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
3.73/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
08-23-2010 20:55:26 | More by farrago
2.53/5 rDev -17%
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.
08-17-2010 05:02:59 | More by StoutHunter
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
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
1.78/5 rDev -41.6%
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.
06-14-2010 02:50:08 | More by MikeBrandman
3.23/5 rDev +5.9%
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
Conclusion: Good? No. Bad? No. Underwhelming? Extremely.
05-28-2010 02:17:14 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.48/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
05-26-2010 13:42:45 | More by phiberoptik
2.8/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
05-15-2010 23:22:38 | More by biglite351
3.43/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
04-30-2010 00:29:14 | More by buschbeer
2.93/5 rDev -3.9%
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
04-23-2010 16:00:11 | More by Magpie14
2.98/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
04-19-2010 00:41:26 | More by pwoody11
3/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
04-10-2010 02:01:27 | More by samie85
2.25/5 rDev -26.2%
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...
04-09-2010 22:47:15 | More by TheGordianKnot
3.53/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
03-18-2010 00:23:05 | More by jamiesessions
2.3/5 rDev -24.6%
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.
03-17-2010 23:21:50 | More by alkemy
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
single from Ye Olde Spirit Shoppe, Frederick, MD
03-04-2010 04:45:28 | More by blackie
2.8/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
02-25-2010 00:05:23 | More by semibaked
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
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
2.93/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
01-25-2010 12:54:14 | More by rtratzlaff
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
2.9/5 rDev -4.9%
A - Pours a very dark brown/black with 3 fingers of tan foam that slowly disappeared
S - roasted malts and very subtle hints of cherry
T - tart sour cherries up front with a roasted malt base.
M/D - light/medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, i was expecting a heavier body and mouthfeel so in that sense it was light enough to drink alot of but flavorwise, i don't think i'll be trying it again
01-05-2010 13:43:34 | More by mikereaser
2.48/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
11-08-2009 15:30:27 | More by Otesanek
2.85/5 rDev -6.6%
I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Dark maroon/black color and a creamy but rapidly disapating head. Smells: sweet cherry, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar. It kind of smells like the Mr. Beer crap stout that I made last year. Tastes tart, sour, and slightly metallic. There's cherry in there, too, but it tastes like pie filling out of a can was added to a stout. Now the beer is half gone and it looks like a glass of flat Coke that was left sitting out over night. Not much carbonation or body. Pretty disappointing beer from Atwater Block. I've had a lot of their other beers that were really good. Even good breweries have duds once in a while, I suppose.
10-31-2009 17:55:19 | More by berserker256
Atwater Cherry Stout from Atwater Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.