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Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 1,458
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 19.88%
Wants: 18
Gots: 209 | FT: 2
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Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ypsifly on 10-21-2006

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I thought this was a solid brew. Pours black with a creamy khaki head that sticks around a bit. A nice coffee aroma and a hint of vanilla. Flavor follows with sweet vanilla and some light watery coffee mingling with the roasted malts. A little sweet and light on the mouthfeel, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered. Overall this is decent enough.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish black color with an inch of tan head. Almost no lacing. Aromas of vanilla, cappuccino, caramel and roasted malts. Taste is much like the aroma. Vanilla dominates with flavors of sweet coffee and roasted malts. Earthy. A bit watery with a thin mouthfeel. Somewhat of a metallic aftertaste. Nothing special and not worth seeking out.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer blew me away! Aroma of the chocolate comes through immediately! Very nice chocolate and slight vanilla taste sensation with the coffee comming through and lingering on the palate!I like a more malty beer and this one hit the spot for me! Very smooth drinkable beer!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was dark, but with a reddish tinge when held up to the light.
Smelled of very strong vanilla with a slight hint of coffee.
First sensation of taste was a sharp almost sour feel on the tongue combined with a bit of bitterness. Immediately followed by a vanilla taste with a bit of coffee. As the beer lingers the vanilla and coffee flavors flipflop in intensity, almost like an inverse relationship. The beer finishes with a very smooth coffee taste.

Very good beer, easy to drink, delicious.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown to black, decent creamy looking head that fades rather quickly. The viscosity appears a bit watery.

S- The main aroma is vanilla, but there is also a coffee aroma behind that, and maybe a very light chocolate. The aroma is not particulary powerful. There is also a muted note there, which almost reminds me of - dirt? Not a bad aroma, this note is not off putting, but slightly detracting.

T- The taste is nice. Definitely vanilla, combining with chocolate. I think the aforementioned dirt (?) aroma is black malt, which gives it a bitter and fast finish. Also somet tangy malt sweetness in the forefront, maybe a bit cloying. Not an extreme depth of flavor, but this is tasty and drinkable.

M- The mouthfeel is weak on this beer. It leads to the vanilla becoming dominant on the tongue vs the malts, and makes the generally acceptable carbonation a bit prickly. It is detracting from the taste.

O- I think this is a decent porter, the vanilla makes it interesting, and it is tasty. The body needs to be better, this may improve the aroma as well.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown that is clear when held to a bright light. The head is almost non existent which is a real letdown. When i hear "vanilla java porter" im expecting a thick creamy looking beer with a head that matches.
Smells delicious. Vanilla, coffee, malty. The vanilla smells great in here.
The taste is a little too artificial for me. Its not awful but it definitely has an imitation coffee/vanilla taste that almost seems watered down even. The smell wasn't so artificial so I was expecting it to be better.
Mouthfeel is definitely not thick enough. Very watery for a porter. Low carbonation as well which in my opinion doesnt go very well with a thin body like this.
Overall...hmm...definitely not one of my favorites. Ive had worse though. If they thickened up the body I think it'd do wonders for this beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

A- Super dark brown, almost black pour with a slight brown highlights. Two finger light tan head with excellent lacing.

S- Basically exactly as the bottle says. Vanilla, coffee and chocolate. There is a slight brown sugar and molasses with a touch of licorice and toast.

T- Coffee mostly, with a more subdued vanilla presence. Not as sweet as the nose leads you to believe. Slight bakers chocolate.

M- Light to medium bodied with a good carbonation.

O- I love vanilla and I love coffee, this was a no brainer :)

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Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,458 ratings.