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Atwater Cherry Stout - Atwater Brewery

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kegatron, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
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".

Mitchster, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of DannyDan
3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

DannyDan, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of jsdunlop
2.25/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

jsdunlop, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

farrago, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
2.53/5  rDev -17%
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.

StoutHunter, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

flagmantho, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

mothman, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of MikeBrandman
1.78/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

MikeBrandman, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice label; just a bit past its date

Appearance: Dark brown/black beer, ruby around the edges; a hard pour produces a soapy sandy head with decent retention

Smell: Actually some nice caramel, light chocolate, and natural cherry aromas...not bad, and I'm not usually a fan of cherry stouts...there isn't the expected roastiness though.

Taste: Some thin stout flavors (think weak dry stout) and tart (but light flavored cherry juice). Not bad flavors, and not a bad combination, but it tastes way watered down and light, especially for a 6.5% abv.

Mouthfeel: Light...too light

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Good? No. Bad? No. Underwhelming? Extremely.

BedetheVenerable, May 28, 2010
Photo of phiberoptik
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

phiberoptik, May 26, 2010
Photo of biglite351
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - red around the edges and some red through the middle of the glass. Tight head drops quickly to nearly nothing.

S - has a scent of old cherry mash mixed in the typical stout body.

T - the start of the flavor is okay, but the after taste it gets a bit bitter. The cherry taste is not a candy-cherry flavor, but more a real cherry taste, even a slight sour-cherry taste.

M - thin with mild tingle on back of tongue.

D - it is drinkable in quantity, but you would really have to be in the mood for it.

biglite351, May 16, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

buschbeer, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: darkness from afar and up close full of crimson, maple syrup brown, and magenta. A very soft and dense layer of foam is the holding true on top, leaving some remnants of sticky yellowish-brown fuzz in my glass. Fairly nice character in the glass

S: a incredibly mild smeller. The most notable whiff is just full of tart cherries. Where are the malts? Warming brings out the fruitiness and hides the toasted/roasted sniffs. The whole experience is pretty timid for the nose

T: the palate is predominantly full of tart cherries with some sweeter cherry concentrate notes flashing. Malts are in the mix, nowhere near what I was expecting, and provide next to nothing for a backbone. A slight sourness is ever present, no doubt from the cherries but it might house a slight astringency from the stout itself and the earthy bittersweet chocolate flavors within

M: feel more like a porter than a stout. Body is medium in feel and relies a bit to strongly on carbonation. Average at best

D: alright...not bad, but not great either. Atwater still needs to impress me

Magpie14, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with a porous off-white crown.

Aroma is of chocolate espresso with faint cherry notes.

Taste takes the side of the aroma. Cocoa, burnt coffee, barely noticeable cherries.

I was really anxious to try this one as cherry stouts are towards the top of my favorite beer choices. This wasn't even really a solid stout IMO and there wasn't enough cherry in it for me. Glad to try it, wouldn't seek out in the future.

pwoody11, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of samie85
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes 4/09.

A-Pours black with dark brown head.

S-Maybe some vanilla and an overpowering dark cherry note.

T-Faint chocolate malt with that dark, tart cherry and finishes bitter, slightly weird aftertaste that I can't put my finger on.

M-Thin almost soda-like body with some creaminess.

D-Not an amazing beer, but drinkable, and quite a bit more palatable than the other Cherry stouts I've had.

samie85, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.25/5  rDev -26.2%
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...

TheGordianKnot, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of jamiesessions
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

jamiesessions, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of alkemy
2.3/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

alkemy, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of blackie
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
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

blackie, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of semibaked
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

semibaked, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

mikesgroove, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of rtratzlaff
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a not quite opaque black body with an off white head that doesn't look very impressive.

Aromas are of cherry juice, some roasted malts, not much else.

Flavors match rather well with a tart cherry thing that pulls through above everything else.

Mouthfeel is kind of light and somewhat over carbonated. I would never guess 6.8% though. No signs of alcohol hits the palate, but it does hit the belly with some warmth.

Not a bad stout, but certainly more of a fruit beer than anything else. I'd pass on getting a sixer for the price they are charging.

rtratzlaff, Jan 25, 2010
Atwater Cherry Stout from Atwater Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.