Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)
Atwater Brewery

Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)
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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #1,107
ABV:
5%
Score:
80
Ranked #47,258
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 18.57%
Reviews:
562
Ratings:
1,855
From:
Atwater Brewery
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  37
Gots
  426
SCORE
80
Good
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Reviews by BobbyOlson:
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BobbyOlson from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Jan 11, 2014
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DandyD from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Our team really likes this beer. The only thing we've noticed is the batches aren't consistent. Varying amounts of vanilla and coffee. Seems Atwater is trying to find the right balance.

Dec 17, 2014
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Yancey82 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and thick into a snifter. A half inch of creamy head lingers. It smells delicious and the taste matches.Not sure why the consensus rating is so low. Solid coffee porter

Mar 05, 2015
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, settles in the glass black but brown on the edges. Head dissipated instantly.

Notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla take the aroma.

Taste is a bit odd. It falls flat and lifeless with a stale coffee bitter that doesn't go anywhere, then the other notes start to activate and it comes together for a great finish and aftertaste. The roasted coffee and vanilla make a good combination, makes me want to try adding some to my morning coffee.

Light bodied, fairly smooth, medium carbonation, fairly drinkable.

A slow, stuttering start to a strong finish, this wasn't bad at all.

Nov 03, 2015
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Jredner from Florida

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First an observation. If you freeze this what comes out tastes like a decent Imperial Stout. Eisporter! Ok on to bottle number two.

The aroma is dominated by coffee followed by lesser concentrations of roasted malt and some sweet cream and vanilla notes. The body is a dark ruddy brown and holds a diminishing thumb thick tan head.

It’s all spent coffee grounds through the fore and middle. Some roastiness and muted sweetness appear toward the backend. A hint of chocolate along with mild vanilla notes pops up in the aftertaste. It’s not a great beer, but it’s not great in an approachable way. It’s the kind of beer you’d never go out of your way for, but that you’d probably always finish a pint of. The mouthfeel is actually pretty good for the style, might even be slightly thicker than standard.

Jan 24, 2007
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dpuia from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a home keg-dispenser out of a Sam Adams glass. Pours exceptionally well, great head but disapates quickly (story of my life). Robust coffee smell taste from start to finish, however light taste of the vanilla wish it were a little more. Low carbonation.

Pretty much middle of the road.

Feb 06, 2009
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LiquorsInc from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Nov 26, 2012
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CraftBeerNut

1.2/5  rDev -65.7%

Nov 18, 2014
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Dave_in_GR from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Feb 09, 2014
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butters_mcgee from New York

3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 18, 2015
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GregSemenza from Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 21, 2018
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Pocky from Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Mar 30, 2014
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ncstateplaya from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.3%

Jul 03, 2013
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fox227 from California

3.5/5  rDev 0%

Oct 11, 2013
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MSandahl23 from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev 0%

Aug 12, 2013
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HeyYoMar from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +10.6%

Sep 06, 2014
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Caveworm from Ohio

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.

Jul 28, 2017
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Juice14 from Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 10, 2015
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danielocean03 from Indiana

2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep blackish-brown with a thick full three fingers of light brown foamy head, very much like a rootbeer float. Smells sweetly of coffee beans, vanilla bean, and cocoa powder. Taste opens to a light watered down coffee flavor, faintest notes of vanilla, sweet maltiness. Has an odd characteristic of a metallic twinge to the tongue, lingers through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, a little rough on the tongue. Drinkability suffers due to the lack of any strong characteristics that make for a good porter in my book.

Aug 31, 2008
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Nov 05, 2014
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Annesemj from California

3/5  rDev -14.3%

Nov 16, 2011
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge, no visible carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of beige head leaving a chunky lacing.


S: Coffee all the way, a good dose of vanilla cream, toasted malts, sweet and coke like.


T: Coffee and vanilla to the point it seems like it’s a black iced coffee. Light sweetness. Good dose of toasted bitterness on the end, light metallic note.


M: Medium thick body, low carbonation.


O: Sticks to the name, vanilla and coffee definitely there. Well done. My first by this brewer. l bought it in Frankenmuth’s Kroger, drank in New Hamburg, ON, Aug 26th, 2014.

Aug 26, 2014
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Maillard from Ohio

3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Feb 06, 2017
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ILMDUST from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apr 30, 2016
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FullRW from Connecticut

3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Dec 29, 2014
Vanilla Java Porter (VJP) from Atwater Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 1855 ratings