SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, #358 Black pour with small head. Lightly roasted malt aroma with a bit of vanilla. A little coffee in the flavor, but itís light. Definitely have had better coffee-ish porters.
popephred (249) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Received from Beer of the Month club. Poured from bottle into pint glass, producing a dark brown body with a small fully diminishing head. Overall, the look of this porter reminds me of a cola, as it is not as dark as some porters. Good coffee aroma, though not much else, light nose otherwise. Taste is bittersweet and a little watery. Chocolate and coffee notes throughout tasting, thought I was hard-pressed to find the vanilla, right at the end I guess. Given that there was very little aftertaste, I could drink more than a few of these, as it is a smooth drinking mixture. However, I think that I would pass this porter up for something with a bit more character. Meh.
smaynard6000 (471) - Apopka, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Very dark pour with minimal beige head. Strong aroma of vanilla coffee. This actually tastes very much like coffee with the vanilla coming through in the end. Not bad, but itís not something Iíd go looking for again.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There seems to be a rich fresh Starbucks type of coffee aroma there,you just wish it was a touch beefier,though its somewhat soft ,it still overwhelms everything else,didnít really get to much vanilla, taste is initially roasted coffee taste and then in the swallow comes the vanilla,and then it lingers,somewhere in there you get a little wateriness,but in the end its very drinkable
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at HDG. Black pour with a creamy brown head. Loads of sweet vanilla on the nose. Mingles well with the soft milk chocolatey notes as well. Not a great deal of coffee in the nose, but there is plenty of it on the palate. Fairly nice sweetness, but it isnít cloying. A soft roastiness on the back as well. Lingering sweetness. It might be a little sweet for my tastes, but it isnít bad.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at HDG. Creamy looking tan head. Aroma smells like vanilla coffee mate. Theres not much roastiness, coffee or chocolate. The body is smooth without much hoppiness. Tastes like a crappy candybar.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, Hop Devil Grill, NYC. Black with red notes, very little head. Good vanilla aroma, very inviting. Nice porter like body, thin yet with some substance. Taste is good intially but then the vanilla goes out of whack and dominated - too much! Slightly artificial taste as well takes away from the nice coffee notes and decent porter in the background. Vanilla really is a tricky thing to do right, decent effort.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Underated but not by much, Coffee and vanilla notes to jump out. It has a narrow flavor like, say, 8 ball stout, but is not nearly as good.
UnsofistaCat (228) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2008
1.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Pretty bad. Thin and shockingly artificial tasting. Coca-cola tasting with some fake ass vanilla. No roastyness. No head. Bad mouth feel.
johnnysmoke (101) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is the best of the Atwater beer Iíve had via my BOTM club. That being said, this Porter could use some body. For a porter Its a little thin tasting The aroma is a mix of chocolate, tobacco and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is a mix of the chocolate malt and vanilla. I couldnít really taste the coffee. The label says this beer is an award winning porter but then again so does Miller Lite. On the upside I used one of these beers to make some BBQ sauce and it worked well.