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Atwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's Porter - Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's PorterAtwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's Porter

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrDoitchbig on 09-28-2011)
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Reviews by jeremy13586:
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3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

September 2011 Bottle Date

Jet black. Absolutely no light getting through this one, even around the edges.
Had a one-finger tan head that didn't last for too long, but it did leave behind a little bit
of lacing.

Some roasted malt and coffee up front, but then there is a fairly strong aroma of sweet chocolate. Some minor notes of wood and bourbon, but not that much.

Roasted malt hit first and was pretty consistent, but just enough to provide a good backbone for everything else. coffee, vanilla and licorice changed to sweet chocolate which became the prevalent flavor, but was controlled by the roasted malt. Light oak at the end and a clean finish

Very smooth and a little bit syrupy. Full bodied, but just heavy enough. Again, very clean finish.

A very drinkable and interesting porter. Didn't get too much of the bourbon barrel aging, so it certainly wasn't what I was expecting. All the flavors that were there were pretty well laid out and it surprisingly wasn't muddy.

jeremy13586, Jul 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

WuAnquo1, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

goast8127, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Tony412 for this one!

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin mocha colored head on top. Very little retention, settling to a thin cap. Thin lacing forms around the sides.

S: Some roasted malt, a little caramel, and if I make myself believe, there is a hint of bourbon and vanilla, but very faint.

T: Rather boring..tastes like a very generic porter. No bourbon influence at all. Some roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate.

M: Light to medium bodied for style. Medium carbonation.

O: Not very good. Would never have guessed this had a bourbon influence. Even compared to regular porters this beer is boring.

mdaschaf, Mar 22, 2012
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3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Champane's Cellars. Underrated Baltic porter. Some decent taste. Black coloured body and some retained head. Roast aroma. A little much roast but liked the bourbon and chocolate, nothing overpowering. A bit thin for the description, but good drinkability.

Sammy, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Bdel34, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

raymo55, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Acuity, May 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

ianpstephens, Oct 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +32%

cates1tg, Apr 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12%

Icebiker71, Nov 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

KevinGordon, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of n2185
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with three fingers of dark tan head that fades into a thin ring with barely any lacing.

S: Roasted malts with sweet cocoa up front followed by vanilla and a touch of licorice. There are also hints of oak and bourbon, but they're faint.

T: Roasted malts with semi-sweet cocoa and coffee at first. Licorice and vanilla come through here as well along with just hints of the oak and bourbon.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer could use a creamier body or more carbonation to avoid feeling watery.

O: An alright beer overall, though not great. The licorice notes are a bit weird and the bourbon is almost undetectable. Still, it's far from undrinkable.

n2185, May 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

bigaddy, Nov 19, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Goldndomer, Mar 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12%

cistercian12, Oct 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

IdrinkGas, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of DrDoitchbig
2.13/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Atwater Block we meet again. $1.59 for a single of a bourbon barrel aged beer? It's worth a shot.

Appearance: We're off to a good start. An aggressive pour yielded an impressive 1 1/2 fingers of creamy mocha colored head. The beer itself was jet black with minimal garnet hued edges when held to the light.

Smell: And the downward spiral begins. The aroma is nearly non-existent. There is a faint whiff of dark chocolate coupled with some roasted malts and perhaps a bit of booze hiding in there but nothing that specifically points to bourbon.

Taste: Sweeter than the smell would suggest but the taste still consists of mostly dark chocolate and roasted malts. If this stuff was barrel aged it was only done for an extremely short period of time. I do pick up some vanilla towards the finish which could be a byproduct of aging but that's about it. It's not horrible but it does misrepresent itself.

Mouthfeel: I wouldn't call it watery but it is too thin for the style. Carbonation is at an acceptable level but that hardly saves the experience.

Overall: Does Atwater have no quality control? Did anyone taste this beer before it made it to the bottling line? Calling this bourbon barrel aged is a joke. I didn't expect much at the cheap price point but I still managed to be underwhelmed.

DrDoitchbig, Sep 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

mikediesel124, Jan 25, 2012
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2.34/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle from waston (thanks!). Bottled 11/2013. Served in a goblet.

Pours dark, near-black brown with an out of control four finger biege head. The bubbles slowly reced to a respectable layer of froth that leaves some decent sheets of lace.

Smells of sweet cocoa extract, cherry skins and a vague vanilla. Ok.

Strange flavors for a bourbon barreled porter. Semi sour cherry, bitter woodsy char, cocoa powder and cheap bourbon. Having never tried the base beer I'm not sure which is worse- the beer or the barrel taint. This is just a weird mess.

Fairly thin body with a little too much carbonation. Acrid imitation vanilla, cocoa and old dark fruit linger in the rather unpleasant finish.

Just strange all the way around. Not sure why they decided to barrel age such a thin, weak brew and why they chose whatever seemingly suboptimal barrels that this atrocity had apparently been wallowing in. I'm going to need to agree to disagree with the folks of Atwater. This is the fourth or fifth dark beer I've had from them and I just don't care for their take on things. For my tastes I say pass on this and perhaps on the brewery in general.

ThickNStout, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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Atwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's Porter from Atwater Brewery
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