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 Atwaterís 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?
bartlebier (1186) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - APR 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Midwest tour backlog recollected in abstinence) Tap @Jack of the Wood pub, Asheville 1909/2012. Tastes like what the label says: cold, vanilla-infused medium-roast coffee. More like Mr. Brown out of a can: alluringly kitschy on the nose and the first sips, falls flat on its singular extract nose after a few gulps as a beer. Lack of complexity or a yeast profile, for that matter. Easy-fix novelty beer that does not accomodate several revisits.
lag91 (55) - Milton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Brown/black with beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Light bitter, milk chocolate, slight coffee, hints of vanilla. Very smooth, I donít drink coffee and love this beer
lukedarock (105) - Howell, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great tasting sweet porter, its so smooth best way to explain it is a dessert in a glass
fishonmyplane (350) - 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.
hobsch (372) - Cologne, GERMANY - APR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Taphouse Munich. Pours black with beige head. Aroma has coffee, roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, sour. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter, milk chocolate, slightly roasted, cacao, hints of vanilla. Aftertaste has chocolate and coffee flavour, very smooth. I like it.
Dave11899 (19) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured today from an August, 2013 made on date. Appears almost completely dark and coats the glass like a good 1w-20. Aroma is slightly chocolate sweet. Flavor up front is almost Cola like with some acidity/carbonation. Second flavors of chocolate and vanilla... Hard to determine which is dominant. Palate is acidic but not bitter. Bitter effects the next sip. This isnít the case.
Overall great and highly Drinkable fresh. At this age is still good but I feel is less a beer at this point but know that it could and likely will improve from here.
kidmartinek (3307) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black and chalky with a very thin off-white ring. Strong vanilla aroma with a little choclate. The flavor is dominated by vanilla. The body is medium amd the palate mild. I canít taste much coffee except a little bean bitterness on the finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9081) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a large, creamy light beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is vanilla, roasted and coffee malt, light caramel notes, some prunes and dates with faint earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt, lightly bitter, vanilla, faint to no hop flavor, dark fruits and a balanced, dry finish. Full body and medium-high carbonation.
hawanna (1892) - GERMANY - MAR 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Tap-House Munich
karamellig, schokoladig, Kaffee, Vanilla, dunkelbraun, hellbrauner cremiger Schaum, sŁffig, so ein bisschen a la Starbucks meets Porter-Brewery.
MrWomey (23) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice surprise : coming out of Detroit it reminds me of a malted soda with very strong vanilla overtones, coffee, and mild bitterness. Medium to slightly heavy body is present with a fair amount of carbonation (so much so that it limits how many of these I would drink). A nice brew and my first (but not last) Atwater product.