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Atwater Cherry Stout - Atwater Brewery

Atwater Cherry StoutAtwater Cherry Stout

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130 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 02-13-2009)
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

1.65/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark coffee black chocolate color with a light beige head forming thick above the body fine lacing speckled as it all dwindles down. Aroma hints of dark chocolate dryness with upfront tart cherry notes. Slight mustiness flowing amongst the beers cherry concentrate addition and base beer stout. Tart offness flowing through dirty coffee water like drinking coffee filter water a couple days after you brewed with tart cherry concentrate this beer sucks asshole. The worst interpretation of any fruit/stout/or cherry beer I've ever tried, a definite drain pour that doesn't deserve anymore of my descriptive pissed off language. Drinkability like I said drain pour, mouthfeel thin bodied acidic tart cherry mess of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 05:27:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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MikeBrandman

Connecticut

1.78/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer rubbed me the wrong way right off the bat.

I pulled it out of the fridge and saw that it said to serve at 45 degrees on the bottle, so I let it sit out for a bit. In the mean time, I had another beer, so I know my fridge isn't too cold. Anyway, when I went to open this beer, as soon as the seal was broken (before I could even pry off the cap) foam and beer shot out. The rest of the 5 minute pour was a cycle of pour for 2 seconds, wait for foam to subside, and try again. I feel like this may have been over carbonated or something. Either way, not too happy.

A - Pours into a pint glass with 5 fingers of foamy, marshmellowy head that leaves great lacing as it subsides. The body is as black as I'd expect a stout to be, but whereas I'm used to ruby tones on the edges, this beer had a brown trim. Opaque with visible carbonation on the walls of my glass.

S - Cherry and chocolate smells are obvious on this beer. Slightly offputting funkiness though. Really not sure if it's supposed to be like that. Maybe that's what caused my fiasco.

T - UGH! The funkiness isn't just in the smell. I feel like the cherry influence was taken a bit too far. Extremely sweet. Not enough of the coffee or chocolate bitterness that a stout needs. This might as well have been a cherry lager. Lingering sweetness.

MF - Light bodied. Slightly on the watery side. Carbonation thicken it up a bit.

D - No. Sorry but this beer is a task to finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 02:50:08 | More by MikeBrandman
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david131

California

1.88/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- A very deep ruddy brown with a thin, slightly off white head. Very cloudy.

S- Very earthy, kinda tart, and a bit of chocolate. Just really not that appealing.

T- Oh whoops... Just tart, sour and gross. It didn't really get any better the more I drank it. This is just not doing it for me.

M- Kind of tart. Between that and the carbonation, this is a bit of a pucker-inducing beverage.

D- Well, this just didn't do it for me. Kind of a gross beer. Didn't taste like a stout. It just tasted... I don't know, but I won't be getting it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 04:30:10 | More by david131
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Very dark, almost completely black- comparable to an imperial stout in color. Poured a one finger head that dispersed almost immediately leaving a film.

S- No cherry smell. Almost completely roasted malts. A typical stout aroma with nothing special... Expected/hoped for more

T- Very tart cherry flavor present immediately, then goes away, then comes back up for the aftertaste. Not much of a stout flavor. This is comparable to the Vanilla Java Porter in that it doesn't have much of a beer flavor, only the additives they flavor with. Slight roasted flavor after a few tastes... As the beer sits, the stout characteristics come out.

M- Not bad. Average for a stout.

D- I would be able to drink a few of these. The drinkability really isn't that great, but for personal preference only, it seems to go down easy for me, but wouldn't expect other people to agree.

Overall, this is the second Atwater Block beer I have had and I'm not impressed. These beers tend to have strong flavors up front that don't agree with the beer style, but subdue to a generic flavor of that type of beer (if that sentence makes sense??) If there is nothing else that looks good to you, go ahead and try this, but don't jump to the opportunity...

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 22:47:15 | More by TheGordianKnot
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jsdunlop

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a deep black with an off white 1 inch head
S: Cherry, alcohol, hints of vanilla and chocolate, slight sweet scent resembling brown sugar or caramel.
T: Something is off with the cherry flavoring, tastes the way a piece of manufactured cherry plastic might taste, though it somehow manages to rouse about a tartness like that of a real cherry. Roasted malt seems hidden beneath the cherry flavoring, lemon and citrus makes its way out as well
MF: medium bodied brew with balanced carbonation
D: Use of fresh cherries might have benefited the beer, rather than the plastic like cherry flavor that was present throughout. Overall, drinkability was not horribly bad, but I will not buy another one of these.

Interesting combination that caught my attention almost immediately upon seeing the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:28:50 | More by jsdunlop
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Auracom

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From notes. 12 oz. bottle in an Abita tulip glass on April 25th, 2011. Disclaimer here - my friend handed this to me claiming that it sucked horribly. So I guess I came in with pretty low expectations.

Appearance was pretty meh. Dark brown coloring with a single finger of light brown head. Lacing isn't half-bad though.

The nose is pretty weak. Slight cherry quality that is unfortunately contrasted with a strange funk (I seriously doubt this was from yeast or anything of the sort). Whatever the hell this was, it was like cherries had went bad and were then used to brew this. A little bit of malts in the aroma as well.

This cherry stout is boring. Slight cherry sweetness in front and tartness following on backend. Distinctly different bitterness on the front sort of messes the drink up. Hardly any finish to speak of with no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin with mellow carbonation.

Not really drinkable. It's mostly empty calories and doesn't really appeal in any particular manner.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 20:47:30 | More by Auracom
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alkemy

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The pour is dark brown with an abundance of ruby highlighting. Head is minimal but a pleasant tan color. Here's where things hit the skids. I get a chlorine aroma that covers the chocolate covered cherry scent...not real enticing. Cherry is pretty bitter up front. I like tart cherries, but this is a little over the top. There's some roasted malt hints in there, but this just doesn't have enough substance to back up the strong cherry. Subtle vanilla is nice but it's not enough to sway my taste buds. Feel is thin, and I wish I'd have split this sixer with another victim.
*YMMV, but I've had Bell's Cherry Stout and this isn't even close to a "poor man's" version.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 23:21:50 | More by alkemy
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

Meager head dissipated into a beige ring. Dark chocolate brown body with reddish/maple highlights.

Smells of lactose and tart fruits. Cherry, pomegranate, nuttiness, and a little bubble gum? Some malt roast, but atypically stout-like.

Sour cherry flavor. Cherry syrup, artificial in the way that those cherry-shaped gummi candies taste. Tangy and without much hop character. Antiseptic quality. Roasted malts are weak and overpowered by the generic fruit flavorings. A little bitter cocoa, light-roast coffee (fruity/nutty), and cola. Can't get past the strange cherry implication. The finish is awful. That tart tang transforms into a lingering disagreeable bitterness. Ugh.

Very thin body for a stout. I can tell that no/not enough oatmeal was used. Drinkability suffers from the taste, so I'll try not to dock it any further.

I had a blank slate going into this one. My girlfriend says it tastes like Kasteel Rouge and Guinness had a 'baby', but somehow I think that that concoction would be so much more delicious. This one's not worth it in my book. No-go.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:05:16 | More by thecheapies
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tectactoe

Michigan

2.31/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a bottle. Deep black color with a tan head that has good retention and left mild lacing all the way down the glass. Unfortunately, the appearance was pretty much the best thing about this beer. It was hard to get a good nose on the beer, but the cherry smell was vey faint. Along with it were toasted malts and grains, but once again, very faint and hard to really pick up on. I didn't much care for the taste. I thought it was a bit too tart and sour. The tartness of it actually distracts from the "cherry" flavor, of which there is little. A bit of a roasted flavor in the background, but not much. Medium bodied with a little bit too much carbonation that tickled the mouth. In conjunction with the sour taste, it wasn't too pleasing. My mouth was left feeling sticky and coated.

I had high hopes for this beer and was kind of let down. Disappointing aroma and taste, very flat, tart, and uninviting. Probably won't be having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 15:56:06 | More by tectactoe
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carlborch

Michigan

2.35/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dense dark cherry wood brown. Large, frothy, light brown head. Moderate to well-formed Belgian lace. Persistent head. The initial nose is light and suggests tart cherries. Moderate carbonation. Much lighter body than expected. If tasting blind, I would not have identified it as a stout but perhaps placed as a porter. Very modest fruit/cherry notes on the palate. If I had no visual queues, but had to categorize, I would lean toward a Flemish brown ale. Short, dry finish. Lingering notes of cherry pits. Moderate alcohol. Did the cherry concentrate replace or camouflage the hops? Quite pleasant, but not what I'd expect in a stout. One is enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 18:30:04 | More by carlborch
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.35/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer pours an almost black, deep, dark brown coloring, with an extremely thin film of light tan head. The nose is muddled, with light coffee and chocolate notes, a hint of dark fruit sweetness, and a charcoal scent, also. The flavors are a bit watery, and the tart and bitter dark cherry comes through all over the mouth when you drink. Only a slight coffee and roasted flavor, and it does not balance the syrupy sweet cherry. Very off-kilter flavoring, and on a very watery body, too. The aftertaste is like pure cherry juice, and the finish leaves a slight film in your mouth. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 03:11:02 | More by GarthDanielson
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cdizinno

South Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: poured into a tulip glass from a brown 12oz. bottle with no best by date. Described on the bottle as "Malt Beverage Brewed with Cherry Concentrate" ... Malt beverage??

A: Dark chocolate color with heavy tan head and minimal lacing.

S: Some burnt malts with a background of cherry and chocolate scents.

T&M: Very watery for a stout. Light bodied. When it first hits there is a nice stout flavor for only a split second, then it fades instantly with a bitter cherry taste. Finishes dry with a dark chocolate type flavor.

It looked and sounded good when I saw this beer on the shelf. Thank goodness I only bought a single to try first. It's okay. Not the worst fruit flavored beer I've ever had.... but close.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 02:17:07 | More by cdizinno
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Otesanek

Ohio

2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle into a 22oz snifter. I'll start by saying I love cherry stouts and I wanted this one to work...

Flat brown-black wearing a thin 1/8th inch head that settles instantly to a splotchy cover and solid ring. Very active carbonation, tiny bubbles. Aroma is malty sweet, some hints of fruit, a sorta fruit-flesh aroma, cherry sweet without a backing acid. Roast characteristics come through as a little sooty chocolate. Beyond that the aroma is pretty flat, maybe even a little butterscotch in there? The flavor is odd, has a wineish thing going on. Lightly chocolate, a little juicy cherry, sweet for sure. After the sweetness, nothing really, pretty boring. The mouthfeel is where this mess falls apart for me. This is pretty heavily coating, it leaves a sweetness in the mouth and throat I don't care for, the body is pretty much middle of the road and carbonation is fine. Drinkablity is pretty low on this one, the sweetness gets oppressive and the shallow overall experience doesn't beg for more attention.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 15:30:27 | More by Otesanek
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kbutler1

Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. Marked Dec 11. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown color with some reddish highlights. Light tan head. For being a cherry stout the cherry aroma is pretty subdued. Some light roast notes and a tinge of dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel. Slight cherry start with both a sweet and a tart component that then transitions to a building level of roast flavor culiminating in a slightly bitter, burnt flavor that lingers. No real evidence of the abv. I took a shot on this one and while it isn’t terrible, to me it isn’t that good either. I’d like to see more cherry and a hevier mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 16:34:05 | More by kbutler1
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StoutHunter

Michigan

2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First time having a cherry stout
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampler mug

A- Pours a very dark brown that looks almost dark ruby red when held up to the light. Had an inch of tan head that faded to a big thick ring.

S- Cherry syrup and chocolate malts are all i get from the smell.

T- Just like the nose the cherry syrup and roasted malts combine into one giving this a beer a really unique taste, i wouldn't say it was great, but it wasn't bad.

M- Too light and watery for its style.

D- I split this beer with my bro, One would be all i would want, the taste gets old fast.

Overall i was a little disappointing in this beer, the cherry just tasted too artificial and the stout part did not balance well. Even though i was let down with this one, i am sure there has to be a brewery that produces an awesome cherry stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 05:02:59 | More by StoutHunter
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NoahSYGG

New York

2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer poured with a tan head that quickly disappeared. It has a sour cherry aroma with little stout notes. I has a super sweet sour cherry tastes. It is a dark beer, but light does come through. It is way too heavy in the cherry department. It doesn't have nearly enough stout flavor. The only thing that gives me the idea that it is a stout is the color. I was very disappointed. I am glad that I only bought a onesie. It is cloyingly sweet. I would never drink again. Girls would prob love it.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 02:27:05 | More by NoahSYGG
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capra12

New York

2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed solo,

Appearance: dark brown and opaque with a 1 1/2 brown head.

Smell: sour cherry and porter

Taste: open with sour unripened cherries which last till the finish. There is a hoppy grainy coffee which comes in after the open and last till the end and leaves a medicinal grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: ligh bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly coarse.

Drinkability: sadly enough I would not have this again and would not recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 21:06:38 | More by capra12
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jale

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pouurs brown with a finger of tan head.

S: Very light malt aroma and tart cherries.

T: Not much malt or hop flavor here. Mainly tart cherry juice. Tastes like they skimp on every ingredient but cherry juice.

M: Way to thin to be called a stout.

O: One and done with this.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 12:59:53 | More by jale
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

P- A thanks to Ray in Pittsburgh for this brew

A- a cola-like appearance. Can see carbonation floating up through. Head is about a finger and leaves a poor lacing. Tan head looks marshmallowy.

S- a cherry concentrate nose. Some minimal chocolate malts but nothing too overpowering. Kind of faint and lacking.

T- a tart metallic cherry flavor on the tongue. Some dark chocolate flavor malts come through in the aftertaste. Not a good complement with this brew.

M- medium bodied and the drak chocolate and tart cherry do not mix hat well with this brew. Think of eating a Dark chocolate covered cherry and then drinking a dak coffee mixed with miller lite and that is this beer.

O- i wont buy another one and this may be one to avoid.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 19:05:44 | More by Dodo2step
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep black body, reasonably thick, under a small, slightly off white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Not a whole lot. Some sweet malt, bit of toasted and caramel character, but nothing resembling cherry or stout.

T: Not as lacking as the nose, but lacking. A bit of cherry (resembles what you might find in a cherry cola). Sweet up front and slightly tangy towards the back end. Hint of roasted malt for the first time in the finish, with a slight bitterness and every so slight coffee.

M/D: On the light end of full bodied, a bit over carbonated. Drinkability isn't bad, isn't good. There's nothing really off putting about this beer, there's just not a lot that draws you in. Sub-par effort.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 01:04:30 | More by NCSUdo
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark opaque brown with a thin medium brown head. A hint of red to the head, with a few occasional small streams of bubbles rising from the bottom. Smell was slightly sour cherries with a bit of burnt grainy malt in the back end. Flavor was much like the smell. A very small hint of milk chocolate that was almost redeeming, but a watery sour cherry flavor was overwhelming. Felt thin in the mouth, was well carbonated. Overall a disappointing stout. Not enough body, and a unbalanced flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 00:17:20 | More by mountdew1
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$1.89 for a single @ Merchants. 6.5% ABV per the label. Website says 6.0% ABV, and 20 IBU's. Notched Oct 2010.

Pours out to a clear dark walnut, not quite black, forming a small khaki head with average retention and sparse lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma is good with a nice blend of black walnut, cocoa powder, chalk, and coffee. No cherries in the nose. The mouthfeel is tart, with a medium-light body. I taste a little of the roasted flavors up front for a second, but it is brief before being replaced with an aftertaste of cherry tartness. It's not upfront like a cherry pie where you really get that pure fruit flavor, but is more subtle, adding more of an overall tartness. There would be a better fruit flavor if they would have used black cherries instead of tart, or if the stout was, well... "more stout". The finish is peculiarly watery, and as I drink more, I begin to notice it's flimsy body and weak, insipid flavor. Bitterness is mild. No perceptable off-flavors.

Average at best in all regards. I wouldn't buy this again. I agree with the person who said that this is "a poor mans Bell's Cherry Stout".

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:18:55 | More by Mitchster
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saztheorybook

Louisiana

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the last of my six-pack poured into (this time) a snifter.

A-Pours a purplish black with a two-finger creamy-but-very-carbonated head that almost looks like Coca-Cola, but with a little more stability. Very little lacing but the head remains pretty stable for the first half of the beer.
S- You can smell a little cherry action and otherwise a little wet cardboard.
T- I thought it might be a couple bottles, but for the entire six-pack this beer tasted like contaminated homebrew. You know, when it's just contaminated enough that you won't stop drinking it but, dang, it's bacterial (and a little Belgian-funky although not on purpose--there was a Brett-like tinny bacteria).
The roasted malt and cherries, both of which you have to search out, are very delicious. I really, really wonder if this beer is spoiled.
M- A bit overcarbonated, really. It stings the tongue.
D-For all the bashing, I still always rather enjoy this beer when I get down to the bottom half. It's pretty dang drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 18:54:15 | More by saztheorybook
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the 355 ml bottle. Sampled on July 13, 2009. The pour was just about black with a two finger foamy beige head that lingers around for the sampling. Cherries are clearly noted in the aroma with some malts pulling up the rear. The mouthfeel is in the medium average range so there is nothing special about that. The taste is sour, bready, and loaded with cherries, which I guess should be expected in a cherry stout. But I cannot say that I was impressed with that. It was a a lip-puckerer and I hate it when that happens when I am drinking a beer. This is not on any of my future beer shopping lists.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 23:34:42 | More by puboflyons
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semibaked

Kentucky

2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours very nicely into the glass with 2 fingers of towering beige head that creates some good lacing with some floaties on the bottom.

S - Tart Cherries right away with maybe just a tad of artificial cherry candy smell, and some dark chocolate. I like it.

T - Overwhelming sour cherry flavor with nothing else coming through. Very unbalanced, just because you put cherry in the beer doesn't mean it has to be the only thing the consumer tastes Atwater!

M - Nothing special here, it has the mouthfeel of a bock or lager but not of a stout.

D - Aside from a few sips I couldn't get whole thing down. I wanted to like this because it looked and smelled very good but just took a bad turn after that.

Not impressed so far with Atwater Block, oh well maybe next time.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 00:05:23 | More by semibaked
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Atwater Cherry Stout from Atwater Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.