Vanilla Java Porter (VJP) | Atwater Brewery

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Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
atwaterbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,919
Reviews:
552
Ratings:
1,831
pDev:
18.73%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
421
Trade:
2
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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MatticusFinch17
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beersampler6
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
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 +2%
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 Mtbabcock
4.85/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rmarquardt17
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JimboBrews54
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerjin
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zopiac
4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Smells like oversweetened coffee with too much vanilla creamer. Tastes like vanilla coffee. Very interesting.

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Photo of robotic_being
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whiplash308
3.54/5  rDev +2%
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 dexterk1
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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 lemmy187
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueTomorrow
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ElleMills
4.83/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jmar25
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobstockwell
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Calraven
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gsquared12
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of labisch
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregSemenza
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Vanilla Java Porter (VJP) from Atwater Brewery
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 1,831 ratings