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Atwater Voodoovator - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jasonm on 10-18-2006

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Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Goliath
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours deep brown, seemingly black at a distance, with red hues around the edges. A thin creamy layer of light brown head floats on top and quickly dissipates.

The aroma holds sweet malt notes of caramel and coffee.

Taste showcases nice malty flavor with coffee, caramel, and bready notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is surprisingly high for the alcohol content. It drinks very smooth, however it was much lighter than I was hoping for.

Photo of jsurfs82
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I want to like Atwater as I am a huge fan of Michigan craft beers and Detroit has a small piece of my heart but I have just not had anything from Atwater that has gotten me excited. This beer is as dark as a stout, smells, tastes almost like a stout, I can hardly tell if this is even lagered. Will not be going for this one again.

Photo of Giggy
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of SportsandJorts
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: mahogany to black. a finger of a tan head, leaves behind a slight lacing after slowly fading. Opaque.

Smell: large whiffs of chocolate, slight variation from lighter to darker chocolate. some breadiness and lager yeast sweetness

Taste: opens up with chocolate and does develop into much. some lager yeast.

Mouthfeel: no lager cleanness to it. fairly watery feel

Overall: an overly chocolate and most likely not well fermenated doppelbock. no cleanness and way too one sided.

Photo of amalburg
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of amishbooze
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of CHADMC3
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an extremely dark mahogany brown with ruby hues and a frothy tan head that leaves a constant creamy layer atop the beer.

The caramel malts are generous just as advertised but there is also an odd sweetness present that is somewhere between brown sugar and bubble gum.

The flavor contains similar caramel malt to the aroma, it also seems a touch yeasty, and again has the underlying sweetness and could possibly be nutty too, but it is tough to differentiate much.

The mouthfeel is a bit light for a doppelbock and also a bit over carbonated versus some of the other examples.

Not one of the finer examples of the style, lacking in some of the traditional flavor and aroma traits that its peers possess.

Photo of carlmoberg
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of NJB145
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of GRPunk
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- The body was a clean, dark brown with lots of small bubbles of carbonation. There was a 2 finger, tan head that never really fully dropped and left some light sticky spots on the glass.

S- It was heavy on the sweeter malts giving a slightly fruity feeling. I picked up something of a raisin aroma mixed with caramel.

T- There were great malt flavors, again of caramel and raisin. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M- It's a little higher on the carbonation and it had a little hop bite. Overall, there was a really nice, full feel that I'd expect from a Doppelbock.

D- It's a good drinker. The deceptive strength can really sneak up on you if you're not careful.

Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. I was a little worried about this beer due to the high alcohol but...
The dark mahoganny color was nice with a fluffy head. Smell was alcohol and burnt malt. The taste was swett but not overpowering with a nice coffee {lihht) finish. This is the smoothest beer I have ever drank that had this much alcohol. It also had a slight peppermint hit to it. It is a real winner. I will buyy again.

Photo of Traquairlover
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Clear reddish brown with a medium tan head of about one finger, decent retention, slightly too many carbonation bubbles and of varying sizes. Looks more like soft drink carbonation than beer.

S = There is a strange and strong sour yeast smell up front than lessens slightly when swished revealing more standard caramel, chocolate scents.

T = This beer is very unintegrated. The alcohol is a little too upfront and it has a sour yeasty flavor that is too prominent, at first there is a little bit of caramel but it is quickly overpowered by a funky yeasty tar taste, midpalate the taste gets kind of watery but then a strong bitterness shows up to end with a long relatively dry finish.

M = Medium bodied, maybe just a light lighter than that, a little strongly carbonated in feel but it does not overfoam in the mouth, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is a somewhat interesting beer, but it does not lend itself to an enjoyable drink nor do I particularly want to return to this beer soon.

[Note: Looking at other reviews of this beer after I posted mine, I do not see any other mentions of sourness or yeastiness (though one review mentioned a slight smell of metal which could hint at the same thing). It is possible the bottle I drank was compromised. Nothing about it struck me as infected, but I will try another bottle and see if I think I should revise my review or not. As it stands though this is easily one of my least favorite doppelbocks.]

Photo of IronCitySteve
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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Voodoovator opens rich and malty, the initial aromas bearing a marked resemblance to marble rye bread and thick, floury, rising wheat dough, as well as milk chocolate. Beneath these rest a heavy dose of sugars, with brown sugars, molasses, caramel, and vanilla predominating. Finally, a layer of thin ash and tobacco rests just at the bottom, providing an earthy base. As a whole, the aromas are delicious and inviting, begging to be tasted, and simultaneously potent and nuanced; there's not much else I'd want from this nose, except for perhaps more power (this coming from an Imperial beer lover, so take your grain of salt).

On the tongue, the beer opens with the darker of these flavors, the ash and tobacco coming through immediately, mixed with toast crust. These are quickly joined by vanillas and brown sugars, as well as caramels. Darker fruit esters such as fig and plum are also present. The grain flavors are more dominant here than the nose hinted at, joined by toasted nuts, and somewhat overpower the sugars. This shows up especially in subsequent sips, for the potency of the sugars in the initial taste doesn't repeat itself by the second or third mouthful, leaving the beer with a kola nut-like overtone. The aftertaste is a fast-fading remnant of the grain notes, with small touches of sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while I was excited by the aromas in this brew, the flavors didn't quite match up the promise, and I was especially disappointed in how fast the flavors faded with multiple sips. The beer is not bad by any means; in fact, even after a few sips there are still enough flavors standing out to make me continue drinking, but I wanted a bit more out of this one.

Photo of RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of KC9LDB
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dpgoblejr
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of alelover
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, slightly cloudy brown. Nice off white head pops up then fades to a ring. Minimal lacing.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malts, a bit of ripened dark fruits and some alcohol. Overall, it is on the lighter side.

The flavor is about the same. Not bad, but not outstanding either. Middle of the road, I guess you could say. Mainly sweet malts, the dark fruits, and some alcohol. Not much else.

The mouthfeel could be a little thicker, but the carbonation is pretty good. The abv isn't too noticeable, but neither is the beer.

Photo of dedrinker
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maple syrup color, nose of caramel and nutty sweet breads. Slightly sweet malty flavor of caramel, nuts and toffee. Finished drier than it started which boosted drinkability. I enjoyed this with some surprise as I confess a bias towards Atwater due to previous experiences with other beers. Very well done for an American Doppelbock.

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of adamant1912
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of auxiliary
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance - Dark black color with a nice tan-brown head. Nice lace left on the glass too.

smell - Roasted malt, some sour notes here.

taste - Chocolate is present, malts, and some sour or hops present at the end.

mouthfeel - medium body.

drinkability - I thought I was going to love this beer. I didn't dig the sourness at the end, it was hard to finish off the beer. If you lilke sour beers, porters and stouts, you like this a lot.

Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.