Commonwealth Brewing Company

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Stout - American
Ranked #171
Ranked #12,934
4.01 | pDev: 9.23%
Commonwealth Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 44 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a snifter glass. April 2018 on can bottom.

Creamy filling head, off tan in color and settles to a good thick half finger slowly. Pill to tiny specks of lacing, that settle on a real nice dark simple walnut brown body, kind of muddy slightly, and totally opaque.

Nose is a bit closed. Small touches of dark chocolate, a bit of little bitter cocoa powder only slightly. Sort of a milky almost milk stout aroma coming off a bit too. Pretty subtle, but takes a bit of exploring to get something nice out of it, but the niceties are there.

Solid palate. Lightly creamy sensing body, almost gets into some vanilla flavor and rich thickness. Mid palate is a good bright roast, flirting with coffee, but goes into more classic dark grain charcoal sensing flavors. Excellent roast and char bitterness on the finish, one that really balloons after the first sips have long passed.

Nice take on a big stout.

May 07, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a near pitch black color with a finger of creamy tan head. The head settles into a thin film, leaving a few spots of lace along the way.

The aroma brings notes of dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel, and roasted coffee beans.

The taste has a ton of caramel, dark roasted grains, espresso, and dark chocolate.

The feel is medium-full bodied with lower carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a dry finish.

Overall, a very good yet very straightforward stout. Comes exactly as advertised, with plenty of chocolate and dark malts, with a creamy, smooth body. Definitely worth drinking again.

Feb 28, 2018
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dlos from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with hints of chocolate and coffee on the nose. Smooth, creamy sweet taste with enough bitterness coming from coffee and dark chocolate to balance it well. Moderate to low carbonation. Minimal head and lacing . Will get more when I see it.

Nov 19, 2017
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argock from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz tallboy can into a clear glass tulip. No freshness date.

A: Black with dark brown edges and 1/2-finger light beige head with average retention and skimpy lacing.

S: Blasts of chocolate, chocolate milk, sweet caramel, espresso and mocha come through in the decadent aroma. Minimal to no roast.

T: Flavor is quite sweet but has enough roast, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate character to make it work. No doubt a dessert beer, and an excellently made one.

M: Creamy silky with hefty body and low carbonation.

O: Another delicious winner from Commonwealth. They have hit one hoppy and stout and I am interested to see what they can do on other styles.

Sep 04, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Had this beer on-tap at Sedona Taphouse, poured into a goblet. Had a dark brown color and an opaque consistency. There was an inch of creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A decidedly muted aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little caramel.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of dark, bitter chocolate, a hint of caramel (could have used a bit more), some roasted malt notes, light hops, and a woody quality. The problem with the flavor - like the aroma - is that it's decidedly bland. What ingredients you pick up are so muted they can't get a foothold. This is a problem with many nitro beers, though.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Marvolo is a disappointing and uneven beer. Not terrible, but could have been better.

Aug 31, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight oatmeal, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight oatmeal, slight chocolate, and a hint of hops. Overall, good appearance, feel, and great blend. Also, the alcohol is very well hidden.

Jul 09, 2017
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RAFH from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First got a can from Dave and Gabi's friend Ailee. Then, Went to Commonwealth in July 2017 after my wife asked to go and get some Wapatoolie (she loved it and she's not a microbrew drinker) . Got a pour from the tap loved the initial taste, but aftertaste fell significantly for me.

Mar 28, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any date on the can.

Appearance: The body is black and the head is short with a khaki color and a creamy consistency. Good head retention and great lacing. It leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: There is a light acrid burnt wood and pine sap aroma.

Taste: Burnt wood, ash, and burnt caramel are all that really come through. While there is a lot of burnt flavor to the beer it is not too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and velvety. It has a nice full body that is not quite what I would call thick.

Overall: Getting straight to the elephant in the room, the chocolate, the beer was a pretty big disappointment. I feel like calling this an "Imperial Chocolate Stout" is a gross misrepresentation of what the beer really is. It would not be on any list of chocolate beers that I would recommend to a person. To avoid any confusion, as an Imperial Stout, it is a good beer. It is both visually and haptically impressive. While it is a beer with merit I doubt I would buy this beer again.

Feb 04, 2017
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice foamy light brown head that has a really nice texture and retention to it. The beer itself is also very good with a dark chocolate black and a nice deep and thick texture to it. It's a nice melted chocolate look.

The smell has a nice strong milk chocolate note and not much else. However, it's a strong chocolate note and the beer is actually stronger for it.

The taste is great. It's also a one main note but it is a strong and sweet chocolate note. The chocolate also comes off as a little chocolate syrup but it's still really nice.

The feel is fantastic. It's a heavy bodied beer with a nice, thick, and syrupy feel with a nice lingering finish.

Overall, a really good beer that is surprisingly simple but fantastic.

Dec 11, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap in a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a foamy, clingy, tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, and hazelnut, with subtle hints of toffee. Flavors are rich and creamy sweet forward, heavy on chocolate and cream, with a roasted and bitter coffee backbone, and some toffee rich highlights. Smooth, creamy bodied, with a balanced blend of bitter coffee and sweet chocolate cream. Smooth, slow finish, with a solid, rich linger. Tasty beer.

May 07, 2016
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John_Beeryman from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark, thick beer with lasting tan head. Imperial stout in flavor, like alcoholic iced coffee. A really delicious beer. Booze is hidden very well.

Dec 05, 2015
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is served out of a nitro cask and this really aids beer. The beer has a black body with one finger tan/creamy head that is always sticking around (exactly like a Guinness if you want a definitive picture) and has a bitter chocolate aroma with hints of roasted malts. Creamy, light to medium bodied, smooth, all aspects you expect thanks to nitro cask, and the beer balances a dark, bitter chocolate vibe with roasted, even coffee malts and finishes sweet and dry. Simple yet effective beer that could be enjoyed on its own as either a "meal in a bottle" or possibly "dessert beer".

Sep 30, 2015
Marvolo from Commonwealth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 44 ratings