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Atwater VoodoovatorAtwater Voodoovator

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Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 414
Photo of tatoodkelt
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from my buddy and fellow BA 46an2, thanks again Dan!

Consumed 12/13/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark chocolate milk brown with a chunky tan head that faded to a thin ring. Decent lacing.

S- A roasty caramel sweetness.

T- Some of the nose but also a weird metallic/chemical flavor that got more evident the farther into the glass I got.

M- Medium bodied and creamy.

D- I'm hoping this was a bad batch because I really like this style but I'm wondering since I had a bad experience with the other Atwater brew I had tried previously. I'll try it again if I see it but I'm not holding my breath.

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Photo of VALIS666
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very faint aroma of bready, toffee sweetness. You really have to get your nose in there. Pours an impenetrable black, you can only see a little light when held right up to a bulb. No lace or head to speak of. Nice, if typical Dopplebock taste. Medium sweet followed by pleasant bitterness. Cool label.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark brown. A very rich brown and also kind murky. The head was very thin though, but took 2-3 minutes to dissipate. Nice.

S: Raisins and cherries. Sweet, sweet, sweet. Maybe even blueberries or blackberries.

T: Candy. Tastes like a fruit hard candy. WOW, I have never tasted a brew like this before. Tastes like a berry flavored jolly rancher. Also lots of cola flavor. Figs. This is pretty unique!

M: Creamy and thick. Very chewy.

D: Definitely a desert beer. One and done.

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Photo of Greenlabel
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a 4-pack from Julio's in Westboro, MA during Atwater's initial distribution into this state. I was excited to see a new Doppelbock available as it's one of my favorite styles.

The initial poor was quite attractive - brownish red coloring with a thick foamy head which surprisingly faded rather quickly. The smell was weak but not unfavorable. However, the taste, both malty and mildly chocolatey, was too sweet for my liking and definitely too carbonated - a combination which led to an overall poor mouthfeel. Not what I was anticipating from a 9.5% Doppelbock. My initial excitement had now turned into disappointment

After finishing 1 bottle from the 4-pack, I was happy to give away the remaining 3 to friends who wanted to try it.

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Photo of semibaked
2.08/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours the darkest of brown with about half an inch of tan foam that leaves no lacing.

S - A strange combination of Roasted Malts (good) and sourness (bad), don't know if that is intential, I am not an expert on dopplebocks.

T - I get some of the roasted malts and sourness from the smell, plus a little coffee and hops bitterness, but tastes watered down and it pretty bland.

M - Water, thin bodied, and unpleasant.

D - Very low drinkability, I am 0 for 2 when it comes to Atwater Block beers, if you like thin, funky smelling bland beers this is for you.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours out almost black when held up to the light you can make out the dark brown on the edges of the glass. It produced a one finger khaki colored head with supper tinny bubbles remaining on the edge of the glass. Marked this down because toward the end the head completely died off.

S - This one produces a nice dark malt smell with a bit of a woodiness. In the back there is a faint dark fruit smell with some cherries. Nice smelling beer.

T - On the taste I get the dark malty-ness right away, along with some anise, raisins, wood, and earthiness. Not much of an aftertaste on this one either. This beer is really smooth with no alcohol on the flavor. You can feel it in your stomach but that is it.

M - On the mouth this one is pretty light. Easy to drink but for an 9% beer I'm expecting more body then this. If I wanted a session brew I would have not picked up this one with such a high abv. Carbonation was right in the beginning but has since died down at a fast pace. hmm.

O - This beer is very nice but could use a little more body in my opinion. Overall a good beer and one worth a try. Cheers.

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Photo of youngblood
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip glass.
A - Contrary to what the bottle says, this does not pour black. It pours a very muddy dark brown with about a finger of tan head. Nice bit of visible carbonation.
S - Holy smokes, there's loads of bananas in this! I get a bit of caramel and clove also.
T - The predominent flavor is that banana/alcohol flavor, but it's by no means over powering. As the beer warms, I'm getting some strawberry and even kiwi in this. This is just a very fruity beer!
M - Slightly carbonated, but goes down very smooth, slightly chewing.
D - Hides the alcohol bite very well for an almost 10% and I could've put back a couple more of these. Great warming beer.

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

A - Pours pitch black with a two finger head that quickly dissipates to minimal lacing and cap.

S - Chocolate and malt take up all the aroma.

T - Taste is almost identical to the smell, sweet chocolate at first turning more to maltiness on the swallow. Enjoyably roasted aftertaste.

M - Surprisingly light body, minimal carbonation. Needs more body.

O - Overall a decent doppelbock, flavor is on the light side but good. Needs a fuller body and slightly more depth would help it out. Would pass next time.

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Photo of Matty1918
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to csmiley for this sample.

Pours a cloudy, brown with a small head. Not much retention and not much lacing.

Aroma is of cherries, molases and sweet malts.

First tatse is very sweet....cherries, molases with toasted malts at the end.

the alcolhol is hidden but this is a sipper. Very sweet.

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Photo of adammills
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this twelve ounce bottle into a glass beer mug. It is dark with a tan head. Both in smell and taste it is very carmely, nice. Slight hint of hops to dry the end. Very malty, and sweet and I like that in a beer. The alcohol is certianly there, yet the beer is very smooth. I plan on buying more so I can share it with a buddy.

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Photo of TheViolator666
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nice dark brown body with ruby red highlights. Pours with a thin khaki colored head. Some thin lacing lines.

S: Bready malts as well as some caramel-like sweet hints. Surprisingly, no alcohol is detectable in the nose.

T: Pretty sweet. A nice caramel sweetness in the finish and some toasty/roasty bitterness up front from the grains. No hops present. Again, the alcohol is very well hidden. The only thing that ruins it here is the odd slightly astringent mouth-puckering astringency.

M/D: Great amount of carbonation that leaves a sort of bite. A very nice thick body, as it should be.

Overall, not bad at all. A very malty, thick and bready beer. Truly a meal in a glass.

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Photo of theBubba
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Contrary to other reviews, my Voodoovator (dumb name for a decent dopple) poured with a nice head that hung around for a while until fading to 1/8 inch. Lace was decent to the end.

Smell was of prunes and caramel, with a touch of metal.

Taste was what you'd expect from a dopple. Caramel, dried fruit, malt and just enough hops to get your attention after the swallow. Carbonation was light, which helped the very smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability, despite the ABV, was pretty damn good. I could def do more than 1 or 2 of these. Whether they're worth the high ticket of admission is another story.

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

Pours a dark brown, somewhat blackish color. Clear with a towering white head. Aroma is of slight roasted grains. The flavor is enjoyable, strong base malt flavor with slight roasted grain taste. Reminds me of an amped up schwarzbier. It doesn't, however, come close to a doppelbock. The strong munich malt character and warming alcohol presence is missing. Overall an ok beer, but not a good example of the style. Drinkability is good for 9.5% abv.

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Photo of bpw28
2.05/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Finger sized tan head, Deep Mahogany color, Good Lacing

Nose: Funky (not a good funky), Walnut, Tree Sap, Planty (like ripping a leaf in half and smelling it), Bready, Sweet Molasses, Woody

Taste: Funky that hits you (once again, not a good kind), Medium Roast, Odd Sticky Sweetness, Straw, Bready, Sour, Boozy, Thin Mouth feeling that feels almost watery

Final Thoguhts: I really don't like this one. Production is marked for Jan 2011 but it's 9.5 ABV and it was kept in pretty dark good conditions. It wasn't skunked. I'm surpised they let this one go out, it's really no good. The appearance looked great, but then you smell it and you just cringe. I normally like to put food pairing with the beers, this one I can't. I would never buy this one again unless they revamped a new recipe. I got to hand it to Atwater, I picked alot of things out of this one, it's just it wasn't all good.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a huge coffee fan. As a matter of fact I have never had a cup in my life, however this beer was different. I scored this beer on how I feel everything came through. The accents were present and it made for a good beer.

A: Poured almost black like a straight black coffee with a tan almost brown head. Traces of the head clung to the glass after it disappeared after a few sips.

S: Strong coffee, roasted malts and hops

T: Coffee mixed with strong roasted malts. No big alcohol kick considering it's close to 8%.

M: Clean and smooth

D; Easy, no carbonation. A good waffle beer.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass - this a rich looking beer. Pours a very deep brown, earthy color with more amber or mahogany hints when held to the light. The head is very nice, with a slight tint of tan and some moderate lacing as it dissipates down. A very pretty beer.

The smell is pretty calm, but pleasing. Malts with a nice earthy and grainy character; caramel, bread and biscuits come to mind. No bitterness, perhaps a slight roasted quality, but overall a very bready and earthy malt aroma.

The taste is great, with a big malt presence. Caramel sweetness up front with a bread and grain character coating the palate leaving a hint of roasted bitterness lingering. There is a nice balanced between caramel sweetness and a roasted grainy bitterness. The feel is very full and almost chewy, with the 9.5% abv being decently well hidden, although there is a slight astringent quality.

The first time I had this, I loved it. The second time I had it I wasn't able to properly assess it. Third time is a charm - this is a great doppelbock! Cheers!

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Photo of otto251068
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice. This beer was bottled August, 2010, making this beer around 7 months old.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, with some dark red highlights. For being a darker beer, there is quite a bit of light getting through which really lets the red come through around the edges. A thin layer eggshell foam fades quickly to some wisps. A blob of larger bubbles bobs in the middle of the glass.

Smell: Toasted malts and grains hit at first, then give way to a bit of dark chocolate. There is also some earthy flavors and caramel sweetness.

Taste: The toasted malts come to the forefront, not too bitter. After the malts and grain (which is really all I can taste), there is bitter charred aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium carbonation. The beer itself is fairly thin, the carbonation level might be a little more on the high side. Bitter aftertaste which lasts.

Overall: Easily drinkable and smooth, the toasted levels of the malts are great, although the aftertaste is a bit bitter. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of happilysurly
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours darker than anticipated. Smells a bit sour with coffee and cherry notes. The taste is sour and tart with a short burst of rich maltiness. The aftertaste has hints of sour and malt but almost imediately dissipates and leaves me tasting metal. An overall odd mix.

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Photo of techcommdood
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark amber/brown though see-through clear. Very little head to speak of.

Not much of anything going on in the nose. Faint traces of malts and hops with a tiny bit of citrus but honestly this was not a "nosy" beer at all.

Very sweet and malty with a light sour taste to it. A lot of roasted grains coming through in the flavor.

This is a very thick-feeling beer. It's not thick like an old ale, but feels thick and almost milky.

I'm a sucker for a thick beer so this one worked well for me, though others migh find it too thick or syrupy to enjoy.

This one's about average for me. I was hoping for more up front in the nose but given it's a doppelbock there's not going to be too much there compared to a stronger ale. The slight sourness was a pleasant surprised but other than that I was relatively ambivalent about it.

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Photo of Ehrnstrom
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark, glossy color. light brown head, not much head retention.

smell: alcohol comes through with hints of malt.

taste: a little low in carbonation for my taste. medium bodied, but could be a little heftier.

mouthfeel: smooth, fairly refreshing for the style

overall: I feel like a few punches were pulled with this beer. It's good enough to try once, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of steamingheap
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Deep brown cola color - translucent when held up to a light. Light tan head.

Smell - Malty aroma with a hint of roasted malt and just a touch of alcohol.

Taste - The sweet and roasted malt flavor concealed the alcohol well. Though it started out a little plain, the malt flavor gained some complexity as the beer continued to warm.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and just on the heavy side of moderate.

Drinkability - I rather liked drinking this beer. Though it lacked complexity in the flavor, it was overall very enjoyable. I would have this one again - nice on a very cold winter night.

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Photo of Rojopunk
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark redish brown

S - Roasted coffee dominates all other aromas

T - Roasted black coffee taste is there to the finish

M - Medium body

O - This is a beer that has been on my mind for some time now and I Just had to give it a shot . When first tasting one starts to gets a slight tingle on the tongue with nice Roasted Black coffee notes with slight very slight sweet notes. This was great I love the Roasted taste and I love the black coffee but the alcohol and hops destroy any other flavor coming through and for a doublebock its not that sweet. One should note that the beer was alot better as it got warmer I let one bottle get almost luke warm before this review and it was far better. Still not the worst beer I have had. With everything said this was a ok beer with a high ABV.

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Photo of wheatman106
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nearly opaque. Poured a small head which dissipated quickly. I noted moderate lacing upon swirling and drinking the beer.

S: Bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, syrup. Definitely deep, rich scents.

T: Opened a little more bitter than I expected, but it only contributed to the excitement and variety of the beer. Notes of bittersweet chocolate and caramel provided the essence of the beer from the middle until the finish. The medium finish expressed a different, spicy caramel taste.

M: Full bodied, heavy, thick, and creamy. The longer you hold this beer in your mouth and lightly swish it around, it becomes more and more creamy giving you a wonderful, tangible reason to savor the finish on this beer.

D: Moderately drinkable. I could enjoy 1 or 2 in a sitting. I liked this beer considerably. Great addition to a cellar, but I would advise against excessive cellaring as it might tone down the beer to the point of unfortunate lack of character.

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Photo of ndillon45
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black, hard to see light shine through. Nice thick, tan head. Decent caramel aroma. Delivery was better than expected, nice mellow and moderately carbonated, crisp feel. Fairly mild beer for it's category. The label is better than the beer, but would drink again if offered.

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Photo of ryseone
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very carbonated with a fizzy tan head and a rich brown caramel body.
Aroma: smell of brown sugar before it caramelizes with a low smell of hop
Taste: very complex brown sugar meets a roast like malt with a caramel touch and small bitter brown sugar back end very thin almost draught like
Notes: This beer didn't set well with me it needs a second go. It was like a soda that fermented.

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