Atwater Voodoovator | Atwater Brewery

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Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
atwaterbeer.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jasonm on 10-18-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
414
Reviews:
203
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
15.41%
 
 
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7
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42
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Photo of Morey
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of socon67
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola brown pour with a slick coating in the glass. Minimal foam retention and no lacing.

S - Scents of leather, caramel malt, and furniture polish. Sugary scent of candy.

T - Sweet flavor of molasses-like malt. Flavors of honey, caramel, and raisin notes.

M - Syrupy thick, and a bit too much sugar. True to style but feels gritty like that last bit of sugar in a coffee mug.

O - Decent bock and I'd have it again. But the imports feature so many that are just superior.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A blow-away head of 90% of the glass--too much and it lasts a very long time. Settles into a rocky froth. The color is reddish brown and appears to be clear.

The aroma reminds mostly of brown sugar. Low level of hop as expected.

Rich body balances the high carbonation nicely. This is bitter-sweet brew, with the malt sugars winning the battle. The swallow has the greatest complexity with some hop showing up nicely but gives way to a brown sugar finish in the aftertaste.

This is a rich beer with an impressive appearance. With an APV just shy of 10%, this is a beer with which to finish the day.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep dark brown almost black color. Lots of foam head, probably from my bad pour. A decent amount of carbonation.

S: Lots of roasted malt. Caramel, chocolate, raisins and some bourbon scents. Very big and very robust.

T: Taste was complex but put together well. A good malt brew with ample flavoring of chocolate, vanilla and some caramel.

M: A nice smooth creamy mouthfeel. I think it is pretty spot on for the style.

D: An excellent doppelboack. A high ABV limits how many I would have, but if you enjoy this style, this is a great beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here comes an interesting brew. Strong and with a lot of character, it doesn't so much hit you up side the head as it pokes you with a stick a bit.

It's malty with a bite, not so much creamy and not hoppy. Not bitter really either, and not sweet. Not funky (at least) and not boozy.

So mostly what I've come up with on this one is what it is not (offensive) but not so much what it is (pretty good). I probably under-rated it, but it is well balanced and does not distinguish itself in any one category. For this low a rating I would still buy it again and I wish I had more. It was a bit pricey.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a clear dark brownish mahogany with a one and a half inch off-white head. Leaves some decent lacing behind.

The aroma is of caramel malts, a slight bready toastiness, toffee, and something kind of like vanilla. Not bad, but kind of one dimensional.

The taste is of caramel malts initially followed by some dark fruit character and a bit of toasted malt. Finish is somewhat strange, kind of like tart cherries.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, clean, smooth, and drinkable. Nothing to complain about.

Not the worst Doppelbock I've had but certainly not the best. It's alright but I probably wouldn't buy it again. Does hide the alcohol quite well though.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark cherry brown brew with an ok head that ends in nothing.

Some woody dark fruit and roasted malt notes. Wanted this to be a bit boozier, but isn't

Some dark buried stone fruit, dark toasted maltiness, some vanilla and wood, but needs more depth. Decent bitterness to round this out. A little lean.

Not as full bodied as wanted, but it helps in drinkability.

Overall, easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden. Flawed, but ok.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a midnight black with a 1/4 inch fluffy cocoa head into my Ommegang chalice. Head slowly fades to a ring around the glass.

Deep roasted aromas dominate with hints of molasses and bakers chocolate. Taste is deep and rich, a nice translation true to the aromas. Mouth is a bit thin and carbonation is spot on for the style. Overall I can drink a few of these but it is just not one of the better ones out there. Glad I tried it and would drink it but there are better.

Thanks Vancer!

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a super dark brown color with 3 fingers of mocha head. Tons of lacing.

S: Smells like dark grains. Like German bread. Tons of sweetness. Little hints of figs.

T: Starts off a little tart then goes into a really intense sweetness. Little bit of bread as well. Totally different than any other beer of this style I have had.

M: Little bit creamy but also a little weird.

D: Really weird beer. Kind of good but kind of weird. I would not seek this out actively again.

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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 Proteus93
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a pretty clean chestnut brown colour... quite a heady beast, with a light brown/tan head billowing over the brim.

S: Caramel, chocolate cream, and a bit of spiciness to give the sweetness a little edge. This makes the taste seem promising.

T: Fell through a little here... not the same kind of flavours I suppose I expected from the aroma. A little chocolate and spice, but it seems somewhat washed out. Some tart notes, and finishing with a touch of bitterness.

M + D: The alcohol does end up being quite well hidden in this one, aside from a pleasant warming down the throat. A bit of a foaminess in the mouth that is decent. I almost would have preferred a little more creaminess to it, but it's nothing I'll lose sleep over. A decent take on it, but not the most memorable, I suppose.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with the label clipped at September 2012. Sampled on January 28, 2012. The pour is very dark brown to nearly black with little to no head accompanying it. The aroma is mellower than the 9.5% ABV might suggest with sweet malts, hints of coffee, and a subtle hop character. The body falls into the medium range. As for the taste, I get some toasted dark malts in the beginning with an average bitterness and clean hops at the end. The beer is enjoyable enough but not out of the ordinary.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a flute. Pour was a gusher; glass was 80% rocky, tan-colored foam that continued to ooze forth from the bottle during the tasting. Brew was a fairly translucent brown with ruby red highlights when backlit; lots of sticky lacing present on this one. Nose was malt, brown sugar towards the back and toffee/caramel in the middle. Taste consistent with nose, but a chocolatey character dominates. Mouthfeel is what ruined this beer for me. Somewhere between light- and medium bodied, but way too much carbonation made it difficult to drink. Drinkability was greatly compromised by the over-carbonation on this brew; however, alcohol was very well-hidden for the abv. Might need to revisit this one again in hopes that it was just a bad bottle.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a beer mug.

L - very dark brown color with a short lived tan head that managed to leave some lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt and roasted malt.

T - pretty sweet brew, lots of sweet caramel flavor with roasty notes and as it warms the alcohol becomes more noticable.

F - medium bodied with a creamy feel.

D - overall, it's 'different' and drinkable.

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Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Viperman1316
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crbnfbr
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nlmartin
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer has a very dark mahogony coloration. The beer has ruby highlights to light. The head is about an inch thick. The head has a tan coloration.

Smell: The beer has a roasted chocolate malty smell. Spicey alcohol combines with earthy undertones.

Taste: The beer has a pronounced sweet malty roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. The alcohol is very noticeable in the flavor and mouthfeel. The beer has a dry finish and compliments the maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a slightly smaller body than I expected. The beer has a medium body.This is not a bad beer and I wouldnt turn it down.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A giant four-finger head erupts when quickly poured into a 16 oz glass stein. Slowly fading to an inch or so, the head is a tan color with good lacing. The brew is a deep, dark red-brown with enough clarity for light to penetrate.

The aroma is a little grassy with some alcohol esters tantalizing the nostrils. Taking a swig, the alcohol becomes more apparent and vaporizes somewhat with the heavy carbonation. Backed up with strong malts and a hefty dose of hops, the intense mocha flavor is equal to the high gravity and leaves a hint of vanilla after the bitterness of the hops starts to recede.

Not an everyday beer, this is a big beer that lumberjacks and other burly types would probably enjoy with some roast boar.

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Photo of Smconnor
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpig372
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with garnet highlights and a modest tan head that dissipates to a thin foam layer.

Aroma is toasted malt, nutty, with a sweet caramel component. There's a hint of dark fruit character.

Flavor is malt dominant, of course, but a touch scorched initially. Fairly sweet, the alcohol is potent and counters the overly toasted malt. The dark fruit is subtle, and sherry-like. Cardboard surfaces late.

Body is fairly full, with minimal carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

The charred and fruity characters are offputting. Either this beer has changed or my palate has. Used to really like it. Seems oxidized.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck Beverage, Savoy, IL
Date: March 2012 notched on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Atwater's Voodoovator takes a decidedly cocoa-forward interpretation of the doppelbock style, but unfortunately appears and feels rather below average, though its aroma and flavor are quite pleasant. While I enjoyed drinking this overall, I thought it was too cocoa-forward (almost bordering on porter) and the less-than-superb mouthfeel detracted further. I would probably seek out another doppelbock before this one, though not turn it down if offered or available at a pub.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige to tan-colored foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, with average retention length of one minute. Foam fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass, with little lacing in its wake. Body is a dark brown color, with light bringing no change to the opaque body. Carbonation is visible only at the top of the glass, appears modest in number and activity.

Aroma of sweetened cocoa, prunes and raisins, and Maillard reaction products of toasted bread crust-like sweetness, though the latter are pushed somewhat towards the back for the style. Appealing, but a bit too focused on sweet cocoa for the style; more like a porter.

Major flavors of cocoa, prunes, and toasted bread crust sweetness, little change across the palate; for a 9.5% ABV beer, this hides its ethanol well. Front of palate experiences sweet cocoa, prunes (and lesser raisins and black dried figs), Maillard reaction products of caramel and toasted bread crust-like sweetness. Mid-palate of cocoa, prunes, raisins, Maillard reaction products of caramel and toasted bread crust-like sweetness, with a pleasant herbal bitterness provided by Germanic hops. Back of palate finds strong hop bitterness with cocoa, prunes and raisins, and Maillard reaction-based sweetness characters in the background. Aftertaste is surprisingly bitter and herbal, with only a thin layer of cocoa and sweetness remaining.

Beer is medium to in body, with fairly low levels of carbonation, resulting in a somewhat stagnant, flat feeling: a bit more carbonation would enhance the perception on the mouth and perhaps accentuate the flavors of the beer better. There is no apparent ethanol perceived. Closes quite dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and palate.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark amber (near black) in color with a huge beige head that has good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: The taste is dominated by bready and roasted malts with hints of bittersweet chocolate and caramel; it's very difficult to taste any hop bitterness. The taste improves as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation. There are some warming sensations from the underlying alcohol.
D: The beer is moderately filling but is not to difficult to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and taste.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Atwater Voodoovator from Atwater Brewery
3.44 out of 5 based on 414 ratings.
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