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Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Vanilla Java PorterAtwater Vanilla Java Porter

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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 163 | 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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Photo of MasterSki
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jason, a man of impeccable taste in microbrews. Served in a tulip and dated November 2011.

A - Quick-dissolving light tan foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles. Dark brown body that is a few shades lighter at the edges of the glass. A few spots of lace are left as the beer is consumed.

S - A mix of coffee and vanilla. A touch reminiscent of extract, but surprisingly pleasant. There's some earthy roasted grains in the background.

S - Taste is similar, but dominated by the vanilla extract flavor. Pretty generic in character, but delivers on the flavors promised by the name and far from offensive.

M - Medium-light body, smooth texture, a touch of dry roastiness in the finish, and fairly low carbonation. No obvious alcohol warmth of flavor.

D - A very middling but otherwise inoffensive porter. Not a drain pour like many of the gems we opened that night, and might be appealing to craft beer n00bs for it's familiar flavors and lack of subtly.

Photo of SickGnar
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark, dark brown – rubied mahogany when backlit. Small light tan head that falls fast & leaves no lace.

S: Tons of vanilla, lots of sweetness, a bit of chocolate, faint hint of coffee. Very candy like and rather cloying. Smells distinctly like cheap candy shell coated chocolate esters eggs. Plenty aromatic, but lacking a beer smell and not inviting.

T: More thin in some ways than the nose implied. Almost watery vanilla with okay but stretched sweetness. Very minimal java. Porter base is quite lacking too. Hints of chocolate & roast. Overall, like a think & weak brown porter with some extract dumped in. It manages to not be cloying, but it seem slapped together and lacks a very good “beer” component.

M: Just under medium body with matched carbonation. A light mouthfeel relative to aroma or taste, and light for style. Manages to avoid seeming watery, but not by a huge margin. Semi-sweet with a neutral finish.

D: a novelty and desert beer. And not all that good either. Lacking much beer character. Not enough malty heft to pull off the vanilla, java, porter idea. Not terrible, but a bit less than alright.

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3/5  rDev -12%

4.5/5  rDev +32%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of elNopalero
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a ruby black beer with no foam. It has a creamy sweet vanilla aroma, like an ice cream float. Thin bodied and fizzy, with a flat vanilla flavor followed by a harsh finish. Where’s the java? I’ll give it that it’s sweet but not my thing. Pass.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was really looking forward to this beer, as I liked the sound of everything. Sadly, it was a bit disappointing. It poured a nice deep black, however it appears a bit thin as it's somehow almost translucent. Not much in the way of aroma save for a slight bit of burnt coffee. Kind of odd taste, almost a fake chemical note to it, not a lot of vanilla and not a lot of coffee. Pretty thin overall as well, disappears off the tongue without a trace pretty quickly.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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5/5  rDev +46.6%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle. Almost pitch black once it is in the glass, with little to no light penetration.
One finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is all coffee with hints of chocolate and malt. Couldn't detect the vanilla as much in the aroma, but there was lots of coffee.
Taste compliments the aroma, sweet up front with the malts making their presence felt in the middle. Hints of bitterness in the finish. Very pleasing on the palate and easy to drink.
Mouthfeel is a tad watery, but overall this is a decent porter; has all the makings of a good sessions beer.
Definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,393 ratings.