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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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Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 02-13-2009

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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of ssmilkstout
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Tylertut
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Karibourgeois
2.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of pkkosmatka
3.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Roguer
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Jacobus79
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of MichialTanner1
3.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of clager
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HamdenHector
3.31/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Wafe
4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hardysf
3.74/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Gagnonsux
3.52/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thumperskibum
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.34/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdm168
2.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tillmac62
3.65/5  rDev +17%
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 Lukebell15
2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of OKbrew89
3.24/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Gemini6
3.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
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 +45.5%
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%
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 +10.3%
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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Atwater Cherry Stout from Atwater Brewery
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 215 ratings
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