Atwater Voodoovator - Atwater Brewery
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3.59/5 rDev +3.8%
Two and a half fingers of tan head with some big coarse bubbles on top that need scraped off. Retains phenomenally anyway. Almost opaque red-black color. Laces okay, too. 4.25
Smells richly malty. A little rum raisin, some dark roastiness, heavy toffee goo, medicinal notes, and a kiss of tobacco. A little chocolate, a little cherry. Somewhat on the sweet side, but it delivers.
Richness is compromised only slightly due to some bigger bitterness. Stale chocolate, big roast, fermented dark grain, hints of black cherry and blackberry, and caramelized sugars make up a busy flavor. A little coffee in the flavor. Not bad.
Body has some richness, but it's still relatively easy to drink. Some booze in the feel, but the carbonation is appealingly obvious.
A good doppelbock. I'm still a sucker for the Germans.
12-02-2013 23:18:35 | More by thecheapies
3.59/5 rDev +3.8%
12 oz brown bottle with label notched October
Atwater VooDoo Vator Doppelbock poured dark brown almost black into my glass mug. A nice 2-finger creamy tan milkshake looking head was produced that later dissipated to thick foamy lacing. The nose was first hit with the malty aroma of chocolate, caramel, and a touch of toffee. I should note, that the nose was lighter than I expected. The taste as the nose was dominated by malt; with chocolate, toffee, light raisins, with a roasted character. Mouth feel is a little smooth with a light-medium body. Finish is a little dry and sticky.
VooDoo Vator is an easy drinker that is not to filling.
10-16-2013 16:50:07 | More by bushbeer75
3.59/5 rDev +3.8%
A - Cola brown pour with a slick coating in the glass. Minimal foam retention and no lacing.
S - Scents of leather, caramel malt, and furniture polish. Sugary scent of candy.
T - Sweet flavor of molasses-like malt. Flavors of honey, caramel, and raisin notes.
M - Syrupy thick, and a bit too much sugar. True to style but feels gritty like that last bit of sugar in a coffee mug.
O - Decent bock and I'd have it again. But the imports feature so many that are just superior.
09-13-2013 23:50:51 | More by socon67
3.54/5 rDev +2.3%
From: Friar Tuck Beverage, Savoy, IL
Date: March 2012 notched on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
Atwater's Voodoovator takes a decidedly cocoa-forward interpretation of the doppelbock style, but unfortunately appears and feels rather below average, though its aroma and flavor are quite pleasant. While I enjoyed drinking this overall, I thought it was too cocoa-forward (almost bordering on porter) and the less-than-superb mouthfeel detracted further. I would probably seek out another doppelbock before this one, though not turn it down if offered or available at a pub.
Pours a 1cm tall head of beige to tan-colored foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, with average retention length of one minute. Foam fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass, with little lacing in its wake. Body is a dark brown color, with light bringing no change to the opaque body. Carbonation is visible only at the top of the glass, appears modest in number and activity.
Aroma of sweetened cocoa, prunes and raisins, and Maillard reaction products of toasted bread crust-like sweetness, though the latter are pushed somewhat towards the back for the style. Appealing, but a bit too focused on sweet cocoa for the style; more like a porter.
Major flavors of cocoa, prunes, and toasted bread crust sweetness, little change across the palate; for a 9.5% ABV beer, this hides its ethanol well. Front of palate experiences sweet cocoa, prunes (and lesser raisins and black dried figs), Maillard reaction products of caramel and toasted bread crust-like sweetness. Mid-palate of cocoa, prunes, raisins, Maillard reaction products of caramel and toasted bread crust-like sweetness, with a pleasant herbal bitterness provided by Germanic hops. Back of palate finds strong hop bitterness with cocoa, prunes and raisins, and Maillard reaction-based sweetness characters in the background. Aftertaste is surprisingly bitter and herbal, with only a thin layer of cocoa and sweetness remaining.
Beer is medium to in body, with fairly low levels of carbonation, resulting in a somewhat stagnant, flat feeling: a bit more carbonation would enhance the perception on the mouth and perhaps accentuate the flavors of the beer better. There is no apparent ethanol perceived. Closes quite dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and palate.
08-29-2013 15:25:16 | More by falloutsnow
3.79/5 rDev +9.5%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
My introduction to the Atwater family of beers. It pours a rather dark sienna topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises deep caramel, light roasted malts, graham cracker, dark breads, and a twinge of cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, with the sweetness inherent in the smell coming through a bit subdued, the breadiness taking firm control. There's a touch of vague fruit in the finish, but it doesn't stick around long enough for any sort of positive confirmation. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice d-bock, one that doesn't overdo it in any category save drinkability.
07-27-2013 03:48:40 | More by TMoney2591
Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
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