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Atwater VJ Black - Atwater Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
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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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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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%

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.

02-23-2014 17:50:57 | More by buschbeer
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Atwater VJ Black from Atwater Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.