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Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Atwater Brewery

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1,131 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 62 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ypsifly on 10-21-2006)
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barczar

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, vanilla aroma, with notes of chocolate and roast malt. The flavor reveals light roast malt, a touch of a tangy character, and a roasty coffee finish. Notes of chocolate wave throughout. More vanilla than coffee, which makes me happy. Probably my second favorite from Atwater, as I like the voodoo, as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 22:11:35 | More by barczar
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danoble1

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-26-2014 01:55:29 | More by danoble1
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dustinjkline

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

06-25-2014 23:59:54 | More by dustinjkline
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DuffBeer14

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

06-25-2014 03:32:34 | More by DuffBeer14
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RanchHand

Texas

4/5  rDev +19%

06-22-2014 23:00:31 | More by RanchHand
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Bis4beer70

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

06-21-2014 22:07:36 | More by Bis4beer70
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Redstar137

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

06-21-2014 21:19:31 | More by Redstar137
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Dave11899

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-19-2014 21:57:51 | More by Dave11899
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Brew33

Ohio

3/5  rDev -10.7%

06-17-2014 14:21:18 | More by Brew33
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ImperatorScab

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

06-17-2014 02:48:34 | More by ImperatorScab
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a finger high and mocha in shade. Retention really isn't bad at all, and - though it's hard to pick it up - a nice ring of lacing is left behind.

S: Without a doubt, there are big vanilla notes coming through. The problem is, the vanilla comes across as being too extract-y and chemical. Not getting much coffee or base porter. After a while, the nose develops an almond character. It doesn't smell bad - in fact, the aroma is quite acceptable - it's just too chemical.

T: It starts off with a ton of vanilla. This note drops off past the mid-palate, giving way to...jack. Okay, I lied: it's a bit chocolaty near the finish. But really, that's it. It's a vanilla bomb, and even this note is hampered by its chemical tendencies. And just where's the damn coffee, anyways? Could have fooled me...

M: I like a dry porter, but this feels genuinely insubstantial. Worse yet, it's not even that dry, just flimsy and overly sweet. Good carbonation tries to cleanse the finish somewhat, but to no avail.

O: I'd never refuse a free one. It's not making me retch. It's also better than the last Atwater I had yesterday (so is just about every other beer I've had in the past couple months). But as a porter, it's just not particularly successful. Not only does the dominant flavor come off as artificial, there's literally nothing else to it. Dare I say it tastes like a porter that would come from Blue Moon or Shock Top? Yep, I'm totally saying it. It's going to take a lot for Atwater to get back in my good graces after 2 stinkers.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 20:23:25 | More by ThisWangsChung
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DrBobPierce

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +41.4%

06-14-2014 02:53:38 | More by DrBobPierce
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

06-09-2014 23:54:59 | More by ridgeline23
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MaddDogg84

Texas

5/5  rDev +48.8%

06-09-2014 01:18:50 | More by MaddDogg84
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jgunther71

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-08-2014 22:52:08 | More by jgunther71
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bcsbeer

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-08-2014 17:14:54 | More by bcsbeer
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skelton00

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-07-2014 15:53:40 | More by skelton00
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wrightst

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

06-06-2014 02:18:24 | More by wrightst
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todesengel135

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

06-06-2014 01:42:16 | More by todesengel135
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

06-04-2014 03:20:23 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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canders0927

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

06-03-2014 02:51:21 | More by canders0927
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

06-02-2014 18:04:59 | More by JohnK17
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KShophead

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-02-2014 02:45:26 | More by KShophead
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WritersBlock

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

05-31-2014 19:56:40 | More by WritersBlock
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thereal_adam

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

05-31-2014 18:18:55 | More by thereal_adam
Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.