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Atwater Voodoovator - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jasonm on 10-18-2006)
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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
Photo of Pauly2X
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super deep mahogany almost black, one finger head with decent staying power.

S- Blend of sweet and toasted malts.

T- It feels as though the toasted malts are about to overpower here but they lend way to a nice balance of sweet malts in the finish. A slight hint of spicy hops bring it all together.

M- Spot on for the style.

D- I'll prolly check it out again.

Just a good Dopplebock, worth checking out.

Pauly2X, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a soapy, light brown, three-finger head that left heavy lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel, malt, chocolate and some grassy notes.

T - It tasted of a good caramel flavor with hints of chocolate and roasted malt. It also had a hop kick.

M -It was soft and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good dopplebock with a powerful ABV (9.5%). My first Atwater Block beer...I hope all the others are this good.

zeff80, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a huge coffee fan. As a matter of fact I have never had a cup in my life, however this beer was different. I scored this beer on how I feel everything came through. The accents were present and it made for a good beer.

A: Poured almost black like a straight black coffee with a tan almost brown head. Traces of the head clung to the glass after it disappeared after a few sips.

S: Strong coffee, roasted malts and hops

T: Coffee mixed with strong roasted malts. No big alcohol kick considering it's close to 8%.

M: Clean and smooth

D; Easy, no carbonation. A good waffle beer.

ROMER79, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of gkatsoris
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark brown. A very rich brown and also kind murky. The head was very thin though, but took 2-3 minutes to dissipate. Nice.

S: Raisins and cherries. Sweet, sweet, sweet. Maybe even blueberries or blackberries.

T: Candy. Tastes like a fruit hard candy. WOW, I have never tasted a brew like this before. Tastes like a berry flavored jolly rancher. Also lots of cola flavor. Figs. This is pretty unique!

M: Creamy and thick. Very chewy.

D: Definitely a desert beer. One and done.

gkatsoris, Feb 16, 2008
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.

Goliath, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, warm, malty scent that boasts of caramel and roasted malts. It's got a patent malt earthiness to it as well. The taste is good also. It has a smooth roasted and black malt taste. It's dry with bit of burnt toffee sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes with just a bit of warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got a complex malt bill and is full flavored.

WesWes, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark-brown with an off-white head. The aroma comes off syrupy and sweet with caramel malt. I'm tasting apple right off the bat, but it's not really an overwhelming taste. It is surprisingly fruity as I'm also getting red grape and dates along with the cocoa and roasted malt. This beer seems to be missing the big Munich and licorice malt flavors. It's not bad, but not quite par for the style. It also feels highly carbonated at the first sips with fine bubbles but is also well balanced to make it drinkable. I'd call this worth a try if you want a different sort of doppelbock.

tempest, Jan 31, 2008
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.

Minkybut, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown that looks cloudy. Small tan-nish head that keeps with a small film of head. Mild sugar on there. Smells like the candy they make bracelets out of that you bite pieces off. Then there is some wood on there too. Then there is some minor caramel notes. All of it adds up to very little really. Flavor is okay. Smooth, yes. Full of character, no. Sweetness rises up several seconds in and really sings on the tongue for a bit before it dies down. Just not much else going on really. Nothing interesting. Feel has a good carbonation and the liquid is good. But overall this is one not exciting dopplebock. Even the 9.5% alcohol doesn't really mean much when I don't feel motivated to finish it.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer seemed to have some particles suspended in it, which I had some trouble getting over. But it didn't taste bad; malty like a bock but also a bit like marshmallows.

It poured a thin, dark, brown-red with a quickly fading head and a weird suspension of particles that never settled out, but didn't really bother me as I drank it. Aroma was sweet and toffee-ish, but I also got a marshmallow aroma. Flavor was tangy and spirit like, but with some cerealness. Flavor was very mild though; much more so than I expected. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I just didn't get a lot of enjoyment out of this beer, but it wasn't bad either. I bought this as a 12oz single from Brew&Brew in North Ridgeville, OH.

BeerBelcher, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of CortexBomb
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown with a modest head, some lacing. The nose is heavily malted, sweet, caramel...about that one would expect for a doppelbock.

The flavour continues this general average trend: the expected flavours are heavy on the sweet malts and caramel, with some alcohol presence and the vaguest hint of dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is moderately full, but a 9.5% beer in this style should be for god's sake. Drinkability, decent but not remarkable. I don't have any problem drinking several pints of this style, as it's one of my favourites, but this is not a real winner in the rebuy category as it doesn't do anything particularly well.

The bottom line: Atwater Block provides a serviceable, though not spectacular take on the doppelbock style. I wouldn't hesitate to have a pint of this if I was in the mood for a doppelbock and it was the only one available, but vis a vis the other options out there, it is only so-so.

CortexBomb, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint.

A: Deep brown with lots of visible ruby hues in the light. 1ish fingers of highly carbonated light tan head. Not tons of retention and minimal lacing.

S: Deep roasted matls, brown sugar, and an awesome caramel character. Coffee plays an undertone.

T/M: Cooked brown sugar and dried dark fruits. Malts are very robust. Body is medium and carbonation is a bit above average. Alcohol comes out a bit in the finish but mostly hidden throughout.

D: Very tasty and dangerously drinkable. I hope theres more left at the store.

pwoods, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of Osiris9588
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark mahogany color with a caramel glow near the bottoms. The beige head is bubbles up to four-fingers, then congeals into a nice pillowy cap--plenty thick wisps of lacing are left behind.

The aroma is dominated primarily by caramel, along with some malt and molasses. It is pretty sweet, dominated by a dark-fruit, almost cherry characteristic. There's really not much going on apart from this, except for a mild alcoholic burn on the finish. It seems to be lacking the weight that a doppel should have. It mainly a sugary, syrupy front, with no complexity or anchor on the finish. Not very impressed.

Osiris9588, Nov 19, 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 blakesell
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a curved pint glass

Appearance- Beer pours carbonated as hell, the first time in a very long time that I have poured and it went over the sides of the glass. Has a rich creamy off white head that fades with a rocky swell in the middle. Lacing lingers on the glass. Beer colour is a dark brown.

Smell- Sweet carmel malts, hard water, grapes, rasins, and prunes.

Taste- Malty, sweet, a bit sour, bittersweet would be a good adjective. A hint of chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite thin, downright watery. Not warming at all, decently carbonated.

Drinkability- I suppose it is quite drinkable considering that it is so light and watery at 9.5%. It could sneak up on someone having many, but this is the sort of thing I wouldn't be reordering right away.

blakesell, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of a sweet, malty caramel chariteristics. In the taste, sweet, with a small presence of coffee and chocolate. A smooth yet malty mouthfeel and a malty small chocolate aftertaste. Hides the 9.5% well, but not really fantastic. I thought it was more stout-ish than a doppelbock, and yet a bit watery.

OWSLEY069, Oct 21, 2007
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 david131
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A ever so slightly cloud, dark brown liquid. The head is thick and creamy looking. Kind of reminds of of a nice A&W with a little more head retention.

S- Lots of malt and caramel. A little bit spicy, but not much. A little bit of glue maybe? There really isn't a lot here, which is kind of surprising considering the alcohol content.

T- Ah... there's the alcohol. Very very malty, and then the booze settles in. Don't get me wrong, it's not an astringent alcohol, just noticeable. This is nice and sweet, but there is not a lot of depth to it. The beer does open up a tad as it warms though.

M- Very clean and crisp on the finish but fairly smooth in the mouth. The alcohol does become a bit more hidden as I drink more of it.

D- This ended up going down at a pretty decent clip. For how much alcohol there is in this, it is fairly well hidden. There are better doppelbocks out there, but this is an interesting take on the style and worth a try.

david131, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a steamed glass. The liquid is dark with good carbonation and a nice rich tan head.

The smell is sweet with mild dark fruits.

The taste is quite nice. Dark fruits plums raison and a hint of spice.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, Medium body but quite nice indeed.

The drinkability is great I like this beer and am glad I have 3 more. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a deep mahogany color with fizzy beige head foaming up and receding fairly quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is molasses and chocolate with hints of dark fruit mixed in. no hops can be found by my nose.
First sip reveals a fine fizzy carbonation that tingles across my tongue. Body is a little thinner than expected but texture has some silky feel to it.
Flavor is very malt heavy as well. I get brown sugar and molasses with a bit of chocolate too. Some warm alcohol comes through on the finish. Fairly drinkable even with the mild heat. No hops on this brew. Pretty nice beer, but could be a little sneaky with the hidden 9.5%.

sulldaddy, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Mitchster
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$2.50 for a 120z bottle at Jacks. Brewed with two caramel malts and Munich malt. 9.5% ABV, OG=19.5 Plato, 30 IBU.

Pours out to a near black, dark cocoa, forming a modest creamy light tan head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is nice...subtle but coherant dark fruits...raisins, plums, prunes, chocolate, crisp mineralized water, a touch of caramel nouget and molasses. Very nice aroma. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a delicate carbonation and a medium-dense body. Not too thick or syrupy, and not at all cloying. Alcohol is imperceptable in flavor or nose. The taste is a continuation of the nose...the dark fruits are here, but not huge and in your face...subtle golden raisins and dates without the dark prune note I expect in other dopplebocks. Pears, bananas, and rum lighten up the middle. Bitterness is brief and well-balanced. Cocoa and roasted grains in the finish, and more dark fruit in the aftertaste. A little on the sweet side overall for dopplebocks, although it's still a well-done brew. As I finish up the bottle, I'm starting to tire of the "cola" pang that this beer has.

Pleasantly surprised, as my tastings of Atwater brews over the years haven't been very pleasing. This is one of the better attempts I've seen at the style (for Michigan). Not up to par with the Germans, Atwater has some refining to do for this brew, but it has promise.

Mitchster, Sep 10, 2007
Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
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