While watching the latest season of Top Chef, I couldn’t help but notice that Ballast Point beer made a bunch of appearances at their “pop-up” restaurants. I don’t think they were a sponsor, nor do I think it had anything to do with Ballast Point’s acquired status. But, it’s interesting nonetheless.
Style: American Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”
Random: This is a year-round offering from Ballast Point in twelve-ounce bottles and on draft.
This beer poured with a three finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was an inky, black color with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose had roasted malts, hot chocolate powder and smoke. The taste started with some bitterness, which was nice. It had roasted malts, cocoa nibs and smoke. It had some sweetness as well that was like the remnants of molasses, but the bitterness held strong throughout the sip. It had peat at the back of the sip. Coffee came through as well, but wasn’t a dominant flavor. The body was on the thinner side of the style with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with cocoa nibs and peat and light bitterness. A single of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer. I would definitely have it again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0