Atwater Cherry Stout - Atwater Brewery
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4/5 rDev +31.1%
12oz brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. pours a very dark brownish black with an inch of mocha color head that slowly dissipated in to beads around the glass. hints of cherries, chocolate, vanilla, nut, and dark roasted coffee hit the nose with a swirl. tastes of sweet cherries immediately hit the tongue with a dark roasted coffee immediately following it with hints of chocolate and nuts. The dark roasted coffee leaves an aftertaste that I love because I love a good dark roasted coffee. It medium carbonated with a medium/heavy body. It is very drinkable, the first sip invites another and another. Awesome brew!
03-04-2011 02:39:40 | More by CheckMate
4/5 rDev +31.1%
Appearance: Black - Nice tan head. Not much lacing - decent head retention.
Smell: Coffee - Vanilla Bean - Roast - Cherry - very subtle though
Taste: I opened and it and sipped it right out of a 32 degree cooler - not much flavor at all so cold - as it warmed up - still not much flavor - it's been open for about thirty minutes now - I've let some sit in a glass and warm up to about 55-62 degrees. It's ready to be consumed - the bottle is says consume at 45 degrees - that's not all true to get the flavor. Everything about it is subtle. It's well balanced, hint of malt - nice coffee roast under a cherry tartness. Very mild stout. Almost a Belgian Style stout like a Troubadour Obscura - It's NOT a big american slap in the face stout - you have to dig/savor/enjoy the flavors of this one - they aren't handed to you like everyone's seemingly getting used to. There is a cherry tartness up front followed by a roasty coffee/dark chocolate truffle finish - cherry flavors work together to make a bourbon flavor.
Mouthfeel: thin, medium bodied - soft and subtle
Drinkability: If 'er there were a stout to be sessionable - here it is for ye. At 6.50% ABV this one is very drinkable/sessionable. Though the flavors call to be savored and uncovered - pondered. It's a very quiet beer with a fair amount to say in flavor and aroma - let it open up.
Best at 58-64 degrees for flavor.
06-02-2009 02:41:53 | More by LauraAlberts
4/5 rDev +31.1%
12oz bottle served in a small snifter
L - black color with a creamy beige head that fell to a ring leaving some lacing.
S - strong cherry aroma upfront with roasted malt in the background.
T - french roast coffee, some hints of chocolate with a tart cherry flavor mixed in.
F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.
D - smooth and easy to drink.
02-13-2009 00:26:13 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.95/5 rDev +29.5%
Bottle from Party Source.
Poured reddish black color with an average off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate cherry roasted malt aroma. Medium tart cherry malt and coffee flavor and tart cherry finish of moderate duration.
Good drinkable SWEET STOUT.
05-19-2009 01:17:01 | More by tmoneyba
3.85/5 rDev +26.2%
Pours out into a dark blackish-brown with a small off white head. It has moderate carbonation with not much lacing and little retention. The smell is a cherry and chocolate smell with not much else to the smell. I do like the taste of it as I can taste a strong bit of cherries (maybe too much cherry since it had almost a soft drink like taste to it, but with the alcohol reminded me a little bit of drinking a dry wine) but than I can taste some chocolate, vanilla and a hint of coffee even though I do think it needs more malts to balance the cherry taste and give it more of a beer taste instead of a soft drink taste. I do taste the malts in the aftertaste, but the strong cherry taste drowns out everything else. It has a nice smooth mouthfeel with medium body that is very easy to drink and as soon as they balance out the malts and cherries more I might change the ratings for its taste.
11-25-2010 05:54:12 | More by DannyDan
3.75/5 rDev +23%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a large mason jar. Immediately about 4 inches of puffy light brown head pillowed up to the rim. Very bubbly. It looks like its something off the beaten path. The appearance reminds me of a homebrew a few friends of mine and I brewed up a couple months ago, but you don't need to know about that. I love the ring of lace that's forming under the head. As for the body, it's pitch black.
There's not a lot of aroma to this thing. I slight tartness, some subtle malty chocolate and wheat notes. Nothing too outstanding, but intriguing.
Taste: this is where I'm slightly confused about this beer. This does not taste like a stout. The maltiness isn't strong enough for me to call this a stout, as something stout is always associated with a good malt character. So, this should be a Cherry Ale, in my opinion. Okay, enough of that though. I really enjoy the way this beer tastes. In some ways, its soury tartness reminds me of Arbor Brewing's Brasserie Blonde, which has become a favorite casual drinker of mine. The cherry concentrate in this brew is the forefront. It packs a real punch, then lingers out into a light sweetness before a woody malt aftertaste takes over. The changing of the flavors probably lasts 15 seconds or so.
This beer isn't for everyone, and I think its labeling as stout will definitely throw some people off. However, its taste is refreshing and tangy, making for the perfect Spring brew, and at 6.5%, it's not going to destroy you. Coming home from working all day and having one of these is a real relaxing treat.
04-06-2009 20:32:12 | More by Andrewtherooster
3.73/5 rDev +22.3%
Dense two finger head of dark brown, even with some larger bubbles has good retention as well as above average lacing for the category. Pure black liquid, no haziness, a touch of orange peeks out at the bottom of the glass. The cherry loud and clear in the nose, supplemented ably by roasty cocoa, mocha and coffee bean shades, quality orange citrus presence too, more flaky pie crust and pastry than biscuit or bread, has an overall dry textural feel in the nostrils which helps it stiffen and linger more. Full-bodied without getting ponderous, the carbonation feels comprised of tiny pinpricks but there's a lot of them and they work overtime. The cherry has a red fruit, sour quality with traces of raspberry tagging along behind. Dark chocolate, caramel and coffee thicker and more bittersweet here, no real dulcet moments. More of that tart orange to lemon citrus with a mineral water component. A little more bready than pastry-like, maybe part of the dry mouth feel. Appears to have been constructed to highlight the fruit flavors, along the way sacrificing chewiness for a more brisk character. Not especially nuanced but no problem throwing one back quickly.
08-23-2010 20:55:26 | More by farrago
3.68/5 rDev +20.7%
I must admit, I'm not generally an Atwater fan.
Dec 2011 notched in bottle, new updated label is much better than the old atwater hand labels.
Not much tartness or fruit in the nose, very roasty and warm, hint of smoke.
Taste was really unexpected. Very subtle yet nice juicy tart traverse city cherry blanketed by roasty malt, and creamy coffee. Still has that tingy sourness that I trademark Atwater with.
Tad overcarbonated, but very smooth and milky at the same time.
I can't say I'll be getting this again anytime soon, but that's only because I don't go for fruity beer, ever. Doesnt mean I didnt enjoy it though; it is a very good brew.
01-17-2012 22:30:20 | More by inxy
3.63/5 rDev +19%
Aroma: Lots of dark roasty malts. Burnt coffee, espresso, bready, mild semi-sweet chocolate, some fruity esters which I suppose could be cherry.
Appearance: Pitch black. Opaque. Pours a medium light brown head. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing.
Taste: No hiding the cherry taste, although it was difficult to find in the aroma. Bitter cherries, followed by sweet coffee and chocolate. The finish is hazelnut coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. No carbonation. Oily texture. The bitterness from the cherry stings the back of the tongue for a while.
Overall: Not too impressed, although I've never been impressed with any cherry flavored stout. If the harshness of the bitter cherry was milder, this would be a good brew, especially due to the pleasant coffee flavor.
Note: December 2011 freshness date. Tasted early-January 2012.
01-29-2012 21:03:03 | More by soulfly1492
3.58/5 rDev +17.4%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a hint of cherries. Taste is also of roasted malts, some coffee and cherry notes are present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.
02-11-2012 17:31:48 | More by tone77
3.55/5 rDev +16.4%
This beer pours black with a 1/8 inch tan head and heavy lace to the end. The aroma is of dark cherries, wood, and chocolate. The flavor is complex with sour cherry up front followed through by dark chocolate and mild hoppy notes. There's a mild hop bitterness that fades and the flavor is pure dark cherries as it warms. The mouthfeel is full and mildly syrup-like but it works. Atwater Cherry Stout is a good brew, recommended.
07-25-2012 03:31:13 | More by B967ierhunter177
3.53/5 rDev +15.7%
A dark brown liquid fills my pint glass, and is topped off by a tan head that almost immediately dissipates. The smell is barely present at first, but as the beer warms the cherries and other roasted malts come out in the nose. Sadly the warming is only enough to make it into a merely "average" smell. Some people prefer their fruit beers to have only a slight hint of fruit, while others like a full on fruit assault. I, being of the latter school of thought, am immediately underwhelmed. While the cherry taste is immediately prevelant, it never really makes itself available on the palate. Even as a general stout it's only slightly above average, and the slightly cloying taste of the cherries to little to improve it. As far as stouts go, this is incredibly light, and also has a bit of tartness that feels off. This is a relatively drinkable beer, in that I am not offended by it, and will certainly finish the six pack tonight, but the rest of the beer does affect it's overall drinkability.
03-18-2010 00:23:05 | More by jamiesessions
Atwater Cherry Stout from Atwater Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.