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Atwater Cherry Stout - Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Cherry StoutAtwater Cherry Stout

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BA SCORE
71
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145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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 inxy
3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit, I'm not generally an Atwater fan.

Dec 2011 notched in bottle, new updated label is much better than the old atwater hand labels.

Not much tartness or fruit in the nose, very roasty and warm, hint of smoke.

Taste was really unexpected. Very subtle yet nice juicy tart traverse city cherry blanketed by roasty malt, and creamy coffee. Still has that tingy sourness that I trademark Atwater with.

Tad overcarbonated, but very smooth and milky at the same time.

I can't say I'll be getting this again anytime soon, but that's only because I don't go for fruity beer, ever. Doesnt mean I didnt enjoy it though; it is a very good brew.

inxy, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
2.3/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

thecheapies, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Dodo2step
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Dodo2step, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of kbutler1
2.48/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

kbutler1, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of beer4brian331
3/5  rDev -1.6%

beer4brian331, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ROBSTARR
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

ROBSTARR, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of SickGnar
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Extremely dark brown – nearly black – hints of garnet when backlit. Fair size light tan head, that falls fast, keeps a ring, but leave essentially nothing for lace.

S: Rather faint & clean. Thin hint of tart cherry. Even more distant malts that are not really roasty. It gets a tad better as it warms.

T: Plentiful tart cherries – decent rounded & nuanced full fruit flavor. Definitely tart cherries, not sweet ones. Behind that are some roasty malt notes. But not that darkly roasty and not that robust. Sort of wet used coffee grounds quality to it. Tart cherry lingers on into the finish.

M: Medium body with slightly under-matched CO2. Soft & smooth. Semi-dry finish on a slightly dry medium heft stout.

D: Really has the tart cherry aspect down. Needs to work on the stout part. More roast, more backing malts, and a touch of sweetness to pull it all together would be a good start. Not bad really, just not enough depth to the beer / stout side of things.

SickGnar, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of LornaLee
3/5  rDev -1.6%

LornaLee, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of bushbeer75
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with label notched December ’10 – consumed 9/2011

Atwater Block Brewery Cherry Stout poured black with red highlights and produced a very thin off-white head that showed poor retention and left behind little lacing. The nose [as it warms] is dominated by dark malts, chocolate, and a whiff of cherry. Taste, much like the aroma is of roasted grains, chocolate, cold coffee and a light sour cherry finish. The mouth feel/body is to the light side for a Stout, and this helps make the drinkability a little higher than average.

I should note, I am not a big fan of fruit flavored Stouts especially ones that are to the sour side. So, perhaps this has influenced my review. Nevertheless, if you are a fan of the [fruity stout] style it is worth a try.

bushbeer75, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -1.6%

THECPJ, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3/5  rDev -1.6%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.35/5  rDev -23%
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.

GarthDanielson, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of jski
2/5  rDev -34.4%

jski, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of pperez38
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

pperez38, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Auracom
2.25/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Auracom, May 18, 2011
Photo of jale
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

jale, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of CheckMate
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. pours a very dark brownish black with an inch of mocha color head that slowly dissipated in to beads around the glass. hints of cherries, chocolate, vanilla, nut, and dark roasted coffee hit the nose with a swirl. tastes of sweet cherries immediately hit the tongue with a dark roasted coffee immediately following it with hints of chocolate and nuts. The dark roasted coffee leaves an aftertaste that I love because I love a good dark roasted coffee. It medium carbonated with a medium/heavy body. It is very drinkable, the first sip invites another and another. Awesome brew!

Cheers!

CheckMate, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a nearly opaque black with dark brown highlights and a half inch of quickly-dissipating light-tan head. Cherries hit the nose first, albeit lightly, with espresso and toasted bread following more convincingly. Sour cherry juice is followed closely by toast with hints of espresso and caramel. Medium bodied with surprisingly light carbonation. Moderately drinkable. Flavors are not unpleasant but are not as robust as I was hoping. A lot of the sweetness from the cherries has clearly been fermented out, which makes it a bit less pleasant of an addition as it could be. Overall not a bad beer - it grows on me as I have more an am able to tune into the toast and coffee notes. Not sure I'd get it again though.

MrHurmateeowish, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.65/5  rDev -45.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of MetalandBeer
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was recommended to me by "the beer girl" at my local distributor....she has never steered me wrong, so I took her advice. This was a very hard beer to review, I must have had a defective batch....every bottle I opened would fizz right out of the bottle....a steady stream of slow foam...even when poured into a glass....it would overflow with foam! That being said:

The head was a nice off-white color.

The smell was not strong,almost non-existent.

can't comment on the lacing due to the strange foaming issue.

High carbonation with an artificial sour cherry flavor.

Not as thick & hearty as I expected a stout to be.

Drinkability....can't see myself making a night out of this beer, although I would enjoy it with a nice piece of chocolate cake. It makes for a nice dessert beer after a nice big Sunday or holiday dinner.

As I said...this might have just been a defective batch.Even after letting the remainder of the bottles sit still over-night, I had the same issue of foam over-flowing the moment I opened it. Sort of like what happens when your buddy hits the top of your bottle with the bottom of his. Maybe I'll give it another try..."The Beer Girl" has never been wrong! :)

MetalandBeer, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of mattkoon
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer was surprisingly watery for a stout. the wateryness makes it seem like you could drink a few at a time. typically ill sip on a stout when the weathers cold and savor them. usually this is because stouts are very complex most of the time. this cherry stout has a hint of smokiness with a slight cherry finish. not at the top of my list but fairly drinkable.

mattkoon, Dec 21, 2010
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
Atwater Cherry Stout from Atwater Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.