Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)
Atwater Brewery

Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)
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Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
American Porter
Ranked #441
Ranked #27,390
3.47 | pDev: 18.73%
Sep 26, 2023
Oct 21, 2006
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Reviewed by Dimagio

4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This beer is a lot better than a 79. I've had porters that taste like flavored water. This one is a good tasting porter. Not the best, but definitely better than a 79.
Sep 26, 2023
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Ordered on tap, Dark brown/ black color, no head by the time it was brought to my table. Left some lacing. Vanilla dominated both aroma and taste. Full, rich flavor and came across a bit like a dessert beer. Okay overall, doubt I would order again.
May 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Arttooo

4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Solid beer. My only real complaint is the mouthfeel, it's just thin, nothing else about it. That's probably just a consequence of the 5% abv though, which makes it a little more approachable, so I'll cut it some slack for that.
Jan 28, 2023
Rated: 3.37 by Mikexw from New York

Dec 04, 2022
Rated: 3.54 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Sep 01, 2022
Rated: 3.38 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 2.53 by dhannes from Wisconsin

Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 3.6 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Dec 10, 2021
Rated: 4 by n2492004 from Michigan

Dec 05, 2021
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Rated by Bierwizard from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Tastes and smells a bit like a chocolate milkshake. I’ve had better.
Nov 18, 2021
Rated: 3.51 by Meddwol from Michigan

Oct 25, 2021
Rated: 3.28 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a very deep cola color with a thin, khaki-colored head that dissipated quickly. A subdued nose: mostly roasted malt, cocoa, and earthy nuts. The taste is primarily char, bakers chocolate, and burnt nuts. There is little of the cocoa that I smelled. The vanilla bean is noticeable in the after taste. In that sense it's rather one dimensional. The mouth feel is okay for a Porter but on the thin side. The carbonation is appropriate and at 5% ABV it's quite drinkable. Overall, there is nothing wrong with this Porter but nothing memorable either. I would recommend it as an accompaniment to a burger, cheese steak or other substantial meat dish rather than for casual drinking.
Sep 03, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by stucat from Illinois

Jul 15, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by Jerid from Florida

May 23, 2021
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Reviewed by RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass with a very dark brown almost black color, tan head and decent lacing. Aroma is vanilla front and center, some coffee and caramel notes as well. Taste is more coffee than vanilla with notes of chocolate, roasted malt and nuts. Mouthfeel is smooth, thin bodied with decent carbonation and somewhat sweet finish. Overall, its a decent porter. I like vanilla, but its a bit too sweet and thin-bodied for me.
Mar 12, 2021
Rated: 4.62 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

Feb 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Very good head production, although it looks a touch fizzy and light, and is remarkably smooth and even. Retention, however, is ridiculously good. Dark beige/light tan head; body a shade darker and thicker than cola. Flat fields of lacing with decent legs.

Nose is a very nice blend of toast, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, cola, vanilla, and coffee - really a straight forward traditional porter profile, simply with vanilla added.

Very thin on the palate - perhaps not surprising for the low ABV, but still disappointing. Light bodied; semi-dry.

Grape, prune, and coffee up front; the light mouthfeel robs the flavors of any immediate impact. Growing toastiness mid-sip, with mild notes of coffee along with toffee, a touch of brown sugar, and cola. Nutty, a touch of chocolate, light toast, and more vanilla on the finish.

A very straight forward but pretty tasty beer. Nothing is off about it, but it doesn't really stand out from the crowd. A thicker body would have been preferred, but I suppose this is all about providing a good amount of flavor in a light, drinkable body.
Nov 21, 2020
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured black with a two finger tan head. Heavy lacing is present. Nose leads with pronounced vanilla followed by a whiff of mustiness, then burnt sugar. I like vanilla though. Taste of vanilla cream, malt an nuts that lingers on the finish. Thin mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall, ok. This is not a porter that you want to shout about, but it is very drinkable.
Nov 05, 2020
Vanilla Java Porter (VJP) from Atwater Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 1869 ratings