Atwater Vanilla Java Porter | Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Vanilla Java PorterAtwater Vanilla Java Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ypsifly on 10-21-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,814
Reviews:
548
Ratings:
1,809
pDev:
18.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of wac9
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

what a wonderful beer the vanilla is there proably the best tasting vanilla i ever tasted loving it , i dont taste much coffee run and horde this beer pour black a wonderful black great taste great beer if you ever had winter bourban cask ale and loved it try this

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of swingdjted
2.34/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The name of the beer and its label made it an attractive and intriguing buy. The pour yielded a surprisingly late dark-tan or light brown head, which quickly turned into nothing but a ring, leaving no lace except the path where the beer came to my mouth. Black in color like cola, it allows almost no light to pass through when held up to the light.

Smell: cheap porter with vanilla extract, but also has a hint of chocolate stout aroma such as Young's Double Chocolate Stout or Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout.

Taste: It really does taste like someone took a cheap porter and tossed vanilla extract in after brewing, except with a thicker, smoother mouthfeel. Very sweet, and the coffee ("java") doesn't really shine through. Light carbonation. Somewhat curdled milk aftertaste, which means I have to eat and/or drink something else to get rid of it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky; this and appearance are the beer's (relatively at least) strong suits.

It's just not that good. Buying was fun. Drinking was tolerable and inoffensive (at least not a drainer). That aftertaste though... no good, leaves me needing to replace the aftertaste with something else. I won't be buying more, but I'm still ok knowing I at least tried it, and I don't feel that I wasted money when buying this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of vitrael
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear, dark brown with an off-white head. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Faint vanilla and coffee aroma. Not much else.

T: Pretty assertive vanilla flavor; the rest of the beer takes a back seat to it. Not a lot of coffee going on. Very mild malt and hop profiles resulting in extremely low bitterness. Sessionable but not delicious.

M: Thin, weak, dissatisfying. I expected a lot more from this.

Would not buy again.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of mjwierzgac
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very delicious beer! Very smooth taste, no bitterness. Almost like drinking an actual java. A little filling, but that's to be expected from a porter.A nice social beer or during meal beer. Great work Atwater!!! I look forward to trying more of your craft beers.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 1,809 ratings