Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Atwater Brewery
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.3/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Bought a six-pack on sale at my local Meijer store. The beer is very dark, looks black in a dim room, however when placed under light, it shows a bit of brown. Faint tan head that doesn't hang around for very long and leaves little to no lacing on the glass. The beer looks "thin" - I've certainly seen better looking porters.
The smell is nice, however it isn't very powerful. Caramel and vanilla are the main things that hit the nose when you finally do get a nice whiff. Maybe a little bit of cocoa powder on the back-end, but surprisingly, there isn't very much coffee, despite being a part "java" porter. Somewhat disappointing, although the aroma is still pretty good.
Vanilla takes over most of the taste. You can sit there and probably pick out some grains and malts and maybe even a touch of coffee, but vanilla is mostly what you're tasting. Not complex at all, and I feel like more flavors SHOULD be here, but they went a little too far on the vanilla profile. The beer felt as thin as it looked and had quite a bit of carbonation (almost too much) that was a little bit distracting.
Overall, one of the better Atwater brew's I've had, but in my experience with them - that really isn't saying too much. Definitely worth a try at least one time, but there are certainly better vanilla flavored porters out there.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2012 11:47:34 | More by tectactoe
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3.4/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle poured into a goblet glass
Dark Black color with a very small ring of white foam along the edges of the glass.
Scents of vanilla and some caramel with a little bit of malt.
very light Vanilla flavor on the tounge with a nice porter malt for the taste.
Light in the mouthfeel with a little bit of bitterness and a slight amount of nuttiness.
Decent beer, but nothing to write home about.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 23:14:03 | More by timmy2b
3.58/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Had this on tap at Hops and Crafts in Nashville. Pretty nice sweet porter. Roasted malts and strong but not overpowering vanilla notes. I didn't get as much coffee flavoring as I'd expected. Very creamy mouthfeel. Dark brown color with a light tan head. I think a little underrated.
Serving type: on-tap
03-03-2014 03:21:46 | More by MarkQ617
Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
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