Atwater Vanilla Java Porter | Atwater Brewery

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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
Ratings:
1,784
Reviews:
540
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
20.8%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
402
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,784 |  Reviews: 540
Photo of demonspeed
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

D. F-Ing. Litious. Best straight from the brew house!

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Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThatsStout
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ardeer
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldDirty
3.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of vince_arch_beer
3.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(Appearance) Very dark, almost black in low light. Mid-20s SRM.

(Smell) Can absolutely smell the vanilla within, but the scent that reigns over all is the roasted malts that show through pretty well, at least to the nostril at first whiff. Very little coffee aroma at first smell, had to go back a few times to actually dig into that scent.

(Taste) Not heavy, which I enjoy because some Porters can overdo their depths. Once again the malts are the primary flavor here only slightly backed by the subtleties of vanilla and a weaker coffee backbone. It's very crisp for a porter, perhaps because it has a relatively low ABV.

(Mouthfeel) Very nice carb. Smooth. Easy to drink, besides the depth of the malts it wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these.

(Overall) Not a bad beer. Definitely not worthy of a case, but for once if I got this in a variety pack as a Porter I think I'd be alright with it. Overall, I do think it's missing some complexity, the vanilla and coffee is certainly subtle (I appreciate that it's not overdone) but it absolutely could have been played up some more.

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Photo of DCgolfpro
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ale207
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4.09/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of goldzconv
3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tred420
4.14/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am surprised by the ratings I truly enjoyed this one. The taste smell and feel did it for me. I would have a second round for sure!

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewStrong2156
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of DoctorFunkenstein
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This was pretty disappointing. The dark color and roasted coffee / chocolate smell belied the relatively thin flavor and feel of this beer.

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Photo of Vogt52
3.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ian_B
1.95/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is no porter. This is Pure Darkness, like a black hole that obliterates all enjoyable flavour.

Smells like vanilla water; gross.

Tastes like vanilla water, with maybe a hint of roasted... something... (dare I call that coffee?).

Pretty much the porter equivalent of Bud Light, or worse.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jschwamb
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CodyMiller
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aklude
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of merock1402
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vogie
2.48/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very watery porter. Taste of vanilla, hints of coffee, and not much else. Another misfire from a below average brewery.

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Photo of Proclarush
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
3.27 out of 5 based on 1,784 ratings.
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