The Commodore | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Commodore came out of our search for a medium-bodied American Stout. The recipe began at our R&D pilot brewery, but quickly became a favorite of our crew. Strong flavors of roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate balance with light citrusy hop aromas, highlighted by a crisp, bitter finish. One sip of this gold medal-winning stout will have you ready to take command of your own fleet.

Added by drewone on 09-23-2014

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3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Tre Små Rum in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dark brown to black beer with a beige head that leaves lacing on the glass.
Nose: Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, nuts and chocolate niblets.
Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, cookies, cocoa powder, roasted malt and licorice.
Mouth: Full body. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

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Photo of Martin194
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Opaque black with a small, light brown head.

Smell: Coffee, some sweetness, similar to brown sugar or dark fruits.

Taste: Coffee, some roastiness, hops; I couldn't smell a whole lot of citrus like they said I would be able to, but I can definitely taste some.

Feel: Full-bodied, normal carbonation, leaves a warm, dry, pleasantly bitter mouthfeel, similar to the feeling if you've ever crunched a coffee bean.

Overall: At the end of the day my review is going to be biased and higher than average because I just love these kinds of beers, but I loved this!

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Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ToadMaster
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Felt like getting a porter and stout sampler from my local Total Wine. Let's see what we've got.

Pours very very black. No light around the edges. .5" mocha colored head. Recedes quickly, very little lacing throughout session.

Burnt roast on the nose, with a hint of soy sauce.

Palate is a mix of earthy dirt-hop flavor, with a whack of roasted malts. Medium to low hop bitterness. This is a stout through and through. The roast level approaches acrid but JUST backs off before it gets over powering. I still think there's too much roast character. Slightly burnt finish lingers.

Medium-thin body that is buoyed by the roast character. With less roast, I think this would be perceived fuller bodied. Alcohol is present, but not unpleasant.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, but it's a little one dimensional. Yes it's a stout, it's supposed to be roasty, but it tastes like roasted dirt. Aroma is severely lacking as well. Definitely worth seeking out, glad I finally checked it off the list. This will not be a regular in my rotation through.

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3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeftyMike
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Manthon
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skillz
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of willp27
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenHoppy
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
2.54/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AuntBea
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Morningopiate36
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Drinkzumbeer
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nose has some nice notes of dark chocolate and molasses but on the palate this brew was a little underwhelming. It was not full bodied and creamy as you would expect with this style. It was a bit watery on the finish and I only picked up on a light dark chocolate note. The bitter finish was nice and clean, but this brew was a little disappointing.

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Photo of gandres
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured to tulip glass
Sight: Black, light does not go through, brown foam
Smell: fragrant
Taste: Very good: low, bitterness
Feel: long finish, creamy, good follow through and lingering bitter aftertaste Overall: very good beer repeat: yes look for: no

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3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Did not meet my expectations. very watery for the style.

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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a date

Very dark color with a rim of mocha head. Smell is chocolate, coffee grounds, cinder. Taste is very similar, but with some medicinal hops. Very easy to drink and boasts a respectable 6.5 ABV.

I will be buying this again, very enjoyable, simple stout

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The Commodore from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 719 ratings