Atwater Cherry Stout | Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Cherry StoutAtwater Cherry Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
atwaterbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 02-13-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
212
Avg:
3.1
pDev:
19.03%
 
 
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5
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34
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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 212
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt pecan brown with orange and russet highlights. It's a gloomy day outside my front window, but the beer looks to be opaque. The two finger crown of beige colored foam is on the soft and pillowy side. A more than respectable amount of smeary lace graces the glass in the end.

The nose is curiously underpowered. In fact, I probably wouldn't have said 'cherry stout' with the first 5-6 guesses. Warming brings out some amount of fruitiness, but we're still talking below average. Only a lack of truly bad qualities keeps the score from drifting downward.

Cherry Stout is my ninth Atwater Block beer and has finally (finally!) allowed me to grant an average score for flavor. I was beginning to think that I was getting stuck with infected or old bottles from this brewery, but the previous eight offerings were purchased over too long a time span for that to have been likely.

Having said that, average is as good as it gets. The base stout isn't especially stout and doesn't provide much roasted maltiness. The tart Montmorency cherries (the most popular variety in North America) are just that... tart. The amount of sourness and the amount of cherry flavor is just about right.

More maltiness would have improved this ale quite a bit. As is, it tastes like a 5.0% cherry porter. That isn't too far from the intended goal, however, so all is far from lost. As in the nose, no nastiness is a good thing... and is an uncommon thing where Atwater Block beer is concerned.

The body/mouthfeel is too light, too loose and too underbubbled to be considered good. At least it isn't fizzilicious. Ease of drinkability is up there and desirability of drinkability isn't too shabby either. Praising an ABB brew is new territory for me.

In the end, Cherry Stout is decent beer that is more remarkable for a lack of negatives than a presence of positives. If you've never had anything from these guys, start here. Actually, ending here would be a good idea as well. My apologies if this beer's 'quality' is evidence of an improvement across the board at Atwater Block.

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Photo of capra12
2.66/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed solo,

Appearance: dark brown and opaque with a 1 1/2 brown head.

Smell: sour cherry and porter

Taste: open with sour unripened cherries which last till the finish. There is a hoppy grainy coffee which comes in after the open and last till the end and leaves a medicinal grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: ligh bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly coarse.

Drinkability: sadly enough I would not have this again and would not recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of cdizinno
2.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: poured into a tulip glass from a brown 12oz. bottle with no best by date. Described on the bottle as "Malt Beverage Brewed with Cherry Concentrate" ... Malt beverage??

A: Dark chocolate color with heavy tan head and minimal lacing.

S: Some burnt malts with a background of cherry and chocolate scents.

T&M: Very watery for a stout. Light bodied. When it first hits there is a nice stout flavor for only a split second, then it fades instantly with a bitter cherry taste. Finishes dry with a dark chocolate type flavor.

It looked and sounded good when I saw this beer on the shelf. Thank goodness I only bought a single to try first. It's okay. Not the worst fruit flavored beer I've ever had.... but close.

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Photo of saztheorybook
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the last of my six-pack poured into (this time) a snifter.

A-Pours a purplish black with a two-finger creamy-but-very-carbonated head that almost looks like Coca-Cola, but with a little more stability. Very little lacing but the head remains pretty stable for the first half of the beer.
S- You can smell a little cherry action and otherwise a little wet cardboard.
T- I thought it might be a couple bottles, but for the entire six-pack this beer tasted like contaminated homebrew. You know, when it's just contaminated enough that you won't stop drinking it but, dang, it's bacterial (and a little Belgian-funky although not on purpose--there was a Brett-like tinny bacteria).
The roasted malt and cherries, both of which you have to search out, are very delicious. I really, really wonder if this beer is spoiled.
M- A bit overcarbonated, really. It stings the tongue.
D-For all the bashing, I still always rather enjoy this beer when I get down to the bottom half. It's pretty dang drinkable.

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Photo of carlborch
2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dense dark cherry wood brown. Large, frothy, light brown head. Moderate to well-formed Belgian lace. Persistent head. The initial nose is light and suggests tart cherries. Moderate carbonation. Much lighter body than expected. If tasting blind, I would not have identified it as a stout but perhaps placed as a porter. Very modest fruit/cherry notes on the palate. If I had no visual queues, but had to categorize, I would lean toward a Flemish brown ale. Short, dry finish. Lingering notes of cherry pits. Moderate alcohol. Did the cherry concentrate replace or camouflage the hops? Quite pleasant, but not what I'd expect in a stout. One is enough.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the 355 ml bottle. Sampled on July 13, 2009. The pour was just about black with a two finger foamy beige head that lingers around for the sampling. Cherries are clearly noted in the aroma with some malts pulling up the rear. The mouthfeel is in the medium average range so there is nothing special about that. The taste is sour, bready, and loaded with cherries, which I guess should be expected in a cherry stout. But I cannot say that I was impressed with that. It was a a lip-puckerer and I hate it when that happens when I am drinking a beer. This is not on any of my future beer shopping lists.

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Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer w/o freshness info

Pours typical stout black, nothing special mocha head, short lived and leaving equally non exciting tiny bits of lace, dark malts and a hint of cherry in the rear. Thin on the tongue, could use some more dark malt notes. Sour cherry moderatly represented in the flavor profile. Lactic sour lingering in the finish. Sort of disappointing in a bland sort of way

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Photo of NCSUdo
2.66/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep black body, reasonably thick, under a small, slightly off white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Not a whole lot. Some sweet malt, bit of toasted and caramel character, but nothing resembling cherry or stout.

T: Not as lacking as the nose, but lacking. A bit of cherry (resembles what you might find in a cherry cola). Sweet up front and slightly tangy towards the back end. Hint of roasted malt for the first time in the finish, with a slight bitterness and every so slight coffee.

M/D: On the light end of full bodied, a bit over carbonated. Drinkability isn't bad, isn't good. There's nothing really off putting about this beer, there's just not a lot that draws you in. Sub-par effort.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black - Nice tan head. Not much lacing - decent head retention.

Smell: Coffee - Vanilla Bean - Roast - Cherry - very subtle though

Taste: I opened and it and sipped it right out of a 32 degree cooler - not much flavor at all so cold - as it warmed up - still not much flavor - it's been open for about thirty minutes now - I've let some sit in a glass and warm up to about 55-62 degrees. It's ready to be consumed - the bottle is says consume at 45 degrees - that's not all true to get the flavor. Everything about it is subtle. It's well balanced, hint of malt - nice coffee roast under a cherry tartness. Very mild stout. Almost a Belgian Style stout like a Troubadour Obscura - It's NOT a big american slap in the face stout - you have to dig/savor/enjoy the flavors of this one - they aren't handed to you like everyone's seemingly getting used to. There is a cherry tartness up front followed by a roasty coffee/dark chocolate truffle finish - cherry flavors work together to make a bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel: thin, medium bodied - soft and subtle

Drinkability: If 'er there were a stout to be sessionable - here it is for ye. At 6.50% ABV this one is very drinkable/sessionable. Though the flavors call to be savored and uncovered - pondered. It's a very quiet beer with a fair amount to say in flavor and aroma - let it open up.

Best at 58-64 degrees for flavor.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark reddish brown color body with a thin light tan head. Aroma of cherry pipe tobacco,and roasted malt, a hint of charred wood maybe. Flavor is roasty ,malty. lightly sweet Some of the same burnt wood notes,tobacco,and tart cherries, a little grassy on the finish. A light texture/body with a slightly chalky mouthfeel,spotty lacing,medium carbonation. Drinkable but something is just odd or missing or something.

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

Served on tap at Ron's in Exton

Pours a nice rich brown with a thin light tan head.

A rich nose, some cherry tartness and a small bit of chocolate.

The flavor is not all that deep, the cherry tartness is somewhat off-balance, the stout notes do not hit through, no real richness.

Very thin feeling, no creaminess. The tartness is not too pleasant.

Odd total experience, not one I will be hitting again

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Party Source.

Poured reddish black color with an average off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate cherry roasted malt aroma. Medium tart cherry malt and coffee flavor and tart cherry finish of moderate duration.

Good drinkable SWEET STOUT.

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Photo of NoahSYGG
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer poured with a tan head that quickly disappeared. It has a sour cherry aroma with little stout notes. I has a super sweet sour cherry tastes. It is a dark beer, but light does come through. It is way too heavy in the cherry department. It doesn't have nearly enough stout flavor. The only thing that gives me the idea that it is a stout is the color. I was very disappointed. I am glad that I only bought a onesie. It is cloyingly sweet. I would never drink again. Girls would prob love it.

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Photo of Andrewtherooster
3.71/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a large mason jar. Immediately about 4 inches of puffy light brown head pillowed up to the rim. Very bubbly. It looks like its something off the beaten path. The appearance reminds me of a homebrew a few friends of mine and I brewed up a couple months ago, but you don't need to know about that. I love the ring of lace that's forming under the head. As for the body, it's pitch black.

There's not a lot of aroma to this thing. I slight tartness, some subtle malty chocolate and wheat notes. Nothing too outstanding, but intriguing.

Taste: this is where I'm slightly confused about this beer. This does not taste like a stout. The maltiness isn't strong enough for me to call this a stout, as something stout is always associated with a good malt character. So, this should be a Cherry Ale, in my opinion. Okay, enough of that though. I really enjoy the way this beer tastes. In some ways, its soury tartness reminds me of Arbor Brewing's Brasserie Blonde, which has become a favorite casual drinker of mine. The cherry concentrate in this brew is the forefront. It packs a real punch, then lingers out into a light sweetness before a woody malt aftertaste takes over. The changing of the flavors probably lasts 15 seconds or so.

This beer isn't for everyone, and I think its labeling as stout will definitely throw some people off. However, its taste is refreshing and tangy, making for the perfect Spring brew, and at 6.5%, it's not going to destroy you. Coming home from working all day and having one of these is a real relaxing treat.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours fairly normal looking. Dark brown, not as dark as I expected with a fierce stream of carbonation at first but not too much head in the end.

Smell is caramel and faint hints of sour cherry syrup. Not an overly powerful smelling beer.

Taste is like a coffee flavored brown ale with some sour cherry flavoring. The roasty, chocolatey characteristics that would match well with a sour fruit flavor are not there like I would like them to be.

I can't help but be reminded of Hi-C cherry juice from when i was a kid, it just dominates the overall character of this beer.

Oh well, worth a shot in a mixed pack just to give it a chance. I would NOT get this again.

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Photo of treyrab
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Having not liked anything else from Atwater, I figured I would give it one last try. Picked this up last night and poured it into my tulip glass tonight...

A: Pours a very thin brown that yields a highly carbonated one finger bone-khaki colored head. Held up to the light this is a murky brown color with tons of active carbonation creeping up the glass.

S: Smell of tart cherrie puree and extract. Some Munich malt and light crystal malt comes through as well, but I am not getting much roast in the smell that a stout usually portrays.

T: Very highly carboted with flavors of tart cherry puree, dry caramel, sweet cereal grains and only a touch of dry coffee. Overall, this is more like a Cherry Extract Brown Ale. It is rather light in flavor with an astringent, almost smokey-bacon flavor.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this but I will keep looking for an Atwater brew that I like.

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Photo of gordavidson
1.91/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- A very deep ruddy brown with a thin, slightly off white head. Very cloudy.

S- Very earthy, kinda tart, and a bit of chocolate. Just really not that appealing.

T- Oh whoops... Just tart, sour and gross. It didn't really get any better the more I drank it. This is just not doing it for me.

M- Kind of tart. Between that and the carbonation, this is a bit of a pucker-inducing beverage.

D- Well, this just didn't do it for me. Kind of a gross beer. Didn't taste like a stout. It just tasted... I don't know, but I won't be getting it again.

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Photo of BierFan
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black body with a small head the color of a cappuccino foam.

Smell: No cherry aroma at all. It might be an old bottle, but I have no way of knowing because there's no freshness date. There's some kind of smokey wierdness to the aroma.

Taste: Definitely cherry in the taste. Very tart cheek-puckering cherry.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a small snifter

L - black color with a creamy beige head that fell to a ring leaving some lacing.

S - strong cherry aroma upfront with roasted malt in the background.

T - french roast coffee, some hints of chocolate with a tart cherry flavor mixed in.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - smooth and easy to drink.

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Atwater Cherry Stout from Atwater Brewery
3.1 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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