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Atwater Voodoovator - Atwater Brewery

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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jasonm on 10-18-2006)
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jeffwright

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

02-15-2014 02:40:26 | More by jeffwright
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 27 Sep 2008. Gift from Phil, thanks.

Used a dimpled 0.4 L glass stein. Large light brown head. Almost opaque cloudy ruby brown color. Sweet burnt sugar aroma and licorice with some sourness. Starts tart and roasty. Fairly malty throughout, some licorice in the finish. Aftertaste reminiscent of cherry pits. Ethanol doesn't seem like 9.5%. Medium light body.

Overall expected a bit more malty presence from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 05:48:05 | More by htomsirveaux
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

05-25-2013 17:04:13 | More by ummswimmin
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark amber (near black) in color with a huge beige head that has good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: The taste is dominated by bready and roasted malts with hints of bittersweet chocolate and caramel; it's very difficult to taste any hop bitterness. The taste improves as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation. There are some warming sensations from the underlying alcohol.
D: The beer is moderately filling but is not to difficult to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 15:02:13 | More by metter98
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Appearance: Deep,dark purple color... Minimal tan head, minor lacing...
Smell: Non-descript, unassertive aroma... Heavy malts detectable...
Taste: Ultra-strong malt backbone... Hints of caramel and chocolate... Raisins and plums also detectable...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel...
One thing I really liked about this beer was that despite the hefty 9.5% ABV, it went down pretty easily and hardly any alcohol was detected... Kudos on the drinkability, yet the overall taste definitely could've been richer and thicker...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 02:28:40 | More by dsa7783
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer has a very dark mahogony coloration. The beer has ruby highlights to light. The head is about an inch thick. The head has a tan coloration.

Smell: The beer has a roasted chocolate malty smell. Spicey alcohol combines with earthy undertones.

Taste: The beer has a pronounced sweet malty roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. The alcohol is very noticeable in the flavor and mouthfeel. The beer has a dry finish and compliments the maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a slightly smaller body than I expected. The beer has a medium body.This is not a bad beer and I wouldnt turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 06:39:26 | More by nlmartin
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tubacharlie

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A giant four-finger head erupts when quickly poured into a 16 oz glass stein. Slowly fading to an inch or so, the head is a tan color with good lacing. The brew is a deep, dark red-brown with enough clarity for light to penetrate.

The aroma is a little grassy with some alcohol esters tantalizing the nostrils. Taking a swig, the alcohol becomes more apparent and vaporizes somewhat with the heavy carbonation. Backed up with strong malts and a hefty dose of hops, the intense mocha flavor is equal to the high gravity and leaves a hint of vanilla after the bitterness of the hops starts to recede.

Not an everyday beer, this is a big beer that lumberjacks and other burly types would probably enjoy with some roast boar.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 04:57:24 | More by tubacharlie
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck Beverage, Savoy, IL
Date: March 2012 notched on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Atwater's Voodoovator takes a decidedly cocoa-forward interpretation of the doppelbock style, but unfortunately appears and feels rather below average, though its aroma and flavor are quite pleasant. While I enjoyed drinking this overall, I thought it was too cocoa-forward (almost bordering on porter) and the less-than-superb mouthfeel detracted further. I would probably seek out another doppelbock before this one, though not turn it down if offered or available at a pub.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige to tan-colored foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, with average retention length of one minute. Foam fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass, with little lacing in its wake. Body is a dark brown color, with light bringing no change to the opaque body. Carbonation is visible only at the top of the glass, appears modest in number and activity.

Aroma of sweetened cocoa, prunes and raisins, and Maillard reaction products of toasted bread crust-like sweetness, though the latter are pushed somewhat towards the back for the style. Appealing, but a bit too focused on sweet cocoa for the style; more like a porter.

Major flavors of cocoa, prunes, and toasted bread crust sweetness, little change across the palate; for a 9.5% ABV beer, this hides its ethanol well. Front of palate experiences sweet cocoa, prunes (and lesser raisins and black dried figs), Maillard reaction products of caramel and toasted bread crust-like sweetness. Mid-palate of cocoa, prunes, raisins, Maillard reaction products of caramel and toasted bread crust-like sweetness, with a pleasant herbal bitterness provided by Germanic hops. Back of palate finds strong hop bitterness with cocoa, prunes and raisins, and Maillard reaction-based sweetness characters in the background. Aftertaste is surprisingly bitter and herbal, with only a thin layer of cocoa and sweetness remaining.

Beer is medium to in body, with fairly low levels of carbonation, resulting in a somewhat stagnant, flat feeling: a bit more carbonation would enhance the perception on the mouth and perhaps accentuate the flavors of the beer better. There is no apparent ethanol perceived. Closes quite dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 15:25:16 | More by falloutsnow
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Billolick

New York

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer w/o freshness/bottling information. Pours dark amber, under a short lived capand then leaves minor lacing. Lots of malty caramel in the nose. Malt bomb. Boozy w/ notes of more caramel, light cola and burnt sugars. Quite dry in the finish and on the tongue after the swallow. Eh, nothing special, but not terrible for those of us who enjoy a malty, sweeter brew

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 04:06:58 | More by Billolick
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with the label clipped at September 2012. Sampled on January 28, 2012. The pour is very dark brown to nearly black with little to no head accompanying it. The aroma is mellower than the 9.5% ABV might suggest with sweet malts, hints of coffee, and a subtle hop character. The body falls into the medium range. As for the taste, I get some toasted dark malts in the beginning with an average bitterness and clean hops at the end. The beer is enjoyable enough but not out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:19:14 | More by puboflyons
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a flute. Pour was a gusher; glass was 80% rocky, tan-colored foam that continued to ooze forth from the bottle during the tasting. Brew was a fairly translucent brown with ruby red highlights when backlit; lots of sticky lacing present on this one. Nose was malt, brown sugar towards the back and toffee/caramel in the middle. Taste consistent with nose, but a chocolatey character dominates. Mouthfeel is what ruined this beer for me. Somewhere between light- and medium bodied, but way too much carbonation made it difficult to drink. Drinkability was greatly compromised by the over-carbonation on this brew; however, alcohol was very well-hidden for the abv. Might need to revisit this one again in hopes that it was just a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 00:00:59 | More by Jwale73
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a beer mug.

L - very dark brown color with a short lived tan head that managed to leave some lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt and roasted malt.

T - pretty sweet brew, lots of sweet caramel flavor with roasty notes and as it warms the alcohol becomes more noticable.

F - medium bodied with a creamy feel.

D - overall, it's 'different' and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 23:53:20 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near-black, clear liquid glinting with scarlet highlights. The head stands proud and long as an inch+ of beige.
Scented of chocolate syrup, molasses, vanilla, port, and, actually Bourbon. It's not a traditional Doppelbock profile, and it isn't huge smelling, but it's nice enough.
It hits the mouth with toasted grain, molasses, caramel, and prune. Then it sort of evaporates and goes vacant for a moment. It never quite regains all of its footing, but drops back in with cocoa powder, raisin, and vanilla bean... more or less, a scaled down version of its entrance.
It storms in, then really goes nowhere. Not even a trace of alcohol can be found. On the other hand, it is not a bad or off tasting beer, just one that is stuck in neutral.
The body is medium full, and full of lively, but not pushy, CO2. It's as creamy a doppel as one could ever want, but due to the flavor profile, it seems thinnish, even though it is not.
It's damn drinkable in a rotund way. Like an rolly-polly dunkel lager.
I want more flavor here, but it isn't a failure as I could gulp down this 4 pack and grin.
But the forecast of a 9.5% Doppelbock had me battening down the hatches like a kid praying for a snowday, then waking up to a 2-hour late start.
It's fun to play in, but not all that I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 08:25:45 | More by cokes
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A blow-away head of 90% of the glass--too much and it lasts a very long time. Settles into a rocky froth. The color is reddish brown and appears to be clear.

The aroma reminds mostly of brown sugar. Low level of hop as expected.

Rich body balances the high carbonation nicely. This is bitter-sweet brew, with the malt sugars winning the battle. The swallow has the greatest complexity with some hop showing up nicely but gives way to a brown sugar finish in the aftertaste.

This is a rich beer with an impressive appearance. With an APV just shy of 10%, this is a beer with which to finish the day.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 18:07:00 | More by smcolw
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep dark brown almost black color. Lots of foam head, probably from my bad pour. A decent amount of carbonation.

S: Lots of roasted malt. Caramel, chocolate, raisins and some bourbon scents. Very big and very robust.

T: Taste was complex but put together well. A good malt brew with ample flavoring of chocolate, vanilla and some caramel.

M: A nice smooth creamy mouthfeel. I think it is pretty spot on for the style.

D: An excellent doppelboack. A high ABV limits how many I would have, but if you enjoy this style, this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 14:57:18 | More by IronCitySteve
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here comes an interesting brew. Strong and with a lot of character, it doesn't so much hit you up side the head as it pokes you with a stick a bit.

It's malty with a bite, not so much creamy and not hoppy. Not bitter really either, and not sweet. Not funky (at least) and not boozy.

So mostly what I've come up with on this one is what it is not (offensive) but not so much what it is (pretty good). I probably under-rated it, but it is well balanced and does not distinguish itself in any one category. For this low a rating I would still buy it again and I wish I had more. It was a bit pricey.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 17:54:42 | More by schoolboy
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roadhouse

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a clear dark brownish mahogany with a one and a half inch off-white head. Leaves some decent lacing behind.

The aroma is of caramel malts, a slight bready toastiness, toffee, and something kind of like vanilla. Not bad, but kind of one dimensional.

The taste is of caramel malts initially followed by some dark fruit character and a bit of toasted malt. Finish is somewhat strange, kind of like tart cherries.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, clean, smooth, and drinkable. Nothing to complain about.

Not the worst Doppelbock I've had but certainly not the best. It's alright but I probably wouldn't buy it again. Does hide the alcohol quite well though.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 07:05:13 | More by roadhouse
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark cherry brown brew with an ok head that ends in nothing.

Some woody dark fruit and roasted malt notes. Wanted this to be a bit boozier, but isn't

Some dark buried stone fruit, dark toasted maltiness, some vanilla and wood, but needs more depth. Decent bitterness to round this out. A little lean.

Not as full bodied as wanted, but it helps in drinkability.

Overall, easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden. Flawed, but ok.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 23:24:47 | More by OtherShoe2
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a midnight black with a 1/4 inch fluffy cocoa head into my Ommegang chalice. Head slowly fades to a ring around the glass.

Deep roasted aromas dominate with hints of molasses and bakers chocolate. Taste is deep and rich, a nice translation true to the aromas. Mouth is a bit thin and carbonation is spot on for the style. Overall I can drink a few of these but it is just not one of the better ones out there. Glad I tried it and would drink it but there are better.

Thanks Vancer!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 13:30:56 | More by gpcollen1
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aerozeppl

New York

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a super dark brown color with 3 fingers of mocha head. Tons of lacing.

S: Smells like dark grains. Like German bread. Tons of sweetness. Little hints of figs.

T: Starts off a little tart then goes into a really intense sweetness. Little bit of bread as well. Totally different than any other beer of this style I have had.

M: Little bit creamy but also a little weird.

D: Really weird beer. Kind of good but kind of weird. I would not seek this out actively again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 01:25:35 | More by aerozeppl
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socon67

New York

3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola brown pour with a slick coating in the glass. Minimal foam retention and no lacing.

S - Scents of leather, caramel malt, and furniture polish. Sugary scent of candy.

T - Sweet flavor of molasses-like malt. Flavors of honey, caramel, and raisin notes.

M - Syrupy thick, and a bit too much sugar. True to style but feels gritty like that last bit of sugar in a coffee mug.

O - Decent bock and I'd have it again. But the imports feature so many that are just superior.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:50:51 | More by socon67
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bushbeer75

Michigan

3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with label notched October

Atwater VooDoo Vator Doppelbock poured dark brown almost black into my glass mug. A nice 2-finger creamy tan milkshake looking head was produced that later dissipated to thick foamy lacing. The nose was first hit with the malty aroma of chocolate, caramel, and a touch of toffee. I should note, that the nose was lighter than I expected. The taste as the nose was dominated by malt; with chocolate, toffee, light raisins, with a roasted character. Mouth feel is a little smooth with a light-medium body. Finish is a little dry and sticky.

VooDoo Vator is an easy drinker that is not to filling.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 16:50:07 | More by bushbeer75
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two and a half fingers of tan head with some big coarse bubbles on top that need scraped off. Retains phenomenally anyway. Almost opaque red-black color. Laces okay, too. 4.25

Smells richly malty. A little rum raisin, some dark roastiness, heavy toffee goo, medicinal notes, and a kiss of tobacco. A little chocolate, a little cherry. Somewhat on the sweet side, but it delivers.

Richness is compromised only slightly due to some bigger bitterness. Stale chocolate, big roast, fermented dark grain, hints of black cherry and blackberry, and caramelized sugars make up a busy flavor. A little coffee in the flavor. Not bad.

Body has some richness, but it's still relatively easy to drink. Some booze in the feel, but the carbonation is appealingly obvious.

A good doppelbock. I'm still a sucker for the Germans.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 23:18:35 | More by thecheapies
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BierFan

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Barely there light tan head with a dark dark hazy brown body. It's almost black.

Smell: Aroma is pretty light for a doppelbock. Dark malty and sweet. A little alcohol presence.

Taste: Kind of a letdown. Like the smell the taste is kinda light.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 00:32:56 | More by BierFan
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Rojopunk

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark redish brown

S - Roasted coffee dominates all other aromas

T - Roasted black coffee taste is there to the finish

M - Medium body

O - This is a beer that has been on my mind for some time now and I Just had to give it a shot . When first tasting one starts to gets a slight tingle on the tongue with nice Roasted Black coffee notes with slight very slight sweet notes. This was great I love the Roasted taste and I love the black coffee but the alcohol and hops destroy any other flavor coming through and for a doublebock its not that sweet. One should note that the beer was alot better as it got warmer I let one bottle get almost luke warm before this review and it was far better. Still not the worst beer I have had. With everything said this was a ok beer with a high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 17:47:40 | More by Rojopunk
Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.