1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Atwater Brewery

Not Rated.
Atwater Vanilla Java PorterAtwater Vanilla Java Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

1,396 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,396
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 166 | 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:
Beer added by: ypsifly on 10-21-2006

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,396 | Reviews: 487 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of McNealc31
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is as expected for a porter. Head might be a little on the thin side. The aroma is full of chocolate, which was a little surprising given the title. Quite tasty. Chocolate dominates the flavor, as well, but the vanilla and coffee are definitely there. The body is on the light side and the carbonation is surprisingly high.

I like it, and will very likely get it again, but I would like to see better balance. Less chocolate (can't believe I'm saying that), more vanilla and coffee.

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Mikecap
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mzeld
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of zillo043068
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of GeoCait
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ValTass
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of sdaly3
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of DCav
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of jakea
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of gcamparone
3.57/5  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.

Photo of Boilerfood
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Bubba569
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
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!!

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Hobby
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of mattsdenney
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of yoroxanne
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of evansomes
4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of KTCamm
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of dswion
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of PrXiMiTi
4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of bscalt
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.