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Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Atwater Brewery

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78
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1,358 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 146 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ypsifly on 10-21-2006)
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3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gotweid
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gleason_usmc
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes more like a vanilla milkshake than a beer.

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3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AmeriCanadian
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Overpowering vanilla and not much else. Thin, watery, ambiguous identity.

Photo of WaNtEdAmErIcAn
2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tastes like I'm drinking coffee beans and not a beer.

Photo of Sgtgroath
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth rich taste. Drank about 12 now and the taste was consistent. Had moreof a coffee than vanilla taste.

Photo of DandyD
4.11/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Our team really likes this beer. The only thing we've noticed is the batches aren't consistent. Varying amounts of vanilla and coffee. Seems Atwater is trying to find the right balance.

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3.28/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 10/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, brown bread, vanilla, light nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee/vanilla spice notes; with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/coffee spice flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid spiced porter style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/coffee spice flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PA-hunter
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 6% abv

Appearance- Black and opaque with a chocolate brown two finger head.

Smell- Hints of chocolate, with vanilla coming through heavily. Roasted coffee bean in there as well.

Taste- Coffee comes in first and lasts through the whole taste profile. Bits of vanilla make their way in as well. It finishes with a dry, roasted coffee bean flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy and creamy in texture.

Overall- A decent porter but the coffee taste is quite strong. If you like coffee beers this would be a good one. I would of liked a little more complexity but it was ok.

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4.6/5  rDev +35.3%

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3.52/5  rDev +3.5%

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2.49/5  rDev -26.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +24.7%

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Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.