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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: 1,232
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 20.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 93 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

Dual45s, May 22, 2012
Photo of knoxtennessee
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice big pint courtesy of Cape Fear Wine and Beer.

A- Opaque black with a thin tan head and decent retention.

S- Lots of vanilla and coffee (duh). No hop aroma. Nice and malty. Spicy alcohol notes and good toasty roasty malt.

T- Rich without being heavy, pleasantly sweet, loads of vanilla. Almost like a coffee pudding. Really nice base beer flavors of a robust porter. Dark roast, toasty, spicy, great coffee flavor and a great dry finish.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Rich but balanced.

O- Really nice beer, everything promised was delivered. Lots of vanilla, good coffee, with a solid English porter underneath.

knoxtennessee, May 20, 2012
Photo of KnightRider
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

KnightRider, May 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

klipper, May 17, 2012
Photo of kynap55
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

kynap55, May 12, 2012
Photo of Blaze5445
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Blaze5445, May 11, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a hint of ruby red. Lots of bubbles and about three fingers of tan head with good retention. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A pretty sweet and roasty aroma. Sweet dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate and coffee. Also some hints of milk, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, and sugars. Very light hint of earthy hops in the background. Very malt forward and sweet.

Taste: Sweet and malt forward like the smell, but not quite as robust. Sweet roasted dark malts with good notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cream, milk, sugar, caramel, and toffee. Has a bit of a syrupy sweet flavor. Hops are very subtle and hard to notice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, somewhat syrupy, and pretty slick.

Overall: A nice tasting chocolate and coffee flavored beer. Sweet but not cloying. Could of used a little more body.

MattyG85, May 07, 2012
Photo of Klif
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vanilla, yes. (Maybe not enough, tho'.)

Java, yes. (Definitely too much, tho'.)

Porter, absolutely. (Would have liked a better head, tho')

If you like the bitter aftertaste of burnt coffee, a hint of sweetness, and a heavy after-dinner lingering beer, this is for you.

Klif, May 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

GTB, May 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Ishogai, May 03, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark cola brown with a finger of light khaki head. Nice retention and some spotty lace.

The aroma gives of some charred malts with overdone coffee and all to sweet vanilla. Everything advertised on the label is there, but it's not the most pleasing. Roasted malts on the pallet with sweet vanilla and slightly burnt coffee.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Coffee really lingers on the pallet on this one. Overall this one isn't very impressive. Not the worst beer but it doesn't seem to come together very well.

Bendurgin, May 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

TimoP, Apr 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

superdan73, Apr 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

BenSnowden, Apr 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, Apr 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

djrn2, Apr 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Yummmmiller, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

BierBliss, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of YonderLover
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love anything with vanilla so generally speaking I liked this beer. Strong coffee malt aroma with hints of vanilla. I found the taste to be of strong malts followed by vanilla flavor. Could taste the coffee but not find that it had a strong presence. My boyfriend dislikes coffee but enjoyed this beer. Very smooth mouth feel- was expecting a heavier feel. I will drink the 6 pack and would definately get it again!

YonderLover, Apr 15, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drinking my first one now. My first taste it was full of chocolate followed by vanilla and coffee with a slight smoky flavor. That was very pleasant but the feel to me could have been heavier. I drank about half of it cold and then let it set until it got to room temperature. The beer only got better in my opinion. Great color and nice head. I will be buying more in the future. Prost!

heypickleman, Apr 14, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Sdesenberg, Apr 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

KAP1356, Apr 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

sammjohnson, Apr 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

sames6840, Apr 09, 2012
Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.