Lefty431 (5) - - DEC 16, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Good beer! Smooth going down with a great finish. Vanilla is a solid flavor.
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askeeve (1) - - JUN 27, 2012 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuts, toast, vanilla. I always look forward to ordering this beer at the one place near me I’ve ever seen it.
gman413 (1) - Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was intrigued by the name and very pleasantly surprised by the taste. You have to be open minded about the notion of vanilla in your brew but you won’t be disappointed!
MatthewHinz (11) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am unsure why this has such a low rating. I dont like a lot of dark beers but this one I would happily add to my top 10. If you are a fan of the complexity of a dark coffee or a dark brew, you can’t wrong with this one.
cvanantw (1) - Hudsonville, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very unique! Very good! I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I wasn’t sure about this beer, but it was well worth the gamble. It is quite smooth with a terrific aroma. A very different type of porter. I stumbled upon the Atwater brewery in Detroit where this porter is brewed and had a few pints from the tap. Outstanding!
SALUD (6) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had in bottle. Wish I had another. Drink alone, not with food. Coffee taste with vanilla finish.
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee in color with almost no head that fades to a ring around the glass. Aroma is like a punch in the face. It hits you with vanilla, malt, coffe, and hints of toffee. On the palate there is a rich coffe flavor which mingles nicely with the vanilla and malt. There is definately a ton of flavor but it doesnt feel super heavy. Lingering finish.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is complex and tasty. The deep rich flavors and distinct coffee finish makes this one of our favorite beers.
uvajed (171) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
How have I not rated this before mid-2012? I have not had it in years, but Atwater’s Vanilla Java Porter is the best tasting substance I have ever put in my mouth! It may not be the best representative of its style, but OMG it tastes good. Aroma of dark chocolate. Flavors include dark chocolate, vanilla and dark roast coffee. This might be the most perfect anything in the history of things! Too bad I only had access to it for a year or two, in variety 12-packs. With Yuengling coming to Ohio, my interstate beer runs have ceased, but maybe I need to head Northwest for one now?
PKegger (3) - Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of vanilla with nice coffee undertones. Pitch black color and a rich dark foamy head. Almost a little sweet like a malt or shake. A good beer for dessert.