The Commodore

American Stout Ballast Point Brewing Company


The Commodore, an American Stout by Ballast Point Brewing Company

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The Commodore is an American Stout brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a mug from a bottle.


The Stout pours an opaque black and is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense, brown-colored foam that shows fair retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind a smattering of sticky lace on the glass.


The aroma mixes a scent of coffee roast with sweet notes of dark fruit and dark chocolate. There’s also a hint of soy sauce.


The palate blends coffee roast with dark chocolate with the balance leaning towards the bitter roast. There’s a burnt character to the malt that’s just shy of overpowering.


Its feel is smooth and creamy with a medium-full body and less-than-moderate carbonation. Finishes with a mild astringency.


Its appearance could have better head retention but is otherwise fine. The feel supports the robust palate nicely. The aroma is pleasant and while its taste is straightforward Stout, it’s quite good. The Commodore is an enjoyable brew and a solid representation of the style.

Recommended Pairings

Ballast Point recommends the following food pairings with The Commodore American Stout: St. Louis barbecued ribs, aged cheddar, and vanilla ice cream with raspberries.

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About the American Stout

The American Stout is a more aggressive rendition of the English and Irish Stouts. It has the dark body and flavor of those styles but with a greater hops presence. Has more roast and body than an either an American Porter or American Black Ale. But doesn’t have as much roast, character or strength of an Imperial Stout.