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Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Vanilla Java Porter
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Ratings: 1,434
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 17
Gots: 188 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 DomInUse_Channel
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4.5/5
Pours an extremely dark red-brown, looks almost black unless you hold it up to a light. About 1.5 fingers of medium-tan head upon initial pour, dissipates down to about half a finger. Overall, a pretty beer.

Smell - 4/5
Strong vanilla smell with some coffee, roasted malts and maybe a hint of alcohol. The smell of the vanilla is really nice, and I was surprised at how pronounced it was in the aroma.

Taste - 3.75/5
Tastes like the smell for the most part. A vanilla flavor mixed with light roasted coffee notes. Moderately sweet. Slightly metallic, especially near the end of the sip. Overall the flavor was nice, though I think slightly less than the aroma (though obviously I'd still prefer to drink this beer then to smell it!).

Mouthfeel - 4/5
This beer is crisp, with a medium-high carbonation level. Medium bodied. Overall a good feel.

Overall - 3.75/5
This is one of the few Atwater brews I actually like. It's a decent brew, and a great value if you're looking for a vanilla/java stout type beer.

Photo of bpkrippner
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marcher07
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Petegrieco
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrew041180
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I didn't look favorably upon this one. All sorts of head retention and appearance were off on a style that I didn't think could really vary in appearance. It smelled okay. Taste was predominately vanilla, but sortof a fake, superficial vanilla. Feel was thin and oily. No substance. My friend gave me two. I'm not sure what to do with the second.

Photo of redleg411
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pnelting
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of J-Bonestradamus
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greg__h
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amp
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MDM
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jrs3994243
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of psweendogg
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyroeser
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To me it's similar to Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter

Photo of Mojo
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grichard
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New to trying porters and this is very good. I usually don't like coffee porters/stouts but this is a lighter coffee flavor, but still nice and dark beer. Probably a very personal rating, not so objective.

Photo of reg1214
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of VikeMan
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of demonspeed
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

D. F-Ing. Litious. Best straight from the brew house!

Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThatsStout
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ardeer
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,434 ratings.