Atwater VJ Black | Atwater Brewery

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3.86/5
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221 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrDemento456 on 04-09-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,399
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
221
pDev:
12.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine and I spent a few hours at this brewery about 2 weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon when we went to Detroit to see Motorhead and Anthrax play. A guy sitting next to me was inquiring as to whether or not the brewery had any bottled beers he could buy to go. They only had this one available, and also they apparently only sold beer to go by the case. Not sure why that is or if it is a state law, etc. The guy made the purchase and was complaining a bit that he had to buy so much. So I asked if he'd want to sell any to me. So he sold one of the six packs in the case to me, which had four of them, for $7.00. I thought that was quite an excellent deal especially considering the fact that there is no way I'd pay such a bargain price for a 6 pack of 11% ABV stout at any retail outlet here in Ohio. poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color and a creamy looking tan, light brown head that is about an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice, thick surface layer of foam. Pretty good lacing too. Aromas of roasted caramel malts, roasted coffee, and a nice hint of vanilla are nicely present. Flavors of roasted malt caramel sweetness upfront that gives way to roasted coffee bitterness along with sweet hints of chocolate and vanilla that is all rounded out with a bit of earthy hop bitterness. An excellent flavor profile here and the different flavors blend together and compliment each other quite nicely. No single flavor dominates either. It gets better too as the beer warms a bit. Has a crisp, smooth, slightly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I feel the mouthfeel is a bit thin for an imperial stout though, as this feels more like a porter or a sweet/milk stout, etc. Perhaps the lighter body is good this reason being that it is still about 75 degrees and sunny here in Cleveland right now. A pretty good beer all around and worth a try.

Eric

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Photo of M_chav
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BryantForestry
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tourdot
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ElevinoFive
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of entenduintransit
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Flabbyjandro
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deakin
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oNSXo
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikus
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Coronaeus
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Loudog1411
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbl_delta
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from undated bottle into pint glass. Low carbonation; thick, one-finger head. Deep ruby brown - almost but not quite "black".

Just a hint of initial sweetness. Vanilla, coffee, and malt combine with a medium mouthfeel to hide the alcohol nicely. A bitter aftertaste is noticeable but not objectionable.

This feels kind of wimpy for an Imperial Stout. The alcohol is certainly there, but I expect a much fuller mouthfeel. This is more of a porter on steroids.

All in all, it's OK but by far not my favorite for the style.

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Photo of hozersr
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rodosman
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Segelstrom
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopflyer
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep dark brown with reddish highlights on edges. Light tan head about 1 finger.

Smell is bakers vanilla and some coffee. Some roasted malt.

Taste follows with nice smooth vanilla mixed with black coffee. Not much in roasted or charred wood flavor but not needed here. A little bitterness on the back end.

Feel is creamy enhanced by the vanilla. Medium body and low to medium carbonation. Bitterness lingers a little.

A really good, smooth, and creamy stout. Feel is a bit thin for an RIS. Abv not noticeable at all.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kcq101
3.32/5  rDev -14%

Atwater VJ Black from Atwater Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 221 ratings
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