Atwater Block Brewery - Vanilla Java Porter

Atwater Block Brewery - Vanilla Java Porter

Beer Club featured in U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club


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Atwater Block Brewery - Vanilla Java Porter

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  • Serving Temperature:

    50-60° F
  • Suggested Glassware:

    Pint Glass or Large Coffee Cup (just don't get caught if you're at work)
  • Malts:

    Pils, Chocolate, C-45
  • Hops:

    U.S. Goldings
Wake up and smell the coffee! Yes, this beer actually has vanilla and Java beans added to it, so stop asking and start sniffing. First thing you'll notice are the roasted coffee beans on the nose. Next thing to look for is the edginess that the vanilla adds to the aroma. Yes, vanilla can be edgy, so stop asking and start sipping. Look for roasted coffee notes, burnt chicory, ultra-dark chocolate and a lactic (milky) flavor. Expect the flavor to be smoother than the sharp nose suggests, presenting coffee, prominent vanilla, and slightly woody notes, rounded out by a chocolate milk and coffee-like finish and the slightest note of dark rum in the aftertaste. This beer begs to be paired with bitter, dark chocolate. And we have to pitch our Gourmet Chocolate of the Month Club here because it has perfect treats to pair with dark, chocolaty beers like this one and the Black 47 stout featured this month. Chocolate and beer go particularly well together (particularly rich, roasty, dark beers)—and, even if you're not looking to get into beer & chocolate pairings, you know someone out there who would love getting gourmet chocolate treats mailed to them on a monthly basis. You know it, we know it, so stop fighting and start ordering. Visit to get a subscription started for someone (maybe yourself) today.
The Atwater Block Brewery is located in the heart of Detroit's Rivertown district. Housed in a reconditioned 1916 warehouse, the 18,000 square foot brewery features an imported state-of-the-art Kasper-Schulz German brewhouse and a 170 seat restaurant featuring a 60 foot bar with two-story glass walls that give patrons a direct view of the brewhouse. The brewery has changed hands a few times, from the original group of investors who founded the place in 1996 to the 2nd set of owners who changed the name and founded the "Stoney Creek Brewing Company". Current owners Howard Hampton and Mike Rieth took over in 2005 when Stoney Creek owners hit troubled waters. The pair restored the original name and retained the original German brewmaster, Hazen Schumacher. The trio typically focus on German-style lagers, but this month, we're featuring a couple of their recently-created ales. For more information about the brewery & brewpub—and scheduled tours—call (313) 877-9205 or check out their web site at
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