Atwater Voodoovator | Atwater Brewery

Atwater VoodoovatorAtwater Voodoovator
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jasonm on 10-18-2006

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Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good beer and surprisingly drinkable for the strength. Color was dark brown, carbonation was good, smell was outstanding and the flavor was very good. I had no idea, until just now, what the abv was on this. That explains the nap I had to take afterwards.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark chestnut brown with crimson edges, not opaque. Foamy two to three finger tan head has retention; sheet lacing, head stays at one-half finger throughout. Smell of dark malts, roast chestnuts, molasses sweetness, brown sugar. Taste is more sour than expected with over ripe dark fruit, almost tart, bakers chocolate bitterness, very interesting combination of flavours including caramel notes, albeit less than I expected, and black licorice. It all seems to come together quite well in a curious way with the intermingling of malt and sour fruit evolving with air and warmth.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium body, flavours merge to a most agreeable finish including sour plum, caramel, nicely balanced acidity, carbonation seemed low, bitterness and sour fruit intermingle; a little bit syrupy at times. Alcohol very well handled. This is an acceptable middle of the road Doppelbock that's well worth trying.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, deep brown with a lrage dirty white head. Nose is funky and faint with a big grain smell. Not nice. Taste is rather ordinary, nothing really stands out on this one except caramel, Mouthfeel is astringent and uneasy on the palete. After having a great Einhorn Doppelbock this brew just does not measure up.

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Photo of Shumista
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fished out of the back of my beer cellar, chilled and then poured from the 12 oz. bottle into my beer mug.

A- Voodoovator pours a deep dark brown with a medium sized light brown head. Looks like my kind of beer.

S- Caramel and burnt brown sugar. Some spices.

T- Very malty, just like the label promised. Caramel malt and a slight sourness that lingers that I was not expecting.

M- Somewhere between medium and full-bodied. Fairly carbonated. The alcohol is well hidden.

D- There isn't really anything about this beer that makes me want to have another.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a massive foamy off white head.

Scent of spices, sugars, caramel, some alcohol, and hints of fruit. Alcohol is apparent but not overpowering.

Taste of spices, sugars, caramel, and some alcohol. The sugars are nice, but the alcohol is a bit distracting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a strong biting carbonation; the carbonation kills and otherwise good mouthfeel.

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

Nice slick half finger across the surface of light brown hue, dissolves at a decent clip, haphazard lacing left behind. More black than brown in color, very dry and malty nose, like a bag of powdered chocolate, mocha, cocoa, all that shit, lots of roast but stops short of coffee bean, oats and granola, any fruit has a pit or skin quality, dried as in not dried fruit you buy, forest scrub or moss, it's not tightly woven per se just not expressive. Medium-bodied, the foamy attack subsides through to the mid-palate, here the roast is much higher and does bring a coffee bean edge to the dark chocolate, cocoa bean base. Has that same unprocessed grains feel, dry and crunchy even, plays well off the round maltiness. Some black licorice too. The carbonation might have a touch more prickle to it, stir the flavors up some. Drinks smoothly but after half a glass you're starting to lose interest.

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Photo of Billolick
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Traquairlover
2.61/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Clear reddish brown with a medium tan head of about one finger, decent retention, slightly too many carbonation bubbles and of varying sizes. Looks more like soft drink carbonation than beer.

S = There is a strange and strong sour yeast smell up front than lessens slightly when swished revealing more standard caramel, chocolate scents.

T = This beer is very unintegrated. The alcohol is a little too upfront and it has a sour yeasty flavor that is too prominent, at first there is a little bit of caramel but it is quickly overpowered by a funky yeasty tar taste, midpalate the taste gets kind of watery but then a strong bitterness shows up to end with a long relatively dry finish.

M = Medium bodied, maybe just a light lighter than that, a little strongly carbonated in feel but it does not overfoam in the mouth, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is a somewhat interesting beer, but it does not lend itself to an enjoyable drink nor do I particularly want to return to this beer soon.

[Note: Looking at other reviews of this beer after I posted mine, I do not see any other mentions of sourness or yeastiness (though one review mentioned a slight smell of metal which could hint at the same thing). It is possible the bottle I drank was compromised. Nothing about it struck me as infected, but I will try another bottle and see if I think I should revise my review or not. As it stands though this is easily one of my least favorite doppelbocks.]

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Photo of wheatman106
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
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 cvstrickland
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 12-ounce bottle of Voodoovator pours oiled mahogany in color with four fingers of soft ecru foam atop. The head is persistent, pitted, and spongy, and as it slowly recedes, puffy 3-D blobs of lacing cling to the glass.

Potent caramel and toffee candies compete with sugary grain to claim ownership of the aroma profile. The smell is sweet and mellow with a soft golden apple character that gains stature as the drink warms a bit, as does a note of unsweetened dark chocolate.

The taste is malty-sweet and mild with a caramelly backbone and a drizzle of fallen-treefruity alcohol. There is no flavor that is overpowering at all here; unfortunately there is nothing all that remarkable, nor interesting either. The booze is rather chemical in flavor and a bit harsh at first, but as the drink warms further the effect fades and mild sweetness returns to the forefront. A bit of light roast coffee lingers in the aftertaste.

The drink is light-medium in body with subdued carbonation, and is plenty easy to drink despite the abv.

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Photo of theBubba
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yesterday (30MAY09) I picked up a 4-pack of this ($10.29 plus dep) at The Liquor Shop. After a little yard-work, I headed to the 'Zebo with 2 bottles, an imperial pint glass, and the stereo tuned to classic rock, WZLX 100.7 FM. Life is good!

Poured a clear, deep, rich chestnut hue, with garnet sparkles at the edges. Beauteous! Head was creamy and tan, topping off at 1/4" and then proceeding to go through a slow ebb to end at a thin covering. Nice stick was left behind. Nose was malty, with caramel (as opposed to what the label says, "...derived from two 'carmel' malts...". Good brewers; poor proof-readers! Has some toffee, too, with a bit of flowery-ness as well. Though fairly smooth on the tongue, it lacks a bit in the body-department (especially for a DBock).

Flavor leads-off with some light sweetness. Not overly strong, as the label suggests, but just enough. A nice level of caramel and toffee kick in to produce a solid malt backbone. A hint of brown sugar comes into play, followed by some subtle floral hopping. A pleasant level of sweetness lingers on the palate, though there could be more malt, imo. And, this is 9.5% ABV? Really? Where?? It's verry well-hidden. Better as it warms, of course, Voodoo is a solid, middle-tier Doppel.


look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 4


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Photo of youngblood
4.29/5  rDev +23.6%
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 steelerguy
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark and clear brown. When I say clean, I mean held up to a light you can barely see through it but no sign of haze. One finger tan head that faded to a covering as I drank. A little lacing.

S - Nice malt smell but it is kind of faint and that was about all I got from it. Some very faint roasted notes.

T - Smooth flavor, some caramel sweetness to the malt. A little mocha type flavor from the roasted malts, little coffee and little chocolate. Not much alcohol warmth which I expect from an almost 10% beer. Like the smell, fairly one dimensional.

M - Seemed a little over attenuated, a little thin for a doppelbock.

D - Pretty damn drinkable, not sure if this is good or bad. I expect a doppelbock to complex and challenge the drinker to notice all the subtle flavors, smells, and mouthfeel. This beer just kind of goes down and you don't think about it.

Note: A little surprised that they spell it dopplebock on the label of the beer. Either call it a double bock or a doppelbock.

Edit: Lowered the taste and mouthfeel scores a half point. I had a few more of these and it is just too thin. The taste is not bad but lacking anything special. I am also going to say this is not a 9.5% beer. Maybe it was just the batch I had but I have had enough strong beer to know what it should taste and feel like and this just doesn't have it. I wold be surprised if it was over 8%.

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Photo of BARFLYB
1.94/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz single bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass. I figured I give this one a shot.

A- Atwater Voodoovator comes out of the bottle looking like dirty tap water from an old house. Once in the glass its a dark brown. A slow pour yielded a fizzing beige head that had some legs but faded to a thin skim.

S- Nothing really stands out in the smell for me. Initially some malts giving off caramel. Some grain and some peat. As it warms some metallic scents come to mind turning me off.

T- First sips, the sweetness is apparent from the two row malts used. Getting some extremely watered down chocolate milk in the middle. Some fruits such as berries, slight banana. Some apple and slight sourness with warming but with that comes the metal taste, ewwww. One thing this has going for it is the alcohol is hidden.

M- IMO this beers top quality with a slightly above medium body with carbonation not over or under standards. It has the feel of a dopplebock to bad the flavors are not there. I usually like to let my beer sit on the tounge for a bit to get the whole experience, but not with this one.

D- Not sessionable and not drinkable. I actually got an upset stomach from this and just wanted to sleep after consuming. I got through 8oz before giving up. The flavors just don't integrate well enough to satisfy.

Dopplebock no, more like doppleCROCK, I think im done with this brewery.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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 dfillius
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 2 fingers of tan head with great retention. Clear dark reddish brown liquid. A nice layer of head remains all the way through. Very good looking!
S: Tobacco, roasty toasty biscuity malt. Interesting and complex. This is the first beer I've smelled tobacco in, but it is there. Some black licorice is definitely lurking in the back as well.
T: Molasses, Li Hing Mui, soy sauce. This beer is more savory than sweet. Tasty, but different. There's a sweet caramelly flavor in the aftertaste later on.
M: Smooth with a little sharp bite. Pretty good. Creamy overall. Some bad breathy feel later.
D: I would order another and buy a sixer of this. A colder weather type of brew, say 50F or colder.

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Photo of WJVII
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a dark purple color with a brownish head that formed with an aggressive poor. The aroma is clove, some cherry, and a roasted malt. The taste is a little gritty and has some fruitiness that I was not expecting. The overall aftertaste is of metal. Not the greatest example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of techcommdood
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
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 SLeffler27
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An enormous, frothy, light brown head explodes in my pilsner glass, leaving little room for the crystal clear, garnet red Doppelbock beneath. The head eventually converts to seafoam, allowing the rest of this bottle to be poured. As it's consumed, lace coats the glass.
Sweet malts and some molasses with coffee are followed by tones of white wine.

The flavor leans toward the white wine, while some maple syrup and a hint of chocolate subtly enter in a lingering finish. There is no attempt at balance, leaving me to wonder if there are even any hops in this beer. Caution: Don't let this one warm, as it opens to patently unpleasant flavors.

Soft carbonation, combined with a smooth, medium body, a little trace of alcohol, lead to a very sticky residue on the lips.

Have this one on its own or with cheese, but, whatever you do, don't let it warm.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Cloudy dark brown with amber highlights

Smell: just a very light, wet, malty sweetness

Taste: the usual malt presence with a little hint of sugary sweetness. little yeast in the finish

Mouthfeel: pretty smooth. low-med body with low carbonation.

Notes: thought i remembered this beer being a little more rich the first time i had it. seems like it should be for not just a dopplebock but also having a high gravity. you can never tell the alcohol is there. now im thinking its kinda pricey for what you get. great beer though

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of pizza dough. Flavor is malty and quite sweet (sugary sweet). Some wheaty grains too. This was an ok beer I guess, but a little bland and sweet.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 27 Sep 2008. Gift from Phil, thanks.

Used a dimpled 0.4 L glass stein. Large light brown head. Almost opaque cloudy ruby brown color. Sweet burnt sugar aroma and licorice with some sourness. Starts tart and roasty. Fairly malty throughout, some licorice in the finish. Aftertaste reminiscent of cherry pits. Ethanol doesn't seem like 9.5%. Medium light body.

Overall expected a bit more malty presence from this beer.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Foran's in Detroit.

A - Mahogany with light passing through only the outer edges of the glass. A big creamy head that leaves lots of lacing.

S - Sweet malts and molasses.

T - Mildly sweet, smooth and dark but without any roasted flavors. Some hop bitterness in the finish. You can hardly taste the 9.5% alcohol.

M - Low carbonation (like a lot of the beers at Foran's) with a good consistency.

D - A very balanced beer that's easy to drink. I really liked this one.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thank you Chris Meyer.

A - Two full inches of deep brown, cola like head. It has stamina enough to maintain itself as a frothy and humocky layer on top of a very dark brown body. When held to light purple tones are visible.

S - Molasses, anise, chocolate, and pungent fruits. The only hindrance is the lack of potency.

T - Black licorice and a hint of chocolate. There's actually an emptiness in the middle of this brew. At its end a mild malt taste is discovered.

M - The empty flavor is attributable to the mild texture of this doppelbock. I should note however that this is a very smooth brew until it hits the bottom of my throat where it leaves a coarse point. This point is actually a benefit as it indicates a request to keep drinking.

~ The look and aroma are obviously the finer qualities in this brew. I expect allot from a doppel and I believe this is a good beer. But, it's not something I'll purchase for myself. I did get this as a gift and it came in a four pack. I've set the other three aside and will cellar them for future consumption. When the time is right I'll crack another and add notes to this review.

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