fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Itís a dark beer for people who donít like dark beer. In other words it is light-bodied with sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors, and very low bitterness. Itís certainly not made for beer geeks, but itís alright.
Marheb (4482) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(En fŻt ŗ Sport Shotz Detroit Airport): Graham crackers, vanille enrobante, lťger chocolat et une finale ťvanouissante.
Andrew196 (1327) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2016
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark with a flimsy beige head. Plain roast aroma and some pepper. Weird flavor on this guy, some earthy tones, more roast, notes of cola in the end. Like a crisp, watery Guinness. Tastes homebrewish to me.
vtafro (6238) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with light head. Vanilla, roasted, chocolate aromas. Flavors are mostly vanilla, light sweet notes.
JMerritt (1931) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
zubblwump (36) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
jsmerig (1461) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
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bth122 (1451) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2016
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
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thepatrickman (679) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
unnoDey (5) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2016 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Panzuriel (1785) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.