Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Atwater Brewery
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Reviews by mooseisloose:
2.9/5 rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Smells like alot of java but with a vanilla bean smell also very prevalent. Pours to a very opaque dark brown with a creamy micro-bubble head that stands nicely in the glass. First sip yields a good up front roasted malt flavor that is slightly sweetened with a twang of vanilla. The flavor however, waters out quickly and leaves a minute bit of bitterness behind but overall the finish is very clean. Mouthfeel is good on carbonation but the thinning out of the flavor ripples into and adversely affects the mouthfeel as well. Not really what I expected. I was looking for more of a big bold porter with a vanilla twist. It ain't there.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2009 21:43:13 | More by mooseisloose
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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