Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Atwater Brewery
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Reviews by chinchill:
3.31/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
12 oz bottle; date notched (bottled) July 2013; from Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids. Served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours very dark reddish-brown, clear, with a bubble and weak beige head. Medium-light carbonation is OK but the body is too thin.
Aroma: unbalanced mix of dark roasted malts and vanilla, with vanilla dominant and coffee barely present. Pretty good smelling nonetheless.
Flavor: follows except with the vanilla seeming even more disproportionate and now this is mildly objectionable. At least it is a natural vanilla flavor. Eventually, the vanilla recedes at bit allowing more coffee and a dose of dark roasted grain to join the vanilla in the lingering aftertaste. Even here, it lacks dark roasted malt flavor, however. Mildly sweet.
O: recommended for fans of dark vanilla ales. Don't expect much coffee aroma or flavor.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2014 20:10:43 | More by chinchill
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
Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
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