uvajed (173) - 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?
stoutgap (29) - Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle to glass,hints of chocolate,vanilla,and malt.Dark brown with small rapidly diminishing head. Slightly sweet, very thin light body , with soft carbonation, with a short dry finish.
bluemooner (631) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a solid dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate malt and noticeable vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, malt, mild coffee, and vanilla. There is a real cola feel to this with the sweetness and body which is most noticeable on the finish. Very thin body with medium carbonation which is amplified by the lack of depth and body. Very sweet porter. I like the presence of vanilla here but this really feels more like a soda than anything else.
DearBeer2013 (60) - - OCT 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really goodbPorter. Perfect balance of chocolate, coffee and malts..............
crajun (981) - , Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
it does get props for having vanilla in taste and aroma, but feels gimmicky; more soda like drink than beer - thin side; meh.
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"dark brown with a tan head. aroma is a little weak. watery roasted malt and vanilla, with a hint of roasted coffee. palate a little weak as well. leaning more towards a brown ale. needs to be more robust. the flavor is pleasant, but nothing too special. lots of vanilla. a little coffee at first...lots in the finish. good, but no depth. i’ll give it an 8...realy more like a 7.4-7.5, but a 3.3 overallis fair. just an ok beer. running out of trade beers from Lou. Frick!"
rubbishystuff (1866) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to KenW. Such an incredibly slippery palate. Thinner than many porters too. Serving: Bottle
katrinaez (69) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of our favorite. Classic go-to for a slightly sweet, not heavy coffee, a hint of cocoa, and asmooth vanilla porter. Easy drinking. Good cold and flavors enhance as it warms.
fdomig (389) - München, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml from tap. Aroma is light vanilla, malt. Appearance is dark black with a light brown-ish head. Taste is sweet, and light bitter. A soft carbonation. Very sweet finish. OK.
two7offsuit (206) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, almost black, with an off-white head. Aroma of milk chocolate and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee.
N3lson1 (227) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank from a twelve ounce bottle. Amazing aromas of coffee. Definitely a robust porter! Lots of delicious malt, coffee flavors with a hint of vanilla.