With that said, I feel it is my job to review all of these beers. Each and every one. One at a time. Delicious beer, me drinking it... Oh! and I'll post a review of said beer as well. Sound good, loyal readers? Well, then, let's hop in. (Pun joke...I know, I know.)
(As an aside, I've never reviewed beer before, and I therefore reserve the right to sound like a first grader describing a Pollock painting.)
(As a second aside, I take no responsibility for the fact that I may sound like Tobias from Arrested Development as I describe what I taste in my mouth, what's in my mouth, or what's happening in my mouth.)
Beer: Vanilla Java Porter Brewery: Atwater Brewery Location: Detroit, MI ABV %: 6.0 Etc.: poured into pint glass
Out of the bottle, it smelled a little weak. I'm a big fan of stouts and porters, and I prefer a distinctive taste and smell. This one just smelled very normal to begin with. On the pour, the head is very thin, which I don't mind. I probably could have poured it more slowly and eliminated the head entirely.
Fortunately this beer gets immediately better once it hits your mouth. It starts with the vanilla on the front end, and the back end gets more complex, throwing in the other elements (like, the java). It's thickness is certainly not on par with Guinness, but it's not thin either, a nice medium thickness that makes it just thick enough stop light waves dead in their tracks. After a few drinks, I could actually taste some bitter chocolate undertones, which makes sense with the vanilla and java tastes mucking around in my mouth. Like all good stouts and porters, the deliciousness of this beer is way at the back of your mouth. (Speaking of back of the mouth, beer burps are usually pretty awesome, and a Vanilla Java Porter beer burp is not something you want to avoid.) In sum, this beer is exactly as it purports to be and worthy of a drink when you have the leisure time to enjoy it.
I give Atwater Brewery's Vanilla Java Porter: 3.5 out of 5 Michigan Mittens.