Atwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's Porter | Atwater Brewery

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice BBA porter pours a murky blackish brown with a nice light tan of foam that settles to a thick ring with light lacing. Nose of chocolate, light coffee, toffee, vanilla, and subtle bourbon. Flavors follow the nose with subtle bourbon and brown sugar mingling with coffee and a dash of dark cocoa on all sides. Back fades with light bourbon and vanilla mixed with some light grain notes. Finish is heavily roasted malts that is subtly dry and heavily carbonated with a touch of warmth.

I am surprised at some of the reviews for such a nicely balanced brew. WARMTH brings out a lot more character. Give it time, it is rewarding.

Cheers

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NM_Che56
2.15/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This tasted like someone soaked corks in used cheap Canadian whisky and dumped it into an unremarkable porter. Doesn't smell much better. mouth feel wasn't remarkable on way or another.

Absolutely disgusting.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Richter525
2.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GrinkoN
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L- Dark burgundy, lasting head
S- overroasted coffee, malts,
T/F- felt like a porter but no bourbon, medium body
O- No bourbon for a barrel aged

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 target88
3.44/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kain05
2.67/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip at fridge temp and drank over an hour to experience the full range of flavors.

Love the look. Nice and dark

Smell is medicinal, burnt coffee. Doesn't change over time.

Taste changes over time, but for the worse I am afraid. Initially, after the first taste of burnt marshmallow, it gave way to some nice butter toffee flavor. I was hopeful that this toffee flavor would become more prevalent as the beer warmed, but was disappointed. No real bourbon/vanilla taste. Bitterness increases as the beer warms and I'm reminded why I bring water from home when I am in Detroit.

This is a miss. There are just too many barrel aged (non-whale) beers of significantly better quality to come back to this one. Not to mention the plethora of amazing beers available from Michigan.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Segnem5
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mbfolk
3.24/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Floydster
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle

Appearance is black with minimal light shining through, two inches of light brown head, good retention, some lacing

Smell is roasted malts, burnt cereal, dark fruits, light coffee, not much of any barrel characteristic

Taste is slightly sweet chocolate up front, fades into a mild sweetness that is neither fruit of barrel, more of an underwhelming vanilla bean, not much changes as it warms, again no signs of being barrel aged, where is the bourbon?

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, more carbonation than desired for this style, not too sweet, roasted notes provide balance

Overall had it been just a porter, my score would have been a lot higher, but the fact that is was barrel aged and there was no evidence of that in the aroma or flavor brought this way down

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Photo of ultrasrs
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deakin
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of dbl_delta
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle dated October 2014. Pours a dark, almost black burgundy color. Thick tan head. I let it sit for a while - it was almost room temperature by the time I tasted it.

This is a robust porter - almost tastes/feels like a stout. Moderate carbonation accentuates the thick, chewy mouthfeel. At first, bourbon flavor predominates. Later, there was vanilla and maybe licorice. Little if any hops presence. Unfortunately, there was also an odd aftertaste that I can't identify. Tasting started off well ("hey, this might be pretty good") but in this case first impressions proved unreliable. I ended up feeling like I needed to brush my teeth.

There are better BBA porters out there.

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Photo of divzqt
2.31/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is honestly just awful. It smells like some artificial bourbon flavor was added. The taste is even worse. I'm not even sure how to describe it. It finishes like you just put a penny in your mouth. Very strong bitter chemical flavor. I feel like Atwater puts flavoring extract into bad beer and throws it on the shelf. Pass on this one.

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Photo of zenithberwyn
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of montesown
2.02/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure what they do with their beer - but this was terrible. No taste of the bourbon at all, in fact I am not really sure what I was tasting. Kind of like a bunch of chemicals added together.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled October 2014. $3.29 single poured into a shaker pint, since it's all that was clean. Not expecting much here because: 1.) Atwater's almost always mediocre at best and 2.) A BBA'd beer for only $3.29? Eek.

Appearance: Hard pour gives off two fingers of a soapy tan head with big bubbles that goes down to one. Bits of lacing. The beer looks the part of the porter -- black with a ruby tint and perfect clarity when held to light. At least it's a very nice looking porter.

Smell: I don't know what I'm smelling, really. It's not immediately obvious to me. It feels like I'm smelling it through a cloth or something ... muddled, for sure. I can say one thing, it doesn't smell especially BBA'd. I get maybe a little bit of barrel and vanilla characteristics, but very little. Other than that, a little roast, and dark fruit in almost equal amounts. Quite underwhelming.

Taste/feel: I just backspaced my entire review of the taste because the beer opened up a lot when it got a little warmer. The chocolate flavor got semi-sweet, the feel turned a little creamy, the barrel became much more noticeable, the metallic aftertaste left the building, Etc. Nice roast and chocolate flavors throughout, with only a little of the dark fruits I had when it was right out of the fridge. It's not a "holy shit" BBA'd beer, but it's also a porter (not a stout), and under 7% ABV. The feel is pretty good for the style... pretty high prickly carbonation with a light body.

Underrated... that's all there is to it, really. At first sip I was hugely underwhelmed. As I sipped my way down and the beer approached room temperature, I was more impressed. Is it comparable to other BBA'd beers out there? No, because it's Atwater (don't expect too much from them), and mostly, it's a 7% porter, not a 12% stout. The barrel doesn't have a huge presence in this beer, so it makes it accessible to anyone who's interested in trying the style, but doesn't want to completely shock their palate. It's not an AWESOME beer, but one I could see myself having again considering the price. A solid "poor man's" BBA'd porter.

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Photo of ngaron
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of justintcoons
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Near-black with 1 finger of khaki colored head.

Nose
Dark chocolate, cinnamon, mint, and roasted barley.

Taste
Strange...tastes like mint leaf, cinnamon, and perhaps cedar wood. Some notes of oaky saw dust. Roasted barley, root beer, and cocoa nib.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, and off-dry with a medium bitterness.

Overall
Not the best barrel presence on this. Strange flavors of cedar, cinnamon, and mint.

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Atwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shaman's Porter from Atwater Brewery
3.29 out of 5 based on 182 ratings.
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