Dorwart (2441) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good sized head of light brown bubbles. Light chocolate malt aroma with some roasted grains and composting grass. Not the best aroma and pretty much devoid of coffee and vanilla which I expected to find in the aroma. Slightly tart and acidic. Weak roasted grains, some dark fruit and bitter chocolate. Again, no real coffee or vanilla. Not a very good brew.
ContemplateBeer (1744) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 5, 2009
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Aroma has an almost "International Foods" coffee scent, any vanilla detected may only be the power of suggestion. Dark Brown, opaque pour with a light mocha head. The coffee flavor tastes like old Folgers, is kinda acidic, and once again, no vanilla detected. Palate is non-descript. Needs a lot of work to be even a mediocre beer.
baraciisch (2300) - California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Kind of funky coffee aroma... Dark brown in color with tan head... Flavor tastes like rotten coffee, not enjoyable at all... Terribly disappointed... Palate is not existent.... I could and have brewed way better porters.. I actually poured it out which is unheard of for me... Disgusting...
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JUN 2, 2009
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
what? this is terrible. itís sour watery coffee. a bit of artificial vanilla and lots of smoke (?). it was also very foamy.
iíd say the bottle was infected, but the only other atwater beer iíve tried (voodoo) was similarly crappy.
this is pretty much a drain pour. i mean itís fizzy and sour and just not good.
weitz15 (398) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tan head, very very very foamy. This brew has an aroma of coffee and malts. The taste is of slight coffee with a slightly hoppy finish, but not enough to leave a bitter aftertaste. Though this beer is not offensive, it is disappointing. I bought vanilla brew in the hopes of tasting some vanilla, and there is none present in this beer.
tgncc (3014) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is malty, with some notes of coffee. The appearance is typical to the porter, dark brown, tinge of red, tan head. The flavor is roasted coffee, malty, no note of vanilla. The vanilla comes through on the finish. The finish has no hops or anything else going on. Not terrible, but not good.
SrSilliGose (3319) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 10, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 pours a brown with a small tan head. aroma of plaudough, vanilla, and old coffee. maybe some dusty cocoa as well. I couldnít think about anything but playdough while drinking this beer. I havenít even been around playdough in years. Atwater playdough porter.
apingos (90) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2009
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle at Octane. Poured black with weak head. Very strong coffee notes with a thin body. Sweet roasted malt taste. This is what I call a "girlie" beer. I wasnít impressed. I question the 6% ABV.
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Brown/black opaque color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee nose. Flavor is sweet coffee with a smooth vanilla finish. $2.05 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.
gilkesjm (8) - Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2009 does not count
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
chocolate, coffee, earthy, aminimal head, tan foam, black, cloudy, heavily sour, medium bitterness, medium body, average carbonation, bitter,