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Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Atwater Brewery

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1,095 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,095
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 6
Gots: 50 | 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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Ratings: 1,095 | Reviews: 449 | Display Reviews Only:
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Garlicjosh

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

02-12-2012 09:32:49 | More by Garlicjosh
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ballertim

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

02-05-2012 21:23:03 | More by ballertim
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JDLucas2000

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

02-04-2012 20:29:30 | More by JDLucas2000
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anth0ny

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My buddy gave me one of these from a six pack he bought.
This beer has an updated label from the one pictured. New label has a nice timeline on the bottom with J-D for the month and 11-13 for the year. This was brewed J/12. Digging the new label design.
I noticed that each beer in the six pack had a different volume of beer. 2 beers were full right to the brim of the lip at the top of the neck, almost to the cap. Another was excessively full, and the other 3 were about normal, but still varying levels.

A - This beer is dark but not black. You can slightly see through when held to the light, red hue shining through. After a very aggressive pour I received a thin white head, no lacing.

S - Smell is mostly sweet vanilla and a little malt. The aroma is extremely weak, but I can't hate too much on a sweet vanilla smell.

T/M - The taste, body and the rest is lacking. I'm not getting much java or porter. I'm getting a pinch of vanilla, and a lot of water. It's sweet, but dry. Extremely drinkable. Watery mouthfeel due to low carbonation and lack of body. Overall, it goes down quick and leaves the palette searching.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 05:21:57 | More by anth0ny
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khargro2

Georgia

3/5  rDev -10.4%

02-02-2012 21:05:49 | More by khargro2
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -10.4%

02-02-2012 15:12:15 | More by bluesplit63
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Ruger44

Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-31-2012 21:06:36 | More by Ruger44
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beerborn

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

01-30-2012 16:14:10 | More by beerborn
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senorscientist

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

01-30-2012 07:31:44 | More by senorscientist
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ItsBeer4Me

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-30-2012 01:05:42 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-27-2012 23:21:27 | More by AndrewMichael
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-22-2012 21:29:41 | More by jpd7374
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Chimay glass.

Appeared a very dark brown color, with some reddish tints when held in the light. Minimal head.

Smelled of coffee beans and artificial vanilla extract. Some buttery notes.

Tasted almost solely the vanilla, was barely able to detect any coffee tastes. Vanilla mostly appeared in the finish. Very light tasting overall.

Mouthfeel was watery - nothing notable. Very thin.

Overall this is definetely a drinkable porter with a vanilla presence, but it lacks complexity. Not impressed and probably won't drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 17:01:30 | More by TWStandley
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

01-21-2012 05:00:03 | More by Satchboogie
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electtodefer

New York

5/5  rDev +49.3%

01-21-2012 02:53:22 | More by electtodefer
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Heff19

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

01-19-2012 08:56:00 | More by Heff19
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RomeosPartyStore

Michigan

4/5  rDev +19.4%

01-15-2012 18:05:54 | More by RomeosPartyStore
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Duff27

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

01-15-2012 15:36:02 | More by Duff27
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miga

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

01-15-2012 02:33:21 | More by miga
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RepMichigan

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

01-13-2012 20:56:55 | More by RepMichigan
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HeavyMetalBrew

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark amber color. Minimal signs of carbonation, and no head.

S: Toast, caramel, apples, vanilla, espresso.

T: Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasted finish. There is a lot of flavor upfront but it vanishes fast.

M: Lightly carbonated. Thin. Easy to put down.

Overall: I have had this beer on tap at a festival and remember it being really good. However, when having it just now in a bottle it doesn't seem as good as I recall. It might just be that's it's another batch, or maybe it was just sitting out for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 22:54:14 | More by HeavyMetalBrew
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imperialking

Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-08-2012 22:38:12 | More by imperialking
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BellsFan

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

01-08-2012 04:10:27 | More by BellsFan
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kevgod

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-07-2012 17:56:48 | More by kevgod
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Brittmb29

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Spilt a bottle after my friend's Michigan trip :

Poured into flute (odd, but what we had) with a finger head on pour, dissipating to a rim of carbonation against a clear black body. looks almost of cola (and the mouth feel is thin and water with good carbonation which also reminds of soda). Smell is roasty sugars (vanilla) and definite chocolate character. Taste follows with mild bitterness and complimenting vanilla and chocolates. Still a bit light bodied for me to want all the time but the carbonation makes it creamy. The friend debated on a 6 pack, and given her tastes i think it would have been a great purchase. Watery for the ABV, i wouldn't buy the 6 pack but i would gladly drink this again, all i could think for the end of the glass was ice cream float...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 14:49:57 | More by Brittmb29
Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.