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Atwater Shaman's Porter - Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Shaman's PorterAtwater Shaman's Porter

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 25.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jasonpeckins32 on 01-26-2006)
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

mvanaskie13, Jan 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

rsitarski, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of jmunsters
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Medium pour produced a billowing thick head that dissipated slowly leaving little lacing. Poured a deep dark brown. Looks like fresh motor oil.

S: A bit of sweet malts up front with a very faint hint of vanilla and tanins. Not really a whole lot here.

T: A nice light sweet, and mildly rich maltiness. I don't get any hints of a barrel aging here. A bit of odd woodiness comes through though.

M: Thin, mild carbonation, easily drinkable. Not typical of what I would have expected from a bourbon barrel aged ported.

O: It's drinkable and entirely average. It's relatively inexpensive for barrel aged beer, but it's the quality is totally indicitive of its price. I'd drink it again, but won't buy it again.

jmunsters, Oct 14, 2011
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1.83/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I picked up a bottle of Atwater's Shaman's Porter a couple days ago for $2.49 at The Lager Mill. I haven't seen this beer from Atwater before so I figured I would give it a try and see if they could do this style justice, I also got this because it said it was aged in bourbon barrels, it sounds like a good combo so lets see how it is. It had a brewed on date of September 2011. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label has the stamp that all Atwater's special releases have with the addition of a black and white drawing of a Greek god with a dog by his side, the picture is cool looking. It poured a simple dark black color with a fingers worth of tan head.

S- The aroma is pretty lackluster and is basically just a bunch of sweet roasted dark malts that have a slight coffee and chocolate aroma. Not much going on in the aroma and no bourbon whatsoever.

T- The taste is pretty much an exact mirror of the aroma, and that's for sure not a good thing. The taste is a pretty sweet and watery mixture of dark roasted malts that are pretty bland and overly sweet. The biggest mystery about the flavor is where the bourbon went, there is not a single thing about this beer that would make me believe this was actually aged in bourbon barrels, none of the flavors that come with aging a beer in bourbon barrels is present, that sucks.

M- Slightly cloying, on the light sided of full bodied, and it had a low amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty bad beer that came nowhere close to living up to it's name. I came into this beer expecting a nice barrel aged porter but instead I got a poorly made porter that tastes like it never spent a minute in any type of barrel, this is pretty much false advertising. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, that was the only thing about this beer that was halfway descent. What I liked least about this beer was the flavor and aroma, they both were a big let down with no hint of bourbon whatsoever. I will never buy this beer again, it isn't what the label says it is and for $2.49 a bottle it was overpriced. If you see this beer on the shelf do yourself a flavor and look the other way, you'll just end up being disappointed. This has been the worst beer I have had from Atwater, it was just way to far off from what it should be and if you claim that your beer is aged in bourbon barrels you should have some bourbon barrel flavors to back that up, stick with making the Vanilla Java Porter and rip this recipe to pieces, I see that this beer hasn't been reviewed since 2009, now I know why.

StoutHunter, Sep 28, 2011
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1.78/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Every single one of my previous encounters with Atwater beers ended in disaster and heartache. I would like to believe it's my benevolent nature that allows me to give Atwater another opportunity to delight me, but I fear I'm just a chump who doesn't know to leave well enough alone.

The bottle is an extreme gusher upon opening. If this was a low-budget, lackluster comedy film sequel, I could look directly into the camera and say "here we go again!"

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a vigorously foamy, light tan head.

Smell: Dark malts are presumably present, but they're greatly overwhelmed by a sharp note of fruit-infused vinegar.

Taste: Dark malts with slender undertones of roast and chocolate, but, as was the case with the aroma, everything is totally buried under this infectious vinegar flavor that's both acetic and lactic and just plain 'ick'. I'd say "never again" with Atwater, but I have a bottle of their Cherry Stout on deck.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Horrendous and a true offense to brewing and beer lovers everywhere. Some breweries are delivering fantastic, wonderful beers time and time again, and then there are some atrocious, wretched breweries that need to close the doors immediately and just give it up. I'm fairly certain I know which group Shatwater belongs in.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 09, 2009
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1.98/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours nearly pitch black with just a touch of ruby on the very edges. Short head forms dark khaki and dies quickly. Not much lace at all.

S: Good roasty characater but there's a healthy dose of diacytel. There's also a bit of barely, but very distracting, rubbing alcohol in the back. Maybe even a touch of lactose.

T/M: Roasty character is much less than in the nose and doesn't give the small benefit but trying to hide the bigger diacytel flavor. More of the alcohol and lactose mix. Added with a less than stellar body and fizzy, over carbonated feel... not impressed at all.

D: Average abv but a bad feel and tons of off flavors. I make a better porter than this.

pwoods, Jul 20, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +38.5%
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.

Baron, Apr 29, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 17, 2007
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1.35/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm not sure if this batch was bad or not. It has a vinegar smell and taste to it. Looks like a porter but doesn't taste like one. It has a citrus/grapefruit kind of taste. I don't taste any characteristics that are common in a porter.

I hate to dump out a beer, but...

mcgeebc, Jan 28, 2007
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Atwater Shaman's Porter from Atwater Brewery
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