Atwater Vanilla Java Porter | Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Vanilla Java PorterAtwater Vanilla Java Porter

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ypsifly on 10-21-2006

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Ratings: 1,785 |  Reviews: 541
Photo of addiwilliams
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bolivian22
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of workingclassbrew
2.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have wanted to try this for awhile, maybe not a traditional beer, but coffee, and vanilla are two of Gods good gifts.

Poured from a bottle into a small old school tavern glass. Poured dark brown, slick oil like. No foam.

When you swirl the bottle definite coffee, and less, but present chocolate comes out. The coffee aroma is not bitter, I think smoothed out by the vanilla.

Well the coffee, and chocolate/vanilla is front, and center from the 1st taste. As I let it warm a bit this taste just gets heavier, but with more vanilla coming through. Not much malt which makes it a little thin on the tongue. No hops present. Becomes much sweeter as it warms, if you let it sit for a while in the mouth it tastes like a light imperial stout, a little fig taste. The novelty though wears out along the way.

Something different. Ok to try. Sounds a lot better than it taste

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Photo of Punky_Brewster
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle; date notched (bottled) July 2013; from Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids. Served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours very dark reddish-brown, clear, with a bubble and weak beige head. Medium-light carbonation is OK but the body is too thin.

Aroma: unbalanced mix of dark roasted malts and vanilla, with vanilla dominant and coffee barely present. Pretty good smelling nonetheless.

Flavor: follows except with the vanilla seeming even more disproportionate and now this is mildly objectionable. At least it is a natural vanilla flavor. Eventually, the vanilla recedes at bit allowing more coffee and a dose of dark roasted grain to join the vanilla in the lingering aftertaste. Even here, it lacks dark roasted malt flavor, however. Mildly sweet.

O: recommended for fans of dark vanilla ales. Don't expect much coffee aroma or flavor.

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Photo of BobbyOlson
4.75/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of bengo6
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of JGrummell
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of 57md
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a dark brown with ruby edges and a thin layer of beige head. The nose has distinct vanilla notes, but not much roasted quality. The taste also has vanilla notes, but not much roasted bitterness. The body is quite thin for the style.

There is definitely vanilla, but I did not even get a hint of java. Most important, the porter qualities are lacking.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Llamameister
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of vgarneth
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Omnium
3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a ruby brown black color with a huge fizzy head of 2.5 fingers, way over-carbonated from the looks of it, some small patches of bubbly lacing.
S - There is seriously so little vanilla and coffee in the aroma is retarded, it smells excessively grainy though, very very small amount of roasted malts.
T - Taste is better, more of the roasted malt comes through, a touch of toasted caramel, then some odd fruity flavor, apricot? a hint of vanilla bean and some coffee in the end.
M - This is like drinking a pop, its excessive carbonation detracts from the whole thing.
O - Just falling short of the whole mark as far as this one goes, I thought I used to like this from times past, but I'd rather have Brackenridge's version of this any day.

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Photo of tygry
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater Brewery
3.27 out of 5 based on 1,785 ratings.
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