Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Atwater Brewery
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
2.05/5 rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
The pour produces a cola colored brew, with a half finger high head of light beige. There is some carbonation visible around the edges, with no sediment or anything of note. The head dies down quickly, leaving little lacing as it goes. The primary components of the aroma are malts, coiny metals, and a curious heat, as if a jalapeno pepper was dropped into the glass. There are also mild hints of vanilla and dark coffee, as boasted by the title. The taste begins with malts and copper. This metallic taste is comparable to putting a penny in your mouth, and working it around. The middle is sweeter, and a bit tangy. This quickly falls to sourness (like sour cream), that leaves the mouth with a similar aftertaste. Again, as in the nose, there are also minor hints at vanilla and coffee, but neither really takes center stage. The body and carbonation are both light. There is little coating from the brew, and the mouthfeel is otherwise dull, like drinking flat, bitter soda. The abv is within range, but the curious flavor profile makes this beer slower drinking.
Overall, what was best about this beer was its appearance. While it does have the main attributes of a porter visually, it falls way short in other aspects. What was most offensive about the brew was the overly metallic (and spicy pepper!!) qualities throughout the aroma and taste, making this beer less than desirable.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2010 02:06:22 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Opaque dark brown to black. You could view an eclipse through this and your retinas would survive. Medium tan head with a bit of lacing.
Medium roast coffee and vanilla aroma with a hint of earthy malt.
Flavor is mostly vanilla with some coffee and roasted malt. Low hop bitterness and no obvious ethanol.
Light, thin body with medium carbonation.
I really wanted to like this -- porter, coffee, vanilla -- what's not to like? But the overall impression is too thin and watery. Also the vanilla seems somehow artificial. When I tried my first bottle I was underwhelmed so I waited a week and tried another bottle, this time letting it warm some. That helped a bit but I'm still disappointed by the thin body and not enough complexity.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 23:30:54 | More by myelo
3.06/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured a dark black into a standard pint.
This had very little smell...Looking for some vanilla here. Just a hint. Nothing else.
No head whatsover. It looked thin and, after the first sip, mouthfeel coincided with the look of this brew.
The taste...Not much vanilla (slight) or coffee. Mildly bitter in the finish. Pretty weak.
Serving type: on-tap
04-04-2014 22:50:33 | More by BeerDazed
3.89/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This beer was my introduction to real craft beer. Before this, I drank decent stuff, like Blue Moon, Shock Top and some Leinenkugel's. I still like Summer Shandy's in the Summer, but VJP was my first, craft, dark porter I ever liked, and introduced my the this world.
Appearance: Coca Cola... My first thought. Dark, but with red tinge around the edges. Light does shine through.
Smell: This is the best part of this beer. The vanilla over powers the Java.
Taste: Again Vanilla over powers the Java. The Vanilla tastes a bit artificial. I'd like for there to be more coffee flavor.
Mouthfeel: Very creamy. My kind of beer.
Overall: As I said this was the beer that introduced my to the craft beer world. While it's no longer my favorite, I will still gladly drink this beer with enjoyment.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 02:11:13 | More by EvoRich
Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.