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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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1,111 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 6
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Sdesenberg

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer I picked up at the local stop-n-steal that tries for 9.99 a sixer. I'm surprised it has scored so low on here but in the interest of full disclosure, I dated a girl in college who wore a vanilla body lotion, so anything vanilla is associated with some pretty great memories! Pours a matte black with little head or lacing. Great vanilla aroma, but I'm, you know, into that. A little thin on the mouthfeel, but not bad. Really good flavor dominated by the vanilla at first, but with the coffee, and some chocolatey note at the end. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 23:36:36 | More by Sdesenberg
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

04-12-2012 15:09:00 | More by KAP1356
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sammjohnson


3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-11-2012 23:14:15 | More by sammjohnson
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sames6840


3/5  rDev -10.7%

04-09-2012 03:40:53 | More by sames6840
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Zaphog

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

04-08-2012 19:01:30 | More by Zaphog
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slowandlazy

California

3/5  rDev -10.7%

04-08-2012 02:11:45 | More by slowandlazy
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JimmyP


4/5  rDev +19%

04-06-2012 03:45:40 | More by JimmyP
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 19:04:51 | More by BMMillsy
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 12:35:06 | More by PicoPapa
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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-01-2012 11:11:03 | More by neckbracesub
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

03-27-2012 16:11:06 | More by szmnnl99
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MichaelBurns

Indiana

4/5  rDev +19%

03-26-2012 19:05:29 | More by MichaelBurns
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-24-2012 18:58:14 | More by sweisel80
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beerindulger

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 21:28:36 | More by beerindulger
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RWACKO

New York

4/5  rDev +19%

03-15-2012 11:09:34 | More by RWACKO
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acelightning80


4.28/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 03:38:25 | More by acelightning80
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keanlacrosse

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

03-14-2012 03:01:52 | More by keanlacrosse
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mattbk

New York

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 00:23:20 | More by mattbk
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Lynn

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

03-12-2012 21:26:47 | More by Lynn
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WreckingBrew

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-11-2012 16:44:59 | More by WreckingBrew
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RyanLigeia

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 23:51:33 | More by RyanLigeia
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druptight

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

03-09-2012 04:10:55 | More by druptight
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

03-09-2012 03:00:56 | More by Rlombardi75
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ShadyJay

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +19%

03-08-2012 14:04:19 | More by ShadyJay
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Goldmund1

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

03-08-2012 03:46:39 | More by Goldmund1
Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
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