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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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Photo of KajII
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was murky and almost black in color with a large (2-3 finger) light brown creamy head that had decent retention, reducing slowly to a thin cap with some good streaky lacing.

The aroma was a lot like french vanilla coffee with some roasted chocolate malts and a sweet yeast and had notes of dark chocolate, vanilla and dark roasted coffee.

The taste was lightly sweet and a bit bitter with hints of vanilla and dark chocolate from the onset with the finish having a more pronounced bitter coffee taste. The flavor hung around for an average duration after the swallow and had a mild bitter sweet coffee ending.

Mouthfeel was a few shades above medium in body and a tad oily in texture with a good strong carbonation.

Overall a Coffee Porter that has a lot more vanilla in the aroma than in the taste, but all in all it was a nice smooth tasty brew...

KajII, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of FoilagedMonkey
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

FoilagedMonkey, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Rostie
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Rostie, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Jovian00
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Jovian00, May 30, 2012
Photo of smarkham24
4/5  rDev +18%

smarkham24, May 30, 2012
Photo of bad72amx
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a chilled bottle one month old from Busch's market in Rochester Hills, MI.

Nice light head upon opening, settling quickly to a thin veil over the top. Laced decently on the sides of the bottle. Very dark in color

Smells delicious. Fresh coffee overtones with subtle hints of vanilla and malt.

Coffe taste abounds, followed by caramel, vanilla, cocoa, and very mild graininess. Leaves a taste of high quality black coffee in the mouth.

Surprisingly light feeling in the mouth. Lighter than the average porter.

Overall, a nice sipping beer I would pick up again.

bad72amx, May 30, 2012
Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +18%

Falcone, May 29, 2012
Photo of NHSTEVE
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

NHSTEVE, May 29, 2012
Photo of revo
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

revo, May 27, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jaidenjb, May 26, 2012
Photo of kb2250
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

kb2250, May 25, 2012
Photo of C2H5
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

C2H5, May 23, 2012
Photo of Dual45s
4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

Dual45s, May 22, 2012
Photo of knoxtennessee
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
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 +10.6%

KnightRider, May 18, 2012
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +18%

klipper, May 17, 2012
Photo of kynap55
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

kynap55, May 12, 2012
Photo of Blaze5445
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Blaze5445, May 11, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
3.73/5  rDev +10%
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 +1.8%
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 +10.6%

GTB, May 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Ishogai, May 03, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
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
Photo of TimoP
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

TimoP, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of superdan73
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

superdan73, Apr 28, 2012
Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 1,269 ratings.