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Atwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's PorterAtwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrDoitchbig on 09-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
182
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
18.54%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
28
For Trade:
6
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5/5  rDev +52%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

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4.38/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger of TIGHT tan head with superb retention. Near opaque dark brown with the slightest red hue on the edges.
S: Slightly sweet caramel bourbon aroma. Dark chocolate and pumpkin when you scoop it out for a Jack-o-Lantern. Subdued, could be a bit bolder. Bananas Foster.
T: Nicely balanced and not boozy. Roasty cocoa and essence of bourbon. Slight tobacco, tangy caramel, slight tannin. Bourbon becomes a bit more dominant later. Bananas Foster.
M: Smooth, silky, chewy. Slightly warm - in a great way.
O: High drinkability for a BBA beer. Lovin' it! I'd definitely order another. I might buy 6!

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Photo of DannyDan
4.28/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

POurs out a black hue with a 1 and a half inch tan head that maintains good retention and some nice lacing. The nose is a pleasant aroma of burnt roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is a nice balance of some sweet malts, chocolate, coffee and a hint of hops. Some bourbon comes in at the finish. This is a very nice smooth creamy medium bodied beer that is a pleasure to drink. This is by far Atwater's best beer. This is one of those beers I would have expected from Dark Horse or Founders, not Atwater. A very nice surprise from an unexpected source.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

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Photo of BBP
4.12/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark yet clear black. Head is present very quickly but it doesn't fly up or maintain itself well. Lacing is nice.

The aroma is really solid. There's a definitive bourbon without the heat. The next smell up is roastiness which is embedded into the bourbon. Dark malt is there, but it's pretty minimal. There might just be a sliver of caramel malt that works underneath the bourbon as well.

The taste was a bit lighter than the aroma suggests. I sort of expected a stronger taste, but this brings the bourbon out without any heat and it has a pretty solid balance. The drinkability is tremendous for that reason too. The malt bill and the bourbon don't really meld all that well, but it doesn't clash. First the bourbon comes in and really makes an incredible taste, but then it fades away to leaving the malt looking a bit unimpressive. Overall, this has tremendous potential, but I felt that the malt wasn't sufficient to hold it's own after the bourbon faded.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and medium to high heaviness. The finish is moderately dry and considerably sticky.

Overall, this was a solid beer, but I wish they put just a little bit more into the malt and hop bill. I'm very curious to try all their other offerings now though. This was very tastefully done.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big three finger tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, biscuit, dough, caramel, nuts, and yeast. The barrel is kind of subtle but there are some hints of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Also some hints of brown sugar and subtle hops. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Like the nose indicates, a roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate and bourbon. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, biscuit, coffee, caramel, and yeast. Some barrel notes come through with some bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Subtle notes of dark fruit and hops. Also some brown sugar sweetness. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Porter. Nice roasty malt flavor. The barrel presence is subtle but I wouldn’t expect a small beer like this to be boozy.

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4.04/5  rDev +22.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +22.8%

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4.02/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours dark brown producing a 1” tan foam cap that recedes rapidly.

S: Fruit and bourbon with some grains, dark malt, vanilla, and a trace of fruity tartness that suggests cherry or plum and subtle wine notes.

T: Chocolate vanilla with a suggestion of cherry, light fruit tartness. More of a fruity tart bourbon porter with a dark malt background than a bourbon porter that emphasizes the malt. The tart fruit flavors are medium the malt flavors are medium to medium low.

F: Very creamy wit a medium body and carbonation.

O: Its a good beer but richer malt would improve it a bit.

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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