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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: 1,269
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 20.35%
Wants: 9
Gots: 106 | FT: 3
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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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

mzeld, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

GeoCait, Nov 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

MN_Beerticker, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18%

ValTass, Nov 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

sdaly3, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

DCav, Nov 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jakea, Nov 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

RBorsato, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of gcamparone
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Nikki's Liquors in North Providence, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a super dark, borderline black body with amber highlights. Light mocha smallish head that reduces to a small ring. Little lacing.

S- Toasted malt, slight vanilla, coffee beans. Just as described on the label. Taste probably matches..

T- Starts off with a big cocoa flavor, ending with subtle vanilla and coffee notes.

M- Thin for a porter. Medium carbonation.

Overall a highly drinkable, tasty porter. Could have used a little more body and a little less in-your-face vanilla.

gcamparone, Nov 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Boilerfood, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Bubba569
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Ice Cold Bottle.
Appearance: Dark coffee carmel color, with very little head. About 1/2" rich tan color.
Smell: Strong sweet coffee aroma with a slight hint of vanilla.
Taste: Very strong taste of coffee with a sweet vanilla flavor following, finishes with a overpwering taste of coffee stuck to the palate.
Mouthfeel: Love the coffee flavor, but wish it had more of a vanilla taste, it has an overpowering coffee flavor that sticks to the palate causeing morning coffee breath.
I would recommend this beer, especially if you enjoy the flavor of coffee!!

Bubba569, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18%

dmorgan310, Nov 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

zonker17, Nov 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Hobby, Nov 09, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours oily black with a thin brown head. No retention at all.

Smells sweet. Hints of vanilla, burnt sugar, and toasted grains.

Taste hits up front with vanilla beans, and some hints of chocolate. Boozy coffee aftertaste. The flavor is good but not overly strong nor is it typical of an American porter.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick, and light. A moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall tasty and drinkable if you're craving vanilla. Could have used more chocolate malt balance.

mattsdenney, Nov 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

yoroxanne, Oct 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

evansomes, Oct 28, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark, block, some brown hints. Some brown foam. French vanilla coffee nose. Espresso roasted. Rich chocolately malt taste with vanilla laced throughout. Mild bitter hop at the end. Creamy mouthfeel. A little boozy. Really tasty.

KTCamm, Oct 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

dswion, Oct 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

PrXiMiTi, Oct 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

bscalt, Oct 23, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70.5%

sendbeer, Oct 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown in color with not a lot of head or lacing.

Smell: There is a coffee smell, like when you walk into a coffee shop more then the actual glass of coffee. There is also a just a subtle hint of vanilla, like the name would imply.

Taste: Based on the smell I had high hopes for how this would taste but I was a little disappointed. It wasn't bad it just wasn't great. It has a little bit of a roasted coffee taste and it is a little sweeter then I expected.

Note: I love the smell of coffee but I really do not like the taste of coffee. I don't think that influenced me too much but it may have played a little part.

ruckus232, Oct 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

bzach, Oct 21, 2012
Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 1,269 ratings.