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Atwater Cherry Stout - Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Cherry StoutAtwater Cherry Stout

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 186
Avg: 3.1
pDev: 28.39%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 02-13-2009

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Photo of Markbodman
4.54/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one straight from the bottle. Sweet cherry overtone doesn't overpower the oaky stout, instead the slightly tart sweetness merges well to remain crisp and light through the palate. Even the aftertaste remans just slightly to remind you of the satisfying feel of this refreshing stout.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.4/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice dark color that is rich in appearance with a thin tan head that settles slowly leaving a fine lacing down the glass.

The nose is definitely hinting at dark cherries, roasted malt, coffee, caramel and fructose.

The taste is a combination of bittersweet cherries, roasted malt, chocolate, nutmeg and camphor. Thing of a sour that doesn't suck. (Sours are not my thing)

The moutfeel is a bit watery for for a stout.

Overall this is a very pleasant and drinkable beer. I had it with some 75% cacao artisan chocolate that was just superb with this beer.

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Photo of CheckMate
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!


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Photo of LauraAlberts
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brewqueno
3.87/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a good thing I didn't pass this up based on reviews. This really isn't bad at all. This isn't just cherry "flavored" beer... the cherries really stand out. It isn't overly sweet or syrupy. Not at all.... It's a bit sour which is good. It's different from the norm and stays true to what it is.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 2/2015. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of tart cherry, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of trart cherry and roast/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big tart cherry, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of tart cherry and roast/bready malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness and fruit tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good fruited stout style. All around good balance and robustness of tart cherry and roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hardysf
3.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was a good offering from Atwater. They get slammed here in Michigan, rightfully so for some of their offerings. However, this was a pretty good beer. Did this side by side with dark horse tres blueberry. I thought Atwater was better. Better fruit flavor, less watery, better aroma. I liked the tart cherry. It is a tad thin, but I'd buy this again.

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Photo of Andrewtherooster
3.71/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of inxy
3.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 2/15. Pitch black pour. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Very light nose of roast, cherry and a hint of chocolate.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Excellent carbonation with a nice effervescence from the middle on.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, slightly complex and reasonably balanced. It begins with a flood of semi-bitter dark cherry over a subtle roast background. In the middle a tart mild bitterness emerges in a rush of effervescence. The finish begins with a fading bitterness and a very subtle sweet cherry flavor. A slightly tart bitterness lingers.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jamiesessions
3.51/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.49/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a stout? Brown ale, or porter at best.

I could see through this beer without much light behind it so it definitely doesnt have much to it.

It poured surprisingly watery with not a ton of head for the pour. Its dark but on the complete opposite end of the spectrum from even Guiness, let alone anything RIS such as Stone RIS or DORIS.

It smells and tastes of cherry syrup. Its a good taste, but it tastes like syrup rather than the fruit itself. Not much malt or beer behind the fruit.

Mouthfeel is weak, watery, and very basic. Very unlike a typical stout.

Very very easy to drink due to its lighter characteristics. Not heavy and "beefy" like most stouts.

For the price, I have no ill feelings towards it. I dont feel ripped off but I dont feel like I got a great deal on a beer either.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of tan head. It is dark brown in color. The aroma is certainly cherry. I also get some roasted, coffee and chocolate, malts. The taste is tart cherry up front and followed by some roasted malt. It has a medium body. It's not a bad beer. It's a little weak on taste, but better than I expected.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: though chilled, this beer is extremely carbonated. The instant I popped the top foam started slowly erupting from the bottle; upon pouring, I got a glass that was about 90% head.

Body is a thick dark brown that doesn't seem to be letting any light through whatsoever. Head is a monstrosity, with a tan hue and rather a lot of retention. Interesting, but I do like the body.

Smell: bizarre combination of roasted malts, a light tartness, and a big helping of dry cherries. Almost but not quite cough-syrupy. Not exactly my favorite (despite my love of cherries), but it is serviceable.

Taste: tart cherries with a bit of roasted malt and a bit of smoke at the back. The smoke actually builds on the palate. This is an extremely bizarre beer, and I'm not sure entirely how to feel about it. Smoked cherry stoutish sourish beer. Huh.

Mouthfeel: astringent but medium-bodied with tons of carbonation. This is a super creamy beer.

Drinkability: it is weird, I'll give it that. This bottle has the hallmarks of possibly being infected (tartish, über-carbonated, etc.), but with the cherry this doesn't hurt it as much as you might think. If this isn't infected, it's just a straight-up weird brew. I would actually like to have this again just to see what is the deal here.

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Photo of blackie
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: shielding my face, I pop the cap and give a slow pour into a standard pint, pale brown head atop a dark brown ale with hues of purple, average retention

s: not a ton of activity - woody roasts and a dark, somewhat sour cherry presence that's actually pretty appealing, watery iced coffee, just wish there were more here

m: carbonation on the low end of medium, light-medium bodied, a little too thin and sparkling for my taste

t: much like the aroma, the tart red cherries give a nice flavor, but there's not much depth, mild-moderate roasts and light iced coffee, a tartness intertwines with the hop bitterness to give a crisp finish

d: not bad, something of a poor man's Bell's Cherry Stout

single from Ye Olde Spirit Shoppe, Frederick, MD

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Photo of mchegash
3.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.75/5
A very dark brown-red. Looks almost black in low-light. About 1 finger of head upon initial pour, dissipates down to minimally visible head.

Smell - 3.5/5
A vague fruity smell which kind of smells like cherries, but not sure if I would have been able to identify that if I didn't already know this was a cherry stout. Has a bready smell, a moderate alcohol smell, perhaps a hint of spiciness. I wish the cherry was more discernible, and that the alcohol smell was less. Still, an ok smell.

Taste - 3.25/5
The cherry is more pronounced in the taste. Still, the alcohol taste seems out of proportion considering this is only 6%. Besides cherry and alcohol, I taste some sweet malts, and not much else. I am giving the taste a lower rating, because the alcohol taste is so strong, that it basically tastes like a cherry wine. If you had blindly given me this and told me it was cherry wine, I would definitely believe it.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, medium level of carbonation. Creamy-ish. Fairly smooth

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay beer. I like the attempt to use cherries, but it just seemed like all I could taste was cherries and alcohol, and I would have liked to see a little more complexity to this beer.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle notched N 11, poured into a nonic pint.

A- rich , brown-black body with reddish hues. Thin, brown head melts away to a thin film all too quickly. A little shake does bring back a thin foam. Good stick.

S- Mostly coffee and chocolate malts at first. Cherry aroma is soft, and seems natural enough, somewhere between sweet and tart. Roasty malts.

T- Cherry is much more pronounced than the aroma lets on. Dukes it out with coffee and dark chocolate for flavor supremacy. Bitter side of coffee and dark chocolate has an interesting play with tart cherry qualities. I would be really interested in drinking this as a base stout without the cherry addition. I suspect it would be pretty good, maybe better than the cherry version. The cherry is a bit strong, nearing harsh, though natural, at the finish. It reminds me of a Traverse City cherry coffee we purchase once in a while, also an acquired taste.

M- Moderate carbonation and medium feel. Tart cherry brings a dryish quality.

O- Kind of middle of the pack. I suspect there is a really solid stout at the base of this beer. For some reason, the cherry addition doesn't mix well. While it doesn't seem artificial, it doesn't "wow" me. Probably 1-2 in a sitting.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black, eggshell lacing for a head.

Smells of light brown sugar and biscuit malts with a hint of smokey oak.

Flavor of brown sugar and smoked oak mixed with tart cherry and grape.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

This is an okay stout with a very unique flavor that doesn't quite work. The cherry is either too pronounced or not pronounced enough depending on what you might be hoping for. It's just enough cherry to distract from the stout but not enough to carry the stout. In the end, everything else about the stout is pretty good, but the flavor makes it something I wouldn't go back to.

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Atwater Cherry Stout from Atwater Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.