The Commodore (Cinnamon & Raisin)
Ballast Point Brewing Company

The Commodore (Cinnamon & Raisin)The Commodore (Cinnamon & Raisin)
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Style:
American Stout
Ranked #475
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,575
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 11.14%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
250
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Very Good
The Commodore (Cinnamon & Raisin)The Commodore (Cinnamon & Raisin)
Notes: Our Cinnamon Raisin Commodore is truly a story of experimentation. Originally a gold-medal winning American stout first born in our R&D program, our brewers developed a new variation, adding cinnamon and raisins to this dark, bittersweet brew. The result is just the right amount of sweet and spice, with roasty maltiness at the helm.
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Reviews by Oopssorryy:
Photo of Oopssorryy
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an extremely dark brown, this one cascades into the glass. A creamy tan head quickly forms and falls away, leaving a ring of tan around the edges of the brew. A solid wall of lacing this beer leaves behind is a sight to be seen. No visible carbonation or light to be found here. The nose is full of dark, sweet fruit, with the roasted malt hidden well in the background. I get bittersweet chocolate from the malt, which blends nicely with the dominating fruit.

I get rasins right off the bat with the first swig. It's quite a lot stronger of a flavor than I expected. Upon swallowing you get a burst of chocolate and cinnamon mingling together in a beautiful harmony. There are coffee notes adding a roasted bitterness alternating with the raisin sweetness, balancing the experience. The after taste is roasted malts and black coffee. It's pretty bitter, but some of the residual sweetness of the fruit and chocolate sticks around to round the harsh edges just a bit.

It's a bit thin for my tastes, and the carbonation feels consolidated in the mouth rather than evenly distributed throughout the drinking experience. Try and keep this one on your tongue for too long and the carbonation will start to bite at you. It's slightly warming in the middle, more so than it's modest 6.5 ABV would indicate, but it's never something I'd call boozy. Overall, it's a highly enjoyable stout, and one that I could see myself buying often.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful looker, black liquid, 1 finger head of tan foam.

Nice whaff of cinnamon hitting my nose buds. Raisin not so much.

Roasted malt, chocolate and cinnamon, some raisins ie dark fruit. Pretty solid taster for being yet another gimmicky beer.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a goblet at ~ 50F.

Pours nears black with thin ruby edges and a semi-durable tan head. Good lacing.

Appealing bready aroma with subtle notes of cinnamon and vanilla.

Flavor: Lightly sweet upfront but changes to mildly bitter by the aftertaste. Loads of dark and very dark roasted grains, particularly in the finish and aftertaste. Faint cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla and burnt toast.

Feel: full and creamy smooth body with excellent, soft light carbonation.

Overall: a conservatively spiced, very easy drinking, stout.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/7/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin, vanilla, caramel, toasted dark bread, and brown sugar; with lighter notes of coffee, toffee, smoke, char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and raisin/spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin, vanilla, caramel, toasted dark bread, and brown sugar; with lighter notes of coffee, toffee, smoke, char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char and pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin, vanilla, caramel, toasted dark bread, brown sugar, toffee, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and raisin/spice flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is an excellent spiced American stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and raisin/spice flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Quite a bit different than the base beer. Less hoppy and aggressively roasty/bitter; with more dark malty residual sweetness, letting the raisin/spices have good presence. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fermentedbarley
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of durlta
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raime
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with khaki colored head. Cinnamon, raisins, cocoa, sweetness, smells like a cinnamon raisin biscuit with cocoa; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with much of the same.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on a whim at Kroger for $12.99 a sixer ... a little high, but then I realized it's Ballast Point. That's more than likely the going rate. ANYWAY!

First impression wasn't great on this. I hugely enjoyed the cinnamon raisin flavor on the finish with the roastiness, but I got an intense, off-putting bitterness on the front that lingered through the sip. My assumption on this was that the beer was just too cold... my second go around was a bit better. I still find that the bitterness on this beer is a bit much, but I like it. I get that they wanted to balance out the sweet flavors of cinnamon and raisin, but they went a bit heavy with the roasty bitterness. Regardless of that, this is a real treat to drink, primarily because of that delicious finish this beer has, giving a tasty, lingering cinnamon raisin flavor... that finish almost makes up for that strong, strong metallic-like bitterness.

With a few minor tweaks, Ballast Point could have a real winner here -- especially if they get the bitterness in check and throw this in some bourbon barrels to work its magic with the delicious cinnamon raisin flavors. While I wouldn't buy this again at its price-point more than likely, definitely get a single bottle of this and sip it slowly.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anon
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sanitarium16
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MoMaMe
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a lot more pleasant than I expected. It's a bit light for a stout, however.

I definitely liked the aroma - it reminded me of sweet, oatmeal cinnamon, with a mild fruitiness and a touch of vanilla.

The taste was unfortunately a little watered down, but still very pleasant and pleasant to drink from start to finish. There was nothing overtly outstanding about this beer, although the flavors were unique but not complex. It's definitely one I would try again, but not one I would go looking for. It's definitely worth a try for its uniqueness.

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Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dsshuck
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of runlikeakenyan
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richj1970
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VaporDome
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cwreay90
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of odement
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bear1964
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Commodore (Cinnamon & Raisin) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 250 ratings