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Atwater Voodoovator - Atwater Brewery

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341 Ratings
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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
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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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.

jondeelee, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Giggy
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Giggy, Feb 09, 2014
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.

SportsandJorts, May 13, 2014
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.

Imstillthegman, Oct 17, 2007
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.

dedrinker, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of KC9LDB
3/5  rDev -13.3%

KC9LDB, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of adamant1912
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

adamant1912, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of alelover
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

alelover, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
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.

auxiliary, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of dpgoblejr
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

dpgoblejr, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of amalburg
4/5  rDev +15.6%

amalburg, May 03, 2014
Photo of Focusf111
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Focusf111, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of JLapadura
4/5  rDev +15.6%

JLapadura, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This pours a very deep brown with some dark ruby highlights at the edges, with a two finger offwhite head that subsides and leaves chunky lace on the way down. On the nose there is a nice, funky morel mushroom aroma that I've had in a few other beers but here it sits into a mix of nuttiness and caramel malts. In the mouth nose decent nose falls apart and it just because a watery mix of some toffee and caramel and maybe some dark fruits. It's just not very good on the palate and I think that it's the fault of all of the brews I've had from Atwater so far: there is no body. It's an insult to thin to call this thin. Overall, it starts out okay but like the rest of Atwater Block brews I'm familiar with just falls apart due to a nothing body.

Maybe they are going for ultra-drinkable brews of varying styles for people who don't actually like beer? I mean, their imperial stout had the mouthfeel of Diet Coke, and this is even thinner. Why do people buy this? I could see if it were some little brewpub that focuses on food, but they bottle their beer and sell it with statewide distribution.

EricCioe, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

RyanAU, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of kegger22
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Atwater VooDooVator Doppelbock overflowed a dark brown with an absurdly huge, beige head that took several minutes to settle down. It made me wonder if what I had was infected (second bottle from two different locations), but the taste wasn't off.

The aroma was a dusty, musty scent.

The taste was caramel and chocolate malt, sweet but too carbonated.

The mouth feel was barely medium, a little oily and over carbonated despite what was expended as it gushed.

The drinkability was just OK due to the mouth feel.

Not terrible, but I'm not a fan and won't be back.

kegger22, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Slynger
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear, deep coppery-amber. Nice, creamy, beige head with good lacing quality. Smells sweet with caramel malts and the lighter of the dark fruits. Light herbal tea-like hops blend nicely with the sweetness. A medium body is lifted by a good amount of fine carbonation. The flavor mimics the nose in both ingredients and lightness. It is pleasant, while not complex, and drinks much lighter than the ABV suggests.

Slynger, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of PEBKAC
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Hesitantly put one of these into my mixed 6 last beer run & have been hiding from my responsibilities ever since.

Rounded pint glass. Left out to warm some. No BB date.

Pour is all bubble bath foam. As it settles, a dark muddled brown with a spoonful of protein shake.

Smell is movie theater popcorn & maple syrup. Back end is licorice, pennies, stale water, & booze.

Taste isn't all that bad. Chocolate caramel, strong rum-raisin, toasty brown bread, touch of sweetened grassy citrus clocking in at about 2.4IBUs... :P There's oxidation on the back end though(newspaper).

Feel is near flat, oily, & almost syrupy. Getting more & more difficult with each sip, it starts to turn my stomach & give me an ugly headache all at once. Ugh. I bet this is tolerable on draft though.

PEBKAC, Jan 06, 2011
4/5  rDev +15.6%

ROBSTARR, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of horshack7
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark with two fingers worth of light beige head and very solid head rentention.

Aroma: Roasted malts, a few dark fruits, dark coffee notes. Hints of citrus hops.

Taste: Figs, alcohol, dark dried fruits. Molasses, faint espresso. Quite the malty backbone with lots of brown bread notes. Slight sticky mouthfeel with a light crispness.

Notes: Very drinkable and very tasty. Cheers.

horshack7, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of perrymarcus
2.28/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. no bottle date.

pours an opaque mahogany tone with ruddy highlights; foamy, finger plus head recedes fairly quickly into a thin cap. patchy lacing.

nose is caramel malt, a sourness i can't put my finger on, a touch of molasses, and a poke of metal.

flavor follows with some malt, spice, and a hint of grossness. not too impressed. 9.5% ABV very well-hidden, so it has that going for it... otherwise, a pretty forgettable beer IMO.

thin, watery mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. for what it's worth, it goes down easy enough. not easy enough to salvage the score, but, well, there it is.

perrymarcus, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Morakaton
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Morakaton, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

ColdOneKev, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Good lacing.

S: Dark fruit and roasted malt.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Dark roasted malt. Mild flavor though, and not much aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: The taste was a bit of a let down to me. Nothing much there really. Too mild.

SolipsismalCat, Nov 18, 2012
Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.