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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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BA SCORE
77
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40 Ratings
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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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Photo of Jredner
2.48/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is lightly sour and lactic with overripe fruit and warm garbage aromas. Not a good sign. It pours dark brown and settles dark brown to black with a diminishing tan head that is just shy of a thumb’s thickness.

Chocolate and dark fruit fore. Slightly tart in an off way with hints of stale coffee, light smoke and mild roast malts. This is almost good, but it has some flaws and what is done right is not very intense or varied. Pretty foregettable.

Jredner, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts as roasted coffee but quickly becomes dry and medicinal which lingers. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

jdhilt, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of walleye
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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

walleye, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of proc
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

proc, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Opaque umber with a glimmer of reddish gold along the bottom edge of the glass. Shaman's sure looks like it means business. The large, creamy cap is a fetching shade of golden khaki, melts rather than deflates and graces the glass with a decent amount of thick, foamy lace. I knew next to nothing about this beer prior to cracking the crown, but I like what I see.

The nose is a little weak and is more sour fruity than roasted malty. Given the color and opacity, I expected a lot more. The brewery doesn't call this beer a Baltic porter per se, but hints around that that's what they're shooting for. No how, no way. There's very little in the nose that make me think anything other than the style listed above. I hope that it's more interesting on the palate.

Nope. Shaman's Porter tastes pretty much like it smells... sour. There's an acceptable amount of malt present, but, again, almost no roastiness. The flavor profile reminds me of the beer equivalent of chocolate milk that it a week or so past its 'sell by' date. I like Oud Bruins and Flanders Reds as much as the next BA, but please keep the lactic acid out of my porters. Or at least tone it down so that it doesn't dominate to this extent.

Again, there's no resemblance to a Baltic porter at all. Beer of that style--the best versions anyway--is incredibly complex and interesting. This one is uni-dimensional and distracting. Some sweetness manages to sneak in under the sourness, but none of the German hops that the brewery claims are present make any sort of noise at all.

There isn't a whole lot wrong with the body. It's on the lighter end of the style spectrum and is smooth enough. It's just that its cargo isn't up to the task at hand and it's hard to find much enjoyment in the mouthfeel as a result.

The brewery chose to put two words beneath Shaman's Porter on the label, in a font only slightly smaller: Smooth. Enjoyable. After drinking it, I'd have to say that two more appropriate words would be: Simple. Sour. If this beer is representative of their entire line, Atwater Block Brewing Company can be safely ignored. I'll assume that it's an infection though and will give them another chance.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
1.85/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Brewed with Munich, Chocolate and Black Patent malts. Hopped with "German" hops. OG=15 plato. 6.0% ABV per the website.

Pours to a slightly cloudy near black very deep brown, forming a creamy light tan head with very good retention and stiff lacing. This looks really nice in my Guinness pint glass. Carbonation is moderate. Yeasties in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is interesting...initially an odd mixture of black walnuts and the sourness of rye, rotting black cherries, cocoa and sour milk in the tail end of the nose. Mouthfeel is very tart and acidic with a medium body. The taste begins with kiwi sourness, not akin to a gueze, followed by cocoa and coffee. Very obviously infected/contaminated with something. Tart acidity. Looks like I'm not the only one here to experience an infected bottle. I've got another bottle from the same sixer so I'll see if that's any better.

Obviously Atwater Block has some quality control issues. Until they fix it or I get a better bottle, I'll rate it as it sits in front of me. Obviously, this is a big turn off to trying their other products. Not reccomended.

Mitchster, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of BeerIsland
3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

BeerIsland, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

pitch black with an effervescing, cola-like inch of brown head. head falls quickly and leaves almost no lace.

smoky, woody roasted malt, chocolate and sugary burnt coffee in the aroma. a hint of raisiny sweetness and molasses as well.

medium-light mouthfeel with a medium-high carbonation. feel is a little thin. roasted malts, sweet coffee, and a slightly odd touch of sour that is subtle at the start but too heavy in the finish. flavor is a little too light and subtle.

Prufrock, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of WesWes
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts along with an earthy breadlike aroma. The taste is average. THis has a very sour flavor to it. It's almost undrinkable. The crystal and chocolate malts are present, but there appears to be some contamination here. The mouthfeel is average. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a terrible porter. It has a wonderful aroma, but the taste is really sour.

WesWes, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Frozensoul327, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Derek, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

weeare138, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.38/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

granger10, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

SupaCelt, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

jasonpeckins32, Jan 26, 2006
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Atwater Shaman's Porter from Atwater Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.