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Atwater Cherry Stout - Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Cherry StoutAtwater Cherry Stout

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86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 192
Avg: 3.11
pDev: 27.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 02-13-2009

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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 192
Photo of biglite351
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
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

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Photo of pwoody11
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of samie85
3.01/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of jamiesessions
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of alkemy
2.29/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
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

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Photo of semibaked
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
2.92/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of Otesanek
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of berserker256
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass
Dark, black-cherry in color with big, fluffy off-white head of foam
Aroma-Cherry juice and faint chocolate notes
Taste-Aggressive sour cherry dominates, leaving the coffee and chocolate flavors you might expect in a stout to be lost in the background-unbalanced on the sour cherry side and a bit thin-bodied. A bit dissapointing overall.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of capra12
2.66/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of cdizinno
2.44/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of saztheorybook
2.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of carlborch
2.38/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.83/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Photo of NCSUdo
2.66/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Atwater Cherry Stout from Atwater Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.