Atwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's Porter | Atwater Brewery

Atwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's PorterAtwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's Porter
BA SCORE
3.29/5
182 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DrDoitchbig on 09-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,550
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
182
pDev:
18.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
28
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 10/2014. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, toast, dark bread, licorice, smoke, light vanilla, herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, oak, bourbon, licorice, smoke, light vanilla, herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, oak, bourbon, licorice, smoke, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and solid complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid barrel aged Baltic porter style. All around good robustness and solid complexity of dark/roasted malts, bourbon barrel, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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

Photo of woodychandler
2.37/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I have said it before, but I find Atwater Brewery's beers to be the most wide-ranging, hit-or-miss lineup that I have encountered. They make a lot of different beers and some of them, they do really well and others just completely miss the mark. Here's to crossing my fingers & hoping for the best ...

From the bottle: "A Porter traditionally brewed in the Baltic region. We use the finest ingredients including Munich, Chocolate, and Black Malts along with German Hops to create the smoothest Porter you have ever tasted. Shaman's Porter will thwart any tricksters or evil spirits!"

I Pop!ped the cap and began a gentle pour, but the foam just kept rising uncontrollably to the point that I had to stop. I ended up with a finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration & evincing dark-brown highlights only at the edges. Nose smelled like a vat of green olives. Just what sort of bourbon and/or barrel was this aged in?!? Mouthfeel was full, wildly overcarbonated. The taste was slightly bourbon, but it had an odd woodiness that was giving it an off flavor in total. Oof. It was not infected since it was not sour, but it was not my idea of a pleasant drink, either. The finish was semi-dry, but the odd admixture of tastes left me shaking my head. Another miss for Atwater!

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Photo of ZEB89
2.87/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mdaschaf
2.73/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Zaphog
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TMoney2591
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MasterSki
2.49/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of tommy5
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of AngusOg
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Bad, avoid.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of epyon396
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -8.8%

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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Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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