253. Atwater Block – Cherry Stout

Atwater Block Cherry StoutIt’s the first day back at work and it wasn’t too bad, but that doesn’t mean I won’t come home and have a good beer.  Besides, I’ve been pretty proud of myself for catching up on my posts (several have been written while I sit at the computer, as I am now).   Additionally, I’ve been thinking about making these review a little easier to read, so let me know what you think about this format.

This bottle says, “Cherry Stout is a blend of 6 malts combined with Montmorency Cherry concentrate from our home state of Michigan. A stout to be cherished. Open it! 6.5% ABV.”

Numbers: 6.5% ABV, 20 IBUs

Appearance & Aroma: It was very dark black, and even when I held it up to the light, not much came through. There was a thin, creamy, tan head, and the aroma was dark chocolate and dark cherries.

Taste & Feel: It was medium bodied and had a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.  There were chocolate and light black patent flavors up front, followed by a chocolate, raisin, and dark cherry flavor. It finished dry with a cocoa and fruity cherry flavor. The flavors in the middle and finish remind me a lot of chocolate covered raisin with a bit of cherry flavoring.

Food Pairing: This would go perfectly with a chocolate or fudge brownie.  The fudge flavors would pull more of the cocoa, chocolate, raisin, and dark cherry flavors out of the beer.

Overall Impression: It was surprisingly drinkable, and I enjoyed the complexity of the dark chocolate, raisin, and cherry flavors.  The cherry flavor was at just the right strength, adding just the right amount of fruit flavor.  I think I would have this again as a dessert beer with a brownie.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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