Atwater Shaman's Porter - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 24.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: jasonpeckins32 on 01-26-2006)
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Photo of JamesBell
4.75/5  rDev +43.9%

Photo of Baron
4.53/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ The Asgard, Cambridge, MA for Craft Beer week in Boston. quite nice.

A - Deep black with hints of purple shining through around the edges. Perfectly white yet thin head.

S - Incredibly complex, some fruit (raspberry), dark, roasted malts followed by hints of spice and finally a full burbon sweetness in the finished.

T - Follows the aroma well, giving a very unique flavor from the burbon barrel aging thats present but not too sweet. Finishes with oak and toasty spice.

M - Medium to medium light bodied rather uncharacteristic for a porter, yet fits the profile of the beer well as a thick syrup might overdo it with the sweet flavors

D - very drinkable beer, but due to its unique flavors any more than 1or 2 a the most can be consumed in one night. an adventurous move on their part. Props to Mike from Atwater that night for presenting his brew like a true gentleman.

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of granger10
4.38/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes off the top with a darker black color and a smallish but compact and creamy tan head. Weak lacing. Aromas of chocolate and cream and cookie dough. Flavors are strong on coffee and cream. Very mocha like. Some semisweet chocolate character develops. Very smooth as well. A slight earthy flavor underneath along with a bit of spice to dry this beer out in the finish. Not too sweet not bitter, very balanced in the mouth. A very inviting creamy end is left. Easy drinking and quite flavorful, I could drink quite a few of these. A nice Baltic interpretation.

Photo of ANTHONYJAY
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

These Atwater products just recently came available in my area. I just cant help myself but try 'em out.

It pours black in color with a nice tan colored head that disappears way too quickly. The nose is toasted and chocolatey, not much else. It tastes very interesting. Strong mocha flavors are paired with peanuts to create a nice twist on this porter. Here and there it reminds me of Rogue Mocha Porter, but there's more to it. A wide variety of malts maybe. Its a bit carmelly and the hops are very pronounced in the finish. The flavors really gel together quite well to make an awesomely smooth beer. The mouthfeel is good. I've had heavier porters, but I wont let that take anything away from this one. Highly drinkable. I wish I bought more than just a single of this, I'll have to try it again soon.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub on 11/15/05...
Appears a black with a small tan head and lacing typical of a nitro pour.
Smell is of chocolate, black patent, and creamy sweetness.
Taste is of the same aromas that I would expect from a decent American porter.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet, rich, and full bodied.
Drinkability is nice.

Photo of SupaCelt
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Intensely brown in colour, the shaman revealed itself outside of the bottle with a decent but short lived foamy cocoa toned cap. The amount of carbonation present is hard to gauge simply because of the nebulous darkness of the body. No lace followed in the wake of the head.

Smell: This brew contains the house scents of ginger or vague cinnamon that the other offerings from this brewery have also displayed. It works quite synergistically with the rest of the porter characteristics here. The black patent malt aspects are pleasant in their roast like appeal. Coffee bean aromas, the ginger or cinnamon spiciness, and a hint of dark chocolate and creaminess comprise the nose in a nut shell. A bit of nuttiness is also present for that matter.

Taste: The taste is quite mild and easy going as expected, with pleasant roasted flavours and some muted coffee or espresso bean like qualities mixed with the mystery ginger like impressions. The bitterness is fairly low. The flavour is most notably hop influenced in that it develops a drying shift in the finish. The roasted character imparts a slight bitterness of its own, and perhaps some dryness as well, coupled with a dark chocolate type sweetness which seems to be the most pronounced aspect. Well put together in terms of flavour.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate. A slight medium would be my estimation. It is more than fat enough to carry the load.

Drinkability: Good. This is an easy drinking porter. Quite a pleasure to drink down and ponder.

Photo of Budinetz
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a cold pint glass (not by choice) at xfinity live in Philly.

Pours a super deep brown color, almost has a rusty red hue in the color. Lacing present around the glass and minimal head retention. Smells of dark malt and roasted barley. No overwhelming, over the top smells, just plain old good smelling porter. Tastes of roasted barley with a hint of coffee bean and the smallest essence of vanilla. Good flavor overall. Mouthfeel is pleasant. A bit of prickle on the tongue. Would get this again for sure. Highly underrated porter in my opinion.

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of walleye
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured dark brown with a light tan head. aroma malts and dark cherries, smoke, dark molasses, dark sweet chocolate. flavor, smokey chocolate, nutty, dark fruits, malt and a heavy sweetness. not to bad of a beer. glad I picked up a sixer of this

Photo of BeerIsland
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stumbled onto a variety case at Exton Beverage. I visited the brewpub back in the '90s and was interested to see them selling beers in PA. I can't say how long the case was there, some of the characteristics noted below could be due to age.

The Shaman's looks fine in the glass; very dark brown with a generous amber head. Head gave way to a nice lacing in a bit. The aroma is a little winy but with plenty of malt notes. The flavor is decently balanced with a bitter chocolate aspect that is OK. After the head dissipates, the mouthfeel is a little thin and there is a touch of extra carbonation.

All in all, an interesting alternative to the eastern PA Porters.

Photo of Derek
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From their website:
"Atwater's newest Lager! A porter traditionally brewed in the Baltic region. We use the finest ingredients include Munich, Chocolate and Black Malt's along with German hops to create the smoothest Porter you've ever tasted. Shaman's Porter will thrwart and tricksters or evil spirits!"

I haven't had many Baltic porters, so I searched this out at the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival.

A: Very dark black, with only a touch of tan head.

S: Roasted malt.

T: Quite malty (chocolate, nut, coffee/mocha, caramel). There's doesn't seem to be enough alcohol here... though perhaps it's just well hidden. There's some residual sweetness, but it's more acidic and dry than I had anticipated.

M: Moderate body that's highly carbonated (too carbonated).

D: Alright.

I think this one has potential... and maybe wasn't served under optimal conditions.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent Porter. I has all of the standard flavor and aromatic profiles that all of the other decent Porters have: chocolate, coffee, malt,... Nothing flashy or outstanding, but has little flaws. Simple and standard -- would be greatly improved with a body and creaminess that stood above ordinary, but otherwise a nice Porter, just like the rest of them.

The use of Lager yeast and / or process leads to the lack of esters. On the bright side, it is cleanly flavored. On the bad, it lacks character. Too similar to a Dunkel or Schwarzbier.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Served on tap into a chalice. Ruddy brownish amber with a small head that diminishes quickly.

S. Lightly toasted malt and not a strong scent at that.

T. A subtle maltiness and earthy hop with a dominant oak flavor. Hints of acrid smoke and just a bit of nuttiness.

M. Medium to full bodied, semi dry finish.

D. Kind of filling, kind of strong, but a good session porter here. If the price were right a case of these could be a welcome addition to my collection.

Photo of WuAnquo1
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of proc
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a dark, dark brown in the glass with a decent-sized head. The aroma is predominantly roasted malt, with bread dough thrown in on the edge. The taste is good, but a bit thin. The roasted malt gives this beer an edginess that lets up at the end, finishing with a light swallow. A good porter to introduce a macro drinking friend into the world of craft beer.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is near black, no real brown edges, head is tan and dense with finer bubbles and presents about 1/2 inch thick, then creates some lacing and lingers well.

Smell is slightly acidic, but its overtaken by the malty flavors and light earthy hops; some biscuit, toast and chocolate are prominent.

Taste is lightly thick, not quite cloying, sweetness is definitely present, possibly some lactose backing this up? malt flavors are chocolate, biscuit, toast. There is a mild bourbon/oak note, its subtle but present.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy on the tongue, not cloying but thick like a milkshake, i'm still thinking lactose; its carbonation is stinging and slightly drying.

Overall, an okay beer - it seems to miss the mark of a bourbon porter as it does not seem to meet porter qualities (maybe a sweet stout, except for the chocolate) and its bourbon/oak qualities are muddled.

Photo of RyanCFriedrich
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BlissJunkie
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An odd-ball porter. Pours out to a dark coffee mocha color with a frothy head of brown foam. Lots of lace, and a medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of chocolate and molasses are noted, with hints of roasted malts and wood. Taste was off... sweet and sour flavors of dark plumbs and grapes, with hints of sweet herbs and sugar cane. Not for me. Mouthfeel was like lightly carbonated vinegar; bites slightly, but still very thin and rather light. Average drinkability. Reminds me alot of Kuhnhenn's Penetration Porter.

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Atwater Shaman's Porter from Atwater Brewery
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