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Atwater Cherry Stout - Atwater Brewery

Atwater Cherry StoutAtwater Cherry Stout

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 18.75%


Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 02-13-2009)
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 00:26:13 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 02:41:53 | More by LauraAlberts
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CheckMate

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +31.6%
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!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 02:39:40 | More by CheckMate
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 01:17:01 | More by tmoneyba
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 05:54:12 | More by DannyDan
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Andrewtherooster

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 20:32:12 | More by Andrewtherooster
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farrago

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 20:55:26 | More by farrago
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inxy

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 22:30:20 | More by inxy
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 21:03:03 | More by soulfly1492
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 17:31:48 | More by tone77
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 03:31:13 | More by B967ierhunter177
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jamiesessions

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 00:23:05 | More by jamiesessions
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phiberoptik

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 13:42:45 | More by phiberoptik
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flagmantho

Washington

3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 19:02:40 | More by flagmantho
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blackie

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 04:45:28 | More by blackie
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 23:35:30 | More by GRPunk
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BierFan

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black body with a small head the color of a cappuccino foam.

Smell: No cherry aroma at all. It might be an old bottle, but I have no way of knowing because there's no freshness date. There's some kind of smokey wierdness to the aroma.

Taste: Definitely cherry in the taste. Very tart cheek-puckering cherry.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 02:51:50 | More by BierFan
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 00:29:14 | More by buschbeer
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Billolick

New York

3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer w/o freshness info

Pours typical stout black, nothing special mocha head, short lived and leaving equally non exciting tiny bits of lace, dark malts and a hint of cherry in the rear. Thin on the tongue, could use some more dark malt notes. Sour cherry moderatly represented in the flavor profile. Lactic sour lingering in the finish. Sort of disappointing in a bland sort of way

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:04:19 | More by Billolick
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 01:26:13 | More by Cylinsier
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a nearly opaque black with dark brown highlights and a half inch of quickly-dissipating light-tan head. Cherries hit the nose first, albeit lightly, with espresso and toasted bread following more convincingly. Sour cherry juice is followed closely by toast with hints of espresso and caramel. Medium bodied with surprisingly light carbonation. Moderately drinkable. Flavors are not unpleasant but are not as robust as I was hoping. A lot of the sweetness from the cherries has clearly been fermented out, which makes it a bit less pleasant of an addition as it could be. Overall not a bad beer - it grows on me as I have more an am able to tune into the toast and coffee notes. Not sure I'd get it again though.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 00:21:23 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Ron's in Exton

Pours a nice rich brown with a thin light tan head.

A rich nose, some cherry tartness and a small bit of chocolate.

The flavor is not all that deep, the cherry tartness is somewhat off-balance, the stout notes do not hit through, no real richness.

Very thin feeling, no creaminess. The tartness is not too pleasant.

Odd total experience, not one I will be hitting again

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 10:04:33 | More by mhatters
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mattkoon

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer was surprisingly watery for a stout. the wateryness makes it seem like you could drink a few at a time. typically ill sip on a stout when the weathers cold and savor them. usually this is because stouts are very complex most of the time. this cherry stout has a hint of smokiness with a slight cherry finish. not at the top of my list but fairly drinkable.

Serving type: cask

12-21-2010 14:58:27 | More by mattkoon
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ckollias

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a snifter glass at Head Keepers in Greensberg PA.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black hue, with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates in to a hint of a wispy lace with no trail down the glass.

S: Malty aroma with hints of cherries and chocolate.

T: Sweet chocolate malt and cherry flavor.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting Cherry Stout – not overwhelming in the cherry department – but rather it was blended in nicely. Nothing I would grab again, but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:31:08 | More by ckollias
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Brenden

Ohio

3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer isn't the darkest, heaviest or thickest out there, but they can't all be. It is dark, though some ruby and brown highlights make it out. The head is compact, tan in color, not quite reaching half a finger but not dropping lower either. Lacing is actually pretty good overall.
The cherry is in the smell, though it offers predominantly tartness against the roast. There's not a huge malt (in fact it could use more), but there's enough roast to play with and not go to harsh. Overall, the cherry should be stronger, but it's pretty standard stuff.
This beer needs a stronger backbone, but the malts do play their role. The cherry kicks in off the tip of the tongue and it stays consistent. There's toast and a bit of bittersweet cocoa for the tartness to play with.
Maybe it's a tad to bright and crisp for a stout, but it isn't overly biting or heavily carbonated. It could use a little more smoothness, but it does have some.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 21:55:24 | More by Brenden
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Atwater Cherry Stout from Atwater Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.