon-booze
Very Good,
2017 bottle 650ml
aged in white oak whiskey barrels
same score, lots of vanilla sweetness,
super drinkable

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Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of DaveBar
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got on trade! 650ml bottle served at 9deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" high brown head that films out within a few minutes. Very dark brown colour.

S- Not a lot here for a stout. Some caramel and molasses along with heat

T- Sweet at first then the roasted malt comes in then finally bitterness and burnt flavor. Some coffee and the chocolate is light.

M- Creamy at first then dries out. Bitter

O- Not a bad stout but they need refinement. Good start though.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with....... Steak and kidney pie. I used puff pastry and whipped it up with a with a quick gravy. Super nice and rich


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Photo of LampertLand
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dead Frog's 'Commander Imperial Stout' @ 10.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8

A-pour is a really dark cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass , with some Russian red peeking out along the glass edge , with a small tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-hints of star of anise , brown sugar , has a lot of booze to the nose on the second pour

T-has a sweet boozy start , just a tad watery , not as big a finish as the ABV would suggest

MF-low mild carbonation , full bodied , still thin

Ov-ok/good beer , needs some time in the cellar , raise the question how long do you keep a 'Dead Frog' in the cellar ; )

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Aggro
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

OK so this is a beer that the great guys down at the Dead Frog Brewery will tell you, "Just gets better with age.". I have had a bottle of the 2013 bottling run for the better part of a year and a half in the cellar and brought it out today as a treat.
I have tried this a month from bottling to today, a year and a half from its conception.
It pours a black, opaque almost thick glass of stout capped with a finger of mocha head that falls to a covering of fine froth, leaving light spotty lace down the goblet.
The smell that rises first is molasses followed by a dark roasted coffee. There's a malt and caramel note clamoring for notice also.
Licorice, first and foremost, followed by molasses and chocolate. There's a dried, dark fruit and a boozy warmth that finishes up the tasting.
Has a great mouthfeel, medium bodied for such a thick pour, low carbonation and wonderful aroma, I will miss this stout, and hope they do it again.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted hot and thin straight out of the fridge but warming up worked wonders. The beer is quite luscious upon further examination. The chocolate notes appear on the finish and the dryness also helps maintain the drinkability . There are better Impys in BC but this is a triumph for Dead Frog , a cellar star in the future maybe but worth picking up now .

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Photo of wLcz0rz
2.81/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

(2013 Commander) Color is very deep root beer brown almost black, little to almost no head...reddish tan in color. Flavors seem to jumble together, hard to taste distinct flavors. Too sweet for my taste, slightly soy saucey...had better. Very unbalanced and boozy. Medium dry finish. No lacing on glass.

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Photo of cgwami
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ZachT
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Niceroad77
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Commander Reserve 2014 tasted March 2nd, 2018.
Look: Very dark brown with medium retention light brown head leaving some lacing as it recedes.
Smell: Boozy, cherries, plums, licorice and candies. Hint of coffee.
Taste: Boozy licorice candy. Sweet. Well balanced.
Feel: Medium bodied. Light to medium carbonation. A little thin in the mouth but long lasting syrupy feel.
Overall: No idea what this might have been like while fresh but now that it has aged for 3+ years, I am quite happy to have bought it. Much better than my 2016 Narwhal and my 2017 Old Rasputin. Might have to go back to my liquor store and buy whatever is left of it.

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Photo of 4ster
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of carolinencarter
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was not overly impressed the first time i tried this beer, but thank god i gave it another try a year later! a year in the cellar makes a world of difference with this stout. on first taste i found it just big and boring and overly boozy, but after 12 months it has developed tons of complexity, big smooth dutch liquorice, with molasses and brown sugar notes. so good that i am willing to overlook dead frog's terrible packaging. everyone i work with at our private liquor store agrees that this is their new favorite stout

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Commander Imperial Stout from Dead Frog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 15 ratings