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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: 1,394
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 164 | 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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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown - almost black. Decent offwhite head and lacing.

S: Tons of vanilla and coffee. Wonderful. Roasted malt not far behind.

T: Tons of vanilla upfront, followed by mild coffee and a good roasted malt finish. Great combination.

M: Medium body. Smooth.

O: Great porter as intended. Not as roasty or coffee or chocolate as some, but the strong vanilla balances well. Great simple porter for the vanilla and coffee lovers.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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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%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark chestnut brown, with the slightest ring of white foam. Way too small of an amount to be called head. Heavy roasted coffee aromas, with an underlying tone of vanilla scent, and a smokey highlight throughout. The beer's flavors ride a thin, smooth body, with coffee notes in the foreground. There is a creamy vanilla backbone on the palate, and an overall roasted character. The aftertaste is mostly the bitter coffee, cleaning the palate for continued drinking. The finish is slick, and with a slight linger. Decent brew; not outstanding, but a good stand by porter.

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

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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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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single of this from a local shop. I know nothing about this brewery or this beer, but the name sounds delicious. We will see

A - Aggressive pour into a pint glass, still yields little in the way of head. Small cap remains. It is dark brown, toward black, in color.

S - Smell is very faint. There is a touch of vanilla, some malts, but not too exciting.

T - Good amount of vanilla in the taste. Reminds of the Vanilla Coke they had out a few years ago. I really am not picking up any coffee at all. Pretty much straight vanilla.

M - Feel is very light, especially for the style, would expect a bit more robustness. On the watery side.

O - A bit of a let down. I was looking forward to the vanilla java combo, but the vanilla really overpowered anything else. The watery mouthfeel was also a let down

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of StlHopHead77
2.18/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled October 2011

A-Pours a thin,watery brownish black with 1 1/2 inches of loose and quickly dying tan suds that left spotty lacing.

S-Weak coffee,stale chocolate,lightly charred malts and cheap,vanilla extract.

T-Weak,coffee,tootsie roll,caramel and more cheap,vanilla extract.

M-Super thin.Nothing there that lingers or is worth mentioning.Way too much generic,synthetic vanilla flavor.

O-Serious disappointment.

Photo of cosmicevan
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to florida9 (kirk) for tossing this into the Growler Plus BIF box he sent my way. Not sure how their dating system works, but the bottle has July 2011 ticked off on the label.

a - opened the brew and filled my E snifter. brew poured a watery brown with a huge bubbly greyish white head. the head was really bubbly and actively bubbled away. had a very coca cola look to it.

s - wow, that's different. smells kind of like charred vanilla coke. coffee is there, but has a bit of a stale smell.

t - mish mosh of too much vanilla and bleh coffee...with some porter like qualities of charred roasted malts, but overall doesn't work that great for me.

m - mouth jumps out at first as this brew is overly carbonated.

o - overall, very soda like. Not sure if I'll get through the entire bottle or not, but certainly one that I won't seek out again. The vanilla just doesn't work too great. If they did a tiny amount of vanilla and beefed up the chocolate, this one might stand a chance.

Photo of MsRif
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My experience with this brew on-tap vs. bottled is vastly different...hopefully I can hit on everything in one review.

Poured a dark brown, opaque color from the tap into a pint glass. Very large tan head that receded slowly but did not dissipate completely. From the bottle, it was more see-through and I noticed less head retention.

On tap it had a lovely quality coffee aroma with sweet undertones of vanilla. The vanilla was not overwhelming at all and the character was very balanced. Bottled...it smelled like coffee that had been soaking in vanilla and Splenda for too long. Taste on tap was wonderful. Starts out strong with coffee, notes of chocolate and vanilla...sweet, but not overly so. Finishes a tad bitter. Nice, multidimensional brew. Bottled...way too sweet. Way too much vanilla. Tasted artificial and just wrong. Not at ALL what I remembered from getting it on tap. I will never buy it bottled again.

On tap, was medium in body. Bottled...THIN. Way, way too thin. Do they cut it with water and then bottle it? Not cool. Very disappointing since I really enjoyed it on tap.

I'll get it again if it's on tap...I will never buy it in a bottle again. This review focuses ratings more towards the draught...I really enjoyed it.

Photo of jtingue
2.64/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter. Bottle dated June 2011.

Appearance. Clear, but dark black in color with a red tint. Pours with the thinnest tan head that dissipates so quickly that its like it was never there.

Smell. The strange combination of coffee and vanilla creates a smell that reminds me quite a bit of toffee with a hint of maple sugar candy. None of the usual porter characteristics.

Taste. Starts out with strait vanilla. Some dark roastiness tries to pop through but are quickly killed by an unpleasant coffee bitterness. A flavor of gas station coffee lingers around on the palate until a sweet vanilla and coffee finish.

Mouthfeel. A thin watery body is slightly masked by a small amount of carbonation, quite unpleasant.

This beer completely lacks any sort of subtlety. The only way it can call itself a porter is through its color, a pretty weak argument. This would be well and good if the coffee and vanilla were used with some sort of beneficial effect on flavor, but the beer just ends up tasting like a poorly made malted milkshake.

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,394 ratings.