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Atwater VJ Black - Atwater Brewery

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very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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GRPunk

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've heard of a ZJ, I guess it's time to see what this VJ is all about.

Bottle notched J 13, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A normal pour created a 1-finger, brown head that settles down to a thin film and leaves really nice webs about the glass. The body is a dark brown that suggests near black through the middle of a full glass.

S- There's an initial waft of dried or stewed fruits, mostly raisin. Lighter chocolate and coffee at first. Roasted, toasty grains become almost charred at points. The char and chocolate increases. Vanilla sneaks in much later with some warmth.

T- Complex. 1st sip had that initial rush of raisin followed by a significant dose of milk chocolate. Chocolate really seems to be the major player here. I'm good with that. An injection of vanilla compliments nicely and increases as I drink. Hopping is present, though difficult to describe.

M- Full bodied as expected at 11%. Kind of a sticky sweetness. Fairly creamy.

O- What an odd beer. Not bad. Different. Similarities to Vanilla Java Porter. Vanilla is a nice touch. I like the way it compliments the chocolate aspects. Aroma doesn't really match the flavor. Good sipper. Maybe not my "favorite" RIS, but not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 21:16:26 | More by GRPunk
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Lordhelmit

North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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,

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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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BerBen

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-24-2014 20:12:57 | More by BerBen
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
March 2012 is notched in the label.

A - It pours black with less than an inch of tan head.

S - I smell some roasted malt and dark chocolate.

T - On my first taste I immediately thought "chocolaty." It has a real nice dark chocolate flavor along with some roasted malt.

M - Full

O - I haven't thought much of Atwater Block beers. This one has me rethinking them. This beer is delicious. I love the dark chocolate characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 17:50:57 | More by buschbeer
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into sam adams custom glass: color is black, head is tan, 1/2 inch thick, lacing on the glass.

Smell is vanilla, over done and not pleasant for a beer of this type.

Taste is vanilla forward, chocolate malt and chocolate syrup. Hides the abv well, but it does not taste that great, malt backbone is not definitive, maybe some roast.

Mouthfeel is very dry on the finish, surprising its not sweeter for its size, but again i dont like this beer for its style.

Overall an odd beer for this style, too much vanilla to try and cover its strength, chocolate flavor is intense as well. I like it when the stronger stouts let the flavors fly and give you a big roast or hop experience, this seems out of place.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:04:34 | More by mvanaskie13
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marcb105

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-18-2014 01:24:50 | More by marcb105
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Atwater VJ Black from Atwater Brewery
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