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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: 1,211
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 20.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 89 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

ncstephen, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Kerrie, Aug 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Rojada1988, Aug 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Acuity, Aug 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Jeff22, Aug 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

rderedin, Aug 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

SaxmanRick, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

KaisersDaughter, Aug 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

Mike925, Aug 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Nogslaw, Aug 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

snowbeard, Aug 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Dromeda, Aug 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Trent, Aug 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Tnkemist, Aug 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

rkasten1, Aug 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

yeti123, Jul 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

DeschutesFan, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of motorhed
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours out jet black with a thin head that dissipates quickly. No lacing at all.

S: this brew is all about vanilla whether it be the smell or taste. I get a tad of coffee notes in the background but mostly the brew smells of vanilla and sugars.

T: vanilla overpowers the other ingredients in this beer. I love vanilla but this is a bit on the too much side. Get some malt backbone on this beer and sweetness on the finish but dont pick up much coffee taste at all. Finishes a bit on the dry side.

M: i think this beer is on the light body side, a lot thinner than i was expecting from a porter. Low carbonation throughout the tasting.

O: i'm a bit biased because i love vanilla but this was an unbalanced beer. Too thin in body, needs more coffee and malt base to balance it out. Not sure i'd buy another 6 pack of this.

motorhed, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Krakistophales
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours jet black with a cream colored head that disappears quickly. However, this beer has lively fizz.

S: Caramel, hints of malt, little bit of chocolate, slight bit of coffee

T: Lots of vanilla and coffee up front, with a bittersweet chocolate note in the middle, and a dry espresso-esque finish at the end. A nice one with a creamy sweetness from the vanilla.

O: This is a great tasting porter that has some interesting twists from the vanilla extract and coffee.

Krakistophales, Jul 26, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70.4%

JasonLRose, Jul 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

jtb0608, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a big billowy tan head. The head fades fast leaving a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aromas are heaviest of roasted malt and chocolate. Mixed with these aromas are some coffee and a sweeter vanilla aroma. While it is a little light in coffee and vanilla it is a nice aroma overall.

Taste – Sweeter flavors of roasted malt and a semisweet chocolate meet the tongue. These are quickly greeted by a vanilla flavor and a very light coffee flavor. The coffee gets stronger in intensity, although it never gets close to as strong as the roast and chocolate. In the end the taste is largely of a sweeter coco malt with ever so light flavors of coffee.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the creamier side with a slightly higher level of carbonation level. The thicker body suits the sweeter malty and roasty flavors well, although the higher carbonation takes a bit away from the creaminess.

Overall –Not a bad brew, it has good flavors but does not really live up to its name as a “vanilla Java” porter.

Darkmagus82, Jul 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

amishbooze, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thin-head into my glass. It's certainly dark enough to pass as a porter.

Just a hint of vanilla bean and chocolate in the nose. Roasted coffee too.

Mild semi-sweet chocolate mixed with a touch of roasted coffee and cream.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering coffee and cream. Very slick too. I love the flavor as much.

A decent vanilla java porter with plenty of vanilla but precious little buzz.

Brad007, Jul 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

jduprey007, Jul 04, 2012
Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 1,211 ratings.