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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

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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 ATPete
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

My first from Atwater. The Voodoovator pours a semi transparent brown color with ruby red highlights an a small off white head. Sweet and nutty roasted grains in the nose. Smokey and sweet to the tongue, lots of woody/earthy tones and chocolate malt, cherry and baked banana flavors. No hop character or spice to speak of, no booze either. Medium bodied and pretty damn drinkable.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance - Dark black color with a nice tan-brown head. Nice lace left on the glass too.

smell - Roasted malt, some sour notes here.

taste - Chocolate is present, malts, and some sour or hops present at the end.

mouthfeel - medium body.

drinkability - I thought I was going to love this beer. I didn't dig the sourness at the end, it was hard to finish off the beer. If you lilke sour beers, porters and stouts, you like this a lot.

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Photo of brewandbbq
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear, dark mahogany, with a quarter inch of off-white head. Retention is short-lived and no lacework.

Aromatics are a blend of rich malt, fruit-laden acid, and a smidge of caramel and chocolate. Strangely fruity for a Lager and the acid is very odd. Almost cherry-like.

Medium bodied and a bit chewy. Light carbonation adds a syrupy mouthfeel.

Tart fruit and rich malt lead off the palate.
Cherries atop balsamic drizzeled dough.
Bitterness is subdued as well as alcohol.
The fruity tartness lingers and the beer finishes with a frim acid grip.

What a weird Dopplebock. Either contaminated or I have no idea what they were going for here.

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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 oneredarm
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Atwater Block Brewery VooDoo Vator

A - poured down the middle to expose a thick head that dissapates to a thin layer with no lacing. Very nice cloudy amber color with good carbonation.

S - Nothing really stood out here. I get a little hop, but that is about it.

T - This beer tastes a lot like a Killians Red. A slight malt flavor in the end helps a little.

M - A lot lighter than I had hoped for a Dopplebock.

D - I would probably drink this in the summer on a hot day. It goes down quick and is refreshing and light. However, at 9.5 ABV, i would be hesitant to drink more than 3 or 4.

Poured into a New Holland Brewing pint glass.
Temp - 45 degrees.

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

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- The body was a clean, dark brown with lots of small bubbles of carbonation. There was a 2 finger, tan head that never really fully dropped and left some light sticky spots on the glass.

S- It was heavy on the sweeter malts giving a slightly fruity feeling. I picked up something of a raisin aroma mixed with caramel.

T- There were great malt flavors, again of caramel and raisin. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M- It's a little higher on the carbonation and it had a little hop bite. Overall, there was a really nice, full feel that I'd expect from a Doppelbock.

D- It's a good drinker. The deceptive strength can really sneak up on you if you're not careful.

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Photo of AltBock
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with picture of a skull on it. Not your run of the mill skull, a pimp skull. This skull has one of those feather pimp hats on its head. Above the pimp skull is the name of the beer in big green neon letters. To the right of the skull is a description of the beer and a few of the beer's specifications. To the left of the skull is the Atwater symbol of a construction worker toasting the city of Detroit on the Windsor side of the river. No date or batch number anywhere on the bottle.

Appearance: When poured into a Boonville pint glass, this Doppelbock is an extremely dark and murky chestnut brown. To tell you the truth, it was hard to tell what shade of brown it really was because the beer was so damn murky. Even the cherry red highlights were murky. On top of this murky brew was a tiny fizzy head of foam. From what I could see, it was about 1/4 of an inch in height and was an off white color. Since the head of foam was very fizzy, it lasted for only a few seconds and then it completely disappeared. I still can't get over how murky this Doppelbock really was. I doubt I'll ever see another murky Doppelbock like this again.

Smell: Not only was the appearance unique, but the aroma too. The aroma was lightly sour. It wasn't as sour as a Flemish sour, but it was sour for a Doppelbock. This aroma was pleasantly sour with roasted malts, a splash of milk chocolate, a hint of tart cranberries, and then finishes up with some crushed red raspberries. It was a little bit of Doppelbock mixed in with a little Flemish Sour. Very unique and very good.

Taste: The aroma was the precursor to what this beer was going to taste like. The taste was a little bit more sour than what the aroma suggested and there were more berries in here as well. The taste was sour and lightly dry with a pinch of dark roasted malts, a splash of milk chocolate, a very subtle touch of coffee, dried yeast, tart cranberries, a hint of black cherries, crushed red raspberries, and then this dark berry brew finishes up with a slight taste of sweet alcohol. There were more sour qualities than Doppelbock qualities, but it was still a damn good Doppelbock taste. It could have increased the dark roasted flavors and tone down the the tart berry flavors, but it's a unique dopplebock. What are you going to do?

Mouthfeel: For such a "High Gravity Lager" with a 9.5 ABV%, this was more of a medium bodied beer than a full bodied beer. The aftertaste was lightly sour and dry with a small touch of roasted malts, black cherries, and few cranberries. The sour aspect of this beer completely covered up the high ABV%. There was no sign of the ABV% anywhere.

Drinakbility: I like pleasantly sour Doppelbocks, but this one needs to lower the tart and sour flavors and increase the roasted flavors. A little bit more dark roasted flavor should do this beer some justice. Would I drink this beer again? If I was in the mood for a sour berry Doppelbock, I most certainly would.

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Photo of karengarys
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours nice and dark and clean and leaves very fluffy bubbles on top.

Smells somewhat sweet.

Taste isn't quite there. It is kind of thin and runny strange, like spoiled water or something. I can't describe it, but I don't like it. Then there are hops, but it is - lemon - that's it, kind of like unsweetened lemon juice or something. Not what I'd want in a dopplebock. The alcohol is well hidden, but not in a way I enjoy.

mouthfeel is wet. Not bad, there are some bubbles, but it is kind of flat too.

The body is thin.

I'm a dopplebock fan, one of my favorite styles. This is missing that rich chewy malty body that makes a dopplebock what it is.

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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 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 feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Atwater Block, VoodooVator doppelbock high-gravity lager

"9.5% Alc. by Vol. Open It!" Says the label. What did they think I was gonna do with it?

Dark brown, nearly black, big creamy tan head.

Sweet, roasty, malt-driven nose. Caramel aplenty. Rich and toffeeish. Delightful.

Much of the same in the taste, though a bit short on the finish. A bit too medium in the mouthfeel. A bit too strong in the alcohol.
But, tasty, it's true.
Quite tasty.

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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 brewdlyhooked13
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening, the neck begins to fill with foam. I generally have cause for concern when that happens, for reasons of either over-carbonation or infection. We'll see.

Appearance - pours a dark reddish caramel into the glass, probably three fingers of foam. I had to wait a bit to get the rest of the beer into the Sam Adams glass. Held up to light, there is nothing short of a whirlwind of action in the bottom of the glass. The churning of bubbles is eye-opening. I'll definitely let this one breathe a bit, but it's quite interesting to behold.

Aroma - I can smell the sweetness of caramel malts and some toastiness.

Taste - as expected, sweet and roasty malts to start. For a 9.5% brew, it's extremely well-hidden. It's not overly complex, more roastiness on the swallow, a pretty straightforward finish, though at times I taste a fleeting anise-like flavor.

Mouthfeel - smooth and coating as a doppelbock should be. Well done.

Drinkability - though my exposure to Atwater has been limited, this is my favorite so far.

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

Nice dark burgandy tone. Thin light brown head. Sporadic patches of lace are created on the walls of the glass as I drink. Aroma's malty and rummy. Not particularily strong for a Dopple though. This is a solid tasting dopple bordering on very good. It just doesn't have the richness and complexity to be called great, but it's good. Nice malty tones with breadiness resembling bread pudding create the base. Alcohol is hidden very nicely. Hard to believe we're looking at close to 10% here. Nicely carbonated and medium to medium-full in body. Nice drinking Dopple and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Mdog
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown-red, good head.

Smell: Kind of light. Some raisin and plum.

Taste: Raisin, sweet artificial cherry syrup-like flavor, some caramel buried in there too.

Drinkability: Kind of strange tasting and a little strong.

Picked up a single even though it's not really doppelbock season. This wasn't bad, just kind of weird tasting. Kind of artificial-sweetener tasting at times.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Intense Munich malt aroma. Dark fruit and sour cherry esters on the nose. No hop aroma or off aromatics.

Appearance: Dark shoe leather brown pout with a sticky white head.

Flavor: More dark sour cherries with bready and rich doughy malt notes. Just a touch of spicy hop bitterness to level the malt and fruit flavors. Finish is clean but a touch sweet and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Just a slight grain astringency and no alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A big, malty, slightly sour lager. The sourness is suprising. I'm wondering if it's the combination of 2 crystal malts and munich in the grist (per the website). It didn't seem sour like it was infected but I just kept getting those sour cherry notes which makes me think it was malt and yeast driven. Big and interesting but not sure I'll revisit.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark ruby red with a 1 finger head and a steady stream of visible carbonation.

S- Very sweet. caramel, toffee.

T- Very sweet. Strongly of toffee and also some caramel. which quickly fades into a nonexistent aftertaste

M- Great body weight and well carbonated.

D- Very highly drinkable for something this strong. id have another one, but id need to be in the mood for it.

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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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Photo of goodbyeohio
1.42/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

high gravity dopplebock, 9.5% 30 ibu

with my eyes, i see beer. innocent enough in it's brownness with tan clingy fizz. like a trojan horse or a siren, i approach voodoovator ignorantly and without fear.

smells like extremely burnt sugar, pepto bismal and plastic. tastes a tad sharp and nutty like special b, makes way for an earwax flavored saran wrap flavor that dominates and finishes with a bitterness that reminds me of hops but has no taste. oh no, im burping plastic now. after-finish lingers on notes of super-sweetened grape hi-c or kool aid.

probably the worst beer i've had in the past two years .

the definitive beer fail

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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 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 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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Photo of Dogbrick
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Gallo's Taproom in Columbus. Pours dark brown with red around the edges. Thin and creamy beige head that dissipates quickly, and spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and dark fruit. Medium-bodied with flavors of caramel malt and toasted nuts, plus some hops. ABV is well-masked. The finish is mildly roasty with a grainy malt aftertaste. Just average overall.

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