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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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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DrDoitchbig on 09-28-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:37:24 | More by Sammy
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +16.6%

12-28-2013 03:45:07 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.5%

04-02-2014 23:11:38 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Bourbon: drink of the shamans. Yeah, I'm pretty sure I remember hearing that sometime during sophomore year... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises bourbon, mild cocoa, light roasted malts, and a hint of what may or may not be oak. That bourbon is definitely the star of the show. The taste reinforces this notion, though now the bourbon comes across as, well, cheaper (for lack of a better word at the moment). Some cola is tossed in there as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an overly-thin, cheap-whiskey-centric porter. It's not terrible, but it's not all that great.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 23:41:24 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased by Jason, although I think I picked this out at the store. Served in a tulip.

A - A thin tan foam settles to a collar and some wispy patches. Very dark brown, with a glint of red-brown transparency at the bottom of the glass. A few stray splotches of lace.

S - Intense bourbon and fusel alcohol, as well as some licorice. 6.8?! Really?!? Some oak as well. Base beer has been obliterated.

T - Dark chocolate, some mild vanilla, and significantly better hidden booze. Less barrel presence, and surprisingly mild compared to the aroma. Actually kind of dull.

M - Body is medium-light and too thin for a barrel-aged porter. Lower carbonation, and little tannic character - guessing this wasn't aged in barrels very long.

D - The excessive booze in the aroma was the highlight of this beer when it came to interesting features - unfortunately it was a negative. A pretty boring beer in most other regards.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 15:27:03 | More by MasterSki
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very interesting to have a bourbon barrel beer so low in alcohol these days. it always seems like its reserved for the massive beers, so i found this take quite refreshing. nice color on it, maybe a little thin for the style, and not much head after a few seconds. there is not as much bourbon barrel influence as expected here, very mellow in all of its flavors. not a ton of bitter malt either, just some earthy roast and a moderate oak gentleness that work together pretty well, but its all a bit understated. this couldnt have spent too long in the barrel i cant imagine. it could use just a bit more body, but i found the carbonation level and overall drinkability of this to be extremely high. this is a nice respite from the bigger wood aged beers, and serves that flavor dynamic well with a very sessionable ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 04:45:18 | More by StonedTrippin
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +2%

06-21-2012 03:36:05 | More by DrunkinYogi
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter; bottled Sept 2011. Pours very dark brown color with a small tan head with decent retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Small bits of lacing cling to the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, nuttiness, vanilla, light bourbon, and a touch of spicy hops. Some nice aromas with good balance. Taste of big roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, light charcoal, spicy hops, and a bit of wood. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, roasted malt, and spiciness on the finish. Nice balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouhfeel. A tad bit on the watery side from what I was expecting, but it isn’t that big of a beer anyways. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice porter. The barrels didn’t lend much bourbon taste to this beer, but maybe they enhanced it and added some flavors. I have never had the normal porter so I can’t compare at this time.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:08:36 | More by superspak
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drewone

California

3/5  rDev -12.5%

01-17-2012 05:16:42 | More by drewone
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mdaschaf

Washington

2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 02:05:34 | More by mdaschaf
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

12-25-2013 01:43:23 | More by ShanePB
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty much everywhere and even though these guys suck I still try their new offerings in hopes its better than the last.

A - Fairly good carbonation well over an inch of deep mocha hue head. The beer itself is very dark almost pitch except for a bit of ruby hue in the base.
S - Slightly sour (oh no infected?) dark fruits, mild bit of chard oak, and just the slightest hint of bourbon but a lot of sour cherry.
T - Well it taste better than it smells very mellow oak mostly caramel and porter like roasts. It surprisingly not to dry with yeasts which is nice yet the barrel character is faint if anything just giving me wood flavor and sweet caramel. Not bad at all actually.
M - Medium bodied kind of thin for a "Bourbon aged" beer but not too bad to have a couple.

Overall the flavors are lacking and the smell is not super desirable but the overall beer is decent enough to finish. Wish it had more barrel character maybe they should make an imperial version of this?

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 03:14:10 | More by DrDemento456
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sweemzander

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.5%

04-21-2014 23:14:03 | More by sweemzander
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-08-2012 01:57:49 | More by Exiled
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Traditionally brewed in the Baltic Region". "We use the finest ingredients including; Munich, Chocolate and Black Malts (plus, German Hops)"
ABV 6.8% IBU 32 per the bottle, $1.79 for a 12oz bottle.

Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black, forming a nice creamy tan head with very good retention and solid sheets of lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma is quite nice, much better than the Shaman porter I had back in 2006. Black walnut, burnt chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, and burnt marshmallow. Reminds me a bit of Bells stout in the nose...nice black patent roastiness. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body. The taste is a recap of the nose...lots of dark malts, and the mild woody green leafy hoppy bitterness is balanced nicely by long lasting roasted notes and a light sweetness. Very nice balance here, although it's definitely not as sweet as a baltice porter, nor does it have those fig/date/prune notes. There is a just a hint of bourbon in the finish, although I would be hard pressed to guess it was even there in a blind tasting. No off-flavors or aromas here. Seems they have improved their quality control.

This is a really good porter, and considering the price, I would buy it again. The first beer I've tried from Atwater that I can recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 20:45:41 | More by Mitchster
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2%

05-01-2012 18:01:50 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

01-11-2014 07:29:31 | More by IdrinkGas
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-02-2012 23:24:18 | More by PittBeerGirl
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-13-2013 00:15:26 | More by RedneckBeerz
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-30-2014 12:30:47 | More by jbaker67
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev +16.6%

08-05-2012 04:20:58 | More by JRod1969
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.5%

04-02-2014 23:14:43 | More by jzeilinger
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david131

California

3/5  rDev -12.5%

01-04-2013 04:03:03 | More by david131
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Black with a tan head and strands of lace.

S - Imitation vanilla, sweet cocoa, milk chocolate, roasted malts.

T - Imitation vanilla, licorice, sweet cocoa, lightly roasted malts, milk chocolate.

M - Somewhat thin and watery.

D - The bourbon isn't really noticeable. Tastes like a lot of imitation vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 01:29:16 | More by brewcrew76
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Atwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's Porter from Atwater Brewery
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