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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: 1,347
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 138 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ypsifly on 10-21-2006)
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being from the metro area, this wouldnt be the first time ive tried this, its a pretty ok brew
Poured in a pint.

A: the standard black-brown color, with a thin white head that dissipated quickly with not much lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood, reminds me of pudding

T: tastes smoky, chocolatey, coffee, not much vanilla though

M: Overly carbonated, little to much for me, especially for a porter, kills the complexion it should have

O: A decent beer from the home town, its worth a shot.

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3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like your typical porter. Pitch black in color. A decent tan head that gets small really quickly. Surprisingly nice lacing.

Smell: I can get some of the vanilla in there, but then there's this off-smell. I'm not quite sure what it is, but it almost makes the pleasant vanilla aroma mean nothing.

Taste/feel: This is a pretty decent beer, as it's a nice change from the typical coffee/chocolate powered porters out there. The feel is a bit of a let down as it's a little watery, but the taste is surprisingly decent. I do get some traces of espresso and coffee, but it's not super strong, and it's balanced pretty well with the vanilla in there. A solid porter from Atwater.

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3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in August of 2012 (opened in late September of 2012).

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted in a huge head of more than four fingers. This head was thick and clumpy, and it was the color of frothy mocha. It was a fairly long-lasting head, but over time it dissipated to a single layer of bubbles and an edge ring. The brew was very dark brown and opaque.

S: The aroma was very, very mild. It consisted of a little bit of dark roasted malt and some coffee.

T: The taste consisted of dark roasted malt earthiness and a bit of malt sweetness along with a little bit of coffee and a big vanilla rush.

M: The body was about medium in weight and there is not much carbonation, which is appropriate for the style (and, a good thing for the beer, because any more carbonation might have made it seem like soda pop because of all the vanilla). It is also fairly smooth.

O: This beer certainly lived up to its name: It had a very strong vanilla flavor. So it get a few bonus points for being a little of the beaten path, but not too far. Overall, it is an interesting variation on the porter style. Not quite a must try, but still pretty good.

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3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six-pack on sale at my local Meijer store. The beer is very dark, looks black in a dim room, however when placed under light, it shows a bit of brown. Faint tan head that doesn't hang around for very long and leaves little to no lacing on the glass. The beer looks "thin" - I've certainly seen better looking porters.

The smell is nice, however it isn't very powerful. Caramel and vanilla are the main things that hit the nose when you finally do get a nice whiff. Maybe a little bit of cocoa powder on the back-end, but surprisingly, there isn't very much coffee, despite being a part "java" porter. Somewhat disappointing, although the aroma is still pretty good.

Vanilla takes over most of the taste. You can sit there and probably pick out some grains and malts and maybe even a touch of coffee, but vanilla is mostly what you're tasting. Not complex at all, and I feel like more flavors SHOULD be here, but they went a little too far on the vanilla profile. The beer felt as thin as it looked and had quite a bit of carbonation (almost too much) that was a little bit distracting.

Overall, one of the better Atwater brew's I've had, but in my experience with them - that really isn't saying too much. Definitely worth a try at least one time, but there are certainly better vanilla flavored porters out there.

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Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,347 ratings.