on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A robust Porter made with chocolate malt. This malt Beverage is brewed with coffee beans with Natural Flavor added (Vanilla Extract), and we balance it with U.S. Golding Hops. Our award winning brew is sure to please! Open it!

ClarkVV's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (5216) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Bottles and draught at Sunset Grill mid-2008.
Filtered/force carbonated and Iím not sure whether they pasteurize or not. Regardless, these are some truly washed-out, lifeless beers that are no doubt sterile filtered and full of insipidly sweet, artificial flavors and underfermented sugars. Tastes like candy in a bottle. Sweeter than breckenridge vanilla porter and though it advertises java, itís certainly not a particularly dainty flavor. The vanilla flavor sits heavily on the palate, mixing in with the chocolatey-sweet sugars and coffee is just an afterthought, adding nothing more than sourness. Little to no roastiness, poor balance, watery mouthfeel. Theyíve taken the Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter and made it worse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1926) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Bottled. Pours very dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma of toasted pecans, chocolate syrup, light roasted coffee, and a touch of smoke - all in all, quite pleasant. Roasty flavor up front with faint touches of vanilla. Middle has some slightly stale bread, though the finish is rich with coffee roast. Mouthfeel is a little light, but otherwise I thought this was quite tasty!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zubblwump (22) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2016
Pours dark with a quickly dissipating head. Strong chocolate smell. First taste is all coffee, and doesnít waver much. I didnít really get vanilla. It felt kind of "thin" for a porter. But it was smooth, with no bitterness. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1450) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2016
My wife says it looks like mud. It is dark but with a red hue. Strong coffee aroma. The mix with the vanilla actually makes it taste like cocoa. The taste is mildly sweet with a dark finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bth122 (1439) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle. Brown color with medium head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla ice cream sandwich , nuts, roasted malt. Light texture. Lighter bodied porter. Makes it drinkable. Creamy. Dry finish. This is a solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thepatrickman (597) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle at home. This tastes like a Cream Soda candle. Thereís a lot of vanilla flavor kicking around, but it tastes noticeably artificial and not at all pleasant. The porter base is surprisingly bland -- any coffee, chocolate, or roasted notes are muted and fade away really quickly, which only allows the artificial vanilla to come through even more. It tastes cheap.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
unnoDey (5) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2016 does not count
It seems like it has quite a few flaws, so I would not think that fans of highly-rated porters like the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald would like it. However, it is on the mild side as far as overall flavor, so it is almost like a gateway beer for people who usually donít like beer or only like shandies. Itís ok as a mild porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1712) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2016
16 oz can at Nationwide Arena. Atwater Vanilla Java Porter is a deep brown brew with a mocha head. Nose is medium coffee with strong vanilla hints. Taste is a lightly sweet and mostly vanilla coffee experience. Body has a bit of silkiness with medium body. a decent vanilla coffee beer. A bit one note, but it does that one note well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cousin_Larry (784) - - JAN 23, 2016
Aroma has strong vanilla with hints of coffee. Flavor is watery but has decent vanilla and chocolate notes. Aight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2305) - - JAN 19, 2016
Draught at The Craft Brasserie. Not so sure what all the hate is about, this one may be a tad gimmicky but for the abv it is tasty enough, vanilla and coffee flavors stand out with a fairly smooth and soft mouthfeel. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fluffy (2241) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Smells like a candle, tastes like one too. Fakey flavors in this one. Will pass next time. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 72

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50