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Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with label notched October

Atwater VooDoo Vator Doppelbock poured dark brown almost black into my glass mug. A nice 2-finger creamy tan milkshake looking head was produced that later dissipated to thick foamy lacing. The nose was first hit with the malty aroma of chocolate, caramel, and a touch of toffee. I should note, that the nose was lighter than I expected. The taste as the nose was dominated by malt; with chocolate, toffee, light raisins, with a roasted character. Mouth feel is a little smooth with a light-medium body. Finish is a little dry and sticky.

VooDoo Vator is an easy drinker that is not to filling.

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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 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 TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

My introduction to the Atwater family of beers. It pours a rather dark sienna topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises deep caramel, light roasted malts, graham cracker, dark breads, and a twinge of cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, with the sweetness inherent in the smell coming through a bit subdued, the breadiness taking firm control. There's a touch of vague fruit in the finish, but it doesn't stick around long enough for any sort of positive confirmation. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice d-bock, one that doesn't overdo it in any category save drinkability.

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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 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 woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

More bottles from my latest Philly run. I am feeling adventurous today and may try to eradicate the bottle backlog that has been an albatross since school started back.

This poured nicely, forming two fingers of foamy, mocha-brown head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with garnet/ruby highlights. Nose was malty sweet, but subdued. I have had some in the style that were syrupy sweet. For me, less sweet = a good thing. Mouthfeel was big and full to the point that I thought that I had a spoonful of pudding in my gob. Whoa! This was extremely smooth with faint tastes of coffee and chocolate and some heat. I got my first swallow down and a moment later, it hit me with the kick of a Missouri mule. Finish was likewise semi-sweet and I also got lingering flavors of salt and licorice. I have not been wildly impressed with Atwater beers up until now, but this was a very good beer.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Good lacing.

S: Dark fruit and roasted malt.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Dark roasted malt. Mild flavor though, and not much aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: The taste was a bit of a let down to me. Nothing much there really. Too mild.

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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 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 Lawl3ss
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint. Bottled in July 2012.

A doppelbock weighing in at close to 10%? We'll see how it goes. The last time I saw High Gravity Lager on a label, it was on a can of Genesee's Dog Bite(http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/302/63623)

Look- Deep brown with three fingers of dense pearly head. Good retention, excellent lacing despite the ABV.

Smell- Dark rye and toasted raisin; not really any hint of alcohol. Pretty standard.

Taste- Nutty, vaguely earthy. Dark brown bread crusts, sesame seed, hint of toffee at the end. Not as sweet as expected, It's actually pretty good. One of the darkest toasted beers I've had that didn't stray into char territory.

Mouthfeel- Pretty dry, a little bit of stick, full feel, the tiniest bit of warming on the back end. Clean finish. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall- Pretty good, but it feels pretty precariously balanced and it's neither particularly clean nor flashy. I feel like hanging on to it for another month or two would be a bad idea, but if you can get it fresh it's worth trying.

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%

Very dark brown. Nose has mild roasted notes. The body is a bit thin for style. The flavor profile is more reminiscent of a schwarzbier than a doppelbock. The finish is marked by roasted bitterness - once again like a schwarzbier.

This is a good beer - it is just miscategorized.

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Photo of horshack7
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark with two fingers worth of light beige head and very solid head rentention.

Aroma: Roasted malts, a few dark fruits, dark coffee notes. Hints of citrus hops.

Taste: Figs, alcohol, dark dried fruits. Molasses, faint espresso. Quite the malty backbone with lots of brown bread notes. Slight sticky mouthfeel with a light crispness.

Notes: Very drinkable and very tasty. Cheers.

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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 Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a darker mahogany brown color with a short-lived eggshell-white head. Aroma of toasted grains, light hints of cocoa and cardboard. Really nothing wrong with the taste at all here: dark malts, toasted grains, nutty, woody, dry, leafy and earthy hops used in subdued moderation. Most notably...where's the alcohol? Goes down way too easy for sure, with 9%ABV almost completely hidden, which garners extra points for drinkability. Not bad at all.

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Photo of BostonHops
2.18/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. no bottle date.

pours an opaque mahogany tone with ruddy highlights; foamy, finger plus head recedes fairly quickly into a thin cap. patchy lacing.

nose is caramel/roasted malty, a sourness i can't put my finger on, a touch of molasses, and a twang of metal. flavor follows with some malt, spice, and a hint of grossness. not too impressed. 9.5% ABV very well-hidden, so it has that going for it... otherwise, a pretty forgettable beer IMO.

thin, watery mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. the best thing i can say about this beer it that it's not a drainpour. other than that, don't waste your money.

originally reviewed: 01-06-2011

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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 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 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 rodney45
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: On tap at the Peculier Pub NYC

A:Very Dark Amber. Small off white head with no lacing.

S: Aroma is of espresso, toasted malt, butter toffee and dark chocolate but a little underwhelming.

T: Taste profile is very similar to the aroma. Caramel and crystal malt which interplay with bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted barley. Hop acts as a balance, but cant be distinguished. As the beer warms, you get some dark cherry and plum notes as well. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium light body, low carbonation and slightly bitter.

O: Very good beer for the style. It plays like a melody of malt, coffee and chocolate, with a bitter kick. This is a beer to be enjoyed slowly or it will sneak up on you. I would recommend to anyone. Enjoyable but doesnt get the respect it deserves on here... weird.

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Photo of NHSTEVE
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label says it all "This one is Big, Black and Sweet! It's malty character is derived from two cramel malts along with Munich malt to create the smoothest High-Gravity beer this side of the pond"

The smooth part I disagree, I fine that the beer has slight bite with a bitter favor. Which I enjoy.

The smell of coffee, bold taste and high 8.5% alc. content. This beer is on my, to drink list.

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Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pitch black with little in the way of head.

S: Smell is hoppy, fruity, and malty. All in great and perfect balance.

T: Taste is sweet caramel malts with a light boozy bite at the end.

M: Medium bodied and little carbonation and a bit boozey as stated.

O: Overall a great beer and could and would drink a few.

Part of a batch of beers I got while on the road for work.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pokal, the beer is a dark, deep, almost black, ruby-brown coloring with a thin, small bubbled, light tan colored head that settles out into a thin film. Aromas of rich, smokey molasses, and sweet caramel invade the nostrils. Flavors give a roasted coffee character first and foremost, with an underlying hint of the dark, rich molasses, a smokey highlight, and a hint of licorice. For all of the sweet attributes, the beer remains very well balanced. The aftertaste is more of the smoke and roasted coffee, with the sweetness regressing rapidly from the palate, leaving you with a crisp, dry finish. Tasty brew.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I pulled out an Atwater Voodoovator from Atwaters Holiday Party Pack that I got from Meijers last week for $12.99. Been wanting to try this Doppelbock for a while but I have never seen it around so I was happy to see that Awater included it in their Holiday back, breweries usually don't put their high gravity beers in mixed packs so it was a nice surprise to see this 9.5% Doppelbock in the pack, so lets see how it goes. It was notched October 2011. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label of this beer looks pretty good and is eye catching, it's a good fit for the name. It poured a very dark brown color that was bordering on being black and had some ruby highlights when held to the light, it also had three fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin layer that left some nice lacing.

S- The aroma of this beer is all about the malts. It starts of with loads of toasted malts and grains that have a low amount of sweetness and impart some nice dark chocolate and dark fruit aromas along with a slight bit of coffee. I pick up a really slight amount of earthy hops.

T- The taste starts off with a lot of those toasted malts and grains that impart a caramel like flavor along with a mild amount of dark fruits. After that come the dark chocolate and coffee, with the dark chocolate sticking out the most. There is still a slight bit of earthy hops on finish. This beer was much more subtle then I thought it was going to be I was expecting it to be robust and boozy and it was none of those, I have a hard time believing that this is really 9.5% because it hardly shows up, it tastes like it could be 6%.

M- Very smooth, somewhat dry, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, it felt a little watery, and it had a nice high amount of medium carbonation.

Overall I thought that this was an OK Doppelbock. For being classified as a Doppelbock, it really doesn't have a lot of things that you would associate with the style, it's pretty dark, had some chocolate and coffee flavors, and had a low amount of sweetness. The thing that really surprises me about this beer is the drinkability, it goes down super smooth, I don't pick up any booze in this beer, I don't know how the hell they hid the 9.5% but they did, it would be easy to drink a couple of these in a sitting. What I liked most about this beer was the drinkability and aroma, it goes down super smooth with no harsh booze taste, and the aroma was pretty chocolaty, not normal for the style but still good. What I liked least about this beer was the flavor and the body, the flavor was just too plain and subdued and the body was just a little too light. I won't mind drinking these in the holiday pack but I won't seek them out on their own. This beer is still worth trying, the drinkability will really surprise you. It seemed like Atwater sacrificed flavor for drinkability, I wouldn't mind a little sweetness and booze as long as it had a more robust flavor to follow it and more dark fruits. I love how smooth this drank but hate how flavorless it is. Some major tweaking would really help this beer but I don't know if you could add more flavor to it while keeping the alcohol so well hidden. This beer really doesn't fit the style but it still comes out as the best of the Holiday pack, for how smooth this beer goes down for being 9.5% makes it pretty easy to get drunk. but the lack of flavor really hurts it. Even though this wasn't a great Doppelbock I am glad they added it to the Holiday Pack, this is the strongest beer I have ever seen in one. I haven't been impressed with the new beers I have tried from Atwater but they do have a way with hiding the booze, this and VJ Black are dangerously drinkable.

2015 edit. I got this so I could review it since it's been a while since I've had it, but it's just as bad as I remember, so the score stays the same.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, lager yeast, caramelized malts, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of dark fruit and caramel up front along with some dark chocolate and coffee in the background. Then some bready flavors of roasted malts and lager yeast come in. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are better ones in the style that I would pick first.

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