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Atwater VJ Black - Atwater Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrDemento456 on 04-09-2011)
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Durge

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Solid black gold with a little bit of malt chewiness that features charcoal and licorice. Quality brew that goes down too easily.

08-28-2014 06:20:23 | More by Durge
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Tone

Missouri

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 3/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, yeast, hint of chocolate, hops, and pine. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight yeast, slight caramel malt, slight hops, hint of pine, and a hint of nut. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

08-25-2014 18:32:54 | More by Tone
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-11-2014 14:42:45 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Arch578

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-05-2014 12:58:03 | More by Arch578
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lochef81

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-04-2014 23:15:52 | More by lochef81
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Lordhelmit

North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +16.6%

Great beer. Pours dark not quite black more like a very dark very deep mahogany. Persistent head/lacing. Smell was strong but describing it is a bit tough. I always struggle with the nose. Smells good, sweet, pretty much like a Hershey's bar melted inside a vanilla coffee.. Taste is wow. Hits your tongue quite aggressively! Immediately get a dark chocolate flavor that kind of spreads from your tongue to the rest of your mouth and finishes with the same caramel/chocolate taste but with a good bit of bitterness left in your mouth. The bitterness is perfect. What a great balance. This is a great brew,

07-23-2014 23:21:33 | More by Lordhelmit
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-14-2014 15:32:09 | More by DrBier
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johng90

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-12-2014 20:13:19 | More by johng90
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TheBeerDad

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

07-07-2014 00:38:02 | More by TheBeerDad
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%

Ah, trials and tribulations of my bottle backlog! I recently bought a bottle of this, brought it home and then realized that I already had one held in abeyance.

From the bottle: "Beer Is good. Enjoy responsibly."; "Single Batch Series"; "[bottled] March 2012".

Two-year old RIS from my favorite hit-or-miss brewery?!? Hee hee. The pour proved that time has not hurt this bad boy. I got a finger of dense, deep-tan/moch colored head that sat there and defied me to move. Color was truth in advertising - Black (SRM = 44)! Black as night in the middle of the IO, black as my morning coffee, black as a witch's heart. Nose smelled of sugary dark chocolate. Yes, very roasty, but also a lot of residual sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a very nutty, dark chocolate flavor on the tongue. The nuttiness was unexpected, but it cut some of that pervasive charcoal/burnt/smokiness that I was also getting. It suddenly hit me - Nutella! I am not a proponent of this style, but this was striking my fancy, plus I am not a fan of style mavens, so what I like may not be for everyone. The finish was straddling semi-sweet and semi-dry and I am going to let my new bottle age somewhat before I bring it out of hiding.

06-29-2014 18:38:10 | More by woodychandler
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nineworldseries

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-08-2014 02:36:57 | More by nineworldseries
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NCStateAE

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

05-31-2014 22:04:29 | More by NCStateAE
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Bottled January 2014

fairly agressive pour led to a nice looking pint, jet black body with a small pale oatmeal head.

Lots of aroma here, coffee, some chocolate, heavily roasted malts

Very much coffee forward drink, roasted malts leave a bitter wash in the mouth. not finding the chocolate, or any real evidence of it being an 11.0abv

Mouth is a bit below medium. Bitterness remains for quite some time.

Overall, okay I guess. Enjoyed the first one of these a bit more, but upon reflection and more time taken with the second a few weeks later, this comes up just a bit short. Perhaps a bit more time on it would soften up the roasted almost to the point of burnt malts.

05-26-2014 13:41:02 | More by MikeWard
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rypkr

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-22-2014 06:29:17 | More by rypkr
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Fitze

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

05-11-2014 17:22:20 | More by Fitze
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Pbody

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Dark smokey imperial stout with good depth, hints of chocolate and coffee. I don't typically buy from Atwater Brewery but this is a pretty well balanced imperial stout from their single batch series, also has a pretty nice kick to it at eleven percent. Would definitely recommend this beer in low doses lol.

04-18-2014 19:17:04 | More by Pbody
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Markus98

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-14-2014 11:46:19 | More by Markus98
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

04-13-2014 02:29:02 | More by Hallertau
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dejones

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

04-12-2014 03:39:55 | More by dejones
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RyanCFriedrich

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

04-10-2014 04:28:16 | More by RyanCFriedrich
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-05-2014 03:03:59 | More by IdrinkGas
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DLSheidy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-03-2014 22:29:43 | More by DLSheidy
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-11-2014 01:21:27 | More by AngusOg
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bigaddy

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-04-2014 03:16:02 | More by bigaddy
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MichiganBrews

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-01-2014 19:33:20 | More by MichiganBrews
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Atwater VJ Black from Atwater Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.