Atwater VJ Black - Atwater Brewery
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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
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
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
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
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
Atwater VJ Black from Atwater Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.