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Atwater VoodoovatorAtwater Voodoovator

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jasonm on 10-18-2006

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Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 414
Reviews by blitheringidiot:
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle with a beautiful russet eggplant hued offering tooped with a frothy spumescent spongy head cap that goes on for miles.

Nose of malt and grain proper. Some dark cake and sweetness resides in a brown sugar vstibule.

First swigs: Sorta thin waffle and cereal flakes. Maple syrup eakes out a pinch. Soft flavors of light ginger snap and pecan pie. This is skidding across the finish line.

Last swigs: Paid $10 for a 4 pack. Worth it for the punch but not for the flavor.

Last swigs: Worth a shot for the curious but nothing to brag about. LAcks the full flavor punch. Maybe we are spoiled in the SE PA land of milk and honey and dopelbocks like SlyFox and Victory.

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 9/2014. Pours crystal clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Good complexity and robustness of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; with a solid bitterness/sweetness balance and some light cloying bitterness on the finish. Pretty clean on lager flavor with no overly estery notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/sticky, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid doppelbock style. Good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; and smooth to sip on for the big ABV. The cloying bitterness/stickiness definitely killed the mouthfeel, but there was some good malt complexity overall. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of braugon
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks very black with a malt colored cap appearing after a quick one finger settle. Smells of roasted malt. Tastes like pumpernickel bread, and roasted malt. Light to medium carbonation. Feels thin. Chocolate aftertaste. High ABV and toasted bread taste make it worth a try.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steelerguy
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark and clear brown. When I say clean, I mean held up to a light you can barely see through it but no sign of haze. One finger tan head that faded to a covering as I drank. A little lacing.

S - Nice malt smell but it is kind of faint and that was about all I got from it. Some very faint roasted notes.

T - Smooth flavor, some caramel sweetness to the malt. A little mocha type flavor from the roasted malts, little coffee and little chocolate. Not much alcohol warmth which I expect from an almost 10% beer. Like the smell, fairly one dimensional.

M - Seemed a little over attenuated, a little thin for a doppelbock.

D - Pretty damn drinkable, not sure if this is good or bad. I expect a doppelbock to complex and challenge the drinker to notice all the subtle flavors, smells, and mouthfeel. This beer just kind of goes down and you don't think about it.

Note: A little surprised that they spell it dopplebock on the label of the beer. Either call it a double bock or a doppelbock.

Edit: Lowered the taste and mouthfeel scores a half point. I had a few more of these and it is just too thin. The taste is not bad but lacking anything special. I am also going to say this is not a 9.5% beer. Maybe it was just the batch I had but I have had enough strong beer to know what it should taste and feel like and this just doesn't have it. I wold be surprised if it was over 8%.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hot, thin on finish, sour raisin flavor.

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Photo of Joebraggot
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great heavy flavor Would buy again

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled January 2011
In a pilsner glass the beer was a very dark brown with some red highlights. A medium-sized tan head with a little bit of lace.
Average aroma. Caramel malt, something sweet.
A little more depth in the taste. Caramel/toffee. Some dark fruit. Maybe a hint of chocolate.
Mouthfeel rather on the tepid side.
OK beer, not exactly what I'm looking for in a doppelbock.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of JakerLou
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of merlin48
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle is a gusher, pouring a dark mahogany body with an immense tan head that overflows the glass. Ouch! Lots of clumpy lacing.

Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, spicy hops, and red apples.

Mouthfeel is thin for style and overcarbonated.

Taste has a malty dominence, with caramel, brown sugar, and toffee notes. A note of red apples adds a sourness that seems out of place. Spicy hop bitterness is present but subtle. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Don't know about this one. Nicely drinkable but has some serious flaws.

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Photo of Billolick
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer w/o freshness/bottling information. Pours dark amber, under a short lived capand then leaves minor lacing. Lots of malty caramel in the nose. Malt bomb. Boozy w/ notes of more caramel, light cola and burnt sugars. Quite dry in the finish and on the tongue after the swallow. Eh, nothing special, but not terrible for those of us who enjoy a malty, sweeter brew

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Photo of jondeelee
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Voodoovator opens rich and malty, the initial aromas bearing a marked resemblance to marble rye bread and thick, floury, rising wheat dough, as well as milk chocolate. Beneath these rest a heavy dose of sugars, with brown sugars, molasses, caramel, and vanilla predominating. Finally, a layer of thin ash and tobacco rests just at the bottom, providing an earthy base. As a whole, the aromas are delicious and inviting, begging to be tasted, and simultaneously potent and nuanced; there's not much else I'd want from this nose, except for perhaps more power (this coming from an Imperial beer lover, so take your grain of salt).

On the tongue, the beer opens with the darker of these flavors, the ash and tobacco coming through immediately, mixed with toast crust. These are quickly joined by vanillas and brown sugars, as well as caramels. Darker fruit esters such as fig and plum are also present. The grain flavors are more dominant here than the nose hinted at, joined by toasted nuts, and somewhat overpower the sugars. This shows up especially in subsequent sips, for the potency of the sugars in the initial taste doesn't repeat itself by the second or third mouthful, leaving the beer with a kola nut-like overtone. The aftertaste is a fast-fading remnant of the grain notes, with small touches of sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while I was excited by the aromas in this brew, the flavors didn't quite match up the promise, and I was especially disappointed in how fast the flavors faded with multiple sips. The beer is not bad by any means; in fact, even after a few sips there are still enough flavors standing out to make me continue drinking, but I wanted a bit more out of this one.

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Photo of Osiris9588
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark mahogany color with a caramel glow near the bottoms. The beige head is bubbles up to four-fingers, then congeals into a nice pillowy cap--plenty thick wisps of lacing are left behind.

The aroma is dominated primarily by caramel, along with some malt and molasses. It is pretty sweet, dominated by a dark-fruit, almost cherry characteristic. There's really not much going on apart from this, except for a mild alcoholic burn on the finish. It seems to be lacking the weight that a doppel should have. It mainly a sugary, syrupy front, with no complexity or anchor on the finish. Not very impressed.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish black with hints of amber and a lot of rising bubbles. About three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet aroma. Dark roasted malts with hints of burnt toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate,and coffee. Some brown sugar, rye spice, and strong hints of dark fruits including, plum, fig, raisin, and cherry. Some earthy hops and a little citrus hop twang. A very toasty smelling beer.

Taste: Like the aroma indicates, a roasty and sweet taste driven by dark malts. Roasted malts with a taste of dark bread, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Also some brown sugar and a rye like spice. Big undertones of dark fruits including raisins, plum, fig, and a little dark cherry. Some earthy hops add a little balancing bitterness. Very roasty and bready taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Has a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A solid double bock here. Sweet and roasty but balanced.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember trying to figure out why this beer was a couple dollars more than the rest of the Fathead's take out selection and always had a hard time figuring out why. After trying it out besides the higher alcohol I'm not sure why the price mark up happened but this brew appears a very dark ruby brown tone with alarge tan head formin thick and leaves behind even streaks of lacing. Aroma has a roasty cocoa powder, a bit muted or even dumbed down with mild fruit raisin and other dried fruits soaked in alcohol with a minimal herbal hop nose. Flavor is sweet and roasty in the malt department provides some cocoa powder and mild fruitiness the alcohol is actually hidden pretty well in the taste with a touch of caramel, but overall I'm not getting a real authentic doppelbock feel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a harsher kinda abrasive carbonation touch of a sticky texture that tends to cling onto the palate. Drinkability is decent but I'm overall underimpressed and another factor in this beer is the need to watchout for the hidden alcohol.

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Photo of Astrojack
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(served in an American pint glass)
A- this beer pours a jet black body with a thin light tan head that stick to the glass.
S- this beer has a clean soft dark malt note with a roasted black hint that comes thru as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a bright apple flavor with a light chemical dark malt hint. Light roasted bitter hint with a tartness.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big fizz finish and no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a smooth light flavor but a bit thin. The apple flavor grows and covers all other flavor.

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Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint.

A: Deep brown with lots of visible ruby hues in the light. 1ish fingers of highly carbonated light tan head. Not tons of retention and minimal lacing.

S: Deep roasted matls, brown sugar, and an awesome caramel character. Coffee plays an undertone.

T/M: Cooked brown sugar and dried dark fruits. Malts are very robust. Body is medium and carbonation is a bit above average. Alcohol comes out a bit in the finish but mostly hidden throughout.

D: Very tasty and dangerously drinkable. I hope theres more left at the store.

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Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Atwater- Voodoovator

A- Very dark brown almost black with a small 1 ring lacing head.
S- Very sweet brown sugar, raisins, and toffee malt.
T- Very sweet and malty up front with a light fruity cola corn syrupy body and finish.
M- Sweet and slightly cloying, finishes off a bit flat and syrupy.

Overall- Starts off nicely but slowly fizzles out near the end. Regardless give it a try. My 1st from Atwater and decent enough.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, thin, tan colored head. Pretty standard.

Rich chocolate and vanilla, sweet maltiness, old leather, sweet, dark fruits, dry earthy yeast aroma.

A dry roastie chocolate malt effect, sweet and roastie, balanced by dry, earthy hop bite, dark wheat, semi-sweet chocolate, dry roastie finish with sour earthy yeast. The heat flows right in for some depth.

a sticky lip, thick and heady but dry, herbal balance.

Pretty dang good.

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Photo of asabreed
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fairly dark with deep amber coming through with any penetrating light. Off-white soapy and bubbly head initially that fades quickly with minimal lacing left.

Smell: Initial sourness, mild fruit and hints of sweeter malt flavors, but it's really hard to discern anything -- either right out of the fridge or long after it warms.

Taste: Malt flavors with mild sourness, some woodiness, maple, very mild roasted malts, and not really any hints of alcohol. Still, give me flavor with an alcohol burn. Everything's so muted, or there was so much put into it, that it's a mild mess of not much at all.

Mouthfeel: Too tingly and slick with way too much carbonation, which certainly isn't right for this style, or letting any flavors come through.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, with no hints of the 9.5% ABV, but still, a fairly flavorless brew. Had someone given me a few chances to name the style blind, I may have said: Stout, Porter, or ESB, maybe some others. But Doppelbock? No way. Glad I didn't buy a 4-pack and only got a bottle.

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Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
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