The Commodore
Ballast Point Brewing Company

The CommodoreThe Commodore
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Style:
American Stout
Ranked #317
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,952
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 8.72%
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
724
From:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
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Gots
  207
SCORE
87
Very Good
The CommodoreThe Commodore
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 724 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Hayes86:
Photo of Hayes86
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like The Commodore....nice solid easy drinking stout that has enough body to make you feel good. The beer poured dark and opaque with a tan head and spotty lace. The scent has some earth and roast. The taste is evenly balanced and does not finish too acidic. There is roast and hints of coffee. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a beer worth trying.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous pour of blackness, sweet opaque blackness. Tan head that holds fairly well and laces nicely on the glass. Nose is roasty with hints of yummy dark, bitter chocolate. More of that dark chocolate on the palate too with a hint of coffee. Finish is more of the same, and is quite appetizing for that next sip. I'll have another. Wish I could sample this one on nitro.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - the name of this brew reminds me of that character in Boardwalk Empire.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with faint red-cola basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent broken web lace around the glass as it very slowly seeps away.

It smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, lightly roasted and bready caramel malt, sort of acrid coffee, some muddled dark orchard fruitiness, and a minor leafy, earthy, and piney green hoppiness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, day-old cafe-au-lait, rich medium chocolate, a hint of black licorice, some free-range char, more hard to parse bruised stone fruit, and still understated earthy and floral hop bitters.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its timid-seeming frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, maybe a suggestion of damp ashiness messing around a bit too much for the collective good. It finishes off-dry, but trending toward the latter, as the roasted and hoppy essences exhibit some lingering meddle.

Overall, this is a pretty sturdy version of the style, straightforward in its earnestness, and not trying to be something bigger (and not necessarily better). Full-flavoured, and easy to drink, with an extra point and a half of the ol' wowee sauce keeping to the shadows. Good stuff.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with a nice foamy deep tan head. Lacing on this pour is decent.

Nose seems almost equally hop-bitter than roasted malty. There is definitely both, burnt toast and maybe a little coffee, I also get a woody to piney hop note.

Taste seems hop-forward to me as that woody to forest-like bitterness hits me first. The roasted notes catch up mid-palate, more burnt toast with a little nuttiness than any other common roasted notes. Feel is bold on the palate, but a tad watery over the tongue.

I'm not a big fan of hops taking over stouts. If someone told me this was a black IPA, I could almost see it.

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Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ebony body capped with a frothy, sticky, brown head; clumps and sheets of foam adhere to the glass. Roasted and charred grain aroma; coffee; cocoa. Milk chocolate flavor; bitter chocolate; hop bitterness starts with a keen edge yet slowly recedes to a subtle level. Heavy and smooth mouthfeel; mild astringency; mostly dry finish.

Thick, chewy, and dark grain goodness comprises the essence of this beer. It exhibits a solid richness built upon a bold and complex malt base. Most enjoyable!

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Photo of soupyman10
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks excellent - pitch black, a finger of tan head, tons of lacing. Mild nose, light roasted malt. Flavor is almost stereotypically stout-ish. Dominated by roasted malt, some light coffee, a hint of chocolate. Bitterness at the back end. Good, but nothing particularly distinguished about it. Not remotely as interesting or unique as a lot of their other brews, but a fine stout overall.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date

black, opqaue, white head. roasty coffee and bitter chocolate aroma. dry taste, again fairly roasty, slightly acidic. medium bodied.

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Photo of Ginepiece
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EvanRobertson
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Jtrigonis
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of G_Cunningham
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EdFed
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pstam87
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A good stout but nothing to write home about. Looked gorgeous in the glass. Aroma was lovely, taste was on point, body was rich, but a little to bitter on the finish.

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Photo of brauseboof
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chossboss
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justinp444
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter it has a black body with a beige head of 2 and a half inches. Smell of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, some caramel, and some bread-y malt. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, some slight coffee, and slight vanilla. Mouth feel is moderate to full and the body is as well. A very bitter cocoa/roasted malt tasting stout.

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The Commodore from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 724 ratings