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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: 96
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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 linnymtu:
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

02-01-2014 15:24:26 | More by linnymtu
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

01-11-2012 04:20:52 | More by WuAnquo1
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2.7/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

03-22-2012 02:05:34 | More by mdaschaf
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Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

02-10-2013 01:37:24 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

01-01-2014 20:09:02 | More by Bdel34
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

11-20-2011 22:56:24 | More by raymo55
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

05-14-2012 04:49:09 | More by Acuity
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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

04-03-2012 14:30:38 | More by cates1tg
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-22-2013 11:59:35 | More by KevinGordon
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-05-2012 00:17:36 | More by n2185
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-19-2013 01:22:47 | More by bigaddy
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

03-07-2014 04:41:29 | More by Goldndomer
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

01-11-2014 07:29:31 | More by IdrinkGas
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2.13/5  rDev -37.9%

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.

09-28-2011 04:25:49 | More by DrDoitchbig
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-25-2012 19:10:41 | More by mikediesel124
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2.34/5  rDev -31.8%

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.

05-22-2014 22:44:51 | More by ThickNStout
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

06-03-2013 01:50:45 | More by maxwelldeux
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-16-2014 02:16:24 | More by CWhite
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

01-31-2014 02:44:23 | More by GABrew
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

12-07-2011 03:16:27 | More by bozodogbreath
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

12-25-2013 01:43:23 | More by ShanePB
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2/5  rDev -41.7%

12-18-2012 10:35:58 | More by eorwar
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

11-08-2013 20:28:49 | More by detroitpat
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3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a black some red brown showing around the edges. Finger and a half dark tan head that falls ring fairly quickly with some sparse lace.

Aroma is light bourbon barrel, burnt malts or maybe more toasted and a good ripe dark fruit aroma.

Taste is bourbon upfront then toasted malts little bit of the burnt notes along with earthy hints and a good smoke notes. Finish seems little watery but for a regular porter that seems fine.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation seems peppy but does not come off fizzy. Fairly smooth just light on back end.

Overall not bad brew bourbon is on the light side but it is a regular porter so that seems fine also. A decent enough brew not one to seek out but worth a try for sure.

03-21-2013 11:41:14 | More by mntlover
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-20-2013 00:28:33 | More by bshiban
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Atwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's Porter from Atwater Brewery
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