Atwater Cherry Stout - Atwater Brewery
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3.08/5 rDev +1%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours dark brown with a thin off white head and a toy amount of lacing on the way down. Nose brings forward sweet berries.and some backing chocolate. The taste consists of the same two components, although the cherry stands out more here. Feel is a bit strange. Medium body. Drinkability is quite poor, as the monotonous flavors get old in short order.
10-12-2010 22:40:10 | More by Thorpe429
3.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Burnt pecan brown with orange and russet highlights. It's a gloomy day outside my front window, but the beer looks to be opaque. The two finger crown of beige colored foam is on the soft and pillowy side. A more than respectable amount of smeary lace graces the glass in the end.
The nose is curiously underpowered. In fact, I probably wouldn't have said 'cherry stout' with the first 5-6 guesses. Warming brings out some amount of fruitiness, but we're still talking below average. Only a lack of truly bad qualities keeps the score from drifting downward.
Cherry Stout is my ninth Atwater Block beer and has finally (finally!) allowed me to grant an average score for flavor. I was beginning to think that I was getting stuck with infected or old bottles from this brewery, but the previous eight offerings were purchased over too long a time span for that to have been likely.
Having said that, average is as good as it gets. The base stout isn't especially stout and doesn't provide much roasted maltiness. The tart Montmorency cherries (the most popular variety in North America) are just that... tart. The amount of sourness and the amount of cherry flavor is just about right.
More maltiness would have improved this ale quite a bit. As is, it tastes like a 5.0% cherry porter. That isn't too far from the intended goal, however, so all is far from lost. As in the nose, no nastiness is a good thing... and is an uncommon thing where Atwater Block beer is concerned.
The body/mouthfeel is too light, too loose and too underbubbled to be considered good. At least it isn't fizzilicious. Ease of drinkability is up there and desirability of drinkability isn't too shabby either. Praising an ABB brew is new territory for me.
In the end, Cherry Stout is decent beer that is more remarkable for a lack of negatives than a presence of positives. If you've never had anything from these guys, start here. Actually, ending here would be a good idea as well. My apologies if this beer's 'quality' is evidence of an improvement across the board at Atwater Block.
10-03-2009 12:42:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.98/5 rDev -2.3%
Another in this long weekend of being really just iced inside the house, lol. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 01/29/2010.
The pour was decent, nothing special as the body failed to be anything more then a dark brown color through which some reddish light was clearly visible. Small head of tan quickly dissipated and left behind nothing more then a shallow, broken crown. At first all I am getting here is fake cherry aroma. Hints of a light tartness and perhaps a dash of some chocolate, but really just not pulling together for me at all. Way too light to be a decent stout, it really just not working for me. Cherries are upfront, semi tart with more artificial flavor then anything else. Clean finish without much other then the slightest bit of a molasses taste.
Overall not a good stout, pour cherry flavor, not what I was looking for at all.
01-30-2010 18:37:35 | More by mikesgroove
3.13/5 rDev +2.6%
Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, near black body with a thin, wispy, off-white head.
Smell: Mildly roasted and chocolaty malt notes with some tart-scented wafts of cherry flavoring. So far, it's a tad lacking in terms of it being a purported stout and not overly effusive in its cherry qualities. Though, don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean I necessarily want to get BLOWN AWAY with cherries, I just want enough.
Taste: Roasted grains and some unceremoniously discarded hunks of unsweetened chocolate. The cherry concentrate doesn't provide much concentrated cherry taste, but there's plenty of tartness present. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Lightly roasted, meagerly cherryish on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: Over the years, I've had several faulty Atwater beers, chock full of alarming tartness. Here, though, I guess it's somewhat appropriate. Even still, it's not a particularly great fruit stout.
02-07-2010 21:13:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.08/5 rDev +1%
This beer poured out as a dark looking brown color with a thin fizzy tan head on top. The smell gave off a decent amount of tart cherry aromas that I wasn't overly thrilled out. The taste of the beer had a faint sour cherry essence to it with some roasted chocolate malts working to balance it out but falls short of doing so to me. The mouthfeel was a little like cola to me, nothing too special really. Overall this wasn't what I was hoping for, it reminded me of Bells Cherry Stout a lot.
02-16-2012 01:47:05 | More by Knapp85
1.65/5 rDev -45.9%
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.
01-09-2011 05:27:50 | More by WVbeergeek
3.2/5 rDev +4.9%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours initially black but holding this up to the light actually reveals this to be a dark clear ruby, while this is topped with 1 ½ fingers of smooth and creamy mocha colored head. This just has a great retention and overall look to it, continuing to stay rich and leaving back heavy lacing that drenches the sides of the glass. The aroma is definitely tart cherries, but I seem to also be picking up some metallic smelling notes that interfere pretty heavily with the nose. There is some chocolate roast underneath here as well but I'm just not getting the depth of flavor here that I would have expected. Pretty poor aroma here.
The taste immediately gets this beer back on track with a well done cherry character, with a tartness and pithiness to it that is a bit aggressive in the profile but still quite approachable and flavorful. This sits on top of a silky feeling mix of chocolate and bitter roast and maybe a touch of green hop flavor as well but it's mostly hidden behind the notes of cherries and burnt malt. The cherries are actually what probably lingers the most, finishing with a dry pithiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall but is maybe falling on the lighter side with a soft bubbly creaminess that pretty much stays that way the whole time. Not a whole lot in the way of sharpness here.
This Cherry Stout was a bit of a mixed bag. Great look, good taste, average body, and a pretty weak aroma. All in all, I think that there was more to like than dislike here. I'd be willing to give this a second shot sometime.
12-17-2010 19:39:18 | More by Kegatron
3.4/5 rDev +11.5%
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
06-29-2009 02:04:19 | More by Billolick
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.13/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured into pint glass.
Pours 1/2 of tan head. Fades down to a thick ring. No lace left. Color is a pretty much black.
Aroma: Fresh cherries, roasted malts, chocolate. Pretty straight forward.
Taste: The cherries here don't seem as fresh or real, but they show. Some chocolate and roasted malts again. A lot like the aroma. I really can't pick much else up.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, with a bit of sourness to it. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry with some cherries.
Overall, not too impressed with this one. The cherries are there but they are not very fresh or tart. It is somewhat drinkable, but I would much rather have a NG Cherry Stout.
08-03-2010 02:00:05 | More by mothman
2.35/5 rDev -23%
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.
12-07-2011 03:11:02 | More by GarthDanielson
3.48/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
08-15-2010 19:02:40 | More by flagmantho
3/5 rDev -1.6%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.
S: An oddly acrid smell of malt, chocolate, coffee and cherries.
T: Taste had hints of malt, coffee and chocolate, but mainly it was just thin and watery. Surprisingly, there wasn't much evidence of the cherries.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.
D: An average to below average beer. Not the worst thing I've ever had, but not something I'd drink again.
01-11-2010 13:19:12 | More by avalon07
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
3.08/5 rDev +1%
A- Dark brown beer with light brown highlights. Good lacing, average head retention.
S- Very nice cherry smell. Subtle, but nice,
T- Not much in the way of flavor until the cherry aftertaste...which I enjoy. Meh. No roastyness at all.
M- Thinner mouthfeel, low to medium low carbonation.
D/O- Not a good beer, not a bad beer...its just kind of there. Give it some (more?) roasted malts and thicken the mouthfeel and this would be a pleasant beer.
01-27-2012 03:33:32 | More by Duff27
2.78/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
07-13-2009 23:34:42 | More by puboflyons
3.24/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
11-08-2013 21:55:24 | More by Brenden
2.31/5 rDev -24.3%
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.
09-25-2012 15:56:06 | More by tectactoe
3.45/5 rDev +13.1%
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
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03-04-2010 04:45:28 | More by blackie
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
2.3/5 rDev -24.6%
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.
01-12-2012 04:05:16 | More by thecheapies
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