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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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Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 414
Photo of dedrinker
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maple syrup color, nose of caramel and nutty sweet breads. Slightly sweet malty flavor of caramel, nuts and toffee. Finished drier than it started which boosted drinkability. I enjoyed this with some surprise as I confess a bias towards Atwater due to previous experiences with other beers. Very well done for an American Doppelbock.

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Photo of blakesell
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a curved pint glass

Appearance- Beer pours carbonated as hell, the first time in a very long time that I have poured and it went over the sides of the glass. Has a rich creamy off white head that fades with a rocky swell in the middle. Lacing lingers on the glass. Beer colour is a dark brown.

Smell- Sweet carmel malts, hard water, grapes, rasins, and prunes.

Taste- Malty, sweet, a bit sour, bittersweet would be a good adjective. A hint of chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite thin, downright watery. Not warming at all, decently carbonated.

Drinkability- I suppose it is quite drinkable considering that it is so light and watery at 9.5%. It could sneak up on someone having many, but this is the sort of thing I wouldn't be reordering right away.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of a sweet, malty caramel chariteristics. In the taste, sweet, with a small presence of coffee and chocolate. A smooth yet malty mouthfeel and a malty small chocolate aftertaste. Hides the 9.5% well, but not really fantastic. I thought it was more stout-ish than a doppelbock, and yet a bit watery.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, slightly cloudy brown. Nice off white head pops up then fades to a ring. Minimal lacing.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malts, a bit of ripened dark fruits and some alcohol. Overall, it is on the lighter side.

The flavor is about the same. Not bad, but not outstanding either. Middle of the road, I guess you could say. Mainly sweet malts, the dark fruits, and some alcohol. Not much else.

The mouthfeel could be a little thicker, but the carbonation is pretty good. The abv isn't too noticeable, but neither is the beer.

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

A- A ever so slightly cloud, dark brown liquid. The head is thick and creamy looking. Kind of reminds of of a nice A&W with a little more head retention.

S- Lots of malt and caramel. A little bit spicy, but not much. A little bit of glue maybe? There really isn't a lot here, which is kind of surprising considering the alcohol content.

T- Ah... there's the alcohol. Very very malty, and then the booze settles in. Don't get me wrong, it's not an astringent alcohol, just noticeable. This is nice and sweet, but there is not a lot of depth to it. The beer does open up a tad as it warms though.

M- Very clean and crisp on the finish but fairly smooth in the mouth. The alcohol does become a bit more hidden as I drink more of it.

D- This ended up going down at a pretty decent clip. For how much alcohol there is in this, it is fairly well hidden. There are better doppelbocks out there, but this is an interesting take on the style and worth a try.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a steamed glass. The liquid is dark with good carbonation and a nice rich tan head.

The smell is sweet with mild dark fruits.

The taste is quite nice. Dark fruits plums raison and a hint of spice.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, Medium body but quite nice indeed.

The drinkability is great I like this beer and am glad I have 3 more. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a deep mahogany color with fizzy beige head foaming up and receding fairly quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is molasses and chocolate with hints of dark fruit mixed in. no hops can be found by my nose.
First sip reveals a fine fizzy carbonation that tingles across my tongue. Body is a little thinner than expected but texture has some silky feel to it.
Flavor is very malt heavy as well. I get brown sugar and molasses with a bit of chocolate too. Some warm alcohol comes through on the finish. Fairly drinkable even with the mild heat. No hops on this brew. Pretty nice beer, but could be a little sneaky with the hidden 9.5%.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$2.50 for a 120z bottle at Jacks. Brewed with two caramel malts and Munich malt. 9.5% ABV, OG=19.5 Plato, 30 IBU.

Pours out to a near black, dark cocoa, forming a modest creamy light tan head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is nice...subtle but coherant dark fruits...raisins, plums, prunes, chocolate, crisp mineralized water, a touch of caramel nouget and molasses. Very nice aroma. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a delicate carbonation and a medium-dense body. Not too thick or syrupy, and not at all cloying. Alcohol is imperceptable in flavor or nose. The taste is a continuation of the nose...the dark fruits are here, but not huge and in your face...subtle golden raisins and dates without the dark prune note I expect in other dopplebocks. Pears, bananas, and rum lighten up the middle. Bitterness is brief and well-balanced. Cocoa and roasted grains in the finish, and more dark fruit in the aftertaste. A little on the sweet side overall for dopplebocks, although it's still a well-done brew. As I finish up the bottle, I'm starting to tire of the "cola" pang that this beer has.

Pleasantly surprised, as my tastings of Atwater brews over the years haven't been very pleasing. This is one of the better attempts I've seen at the style (for Michigan). Not up to par with the Germans, Atwater has some refining to do for this brew, but it has promise.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This is one dark dark beer, the head lasts a pretty long time, however it does eventually dissipate.
S: very malty with some earthy tones as well
T: very earthy, with some malt and a noticeable alcohol taste to it.
M?D: very enjoyable beer, nothing too crazy good, but somethign i could easily enjoy again

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Photo of Atlas1
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this monster at the beer store last week because I'd never heard of it. Honestly, I hate the label. It reminds me of a sign outside of some cheesey New Orleans bar. Fortunately, the beer was quite good.

Poured a dark brown, almost black, color, with hues of ruby and mahagony shining through when held up to the light. It bore a thick, full-bodied, off-white head, and left some lacing. A good looking beer. The nose was of sweet dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, raisins, nutmeg, and licorice. It was all over the place, and it was quite pleasing to the olfactory senses. It tasted a bit sweet, with a sugary prune/raisin thing going on. Still, it was very nice. And very much a dopplebock. Mouthfeel was smooth and silky.

This beer got better as it warmed up in the glass, and was a fine all around beer. It's big at 9.5% ABV, but the brewers did a fine job masking the high alcohol content. I'd be happy to revisit this one once the weather starts to cool off a bit.

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Photo of mcallister
2.22/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very dark transcendent shade of mahagony. What light can get it illimunates ruby colors. Head is large and overly carbonated for a DB in my opinion. Very long retention with a thin full layer of lace behind.

Hmmm well caramel and toffee notes with a ever so light milk chocolate, but an odd off sour odor really mirks things up and leaves me curious.

This beer just simply doesn't have much going on with it and almost tastes like it's a little infected. Sour notes rivaling that of a Jolly Pumpkin brew. The only real flavors are burnt caramel and chocolate squares of different variety. Mouth is a bit creamy but there is no finish to help this stand up and out. Very dissapointed after sampling there Dunkel which I found to be very sessionable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember trying to figure out why this beer was a couple dollars more than the rest of the Fathead's take out selection and always had a hard time figuring out why. After trying it out besides the higher alcohol I'm not sure why the price mark up happened but this brew appears a very dark ruby brown tone with alarge tan head formin thick and leaves behind even streaks of lacing. Aroma has a roasty cocoa powder, a bit muted or even dumbed down with mild fruit raisin and other dried fruits soaked in alcohol with a minimal herbal hop nose. Flavor is sweet and roasty in the malt department provides some cocoa powder and mild fruitiness the alcohol is actually hidden pretty well in the taste with a touch of caramel, but overall I'm not getting a real authentic doppelbock feel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a harsher kinda abrasive carbonation touch of a sticky texture that tends to cling onto the palate. Drinkability is decent but I'm overall underimpressed and another factor in this beer is the need to watchout for the hidden alcohol.

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Photo of alexgash
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool label.

Dark root beer brown body with shades of molasses. Tall, fluffy, long-lived, cocoa brown head. Maple brown sugar on the nose mixes with caramel, tobacco, baking chocolate bitterness, milk chocolate, and vegetal hops.

Taste starts out with smooth milk chocolatey sweet malts. Scorched Sugar Babies, and candied cooked vegetables follow. Slightly meaty and tobacco-y. Sweetness stays throughout, with mildly bitter noble hops in the finish. Not bad. A fairly straight-forward example of the style, without a ton of complexity. Medium-bodied with a very creamy feel. A tad thinner than I like. Very smooth and the 9.5% abv hides itself very well.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-3-07

Pours a deep brownish red, with a craggy tan head that sticks in fingers on the sides of the glass.

Smell is malty and sweet, with a sense of thickness and big alcohol.

Taste is good! Big roasted malt at first, followed by a nice hop balance and a smooth sweetness. Gently warm on the finish, the alcohol is well-masked.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a bit too carbonated.

Drinkability is scary, you could easily drink a few.

Overall, a very good beer. If you like big lagers, this one's for you.

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Photo of Alkey
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured a dark brown with a small tan head that didn't leave lace as it quickly dissipated into just a slight film over the top of the beer. The aroma of this beer is a very faint caramel malt and no noticeable smell of alcohol for a 9.5%. Taste and feel seems a bit watery at first with some slightly darker fruit malt flavors like plums and raisins. This brew seems to lack in the flavor department but is a very easy drinking beer with a well hidden ABV that I'm sure would sneak up on you if your not careful.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany in color, with some ruby highlights. Off white head holds well for a few minutes, then fades. Lightly roasty, toffee, and fruitcake aroma. Caramel and toffee flavors, but does not have the depth of the classics. Very smooth. Sweetness in the beginning. Medium body, with lower carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden. A decent brew, but not at the top.

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

A welcome break from most bastardized American versions of such a classy brew. VoodoVator at least measures up to the style pretty well. A muted aroma or syruy malts, fruitcake, caramel, and rum promises rich flavors and good drinkability. The flavors closely mimic the aromas, following up with a light peat-moss smokiness, and complex dark / dehydrated fruits (dates, figs) and solid toastiness. The feel is sweet, but not heavy. The alcohols are well hidden, but warming and sweet. The finish gets a little 'cola' like in it's sweetness and tackiness -- falling back on it's darker color. Overall, a very solid brew, but lacks the punch to be considered great.

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

Poured a dark clear mahogony color with a thin layer of long lasting head.

Smell is all malt with hints of sweet dark fruit and wood.

Taste is slightly sweet with a smooth woody malt quality, has some light earthy hops to balance it out, but still is dominated by the malts.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and a smooth warming quality.

Easy to drink and flavorful doppel, dangerous at 9.5abv.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer has a very dark mahogony coloration. The beer has ruby highlights to light. The head is about an inch thick. The head has a tan coloration.

Smell: The beer has a roasted chocolate malty smell. Spicey alcohol combines with earthy undertones.

Taste: The beer has a pronounced sweet malty roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. The alcohol is very noticeable in the flavor and mouthfeel. The beer has a dry finish and compliments the maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a slightly smaller body than I expected. The beer has a medium body.This is not a bad beer and I wouldnt turn it down.

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

Pours dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights. Head is off white with very little lacing.

Smell is subdued. Roasted malt with residual sweetness. Hints of chocolate.

Taste is dark malt and substantial nutty flavor. Hints of chocolate, light fruit. Enough earthy hops to bring balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Not as chewy as would be expected of a dopple.

Not a bad beer. Certainly worth a try. There are no off flavors, but nothing to make this one really great either. Very balanced, and I found the woody, nutty flavors interesting.

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

A fairly decent dopple – for such a high octane the balanced taste surprised me. I expected a sweeter finish, but his was balanced – almost to a fault.

Still the pour was solid – a black baby with mahogany brown edges. Thick and foamy tan head. Lace city.

Sweetish malts and molasses in the aroma, which as stated, did not follow through quite enough in the taste. Nice lil’ sour ale aspect in the finish, along with an pop of alcohol as the brew warmed. A decent drinker, nice winter brew.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light mohogany with reddish hues when the light is show through, has a thin tan head, good carbonation.
the aroma is very clean, malty, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is very clean, malty, hop spice, little bit of prune.
this is a ver good beer very smooth, hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a midnight black with a 1/4 inch fluffy cocoa head into my Ommegang chalice. Head slowly fades to a ring around the glass.

Deep roasted aromas dominate with hints of molasses and bakers chocolate. Taste is deep and rich, a nice translation true to the aromas. Mouth is a bit thin and carbonation is spot on for the style. Overall I can drink a few of these but it is just not one of the better ones out there. Glad I tried it and would drink it but there are better.

Thanks Vancer!

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Photo of clvand0
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one has a nice label. It pours a very dark color with a tall head that falls slowly and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty and sweet with some hints of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is very sweet. Plenty of malts are upfront with the sweetness and there isn't much hop character to be found. There is a hint of astringency that comes across the top, but doesn't take much away. The alcohol is hidden extremely well. The body is moderate, surprisingly, I expected it to be thicker than it is. The drinkability is very good for the level of alcohol.

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