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Atwater Voodoovator - Atwater Brewery

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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 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.

IronCitySteve, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening, the neck begins to fill with foam. I generally have cause for concern when that happens, for reasons of either over-carbonation or infection. We'll see.

Appearance - pours a dark reddish caramel into the glass, probably three fingers of foam. I had to wait a bit to get the rest of the beer into the Sam Adams glass. Held up to light, there is nothing short of a whirlwind of action in the bottom of the glass. The churning of bubbles is eye-opening. I'll definitely let this one breathe a bit, but it's quite interesting to behold.

Aroma - I can smell the sweetness of caramel malts and some toastiness.

Taste - as expected, sweet and roasty malts to start. For a 9.5% brew, it's extremely well-hidden. It's not overly complex, more roastiness on the swallow, a pretty straightforward finish, though at times I taste a fleeting anise-like flavor.

Mouthfeel - smooth and coating as a doppelbock should be. Well done.

Drinkability - though my exposure to Atwater has been limited, this is my favorite so far.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
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.

aerozeppl, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark burgandy tone. Thin light brown head. Sporadic patches of lace are created on the walls of the glass as I drink. Aroma's malty and rummy. Not particularily strong for a Dopple though. This is a solid tasting dopple bordering on very good. It just doesn't have the richness and complexity to be called great, but it's good. Nice malty tones with breadiness resembling bread pudding create the base. Alcohol is hidden very nicely. Hard to believe we're looking at close to 10% here. Nicely carbonated and medium to medium-full in body. Nice drinking Dopple and quite enjoyable.

Bighuge, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Mdog
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown-red, good head.

Smell: Kind of light. Some raisin and plum.

Taste: Raisin, sweet artificial cherry syrup-like flavor, some caramel buried in there too.

Drinkability: Kind of strange tasting and a little strong.

Picked up a single even though it's not really doppelbock season. This wasn't bad, just kind of weird tasting. Kind of artificial-sweetener tasting at times.

Mdog, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of mattcrill
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Intense Munich malt aroma. Dark fruit and sour cherry esters on the nose. No hop aroma or off aromatics.

Appearance: Dark shoe leather brown pout with a sticky white head.

Flavor: More dark sour cherries with bready and rich doughy malt notes. Just a touch of spicy hop bitterness to level the malt and fruit flavors. Finish is clean but a touch sweet and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Just a slight grain astringency and no alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A big, malty, slightly sour lager. The sourness is suprising. I'm wondering if it's the combination of 2 crystal malts and munich in the grist (per the website). It didn't seem sour like it was infected but I just kept getting those sour cherry notes which makes me think it was malt and yeast driven. Big and interesting but not sure I'll revisit.

mattcrill, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark ruby red with a 1 finger head and a steady stream of visible carbonation.

S- Very sweet. caramel, toffee.

T- Very sweet. Strongly of toffee and also some caramel. which quickly fades into a nonexistent aftertaste

M- Great body weight and well carbonated.

D- Very highly drinkable for something this strong. id have another one, but id need to be in the mood for it.

jwinship83, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of ryseone
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very carbonated with a fizzy tan head and a rich brown caramel body.
Aroma: smell of brown sugar before it caramelizes with a low smell of hop
Taste: very complex brown sugar meets a roast like malt with a caramel touch and small bitter brown sugar back end very thin almost draught like
Notes: This beer didn't set well with me it needs a second go. It was like a soda that fermented.

ryseone, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of goodbyeohio
1.43/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

high gravity dopplebock, 9.5% 30 ibu

with my eyes, i see beer. innocent enough in it's brownness with tan clingy fizz. like a trojan horse or a siren, i approach voodoovator ignorantly and without fear.

smells like extremely burnt sugar, pepto bismal and plastic. tastes a tad sharp and nutty like special b, makes way for an earwax flavored saran wrap flavor that dominates and finishes with a bitterness that reminds me of hops but has no taste. oh no, im burping plastic now. after-finish lingers on notes of super-sweetened grape hi-c or kool aid.

probably the worst beer i've had in the past two years .

the definitive beer fail

goodbyeohio, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of smcolw
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.

smcolw, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Greenlabel
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a 4-pack from Julio's in Westboro, MA during Atwater's initial distribution into this state. I was excited to see a new Doppelbock available as it's one of my favorite styles.

The initial poor was quite attractive - brownish red coloring with a thick foamy head which surprisingly faded rather quickly. The smell was weak but not unfavorable. However, the taste, both malty and mildly chocolatey, was too sweet for my liking and definitely too carbonated - a combination which led to an overall poor mouthfeel. Not what I was anticipating from a 9.5% Doppelbock. My initial excitement had now turned into disappointment

After finishing 1 bottle from the 4-pack, I was happy to give away the remaining 3 to friends who wanted to try it.

Greenlabel, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of asabreed
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fairly dark with deep amber coming through with any penetrating light. Off-white soapy and bubbly head initially that fades quickly with minimal lacing left.

Smell: Initial sourness, mild fruit and hints of sweeter malt flavors, but it's really hard to discern anything -- either right out of the fridge or long after it warms.

Taste: Malt flavors with mild sourness, some woodiness, maple, very mild roasted malts, and not really any hints of alcohol. Still, give me flavor with an alcohol burn. Everything's so muted, or there was so much put into it, that it's a mild mess of not much at all.

Mouthfeel: Too tingly and slick with way too much carbonation, which certainly isn't right for this style, or letting any flavors come through.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, with no hints of the 9.5% ABV, but still, a fairly flavorless brew. Had someone given me a few chances to name the style blind, I may have said: Stout, Porter, or ESB, maybe some others. But Doppelbock? No way. Glad I didn't buy a 4-pack and only got a bottle.

asabreed, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Gallo's Taproom in Columbus. Pours dark brown with red around the edges. Thin and creamy beige head that dissipates quickly, and spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and dark fruit. Medium-bodied with flavors of caramel malt and toasted nuts, plus some hops. ABV is well-masked. The finish is mildly roasty with a grainy malt aftertaste. Just average overall.

Dogbrick, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to kkulacki for the gift. Pours unceremoniously, short lived head, overly carbonated look. Brownish red. Sweet and tinny odor, some chocolate and toffee smell too. Tastes malty, and a little bit like fake cherry juice, with a metallic note to it too. Maltiness is sweet and slightly astringent on the finish. An unbalanced, kind of weird dopplebock that doesn't impress me too much

aforbes10, May 26, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a pretty clean chestnut brown colour... quite a heady beast, with a light brown/tan head billowing over the brim.

S: Caramel, chocolate cream, and a bit of spiciness to give the sweetness a little edge. This makes the taste seem promising.

T: Fell through a little here... not the same kind of flavours I suppose I expected from the aroma. A little chocolate and spice, but it seems somewhat washed out. Some tart notes, and finishing with a touch of bitterness.

M + D: The alcohol does end up being quite well hidden in this one, aside from a pleasant warming down the throat. A bit of a foaminess in the mouth that is decent. I almost would have preferred a little more creaminess to it, but it's nothing I'll lose sleep over. A decent take on it, but not the most memorable, I suppose.

Proteus93, May 21, 2008
Photo of DrainBamage
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an extremely dark brown color, almost block with a thin lace of head. Smell is almost all liquor with slight a malty aroma to it. Taste is very malty, but surprisingly fruity too and with minimally bitterness. Goes down smooth moderately carbonated. I expected more from this one, especially from a doppelbock. Not a much to get excited about.

DrainBamage, May 19, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ten Stone in Philadelphia, I was able to enjoy a pint while seated outside in the late afternoon and this beer went perfectly. It's a dark brown in color, with a short head of frothy bone white foam. When held to the light dark mahogany, crimson, and even some thin glimmers of dark orange highlights appear. The retention was limited, but it is a fairly high alcohol beer, and for all I know it might have been a dirty glass (although there were no bubbles forming on the inside).

In the nose it expressed dark caramel with hints of chocolate, but not in a really sweet way, more of just a maltiness, and that carried over into the flavor.

It wasn't particularly full bodied for the style, but it had some girth; and the carbonation level was just enough to lend a little zest to the tongue.

Back to the flavor, it was well balanced, and dry, relying more on dark malt character than bitterness (as it should be). No hop flavor was particularly discernable, but there was some present in the background; and it finished with a quick fading note of dark, almost scorched caramel. I could tell that there was a bit of alcohol there, but it was very well cloaked in maltiness.

Nicely done!

NeroFiddled, May 16, 2008
Photo of
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle

Rich, clear, dark copper color. Medium sized, tan head. Creamy. Some legs and lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell was sweet cherries, dark. Toffee. Bit of butter.

Taste was much less sweet than expected, tart cherries and other fruit. Quite a bit of citrus.

Medium body, not full enough in my opinion. Medium to high carbonation. Rather dry.

Not my thing for this style. Too much bitterness for a dopplebock, not enough malt and associated character. Mouthfeel seems wrong.

, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle with a beautiful russet eggplant hued offering tooped with a frothy spumescent spongy head cap that goes on for miles.

Nose of malt and grain proper. Some dark cake and sweetness resides in a brown sugar vstibule.

First swigs: Sorta thin waffle and cereal flakes. Maple syrup eakes out a pinch. Soft flavors of light ginger snap and pecan pie. This is skidding across the finish line.

Last swigs: Paid $10 for a 4 pack. Worth it for the punch but not for the flavor.

Last swigs: Worth a shot for the curious but nothing to brag about. LAcks the full flavor punch. Maybe we are spoiled in the SE PA land of milk and honey and dopelbocks like SlyFox and Victory.

blitheringidiot, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Color is a dark mahogany brown with an off white head that is only about 1/4 inch but lasted the whole glass. minimal lacing but overall nice looking beer.

Smell was somewhat muted and could have used some aroma hops or something to give it a punch and some interest.

Taste was strange to me. I could taste the sweet malts that were dark, but not very roasted in flavor. It has a sort of bready, belgian flavor mid palate that seems off to me for this style of beer. It finishes with a touch of hop flavor to cut the sweet. There is virtually no alcohol presence in this beer which is listed at 9.5%. I believe i have had this in my DBF for about 4 months which could contribute to the lack of alcohol taste or burn, but all of it gone? that alone makes the drinkability good. I am not sure i would pick this up again if i saw it, but not a bad offering if someone handed it to me.

tayner, Apr 08, 2008
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 tpd975
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew enjoyed at the hop devil in NYC.

A: A nice slightly cloudy deep dark brownish black hue. The head is big thick and creamy. I noticed that some others described it as rootbeer ike and I have to agree. There is little head retention and little to no lacing.

S: Nice big malty aromas. Tons of chocolate and gooey caramel. A hint of raisin and a touch of rum.

T: Very malty brew. Lots of deep dark chocolate flavors with hits vanilla and caramel. I can taste some dark fruits which taste as though they have been soaked in booze and darkened brown sugar.

M: Smooth and rich, This beer is down right creamy with just enough of a booze tingle to cut thru.

D: Easy to drink and rather enjoyable.

Overall: I am usually not a huge fan of this style of beer but this one won my heart from the first sip. Tons of bold flavors which struck me just right. I am beginnig to beleive that the hop devil don't serve a bad beer, and I have yet to start my Kuhnhenn reviews.

tpd975, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reveaks a deep amber, rby, garnt mixture with a light film of foam and a thin ring around the edge of the beer. The first sniff its you with a butter covered dark fruit malt. Prunes and figs come to mind mostly. The front of the palte is a dark malt sweetness. Lots of toasty dark fruits with a slightly creamy aftertaste. Like a baked brown sugar plumwith a little warm alcohol finish. Smooth yet slightly flat mouthfeel. Could use a body boost at the end of the palate.
Great to sip though.

scruffwhor, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a dark reddish-black color with one finger of foamy beige head.

Aroma of sweet malts, raisins, cocoa, and caramel.

Taste is a healthy dose of raisins, dark ripe fruits, cocoa, and a sweet maltiness. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky, and lightly carbonated.

Surprisingly drinkable considering the 9.5% alcohol. Easily my favorite of the Atwater beers.

Monkeyknife, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Mar 10, 2008
Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.