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Atwater Voodoovator - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 03:16:58 | More by tempest
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Minkybut

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 15:10:15 | More by Minkybut
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 03:43:27 | More by RblWthACoz
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 13:24:13 | More by BeerBelcher
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CortexBomb

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2007 02:28:44 | More by CortexBomb
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pwoods

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 23:50:38 | More by pwoods
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Osiris9588

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 20:28:33 | More by Osiris9588
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dedrinker

Kansas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2007 06:30:37 | More by dedrinker
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blakesell

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 21:00:46 | More by blakesell
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 13:23:05 | More by OWSLEY069
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 16:12:10 | More by Imstillthegman
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david131

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 02:46:09 | More by david131
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

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

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 04:58:27 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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%.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 03:18:25 | More by sulldaddy
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Mitchster

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 23:34:10 | More by Mitchster
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This is one dark dark beer, the head lasts a pretty long time, however it does eventually dissipate.
S: very malty with some earthy tones as well
T: very earthy, with some malt and a noticeable alcohol taste to it.
M?D: very enjoyable beer, nothing too crazy good, but somethign i could easily enjoy again

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 04:25:19 | More by Redwood21
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Atlas1

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this monster at the beer store last week because I'd never heard of it. Honestly, I hate the label. It reminds me of a sign outside of some cheesey New Orleans bar. Fortunately, the beer was quite good.

Poured a dark brown, almost black, color, with hues of ruby and mahagony shining through when held up to the light. It bore a thick, full-bodied, off-white head, and left some lacing. A good looking beer. The nose was of sweet dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, raisins, nutmeg, and licorice. It was all over the place, and it was quite pleasing to the olfactory senses. It tasted a bit sweet, with a sugary prune/raisin thing going on. Still, it was very nice. And very much a dopplebock. Mouthfeel was smooth and silky.

This beer got better as it warmed up in the glass, and was a fine all around beer. It's big at 9.5% ABV, but the brewers did a fine job masking the high alcohol content. I'd be happy to revisit this one once the weather starts to cool off a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 20:10:46 | More by Atlas1
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mcallister

Ohio

2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very dark transcendent shade of mahagony. What light can get it illimunates ruby colors. Head is large and overly carbonated for a DB in my opinion. Very long retention with a thin full layer of lace behind.

Hmmm well caramel and toffee notes with a ever so light milk chocolate, but an odd off sour odor really mirks things up and leaves me curious.

This beer just simply doesn't have much going on with it and almost tastes like it's a little infected. Sour notes rivaling that of a Jolly Pumpkin brew. The only real flavors are burnt caramel and chocolate squares of different variety. Mouth is a bit creamy but there is no finish to help this stand up and out. Very dissapointed after sampling there Dunkel which I found to be very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 20:42:15 | More by mcallister
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember trying to figure out why this beer was a couple dollars more than the rest of the Fathead's take out selection and always had a hard time figuring out why. After trying it out besides the higher alcohol I'm not sure why the price mark up happened but this brew appears a very dark ruby brown tone with alarge tan head formin thick and leaves behind even streaks of lacing. Aroma has a roasty cocoa powder, a bit muted or even dumbed down with mild fruit raisin and other dried fruits soaked in alcohol with a minimal herbal hop nose. Flavor is sweet and roasty in the malt department provides some cocoa powder and mild fruitiness the alcohol is actually hidden pretty well in the taste with a touch of caramel, but overall I'm not getting a real authentic doppelbock feel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a harsher kinda abrasive carbonation touch of a sticky texture that tends to cling onto the palate. Drinkability is decent but I'm overall underimpressed and another factor in this beer is the need to watchout for the hidden alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 06:34:45 | More by WVbeergeek
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool label.

Dark root beer brown body with shades of molasses. Tall, fluffy, long-lived, cocoa brown head. Maple brown sugar on the nose mixes with caramel, tobacco, baking chocolate bitterness, milk chocolate, and vegetal hops.

Taste starts out with smooth milk chocolatey sweet malts. Scorched Sugar Babies, and candied cooked vegetables follow. Slightly meaty and tobacco-y. Sweetness stays throughout, with mildly bitter noble hops in the finish. Not bad. A fairly straight-forward example of the style, without a ton of complexity. Medium-bodied with a very creamy feel. A tad thinner than I like. Very smooth and the 9.5% abv hides itself very well.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 01:28:08 | More by alexgash
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BMoney575

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-3-07

Pours a deep brownish red, with a craggy tan head that sticks in fingers on the sides of the glass.

Smell is malty and sweet, with a sense of thickness and big alcohol.

Taste is good! Big roasted malt at first, followed by a nice hop balance and a smooth sweetness. Gently warm on the finish, the alcohol is well-masked.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a bit too carbonated.

Drinkability is scary, you could easily drink a few.

Overall, a very good beer. If you like big lagers, this one's for you.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 00:03:02 | More by BMoney575
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Alkey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured a dark brown with a small tan head that didn't leave lace as it quickly dissipated into just a slight film over the top of the beer. The aroma of this beer is a very faint caramel malt and no noticeable smell of alcohol for a 9.5%. Taste and feel seems a bit watery at first with some slightly darker fruit malt flavors like plums and raisins. This brew seems to lack in the flavor department but is a very easy drinking beer with a well hidden ABV that I'm sure would sneak up on you if your not careful.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 03:22:46 | More by Alkey
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany in color, with some ruby highlights. Off white head holds well for a few minutes, then fades. Lightly roasty, toffee, and fruitcake aroma. Caramel and toffee flavors, but does not have the depth of the classics. Very smooth. Sweetness in the beginning. Medium body, with lower carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden. A decent brew, but not at the top.

Serving type: growler

03-27-2007 16:52:26 | More by Bierguy5
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A welcome break from most bastardized American versions of such a classy brew. VoodoVator at least measures up to the style pretty well. A muted aroma or syruy malts, fruitcake, caramel, and rum promises rich flavors and good drinkability. The flavors closely mimic the aromas, following up with a light peat-moss smokiness, and complex dark / dehydrated fruits (dates, figs) and solid toastiness. The feel is sweet, but not heavy. The alcohols are well hidden, but warming and sweet. The finish gets a little 'cola' like in it's sweetness and tackiness -- falling back on it's darker color. Overall, a very solid brew, but lacks the punch to be considered great.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 17:47:08 | More by BEERchitect
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bashiba

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark clear mahogony color with a thin layer of long lasting head.

Smell is all malt with hints of sweet dark fruit and wood.

Taste is slightly sweet with a smooth woody malt quality, has some light earthy hops to balance it out, but still is dominated by the malts.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and a smooth warming quality.

Easy to drink and flavorful doppel, dangerous at 9.5abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 00:35:07 | More by bashiba
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