Commonwealth Brewing Company

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Commonwealth Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
3.97 | pDev: 4.03%
Jul 04, 2020
Dec 21, 2019
Very Good
Notes: Imperial Stout with Cherry, Cacao Nibs, Hazelnut, Cinnamon, Vanilla & Lactose
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Rated: 3.89 by Bandi from New York

Jul 04, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that quickly faded away and left a minuscule collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of black cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of dark cherries along with hints of hazelnut and vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of cherry flavors but seems like it could use some more chocolate to help balanced things out. It definitely tastes strong, but does a good job at hiding most of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can
Jul 04, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2020
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Jun 19, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Jun 18, 2020
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Reviewed by fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Near black with a good-sized medium-brown head.

Smell: Some fresh tart cherry and a bit of milk chocolate.

Taste: Complex but not totally harmonious. Some sweet cherry up front, but a very dark base underneath of roasted malt. Almost a little burnt -- or maybe that's booze? Yeah, I think it's booze.

Feel: The booze leaves a metallic finish that's a little unpleasant. Light carbonation, medium-bodied.
Mar 21, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jan 18, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by beerrat from Virginia

Jan 10, 2020
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Rated by DanO1066 from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Draught 12oz snifter at Wet City in Baltimore. An okay dessert stout [I'm NOT that much ofa dessert person - anymore]
Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A new big ol' added-ingredient heavy stout from Commonwealth is on order here, and I'm ready to tackle it. Hopefully. Lemme look at the ABV here... 13.2%?! Oh lord, I'm in for a trip with this one, I can tell. Tartufo is brewed with cherry, cacao nibs, hazelnut, cinnamon, vanilla, and lactose. Is that enough extra stuff for you?

The pouring of this beer was an odd experience, to be sure. Upon cracking it, it gushed right out of the can in a peculiar way, quickly bubbling forth from the opening like a malevolent spirit freed from its oppressive tomb after millenia of waiting. Once I cleaned up the countertop and the top of the can itself, I hard-poured a few ounces of this to see if, I dunno, maybe it had a Brett infection or something? Barely any buildup of foam, and the carbonation seemed quite stagnant. Huh. Like I said, odd. The beer itself is a ruddy and darker-brown hue that seems to slightly-border blackness without quite getting there. The head is a terrifying dark mocha color with some ruby hues, no doubt owing to the cherry addition. Let's get right into this one.

Yup, sure does smell like a chocolate-covered cherry right off the bat, though some elements of nuttiness, roasted malts, fruity and acidic artisanal espresso coffee beans, and a light spice treatment all jump out of the glass as well. There's definitely some good stuff happening here, though there is also a light metallic note. Once again, this has happened with some previous Commonwealth beers in this vein, and though it does typically calm down after a bit of time left out for the beer to breathe, it's not exactly a welcome addition to the nose. The creamy dark/milk chocolate combination is, however, certainly indicative of quite a flavorful and intense beer.

Intriguing flavor profile, to be sure. Starts off with intense chocolate, just like biting into a 65-70% cacao bar, and then the light, playful fruitiness of the cherries (along with some lighter notes of raspberry and even raisin around the edges) throws the palate for a loop. Right after this is the malt-laden mid-palate that has a lot of good, almost-wheat-like overtones, carrying through to the cinnamon-dosed finish transition. The hazelnut gets lost in the proceedings, and it does feel like the vanilla and lactose are only working to keep this as creamy as possible without really affecting the overall flavor. And, I will say, this is a suuuuper creamy, sugary, big stout made of pure decadence. There is very little carbonation here, and the 13.2% ABV (once again, Jesus, guys; that's... really big) is well-hidden. This is going to be too easy to drink, and I'm going to suffer. Fun stuff.
Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a deep, dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Not much lacing here.

S: A very nice aroma of chocolate, cherries, malt, nuts, spices, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (present throughout; subtle), some hazelnuts, a tinge of vanilla, a lot of cherries (a big ingredient), a bit of spice (cinnamon, in particular), light lactose, and a good shot of dark chocolate (quite sweet). This is a rich, dark, and subtle flavor. It's not as boozy as you'd expect, but it's definitely there. Tasty.

F: A low amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A well made, easy drinking beer. Drinkable.
Dec 23, 2019
Tartufo from Commonwealth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 11 ratings