Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)
Atwater Brewery

Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)
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American Porter
Ranked #1,118
Ranked #45,705
3.5 | pDev: 18.57%
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)
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Photo of cwm51662
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

As they say, a light and soon gone brown head. Vanilla smell, not much else. The thing I don't like about vanilla porters is they seem to be all vanilla and no porter. This isn't terrible, though, and I like the creamy texture.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light copper colored with yellow highlights. There’s a fingernail of dishwater white on top. The aroma is of vanilla and cold brewed coffee, but is tough to seek out. I’m tasting vanilla, light roasted coffee and, oddly enough, coriander. The mouth is silky smooth.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is vanilla, cream brulee, coffee and burnt sugar, layered over subtle earthy, bready, toasty malts. Really pleasant, robust coffee and coffee cake up front that is followed by hearty malts. Flavor profile is vanilla, cream brulee, coffee and sugar with bready, earthy, toasty malts. Really light sweetness up front that lingers throughout, but takes a slight undercutting at the finale, netting it more of a balance. Mouth feel is lightly grainy with very subtle effervescence. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, coffee and vanilla mingle well, forming a light dessert opening, with malts rounding out the remainder of the profile.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Detriot Airport. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of vanilla, chocolate and toffee. Very strong vanilla taste with chocolate and toffee.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark brown color with just a hint of lingering head and spotty lacing. Smells of medium roast coffee and some mocha chocolate. The vanilla and caramel is very faint. Taste follows the nose, but is quite nice and well-balanced although I would have preferred a little more boldness and depth (like a stout). Vanilla could have been a little creamier as well. Faint hints of malt and nuttiness. Smooth thin mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Not much change as the beer warmed. All in all, a solid effort but not sure why the hype and popularity as Atwater has much stronger brews.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Curious, this beer.

First, this a brewer who specializes in darks ( I cannot think of another among the 972 brewers I have sampled.

Second, this has over three times as many BA ratings as the brewer's second most rated beer (a dopple.)

Third, there are lots better vanilla porters than Atwater's that are not the cash cows of those brewers.

Mysteries aside, Atwater's Looks pretty good, foam becomes a nice lace. An inviting ale. Smells do not betray, although the vanilla could be more calming. Taste largely ends the fun, coming in with an artificial vanilla. The coffee dries out that syrup, but my buds cannot recover.

Atwater has two sites in Detroit and seems to be making a go of that tough-sledding also. So for that, for their specialty in darks and for piquing my curiosity, I give them some OA hugs.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tan head, very foamy. This brew has an aroma of coffee and malts. The taste is of slight coffee with a slightly dry finish, but not enough to leave a bitter aftertaste. I bought vanilla brew in the hopes of tasting some vanilla, and there is none present in this beer. All coffee, no vanilla.

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Photo of whiplash308
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer really adds onto the list of breakfast beers. It’s like if some older woman you spent the night with woke up before you, and made you an espresso with vanilla yogurt to the side. It’s spontaneous, and that’s a good thing.

L: Has that dark ruby color to it all, and very espresso like.
S: Mild aroma, yet fairly obvious as to what it is. Nothing but vanilla bean, and watered down coffee beans.
T: Vanilla flavour mutes the coffee flavour, balancing each flavour very well.
F: Super smooth, like a baby’s right arm.

Overall, it’s lovely with breakfast, or around a fireplace. Enjoy at room temperature for authentic experience.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned April 2018; drank 5/22/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge tan head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Vanilla extract, cream & mild milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Vanilla extract, cream & faint metallic notes in the flavor.

I love vanilla, but this cheapskate version should have you running for a regular, traditional porter. Permanent pass.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very session-able porter. It pours dark brown with little in terms of head. The aroma is very lager-ish, with not much in terms of toast or burnt grains. The taste is similarly mild, but with a nice nutty and bitter coffee finish.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: bright dark brown under a lacy 2" medium tan cap with good retention

S: starts with a strong vanilla smell. About half of it blows off revealing dark coffee with some support from medium low malt aromas and low hop aromas.

T: has a slightly bitter dry grainy coffee start and ends vanilla sweet with some traces of dark fruit. Coffee and vanilla tastes dominate.

F: creamy with a medium body and carbonation

O: a good one bottle at a time dessert beer but it is a bit too sweet and the vanilla a little intense for this to be a beer to drink all evening.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black, tan head, looks like an imperial brown ale. The nose has some coffee and a LOT of vanilla.

The taste melds the subtle coffee flavor and the big vanilla flavor to make a beer I'd love to drink around a campfire in the fall.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the ornate tall boy can in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This nice porter pours a rich opaque with a nice head of light tan foam that selltes
to a thick ring, thin light pool, and showcases light lacing. Nose of subtle vanilla,
medium strong vanilla, and subtle chocolate notes. Flavors mimic the nose with
light exceptions with moderate chocolate and light toffee notes mingling nicely
with coffee and balanced vanilla with a hint of char and subtle herbal hops. Decent
mouth feel; medium body, medium low carbonation, and a lightly sweet yet balanced
finish touched with vanilla and subtle coffee.

Overall a nicely done porter that is near the equal of the sum of it's parts but one
that finishes a touch watery. Decent but could use a touch of improvement----perhaps
an imperial version. Still good for the style.


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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost completely black,slightly below average carbonation . Maybe just a bit thin feel. Aroma is sweet malt,a little bit of coffee and then the vanilla comes off pretty strong. Taste is identical to smell,sweet but not sugary or too much so with no bitterness. The finish to me was all vanilla. A good dessert/nightcap beer where one is enough

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.48/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vanilla Java Porter pours black with a small, lacing tan head. Big hints of vanilla, and small hints of coffee. Flavor has a big vanilla taste, with a creamy coffee backbone. Flavors come together in a great way. Good body and feel. Overall, fantastic put together beer; lots of vanilla.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter | Atwater Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a one finger thick tan head, spotty lacing, and a profoundly dark brown body.

I'm not really picking up on the vanilla and the coffee is barely noticeable.

Ok now I pick up the coffee and vanilla. Very rich, but too much.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll give Atwater Vanilla Java Porter | Atwater Brewery a 4.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter, 5% ABV. Pours medium viscosity and very dark brown, with a one finger tan head. Nose is malt, strong vanilla, cocoa, and coffee, taste follows, with not much bitterness. A bit sweet. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of dd53grif
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Coffee taste stands out. No bitterness noted. Good mouth feel.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown. Short, foamy, light brown head that fades quickly.

Smells vanilla, Malts, coffee and nutty.

Tastes coffee, roast malt and coffee. Followed by an earthy bitterness and coffee grounds. Finish is dry with a bitter earthy linger. Lighter body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
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 +42.9%
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 +4.3%
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 -4%
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 +15.4%
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 +7.1%
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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Vanilla Java Porter (VJP) from Atwater Brewery
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