Atwater Cherry Stout | Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Cherry StoutAtwater Cherry Stout

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
1.56/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

This beer does not hit the hype of it's title. A poor tasting stout with mild malts and mild chocolate flavor with a big dose of concentrated cherry juice that you can tell right away real cherries were not used in the brewing. I would strongly not recommend this one.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the very old bottle, it pours a very dark brown, almost black with a small head, quickly dissipating to barely a ring. Sour cherry in the nose. The mouth is struck by the cherry flavor as well. Hmm.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This goes OK with cookies. The bottle I's drinking appears to be 9 months old. I don't know what that did to this brew other than ...

It is black and extremely foamy. There is a sour cherry aroma. The taste is overcome with cherries and sourness. I don't think I ever had a stout this sour. There aren't enough malts to overcome this overdose and I can't really taste hops at all. The yeast may be contributing to this as well as some over-the-hill-ness.

I couldn't really recommend this stout, but if you were looking for a weird, sour stout, go for it. At least it was reasonably priced.

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Photo of Roguer
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark purplish-brown brew, with a mocha head with sub-par retention.

Sharp and slightly tart aroma, laced with powdered cocoa and a touch of coffee.

Flavor follows, leaning even more strongly toward tartness. Perhaps a bit of cherry skin on the flavor, although cherry flavors aren't particularly noticeable until the back-end. Bits of chocolate throughout, with a slightly ashy finish. Far too much tartness to be very enjoyable.

Very, very lively brew, with moderate sting and a slick finish.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: very deep brown in color; 1 finger medium tan head that receded to a wispy cap with a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: mostly roasted grains, but a little bittersweet chocolate and hint of cherry; I was worried about this being like cough medicine, but the cherry comes through as sweet;

T: tart cherry comes through; mild bitterness and roasted grains come in as you near the end and the tart/bitter combination just doesn't work in this instance;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: the flavors just don't mesh to my liking;

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Photo of hardysf
3.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was a good offering from Atwater. They get slammed here in Michigan, rightfully so for some of their offerings. However, this was a pretty good beer. Did this side by side with dark horse tres blueberry. I thought Atwater was better. Better fruit flavor, less watery, better aroma. I liked the tart cherry. It is a tad thin, but I'd buy this again.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The smell redeems this one slightly. Roasted Malt, chocolate, and dark cheery aromas can't help the thin, burnt, tart sort-of cherry flavor. Looks great right after a a pour, pitch black with a fizzy tan head that has a pinkish tint. If you're looking for a cherry fix, however, look elsewhere

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Photo of tillmac62
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 2/15. Pitch black pour. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Very light nose of roast, cherry and a hint of chocolate.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Excellent carbonation with a nice effervescence from the middle on.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, slightly complex and reasonably balanced. It begins with a flood of semi-bitter dark cherry over a subtle roast background. In the middle a tart mild bitterness emerges in a rush of effervescence. The finish begins with a fading bitterness and a very subtle sweet cherry flavor. A slightly tart bitterness lingers.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.24/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Redish-brown with 1/2 a finger of head that leaves minimal lacing. Smells like cherries and roasted malts. Upfront hit of roasted malts and caramel that turn into a slightly over-sweetened cherry middle followed by the tartness of the cherry. Medium carbonation with a medium-light body. Just too watery for a stout with a cherry flavor that was too slightly too syrupy for my tastes.
I like cherry in beer, but this could've been done better. Too watery of a mouth feel and too much syrupy-ness to it. The positive is that the cherry didn't overwhelm the malts and make it a sugar fest. A so-so stout.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 2/2015. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of tart cherry, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of trart cherry and roast/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big tart cherry, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of tart cherry and roast/bready malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness and fruit tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good fruited stout style. All around good balance and robustness of tart cherry and roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Markbodman
4.54/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one straight from the bottle. Sweet cherry overtone doesn't overpower the oaky stout, instead the slightly tart sweetness merges well to remain crisp and light through the palate. Even the aftertaste remans just slightly to remind you of the satisfying feel of this refreshing stout.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.4/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice dark color that is rich in appearance with a thin tan head that settles slowly leaving a fine lacing down the glass.

The nose is definitely hinting at dark cherries, roasted malt, coffee, caramel and fructose.

The taste is a combination of bittersweet cherries, roasted malt, chocolate, nutmeg and camphor. Thing of a sour that doesn't suck. (Sours are not my thing)

The moutfeel is a bit watery for for a stout.

Overall this is a very pleasant and drinkable beer. I had it with some 75% cacao artisan chocolate that was just superb with this beer.

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Photo of mchegash
3.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.75/5
A very dark brown-red. Looks almost black in low-light. About 1 finger of head upon initial pour, dissipates down to minimally visible head.

Smell - 3.5/5
A vague fruity smell which kind of smells like cherries, but not sure if I would have been able to identify that if I didn't already know this was a cherry stout. Has a bready smell, a moderate alcohol smell, perhaps a hint of spiciness. I wish the cherry was more discernible, and that the alcohol smell was less. Still, an ok smell.

Taste - 3.25/5
The cherry is more pronounced in the taste. Still, the alcohol taste seems out of proportion considering this is only 6%. Besides cherry and alcohol, I taste some sweet malts, and not much else. I am giving the taste a lower rating, because the alcohol taste is so strong, that it basically tastes like a cherry wine. If you had blindly given me this and told me it was cherry wine, I would definitely believe it.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, medium level of carbonation. Creamy-ish. Fairly smooth

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay beer. I like the attempt to use cherries, but it just seemed like all I could taste was cherries and alcohol, and I would have liked to see a little more complexity to this beer.

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Photo of brewqueno
3.87/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a good thing I didn't pass this up based on reviews. This really isn't bad at all. This isn't just cherry "flavored" beer... the cherries really stand out. It isn't overly sweet or syrupy. Not at all.... It's a bit sour which is good. It's different from the norm and stays true to what it is.

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Photo of RevKev007
2/5  rDev -35.5%

AW-"its not entirely undrinkable"
RD-"Both the middle taste and the end taste are not good"
KL-"Reminds me of brown wilted spinach"
TB-"I really don't want to drink the rest of that"
Aj-"I don't even blame the cherry... it doesn't even taste like cherry"

Overall: hope we had a bad batch (sep 2014)

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black, eggshell lacing for a head.

Smells of light brown sugar and biscuit malts with a hint of smokey oak.

Flavor of brown sugar and smoked oak mixed with tart cherry and grape.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

This is an okay stout with a very unique flavor that doesn't quite work. The cherry is either too pronounced or not pronounced enough depending on what you might be hoping for. It's just enough cherry to distract from the stout but not enough to carry the stout. In the end, everything else about the stout is pretty good, but the flavor makes it something I wouldn't go back to.

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Photo of Brenden
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer isn't the darkest, heaviest or thickest out there, but they can't all be. It is dark, though some ruby and brown highlights make it out. The head is compact, tan in color, not quite reaching half a finger but not dropping lower either. Lacing is actually pretty good overall.
The cherry is in the smell, though it offers predominantly tartness against the roast. There's not a huge malt (in fact it could use more), but there's enough roast to play with and not go to harsh. Overall, the cherry should be stronger, but it's pretty standard stuff.
This beer needs a stronger backbone, but the malts do play their role. The cherry kicks in off the tip of the tongue and it stays consistent. There's toast and a bit of bittersweet cocoa for the tartness to play with.
Maybe it's a tad to bright and crisp for a stout, but it isn't overly biting or heavily carbonated. It could use a little more smoothness, but it does have some.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.37/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a bottle. Deep black color with a tan head that has good retention and left mild lacing all the way down the glass. Unfortunately, the appearance was pretty much the best thing about this beer. It was hard to get a good nose on the beer, but the cherry smell was vey faint. Along with it were toasted malts and grains, but once again, very faint and hard to really pick up on. I didn't much care for the taste. I thought it was a bit too tart and sour. The tartness of it actually distracts from the "cherry" flavor, of which there is little. A bit of a roasted flavor in the background, but not much. Medium bodied with a little bit too much carbonation that tickled the mouth. In conjunction with the sour taste, it wasn't too pleasing. My mouth was left feeling sticky and coated.

I had high hopes for this beer and was kind of let down. Disappointing aroma and taste, very flat, tart, and uninviting. Probably won't be having this one again.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours black with a 1/8 inch tan head and heavy lace to the end. The aroma is of dark cherries, wood, and chocolate. The flavor is complex with sour cherry up front followed through by dark chocolate and mild hoppy notes. There's a mild hop bitterness that fades and the flavor is pure dark cherries as it warms. The mouthfeel is full and mildly syrup-like but it works. Atwater Cherry Stout is a good brew, recommended.

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Photo of ckollias
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a snifter glass at Head Keepers in Greensberg PA.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black hue, with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates in to a hint of a wispy lace with no trail down the glass.

S: Malty aroma with hints of cherries and chocolate.

T: Sweet chocolate malt and cherry flavor.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting Cherry Stout – not overwhelming in the cherry department – but rather it was blended in nicely. Nothing I would grab again, but worth trying.

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Photo of 57md
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with practically no head. There is a mild roasty tone to the nose. The taste is pretty flat and thin with only a weak hint of tartness from the cherries.

I really liked their Voodoo Vator, but this offering is pretty disappointing.

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Photo of mountdew1
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark opaque brown with a thin medium brown head. A hint of red to the head, with a few occasional small streams of bubbles rising from the bottom. Smell was slightly sour cherries with a bit of burnt grainy malt in the back end. Flavor was much like the smell. A very small hint of milk chocolate that was almost redeeming, but a watery sour cherry flavor was overwhelming. Felt thin in the mouth, was well carbonated. Overall a disappointing stout. Not enough body, and a unbalanced flavor profile.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a dark looking brown color with a thin fizzy tan head on top. The smell gave off a decent amount of tart cherry aromas that I wasn't overly thrilled out. The taste of the beer had a faint sour cherry essence to it with some roasted chocolate malts working to balance it out but falls short of doing so to me. The mouthfeel was a little like cola to me, nothing too special really. Overall this wasn't what I was hoping for, it reminded me of Bells Cherry Stout a lot.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a hint of cherries. Taste is also of roasted malts, some coffee and cherry notes are present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Lots of dark roasty malts. Burnt coffee, espresso, bready, mild semi-sweet chocolate, some fruity esters which I suppose could be cherry.

Appearance: Pitch black. Opaque. Pours a medium light brown head. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing.

Taste: No hiding the cherry taste, although it was difficult to find in the aroma. Bitter cherries, followed by sweet coffee and chocolate. The finish is hazelnut coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. No carbonation. Oily texture. The bitterness from the cherry stings the back of the tongue for a while.

Overall: Not too impressed, although I've never been impressed with any cherry flavored stout. If the harshness of the bitter cherry was milder, this would be a good brew, especially due to the pleasant coffee flavor.

Note: December 2011 freshness date. Tasted early-January 2012.

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