Commander | Lift Bridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States
liftbridgebrewery.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Commanderâ„¢ 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.

Added by plfahey on 11-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
243
Reviews:
72
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
15.83%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
93
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Dave2234
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Evilyak
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition, just bought this week. wasn't marked as cellared. that's something.

pretty beer. reddish brown and very still.

barrel and brown sugar jump out in the nose with vanilla. cardamom is subtle but there's a spiciness to it.

vanilla and sugar in the taste. cardamom does show up well in the aftertaste. for 12.5%, the alcohol taste is well masked by the other elements.

mouth is thick and mild carbonation. alcohol warmth is there.

all in all, that's a tasty burger.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timmyj6
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8 oz. tap pour at Selby Bar & Grill (Whole Foods, St. Paul)

This lovely little barleywine pours the color of raw honey with a thin ivory cap and a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma of brown sugar and caramel and alcohol fill the nose, followed by the same on the tongue along with brandy and a welcome bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied and silken on the tongue, this brew is a sipper for a cool, autumn evening. Very well made. With some aging it will improve.

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Photo of Soneast
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Slight hazy Amber with an orange tinted head rising about one finger's length above the body.

Smell: Light bourbon scent which is super light.

Taste: Complex taste, you feel butterscotch and an overwhelming sweet alcohol which reminds you of brandy and toffee.

Mouth: super sticky, with sweet loaf cake and whiskey.

Overall: Little souvenir I brought back from Minnesota, nice little find that I personally believe delivered. If you're into barleywines I think it's an easy notch under your belt.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: looks like liquid rust. No head at all
S: slight barrel, sugary sweetness and a dry alcohol
T: much like the nose, slight barrel, caramel sweetness.
F: thick syrupy
O: a decent ba English barleywine

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Photo of AGB
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lucoli
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

from a bomber, 2015 edition, into a Bad Weather snifter, pours a somewhat swampy reddish brown with a thin cap of white head on it that subsides quickly and no lacing. Nose is vanilla, light brown sugar, marshmallow...pretty sweet but the notes aren't all that distinct or developed. On the tongue, this is better...everything noted in the nose is there except the vanilla...toffee is much more pronounced, maybe a little cardamom at the edge and sweet raisins and very light bourbon soaked bananas that blend into the heavier and sweeter notes pretty well. Not getting much from the bourbon barrels except a little bit on the fruit. Not getting much by way of hoppy liveliness, and it is a little on the slick side, not really drying out a lot at the end. Body is decent, but a little slight for the style and the abv, though from sip to sip, it hides or diminishes the boozy or heavy nature that the actual abv would predict. All in all, this is a little too sweet for me, and it lacks the complexity of the better barley wines... but it is still fairly good and definitely worth a shot. In the absence of lots of alternatives, I'd be happy to revisit later editions, maybe letting them age a bit more.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of M-Jez84
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Umdrunner
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy brown with small off white head that lightly laced. Scent of toffee and brown sugar. Beer had subtle boozy flavor with smooth malty, toffee, brown sugar, and raisin notes. Not the best Barleywine I've ever tried, but very good. Flavors deepened as it warmed.

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Photo of KillerJigger
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dry and roasty version to be sure. Not your typical sweet barley bomb. If drank at a warmer temp. u can get just a bit sweetness of the malt. Very drinkable!!

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Czequershuus
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours medium brown with a small but lasting head. The aromas lead with sticky sweet bread, followed by pruned and raisins, brown sugar, and almonds. The flavor is primarily sweet bready, with the fruit and nut character coming in later. The mouthfeel is thick and rich. Overall this is an excellent and balanced english barleywine, that was a perfect choice for pairing with blue cheese and walnuts.

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Photo of Shawner
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Josholson666
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KyleSweetsema
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Docrock
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Commander from Lift Bridge Brewery
3.79 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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