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 #481
Ranked #28,302
3.47 | pDev: 18.73%
Jan 28, 2023
Oct 21, 2006
Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)Vanilla Java Porter (VJP)
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Ratings by SpittinRivers:
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Reviewed by SpittinRivers from North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass. Poured to a color of dark brown with a very dark red behind it. About a finger of head . Creamy on top that fades to fish eye bubbles. The aromatics are not very present. Fairly sweet smell with alcohol. Not much off front. Sort of a muted feeling when it hits the lips. Then the tangy, followed by a slight bitter. This parts seems to come over the pallet too fast then fades out very quickly. There is lingering bittersweet dry mouth feel. Yep, sweet java. This should definitely should not be served right out of the fridge. The head lingers very disorganized on the glass. Kind of fell it in my head. Caffeine maybe? I'm not finding the vanilla so much.
May 03, 2010
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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
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Reviewed by DoubleDown248 from Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
the VJP is so good, there is a whole family of variants (of which, all are quite good, too). This one is widely available, sometimes in larger quantities, and the price is usually very fair (around $10 for a 6er). the only downside, as with many other porters, is can be a little heavy if you are drinking more than a couple and this one is quite sweet, another downside for anything more than 2, maybe 3 in a session. Still, very happy to have those couple. A seasonal multi-pack with a raspberry, boston cream and coconut variant could have a place in my fridge all year long.
Sep 12, 2020
Rated: 3.56 by Yendor61 from Michigan

Mar 21, 2020
Rated: 3.72 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Mar 12, 2020
Rated: 4 by jakej654 from Pennsylvania

Feb 27, 2020
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Reviewed by cwm51662 from Indiana

4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.
Jan 12, 2020
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 03, 2019
Rated: 4 by Tgally from Michigan

Nov 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.
Nov 03, 2019
Rated: 3.76 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Sep 24, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Aug 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
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.
Jul 19, 2019
Rated: 3.63 by travelguy from Ohio

Jul 05, 2019
Rated: 3.8 by Zaktcc from Maryland

Apr 27, 2019
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev +2%
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.
Apr 07, 2019
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Rated by Wolvmar from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Drinkable porter with balanced vanilla and cofeee. Not too sweet, good mouthfeel. Would work well with lots of food.
Mar 16, 2019
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Rated by Michelleroo from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Not sure why this is just “ok” accdg to this audience all wrong af. This is a good, if not VG!, Porter. ✊
Mar 14, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by Bukihawk from Ohio

Mar 08, 2019
Rated: 3.45 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Feb 27, 2019
Rated: 3.33 by kyleondrums from Illinois

Feb 26, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by caahare from West Virginia

Feb 17, 2019
Vanilla Java Porter (VJP) from Atwater Brewery
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