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Atwater Voodoovator - Atwater Brewery

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343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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 Rojopunk
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.

Rojopunk, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Zaphog, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of JLapadura
4/5  rDev +15.6%

JLapadura, Mar 30, 2012
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 thatdavegy
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

thatdavegy, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of hgromadzki
3/5  rDev -13.3%

hgromadzki, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of senorscientist
3/5  rDev -13.3%

senorscientist, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
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.

puboflyons, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of rodney45
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: On tap at the Peculier Pub NYC

A:Very Dark Amber. Small off white head with no lacing.

S: Aroma is of espresso, toasted malt, butter toffee and dark chocolate but a little underwhelming.

T: Taste profile is very similar to the aroma. Caramel and crystal malt which interplay with bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted barley. Hop acts as a balance, but cant be distinguished. As the beer warms, you get some dark cherry and plum notes as well. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium light body, low carbonation and slightly bitter.

O: Very good beer for the style. It plays like a melody of malt, coffee and chocolate, with a bitter kick. This is a beer to be enjoyed slowly or it will sneak up on you. I would recommend to anyone. Enjoyable but doesnt get the respect it deserves on here... weird.

rodney45, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled Oct 2010. Pours slightly cloudy dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 2-3 finger khaki head with great retention that lasts for the whole glass. Some soapy lacing on the glass, with tons of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of light caramel, dark fruit, molasses, roasted malt, bread, and some spices. Ok aromas, but there really isn’t that much there that I can detect. Taste of caramel, spices, stale bread, molasses, citrus, light dark fruit, and toasted malt. Finish is pretty dry; with some lingering notes of caramel, spices, bread, and toasted malt on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel that drinks pretty easily for being 9.5%. The positive note about this beer is the 9.5% is practically invisible. Overall this is an ok beer. The flavors are pretty lackluster and lack robustness for being 9.5%. Has good drinkability for the gravity though.

superspak, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Lawnboy33
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Lawnboy33, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of ROBSTARR
4/5  rDev +15.6%

ROBSTARR, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Ford1873
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Ford1873, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

GRG1313, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of NHSTEVE
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label says it all "This one is Big, Black and Sweet! It's malty character is derived from two cramel malts along with Munich malt to create the smoothest High-Gravity beer this side of the pond"

The smooth part I disagree, I fine that the beer has slight bite with a bitter favor. Which I enjoy.

The smell of coffee, bold taste and high 8.5% alc. content. This beer is on my, to drink list.

NHSTEVE, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +15.6%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pitch black with little in the way of head.

S: Smell is hoppy, fruity, and malty. All in great and perfect balance.

T: Taste is sweet caramel malts with a light boozy bite at the end.

M: Medium bodied and little carbonation and a bit boozey as stated.

O: Overall a great beer and could and would drink a few.

Part of a batch of beers I got while on the road for work.

nukem5, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Pamola, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pokal, the beer is a dark, deep, almost black, ruby-brown coloring with a thin, small bubbled, light tan colored head that settles out into a thin film. Aromas of rich, smokey molasses, and sweet caramel invade the nostrils. Flavors give a roasted coffee character first and foremost, with an underlying hint of the dark, rich molasses, a smokey highlight, and a hint of licorice. For all of the sweet attributes, the beer remains very well balanced. The aftertaste is more of the smoke and roasted coffee, with the sweetness regressing rapidly from the palate, leaving you with a crisp, dry finish. Tasty brew.

GarthDanielson, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ALLISON01
4/5  rDev +15.6%

ALLISON01, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +15.6%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I pulled out an Atwater Voodoovator from Atwaters Holiday Party Pack that I got from Meijers last week for $12.99. Been wanting to try this Doppelbock for a while but I have never seen it around so I was happy to see that Awater included it in their Holiday back, breweries usually don't put their high gravity beers in mixed packs so it was a nice surprise to see this 9.5% Doppelbock in the pack, so lets see how it goes. It was notched October 2011. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label of this beer looks pretty good and is eye catching, it's a good fit for the name. It poured a very dark brown color that was bordering on being black and had some ruby highlights when held to the light, it also had three fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin layer that left some nice lacing.

S- The aroma of this beer is all about the malts. It starts of with loads of toasted malts and grains that have a low amount of sweetness and impart some nice dark chocolate and dark fruit aromas along with a slight bit of coffee. I pick up a really slight amount of earthy hops.

T- The taste starts off with a lot of those toasted malts and grains that impart a caramel like flavor along with a mild amount of dark fruits. After that come the dark chocolate and coffee, with the dark chocolate sticking out the most. There is still a slight bit of earthy hops on finish. This beer was much more subtle then I thought it was going to be I was expecting it to be robust and boozy and it was none of those, I have a hard time believing that this is really 9.5% because it hardly shows up, it tastes like it could be 6%.

M- Very smooth, somewhat dry, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, it felt a little watery, and it had a nice high amount of medium carbonation.

Overall I thought that this was an OK Doppelbock. For being classified as a Doppelbock, it really doesn't have a lot of things that you would associate with the style, it's pretty dark, had some chocolate and coffee flavors, and had a low amount of sweetness. The thing that really surprises me about this beer is the drinkability, it goes down super smooth, I don't pick up any booze in this beer, I don't know how the hell they hid the 9.5% but they did, it would be easy to drink a couple of these in a sitting. What I liked most about this beer was the drinkability and aroma, it goes down super smooth with no harsh booze taste, and the aroma was pretty chocolaty, not normal for the style but still good. What I liked least about this beer was the flavor and the body, the flavor was just too plain and subdued and the body was just a little too light. I won't mind drinking these in the holiday pack but I won't seek them out on their own. This beer is still worth trying, the drinkability will really surprise you. It seemed like Atwater sacrificed flavor for drinkability, I wouldn't mind a little sweetness and booze as long as it had a more robust flavor to follow it and more dark fruits. I love how smooth this drank but hate how flavorless it is. Some major tweaking would really help this beer but I don't know if you could add more flavor to it while keeping the alcohol so well hidden. This beer really doesn't fit the style but it still comes out as the best of the Holiday pack, for how smooth this beer goes down for being 9.5% makes it pretty easy to get drunk. but the lack of flavor really hurts it. Even though this wasn't a great Doppelbock I am glad they added it to the Holiday Pack, this is the strongest beer I have ever seen in one. I haven't been impressed with the new beers I have tried from Atwater but they do have a way with hiding the booze, this and VJ Black are dangerously drinkable.

StoutHunter, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, lager yeast, caramelized malts, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of dark fruit and caramel up front along with some dark chocolate and coffee in the background. Then some bready flavors of roasted malts and lager yeast come in. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are better ones in the style that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 19, 2011
Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.