Atwater Voodoovator - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 203
Hads: 391
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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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 BostonHops
2.18/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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/roasted malty, a sourness i can't put my finger on, a touch of molasses, and a twang 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. the best thing i can say about this beer it that it's not a drainpour. other than that, don't waste your money.

originally reviewed: 01-06-2011 (686 characters)

Photo of Rojopunk
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (1,730 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of rodney45
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of NHSTEVE
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

2015 edit. I got this so I could review it since it's been a while since I've had it, but it's just as bad as I remember, so the score stays the same. (3,880 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of Ehrnstrom
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark, glossy color. light brown head, not much head retention.

smell: alcohol comes through with hints of malt.

taste: a little low in carbonation for my taste. medium bodied, but could be a little heftier.

mouthfeel: smooth, fairly refreshing for the style

overall: I feel like a few punches were pulled with this beer. It's good enough to try once, but nothing to write home about. (400 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours opaque black with a brown hue around the edges where light can actually penetrate. Two inch head is fine, tan and pillowy, dissipates very slowly.

Smells of bitter-sour coffee grounds and chocolate.

Taste follows, strangely sour along with the coffee bitterness and some chocolate elements.

Feels medium with slight carbonation over the tongue.

The sourness is unexpected and makes this hard to drink. Otherwise, it's not a bad dopplebock I guess, but the flavor comes out of nowhere and is really off for the style. Maybe I got a bad one. (558 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, thin, tan colored head. Pretty standard.

Rich chocolate and vanilla, sweet maltiness, old leather, sweet, dark fruits, dry earthy yeast aroma.

A dry roastie chocolate malt effect, sweet and roastie, balanced by dry, earthy hop bite, dark wheat, semi-sweet chocolate, dry roastie finish with sour earthy yeast. The heat flows right in for some depth.

a sticky lip, thick and heady but dry, herbal balance.

Pretty dang good. (443 characters)

Photo of bilyboy65
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste is the biggest thing in my world when it comes to beers. This one doesn't really measure up in that department. Which is disappointing as I think it has a great nose. The taste is bland and monotonous. There is a sweet aspect to it, but only slightly and gives way to what I can only describe as an aspiring floral hoppy taste. It looks fantastic with a nice tan head that sticks around and a dark rich brown color. This is a medium body beer that has little aftertaste. But that isn't surprising.

Over all it's an enjoyable beer because there isn't really anything that is offensive about it. Just wish it had a little more doublebock characteristics to it. (666 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a brown color with a minimal fizzy head. The smell of the beer had a decent malt aroma with a slight funk to it. The taste had this wierd sour flavor to it. Perhaps this had some oak in it. There wasn't much of anything else besides some malt. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, some light carbonation and medium bodied. I'd like to give this one another try sometime. It is worthy of another round. (417 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (1,098 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster.

Appearance: Very dark, nearly opaque mahogany. Deep crimson hues within the beer. Head is super-fizzy, and is a caramel-like color. I like it.

Smell: Very prune-like. Just a touch of caramel malt detectable. Some pretty serious ethyl in the background. Good for the style.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very sour at first, and the beer is fairly fizzy. From there, there is little to no character development. It's not bad...but there's just nothing going on.

Overall: Average. (518 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hints of a caramel nose, flavor is malty, with some caramel. Drying finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.15 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. (302 characters)

Photo of bpw28
2.05/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Finger sized tan head, Deep Mahogany color, Good Lacing

Nose: Funky (not a good funky), Walnut, Tree Sap, Planty (like ripping a leaf in half and smelling it), Bready, Sweet Molasses, Woody

Taste: Funky that hits you (once again, not a good kind), Medium Roast, Odd Sticky Sweetness, Straw, Bready, Sour, Boozy, Thin Mouth feeling that feels almost watery

Final Thoguhts: I really don't like this one. Production is marked for Jan 2011 but it's 9.5 ABV and it was kept in pretty dark good conditions. It wasn't skunked. I'm surpised they let this one go out, it's really no good. The appearance looked great, but then you smell it and you just cringe. I normally like to put food pairing with the beers, this one I can't. I would never buy this one again unless they revamped a new recipe. I got to hand it to Atwater, I picked alot of things out of this one, it's just it wasn't all good. (904 characters)

Photo of otto251068
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice. This beer was bottled August, 2010, making this beer around 7 months old.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, with some dark red highlights. For being a darker beer, there is quite a bit of light getting through which really lets the red come through around the edges. A thin layer eggshell foam fades quickly to some wisps. A blob of larger bubbles bobs in the middle of the glass.

Smell: Toasted malts and grains hit at first, then give way to a bit of dark chocolate. There is also some earthy flavors and caramel sweetness.

Taste: The toasted malts come to the forefront, not too bitter. After the malts and grain (which is really all I can taste), there is bitter charred aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium carbonation. The beer itself is fairly thin, the carbonation level might be a little more on the high side. Bitter aftertaste which lasts.

Overall: Easily drinkable and smooth, the toasted levels of the malts are great, although the aftertaste is a bit bitter. The alcohol is well hidden. (1,069 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled January 2011
In a pilsner glass the beer was a very dark brown with some red highlights. A medium-sized tan head with a little bit of lace.
Average aroma. Caramel malt, something sweet.
A little more depth in the taste. Caramel/toffee. Some dark fruit. Maybe a hint of chocolate.
Mouthfeel rather on the tepid side.
OK beer, not exactly what I'm looking for in a doppelbock. (382 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.36/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up in Michigan over the holidays. Served in a tulip.

Pours a dark brown with a bit of a reddish tint to it. Quite a gusher. Pretty big tan head with a bit of retention and a slight amount of lacing. The nose is pretty odd with some dark fruits and molasses plus a bit of cherry character. Seems like this might be unintentional. The flavor further adds to this suspicion and I'm thinking this bottle might be on the verge of infection. The cherry taste isn't really melding into the profile of the beer and there's a bit of a pucker factor beginning to form. Feel is full of prickly carbonation. Not impressed with this one at all. (644 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
2.31/5  rDev -32.3%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
2.2/5  rDev -35.5%
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. (779 characters)

Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.