Atwater Vanilla Java Porter | Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Vanilla Java PorterAtwater Vanilla Java Porter

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ypsifly on 10-21-2006

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.28/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter brewed by Atwater Brewery,with an ABV of 4.80% This American Porter pours out a nice deep brown color with a nice light brown head. This Porter kinda looks like cola, not saying that is a bad thing. I really like the color of this brew. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this Porter, it sticks to the glass well. The smell of Atwater Vanilla Java Porter, rich with roasted grians and malts. There is also a nice amount of sweetness and coffee in the smell of this porter. Some mild notes of hops in the smell as well. This is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on some nice mild sweetness of coffee and roasted grians and malts. The body of Atwater Vanilla Java Porter is light to medium. Was kinda hoping for something more heavy, but it is a good drinking brew. I do enjoy how smooth this brew goes down. There is nothing overpowering about this porter, it has a super nice balance to it. If you are looking for a dark brew with a smooth body to it look this one up. The mouth feel of Vanilla Java Porter, is roasted coffee, smooth, bold and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Atwater Vanilla Java Porter a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely buy this brew again. Atwater Brewery, did a real nice job with this one.

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Photo of tambolina
5/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It feels like waking up on a winter morning to the smell of coffee and then walking into a cozy kitchen & then remembering that it's Saturday or Sunday and you don't have to leave the house for anything at all. It's just a comfortable beer. My absolute favorite!

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of roast malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of alcohol, slight sweet malt, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roast malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of alcohol, slight sweet malt, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. Overall, weak in body, not a great blend, decent complexity, but average in totality.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, deep brown with an off white head that dissipates immediately leaving little lacing, clear

S: vanilla is obvious, sweet, toffee, malt

T: very sweet with dominating vanilla flavor, caramel malt, toffee, slight roasty coffee on the finish

M: light, lower carbonation

O: vanilla is strong in this one

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.04/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very low alcohol consuming stout with lots of flavor. A good balance of malts, chocolate, and vanilla that is perfect for consuming on a snowy day.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into pint glass. The appearance is a mdinight black color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is heavy on malt with some vanilla. The taste is mild malt with some coffee and vanilla. A good beer.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - 10 month old. Virtually no head. But a few scant wisps of dark khaki bubbles. Dark vanilla dr pepper brown body. Little carbonation 3

S - strong vanilla and malts. Like. 50s malted shake. Hints of fresh brownies. 3.5

T - sweet crystalline. Brownies in the beginning. Flat mild malt vinegar in the end. Error Java not detected. 3.0

M - a bit of acidity and sting. Little maltyness. 2.75

D - more of a milk Stout than a porter. I'm not a coffee guy and even I can tell this has no Java. Vanilla too is there but subdued. Too sweet. 2.75

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.37/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very dark black to brown that is impenetrable o light and has a nice tan head that settles a bit quickly leaving a modest lacing down the glass.

The nose is a hint of cascade with some fructose, raisins, vanilla and dark chocolate and maybe a hint of very ripe dark cherries.

The taste is delightfully rich with hints of coffee, vanilla on the front followed toast, grass, pine resin and skunky marijuana with a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is rich and just right for a porter.

Overall an exceptionally good porter and perfect for the fall season. I just love a great porter on a cool night.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

15oz glass served on tap at Bier Markt - square one in Mississauga, Ontario.

Appearance - dark brown, nearly black and poured with a good finger of tan head that lingered for most of the beer.

Smell - lots of coffee and vanilla, some mild malts in the background. Not complicated but rather aromatic.

Taste - pretty much like the nose and more intense than expected. Coffee flavor seems to alternate between fresh espresso and stale coffee grounds, but either way the coffee is prevalent and the vanilla sweetness adds a inch touch. Bordering on too sweet, but doesn't quite get there.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy, lighter body and carbonation. A bit thin. My only true complaint.

Overall - Atwater's vanilla java porter is a fine flavoured porter that executes a tried and true combination well. Only regret is that the body could be just a bit fuller to make this even more enjoyable.

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Photo of Bud_Light
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a fairly thin head, which IMO is darker/tanner than most porters and is closer to a stout color wise. Feels good in the mouth, nice balance of crispness and smoothness. Don't taste any chocolate but can definitely taste the vanilla and that coffee after taste. Good beer!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy NBS (Week 599), everyone! My first foray of the day will be a rare back-to-back review of the same beer, first from a bottle (boooo!) and then from the almighty CAN (yay!).

Having finished off the bottle, it is time to move on to The CANQuest (tm), where the magic CAN and does occur!

From the CAN: "Beer is Good Enjoy Responsibly"; "We Drink All We CAN and Sell the Rest". That doesn't make sense if you are now selling CANned beers. Sorry.

Man, the Crack! was extra loud in the seeming silence of my kitchen today. The doors are open, there is a light breeze, but traffic is also light, so it is just me, my thoughts & beer. I thought about an inverted Glug, but these pounders are hard to CANtrol! Sure enough, I had no sooner started than it seemed to rush into my glass, forcing me to stop. It settled into a brief two fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head that quickly fell to wisps. Advantage = bottle. Color seemed slightly darker, allowing less light penetration (SRM = > 34, < 44), resulting in cola highlights only at the edges. Here, clarity was impossible to determine. If I am drinking a Porter or a Stout, I want a dark beer! Advantage = CAN. Nose had that familiar vanilla extract scent along with a smoky roastiness that I still do not think that I could blindly identify as coffee (java). Advantage = Draw. Mouthfeel was medium, nowhere near as full as its CANterpart. Advantage = bottle. The taste had a more pronounced bitterness and I could really get more coffee and less vanilla here. This is a tough call. Vanilla gets top billing on the label, but I prefer the bitterness of the coffee as opposed to something that tastes like ice cream. Advantage = CAN (but open for discussion/debate). Finish had a lingering smoky bitterness, which is what I found myself longing for in the bottled version. It comes down to a draw, but each serving style brought different aspects which people may enjoy. I am eager to hear others' thoughts about what they would prefer in such a beer.

From the bottle: "Beer is Good Enjoy Responsibly".

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a heavy-handed pour, just because it is hot, humid & I am peevish. The foam ballooned up to an immense height before settling into two-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with quite good retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with ruby highlights and some light penetration, showing NE-quality clarity. The Vanilla showed up on the nose as a vanilla extract smell. I took the entire gamut of Foods in Home Ec during high school & in baking, we went through a lot of vanilla extract, so I know the smell quite well. As for the Java, it had a roastiness in the nose, but I am not sure that I would have pinpointed it as coffee. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not so much thick as creamy. Speaking of which, the taste reminded me of my parents' favorite flavor of ice cream: Coffee! The coffee and vanilla flavors combined with the creaminess of the mouthfeel to give it, in totality, a evocation of coffee ice cream! Wow. My only knock would be its finish. I was left feeling unfulfilled. The flavors were right and lingering, but it lacked Ooomph!, especially on the finish. It needed more pronounced flavors, ones that would linger & make me long for more of the same, not long for more flavor or intensity.

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Photo of Trashheep
4.96/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the smooth and creamy feel as well as the taste. Nice sweet vanilla flavor from first sip, to last drop. Just sutle hints of coffee,chocolate and caramel. Great change of pace. If your not a porter fan, you may like this beer as the flavors do overpower the porter. Def. would buy more!!!!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Atwater beer.

Vanilla Java Porter pous a deep dark cocoa color with a solid 1 finger head. Ruby highlights on the sides as light hits.

Lots of java/coffee on the nose, bordering on medium roast, shots of cream, caramel, genuine vanilla, and cacao. Some rich milk chocolate also surfaces.

Flavor mirrors the nose quite accurately. Sharp roast coffee notes open up, and the vanilla comes out to play as it soaks through and perseveres to the finish like a vanilla flavored jelly belly jellybean. Some milk chocolate floats around as well, and it all comes together very nicely. It does end a bit sharp with some acidic notes however.

Feel is deeply, madly creamy...with a severe carbonation that breaks through and tickles the throat all the way down. Semi-dry coffee like finish.

This porter does what it sets out to do and that's infuse vanilla, java, and roast malts into a delicious porter beer. Will have again, can't understand the negative reviews.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.96/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Atwater Brewery - Vanilla Java Porter. 4.8% ABV. 3oz sample pour in mini mug.

Look: Deep brown colored body, with minimal tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and toffee on the nose.

Feel: On the lighter side of medium.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasty coffee, sweet vanilla and toffee.

Overall: Had at the Firkin Fest 2016 in Ashland, KY. Another great beer had at the fest; good and flavorful, even if it was on the thin side.

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Photo of Twotom
2.33/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nothing subtle here, not even sure it tastes like beer. All I get are the adjuncts, coffee and vanilla. I wish the brewers let the malts do more of the work.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.12/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Overall rating of 75?!?! Drank a 13 month old bottle given to me and was pleasantly surprised the amount of flavor coming out of a sub 5% porter. Dark with a fluffy head and a tad thin, which was to be expected. Tons or dark roasted malt, a touch of coffee and chocolate with a little vanilla but bold and beautiful looking for a nearly "session-able" porter.

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

Pours a muddy/cloudy, dark black appearance.

Overall: Has a aroma of dark chocolate. Flavors include dark chocolate and has smokey tones of coffee, caramel, and a wallop of sweet vanilla. Lingering chocolate and roasted sugary vanilla finish. Well balanced enjoyable but too bland. The flavors in this beer are a little too subdued for me.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate color with no head. Aroma is roasted coffee. Flavor is very light, you get notes of coffee and vanilla but it is not blended the best and the mouthfeel is very watery. Overall not bad but had much higher hopes and could have been executed way better.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.67/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Meh not bad. The flavor is pretty nice with good vanilla presence, but there was almost no head and the mouthfeel was very watery. It is a good easy drinker, but not something I would have that often.

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Photo of TerryW
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Some interesting flavours, but no harmony. Just things piled up, one on the other. Not excessively sweet, which is something of a saving grace. Novelty brew, not really memorable though.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.9/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

love this beer unique taste of java and vanilla. taste is so irrestiable and makes me want to drink this beer more and more. the smell is so intoxicating as well

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Photo of Sabtos
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Black, with an initially large, fizzy, soda-like head that fades fairly quickly but can be rehabilitated with a vigorous swirl.

I get medium roast coffee with cream and a little sugar, but more bitter than sweet.

It has a crisp sting on the swallow, also like soda. Light and fizzy. Okay.

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Photo of Smcavoy
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed straight from 12 oz. bottle. Thin mouthfeel, light carbonation, with a bitter coffee and vanilla finish. As much as I enjoy this beer, It seems too thin and light to be a Porter. For fans of coffee stouts and porters, this beer is definitely worth trying out. It's similar style and taste to Wolaver's Alta Gracia coffee Porter.

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Photo of DDiFran
4.15/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a tan head. Strong vanilla aroma. Taste is all java. Body is a bit thin for a porter, but it gets better as it warms to room temp. Not great but still a very good session porter.

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to my (seasonally) in person trader, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from as 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of vanilla, coffee. Taste is the same, lots of vanilla, coffee, some roasted malts, very easy drinking. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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