The Commander is back for another round of battle. The 2015 Commander Imperial Stout has returned from Dead Frog Brewery. This year to beer comes in at 10.5% and 65 IBUs and was aged for 60 dayes in whisky soaked white oak. From the bomber bottle the beer pours as a deep, very dark, chocolate brown colour topped with a thick fingers worth of lightly lacing head. A whisky infused scent hits the nose first with notes of oak, vanila, molassis and a kick of booze. The flavour is big and intense with dark, roasted malt tones up front while the whisky-oak flavours build up behind. As the flavour progresses a molassis, hop and lightly burnt bitterness clings to the back of the palate as a complex, big bodied and big flavoured beer. The 2015 Commander Imperial Stout is not the biggest available but still packs a formidable punch. Today it is quite drinkable but give it another 12 months in the cellar that this beer will likely be fantastic.
Alcohol – 10.5%
IBU – 65
Size – 650ml bottles
Price – $8.50 (Private Liquor Store)