Atwater Voodoovator | Atwater Brewery

Atwater VoodoovatorAtwater Voodoovator
415 Ratings
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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small tannish head, leaves a bit of a cap on it, darker than most doppel's I've seen, not lacing along the glass.

Smell has a nice roasted malt aroma with bits of caramel, good amount of dark fruit lingers in the background, not picking up any bit of alcohol on the nose either.

Taste has a decent mix of malt and dark fruit but it seems much tamer than the aroma, carbonation seems fine, the thing that kills it though is the lack of mouthfeel, it feels much too watery with the flavors not sticking around, surprisingly the alcohol isn't present in the taste either though.

It started out quite well but fell off the wagon where it counts the most, for the life of me I can't figure out how something so strong tastes so thin. Interesting label though, got me to pick it up.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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 biglite351
2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - lasting foam, cloudy red brown color.

S - a little fruity, not that appealing.

T - sweet and mildly fruity. Mildly bitter after taste.

M - tingle all over the sides of the tongue. Slight coating, not watery.

D - not my bag, but I could see people liking it.

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Photo of semibaked
2.08/5  rDev -40.1%
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 blackie
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pint glass, dark murky brown in color, khaki head retained reasonably well

s: pruney malt body with mid-level tones of hardwood smoke, okay but a little muddy

m: carbonation on the high end of medium, medium body

t: dark fruits - lots of prune, on the sweeter side but not unbalanced, some lightly acidic hops even things out a bit, something of a messy artificial note

d: alright - far from a good doppel, but pretty drinkable for a 9.5 percent beer

single from Ye Olde Wine Shoppe, Frederick, MD

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice dopplebock that balances a small lack of character with a pleasing smoothness.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Halloweenesque label design with the illustration of a jawless skull topped with a Bavarian feathered hat. Brief side note that describes intent, ingredients, and aspirations. Shows Alc. by Vol. (9.5%), Plato (19.5), and IBUs (30). Lacks any recognizable freshness or bottling date. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown to black pour. Short lived head, little retention and minimal lacing.

S - Subdued, if pleasing, notes of molasses, sweet malt, and a whiff of alcohol.

T - Consonant with the nose a sweet range predominates, it is not overwhelming though, and offers notes of dark dried fruit, toffee, and a sour, almost peaty note.

M - Medium body leaning on a light side for such a hefty brew. Little carbonation, but a nice smooth feeling with a sweet and sour finish pick up the experience.

D - Maybe nothing remarkable but holds its ground pretty well, alcohol is nicely integrated and it is a quality drinking experience.

Notes: I had seen this for a while in the shelves and while curious I had never picked it up, not until I was made a half price offer to pick up the 4-pack and try it. Thanks a lot for the chance (You know who you are :-). I´m not sure this is a repeat for me, although I would not mind having it again. I´m very grateful for the chance to try it though, and would love to try other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of silentjay
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not a big fan of dopplebocks, but I have been gravitating more towards them recently than before. will try to review to style rather than my preferences.

cool looking bottle with a new orleans feel to it with the skull and fedora hat. bottle describes the beer as "big, black and sweet" though the pour is a dark brown that light easily penetrates. not black like they described, but still dark for the style. head is a nice, appealing tan (think coffee with cream) color. the head is the best part of this beer.

smell is rather faint, little chocolate, little burnt coffee, lot of molasses.

taste is rather light for a dopplebock with such strength. bit roasty, but not as much caramel as i would expect or like. Leaves a hard-to describe aftertaste: very malty, but not too pleasant, if i knew malt varieties better, i may be able to pinpoint it. more flavor in the aftertaste than upfront, actually.

mouthfeel is lacking. it says on the bottle that its "the smoothest High-Gravity beer this side of the "pond"" Its got a black-lager type feel which is a little thin for a dopplebock I would think, if thats what they think of "smooth".

Drinkability is average at best. alcohol is hidden well, but kinda flavorless and thin on the tongue for a doppelbock. add some more coffee flavor and you'd have a decent black lager, but still something i would pass on. Have yet to try an Atwater Block Beer I like (having also tried the vanilla java porter), but I would try another.

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Photo of happilysurly
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Metalmonk
2.51/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Very healthy "zisss!" upon opening the cap, and no wonder, as this almost gushed on me. Caught it in time and receive a nice two-finger head of light tan. Color is a ruby-infused dark brown. Attractive sheets of lace.

Big mineral/metal presence in the nose, and some dark fruit (plum, grape) trying to shove through. Hops are breezy and the yeast is also present. Reminds more of a few Belgian stouts I've had than any doppelbock. Somehow it feels all wrong, and I'm not entirely least not with the aroma...

This doesn't taste much like a doppelbock...or anything else for that matter. At least, not anything I'd want to revisit. It's predominantly metallic, like sucking on a wet aluminum can, with a vinous quality that can't save it. An extremely weak malt presence, covered up by tart fruit (esp. sour green apple) and sheet metal. Where is that sweet malt promised on the label? The alcohol is repressed, which, at this point, I'm not sure is a good or bad thing. Tart finish, like Sweet Tarts candy, with more aluminum siding spoiling the experience. Extremely dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty good...lightly puckery, with just the right amount of carbonation and slickness. But, who cares at this point, right?

Not good. When I picked this up I thought "hmm, never even heard of Atwater Block Brewery." Guess I know why. With Founders and Bell's in their backyard, they don't stand a chance with a beer like this. I would, however, try some of their other stuff in hopes they can do better.

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Photo of kegger22
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Atwater VooDooVator Doppelbock overflowed a dark brown with an absurdly huge, beige head that took several minutes to settle down. It made me wonder if what I had was infected (second bottle from two different locations), but the taste wasn't off.

The aroma was a dusty, musty scent.

The taste was caramel and chocolate malt, sweet but too carbonated.

The mouth feel was barely medium, a little oily and over carbonated despite what was expended as it gushed.

The drinkability was just OK due to the mouth feel.

Not terrible, but I'm not a fan and won't be back.

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Photo of morimech
2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with a red tint. A large tan head forms and has excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. At least it looks good. Has a aroma like red wine that has turned. Hints of vinegar and cough syrup. The flavor is not that impressive as well. Slightly sour with a touch of vinegar. I expected a malt bomb and was greated with a slightly sour dark lager. The malt just disappeared. Dispite the high ABV, alcohol was not detected. The body is average but may be hurt more by the flavor profile. Does not feel as big as the brewer claims. This will be a beer that I will avoid in the future. Not well made and tastes nothing of a doppelbock.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one served as the nightcap last night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/30/2010.

The pour was average at best. Hazlnut brown in color with a small head that barely hung around for more then a few moments before settling back and leaving a bare top. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, touches of bready tones. As it warmed medicinal notes then took over and it was all down hill from there. Just not enough depth for me as the caramel and bready nature of it seemed to get lost on me and was replaced with a cough syrup like alcohol note and a slick, eatery feel. A bit hot as well as the last taste I remember was that of a cough drop like cherry flavor and a bit of roasted malts.

Maybe I got a bad bottle, but who knows. This one just was not doing it for me.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
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 alkemy
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm guessing Karl just had his too cold, but I would agree that the head is large. Pretty dark with ruby edges, but when held up to light it was pretty clear. Obviously no hops, but I was expecting that. Some coffee, a hint of smoke, and then overwhelming sweetness. I'm sad I drank all four as I thought it may get better. For me, this was quite unimpressive.

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Photo of atsprings
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a dark almost opaque black that shows slight ruby highlights when held to light. The beer is topped by a thin, diminishing khaki head. Aroma is deep burnt caramel malts with hints of molasses and cocoa. The taste is surprisingly dominated by sweet fruits, very off for the style. The beer is somewhat heavy with a slight alcohol presence. I have to wonder if this one was just off, way more fruits than malt in the sweetness, not one I'll bother with again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
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 deereless
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown to black in color, ring of frothy head along the edge of the glass - 4.25, S: Black licorice and molasses on the nose, I also pick up a fair dosing of milk chocolate and Nestle Quik, strong aromas of cherries and dates - 4.25, T: The palate follows suit to the nose, lots of sweet malts with a touch of roastiness, alcohol is very nicely masked considering it is at 9.5%, a subtle hop bite that provides some woodiness - 3.50, M: Medium bodied - 3.00, D: A very drinkable beer, not generally my style but certain an example I can appreciate - 3.50

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.08/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer is a gusher. Seconds after opening the bottle it was everywhere. It stopped once I poured some into a glass. However, it quickly filled the glass with foam well before the whole beer was poured. It took over ten minutes to fully pour this beer. How annoying. Once poured it is a clear dark brown color. The head is huge, and recedes slowly. The aroma is of caramel, burnt malt, and a hint of chemicals. It is a very weak aroma for a beer that claims to be 9.5% ABV. The taste is more powerful than the aroma, but that isn't a good thing. There is more malt which is nice, but there are more chemicals too which is surely a very bad thing. The mouthfeel is full bodied with way to much carbonation for a doppelbock. Overall, this is a really bad beer that I will never drink again.

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Photo of TheViolator666
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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 drabmuh
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at RFD in Washington D.C. Dark beer, whitish head, minimal to low carbonation. Smells like roasted malt, no real hop character in the aroma. Also no hops in flavor, that's OK for a doppelbock, just making a note of it. There is some smoke, more than I expected. High malt character in flavor. There is no aftertaste at all, beer finishes completely. Very drinkable, really like this beer. Mouthfeel is full and great.

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Photo of CHickman
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours blackish red with zero visibility and a 1/2 inch tan creamy head that looks like a chocolate shake; it smells of coffee, malt and caramel.

Tastes sweet with a mix of coffee, malt, caramel, syrup, vanilla, brown sugar and some fruit; it has a smoky finish with very little carbonation, yet some body to the beer. A dry smooth finish that's very sweet and almost tails off like a hint of bourbon (which is nice and likely from the ABV).

Overall a good beer that's heavy, but just a little too sweet. If chilled very cold these go down too easy and that 9.5% ABV could mean trouble. I recommend trying this beer as I've had a few over the past few weeks and thought it to be enjoyable as a late night treat.

12/9/2015-Had the last of the 6 pack from 2009, and this very well aged beer stood the test of time. Tastes very malty and woody, with earthy notes, caramel, syrup, coffee grinds, light vanilla, brown sugar, toasted grains, mild yeast and dark fruit. Like it did years ago, it has a smoky finish with very little carbonation and some body to the beer which is on the thick and chewy side. I always like the brew, it's a real malt bomb and consistently tasty.

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Photo of ndillon45
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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 ThaBobfather
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy shade of lightish brown/copper with some medium/thick beige head.
Smell is thick with malted grain, with a great breaded sweet scent.
Taste is malted with even some tart involved with a sweet loaf taste.
Finish is dryer than not with a slight malt/malt after-taste, the malt leaving quickly but the tart lingering for a bit.
Drinks great as far bit, there is little to no, but some may get hung up on the unique flavor of this doppelbock.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with beautiful mahogany hues when held to light. Bubbly beige head dissipates, but impales the glass with loads of lace. Smell is very sweet, caramel, brown sugar, apples, some alcohol. Taste is full of prunes, brown sugar, caramel, cherries and maybe apples. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, carbonation is medium, body is a little thinner that expected. Decent brew, but I think this may not be the freshest example of this brew. I wasn't overwhelmed with this one, not overly turned off, maybe one day when I get a fresh pint at the brewery I can revisit.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
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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