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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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236 Ratings
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.31%


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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012)
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json83

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tastes very similar, if not exactly, like the Vanilla Java Porter that Atwater also makes. This flavor was great excellent - you can sense a medium coffee taste hinted with a vanilla creamer. I would rank this in my top 5 because it's such a great combination of everything intertwined together. I could drink this pretty steady. Est. 168 calories per bottle at 5.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 23:41:42 | More by json83
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark Chocolate Ale pours a black color with a very small head. There is a strong dark semi-sweet chocolate flavor. The taste has a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavoring. Very nice bold chocolate flavors, and very easy to drink, with a nice body. Overall WOW, a very strong dark-chocolate bomb.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:49:00 | More by vette2006c5r
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Brad007

Vermont

4.73/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First ale I've had from this brewery.

Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head into my glass. Dark, rich but not glamorous.

An overwhelming whiff of semi-sweet chocolate greets my nose, followed by cream and a bit of roasted coffee.

Decadent it is with cocoa, coffee, toffee and cream flavors. Very mellow. Extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel consists of lingering flavors with a focus on cream. It's like a liquid goetzes cream candy.

Very nice! Flavors are richer than those of Southern Tier's Choklat and there's a better balance here. I wonder if the ABV affects such flavors?

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 03:00:43 | More by Brad007
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. No ingredients or stats on the website or bottle. Pours to a clear dark walnut, forming a small light tan head with poor retention and absent lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma isvery good. One might even say decadent. It's overwhelmingly chocolate, but not the fake Hershey kiss type milk chocolate, but more of a deep dark chocolate balanced by some nice roasted malt notes. It smells like a touch of coffee too, like a mocha. The mouthfeel is pleasant, something I cannot say for lot of chocolate beers which end up syrupy or overly acidic. Medium bodied. The taste is very good as well. There is a superb balance between the chocolate flavor and the roasted notes which accents the richness without it becoming cloying. It's probably the most drinkable chocolate beer I've had, and a very good representation of the style. No perceptible off flavors. No hop nose. Very mild bitterness keeps the beer nicely balanced and in check.

I really like this beer. Probably the best chocolate beer I've had. I would gladly buy it again and would recommend it. I can't say I've ever had a chocoalte beer as well balanced as this one. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 01:15:13 | More by Mitchster
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gerryf

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Beer pours a deep dark black (or as I told my wife, as dark as her soul ;) ). A slight cloudy sediment appeared at the bottom. Tan head disappears quickly with no lacing.

Smell - A deep, rich satisfying dark chocolate aroma; not milk chocolate, but dark baker's chocolate. I live the style and this is by far the most chocolatey smell. Behind the chocolate, you can detect a roasted malt and hint of vanilla, as well. Not a hint of hops that I could detect in the smell.

Taste - A nice dark chocolate greeting, followed up by a slightly bitter roasted malt after taste that disappears quickly. Only a hint of hop behind the roast, but not too bitter.

Mouthfeel - A creamy mouthfeel, but not chewy--a little thinner than some stouts. Lightly carbonated.

Overall - Delicious. At first I thought it more of a "dessert" beer--the kind where you have just one. By the time I the first though, I found myself wanting another and even a third after that. I will definitely be seeking this beer out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 02:04:36 | More by gerryf
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MECove

North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich color with red undertones, but when you drink it, it doesn't feel heavy or thick. I like the subtle bubble, almost like soda, but not too much carbonation so it's still smooth and not airy. The aroma of dark chocolate is stronger than the flavor (unfortunately), and the after taste is a bit bitter, which takes away from upcoming sips, so the first swallow is the best. I would enjoy this beer as a snack or dessert rather than with a meal because it is so delicious on its own merit. It's bright enough that you can drink several and not get tired or overwhelmed by its sweetness. Atwater Brewery can claim a degree of pride despite the low reputation of Detroit. My only other suggestion is a slightly higher alcoholic content. If you're looking to enjoy such a wealth of flavor and texture, you might as well get a buzz while you're at it. :)

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 21:45:19 | More by MECove
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decadent...it says it all in the name. I've never described a beer as decadent let alone ever heard of a brewery using it in one of it's naming conventions, but it's the perfect description for this brew.

Decadent chocolate. Pours a nightly black color into a glass with substantial dark brown head. You get an overwhelmingly strong caramely, maltly, chocolately smell eminating from the glass. One of the most potent smells, but intoxicating nonetheless. All the normal characteristics of a stout with a slight hint of hops in the brew.

Tart and chocolately on the palate, similar to tasting a dark chocolate made from extremely concentrated cocoa. Excellent beer, slightly sweet on the tounge with a dry finish. On the bottle it says it is made with actual chocolate and I can believe it.

Excellent brew. I recommend grabbing it, but to be enjoyed in limited quantities as they flavor might wear on you after one or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 01:20:12 | More by Ryanm1
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Eric1Mess

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For dark chocolate lovers this is the beer you want! Have tried many chocolate beers in the past and Atwater hit it head on. Actually walked into this one blindly having only tried a few other beers by Atwater. starting to become a huge fan of this brand.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 00:14:36 | More by Eric1Mess
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drewber81


4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer on New Years Eve of 2012-13. After having a few different Atwater Brewery bottles, I felt confident in trying something new from them on a whim for a "Special Occasion".

The serving style was a typical 12 oz bottle, in six-pack form.

The appearance was fairly normal for what I expected of a chocolate; ot was fairly dark with a tan colored head. While typical ales are of a lighter color, this was more the color of a stout.

It smelled chocolaty, with some notes of coffee.

The taste was what I expect of a chocolate ale as well. A bit hoppy, which I am not a fan of, but with a heavy chocolate taste and some coffee undertones as well.

For an ale it felt a bit heavy in my mouth, almost to a stout or porter.

On a side note, I would like to note that this could match up amazingly with a nice cigar!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 10:26:16 | More by drewber81
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate milkshake, sweet, some hints of vanilla. Taste is very chocolatey, roasted malts, some vanilla, sweet and tasty, lots of flavor here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:06:44 | More by tone77
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale is a very interesting beer. The beer poured an opaque black with thin off-white head that is leaving some lacing. The smell is unbelievable...sweet dark chocolate is pronounced. The taste has some chocolate....but would definitely want more...cocoa powder is present. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking....would really like a more creamy body. Overall thou it was amazing...thanks to my BRO IN LAW!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:14:27 | More by WoodBrew
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle strangely bottled January AND March 2013 ... I don't know which, but whatever. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Very, very deep black color, but a good amount of ruby coloring when held up to light. Two finger head goes down to a tan ring. Looks pretty good.

Smell: INSANE aroma. Massive amounts of chocolate... this beer seriously smells like Cocoa Puffs. Impossible to NOT give this beer a 5. It's supposed to be chocolatey, and the smell certainly gives you that.

Taste/feel: Gotta admit that I'm surprised this beer only has an 82 rating. The beer is dubbed "Decadent", and it really is ... maybe not so much in the mouthfeel, but the taste and smell? Most definitely on point. Massive cocoa on the start and through the sip, but then the finish has a roasty malt characteristic to give it another dimension... I was scared that this might just taste like chocolate through-and-through. Decadent's most definitely heavy on the cocoa/chocolate, but that's what I wanted. The mouthfeel is relatively thin, which is a definite bummer, but it DOES help to make the beer more drinkable. And considering it's 5.5% ABV, you could enjoy two or three without feeling like you're going to fall over.

Very enjoyable, and this has to be my favorite beer from Atwater, which is a brewery that tends to underwhelm me. If the feel on this one were to be a little bit creamier, and the aftertaste was more like the taste is on the front, this could be my favorite chocolate-forward stout. Regardless, a shockingly tasty beer... and the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 16:50:36 | More by Alextricity
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Dirty motor oil. Pitch black with a frothy tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing and boasted a one-finger thick head.

Smells big time of sweet dark chocolates, maybe some vanilla notes and roasted coffee.

Tastes of bittersweet dark chocolates and roasted coffee. A bit thinner that I would have liked, but overall a very good taste.

Creamy and smooth, medium mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable and tasty. A really nice winter-time change of pace brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 02:08:41 | More by ujsplace
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown that is so close to black that we might as well call it that. An espresso-like head over 1/2" thick formed of exquisitely tiny bubbles fades gently but inexorably over several minutes to a thick film. Some scattered lace remains though it isn't a strong point.
Smell is phenomenal. Rich vanilla and dark chocolate notes with a graham cracker sweetness and lightly perceptible roasted malt presence. Very nice.
Taste is similar though the roasted malt shows a bit more. The balance is quite comparable with the vanilla and chocolate leading the parade, so to speak. There is a toasty note that shows up briefly after the swallow with a hint of metallic right at the swallow (the only down side).
Smooth-ish with a drying aspect, the body is only medium and the carbonation is well restrained. It does benefit from some warming.

The only thing about this brew I found odd was on the label:
Dark Chocolate Ale
Malt beverage brewed with chocolate

Malt beverage just sounds... wrong somehow, like Old English 800 or Zima.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 00:13:22 | More by PorterLambic
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks pretty good. Pour is a bit thick and dark with a 1/2 inch of tan colored head.

S - Well it smells quite good mostly bakers chocolate, a touch of roast/coffee, and something that reminds me of tobacco.

T - Damn this is actually quite good. The chocolate flavors are mixed well with the roasty factors of the stout and mild tobacco leaves. Like a lighter version of the VJ imperial stout.

M - Medium and creamy actually goes down quite well.

Overall finally a beer from Atwater that I actually enjoyed! It's no Southern Tier Chocolat but it fills the need for chocolate flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 05:23:58 | More by DrDemento456
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for gifting me this and other Michigan beers. the beer is near black (the lighting was low) with a small tan head. This beer is all about the chocolate. The scent and the flavor are rich, dark, chocolates. A hint of espresso bean, cocoa. medium bodied with a light sweetness. perhaps I was in a chocolate mood. This was delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:28:12 | More by Huhzubendah
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brand new 355 ml bottle of Atwater's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale. No ABV or style category that I could find, so we'll have to update the listing as necessary. Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep dark brown around the upper edges looking completely black sitting in the glass. A frothy, chocolate milk looking bubbly head formed and settled out rather quickly. Some spotty lacing can be seen, as well as small bubbles around the edges.

S: Buttercream, sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, cream and some milk qualities. Really this smells absolutely wonderful. It's not overly sweet smelling like you might expect but has a great bouquet of aromas coming off.

T: Very generic chocolate malts come first, in a crisp and clean fashion. These trail off quickly through the mid-palate and the burst of flavor comes towards the back of the palate. Huge dark chocolate, buttercream and espresso notes coat the mouth. It's a huge burst of flavor seemingly out of nowhere. The linger has more cream and hints of vanilla.

M: A bit thin and well-carbonated, but it gives it a nice feel. It's somewhat creamy and smooth although I would have preferred a bit more body. Without knowing the ABV and true style, this is mere guess work off potentially false expectations.

What a treat. I thought this was going to be a huge, sweet beer like the Southern Tier Blackwater series but this is quite the opposite. All the flavors of chocolate, cream and vanilla are present without the diabetic shock coming with it. Glad I got to try this one out, worth seeking out to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 00:52:08 | More by ShanePB
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a near black with lots of bubbles cascading to make up a light brown head. Nice lace coates the glass the whole drink. Layer of lace makes up the head. Good looks.

Brew smells of dark chocolate, hershey syrup almost. Good malty nose here. Good nose.

Brew is balanced; good carbonation adds to the drinkabilty. Dark chocolate and again alsmot the hersheys syrup flavor. Good malts, dark chocolate. Lots of cocoa in here and a fuller flavor and feel than the Harpoon I just sampled (both are good though). Brew finishes creamy and smooth. Good taste and feel here.

Good stuff here. Nice to have a stout that is flavored with chocolate that is sessionable. Good stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 01:56:38 | More by magine
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The BA listing as American Stout does not seem correct. It is a unique chocolate ale, but it seems far from a stout.

The color is stout. Very black and opaque. The nose is a chocolaty ale. The taste is a light chocolaty ale. The chocolate flavor really dominates a bit too much, but I was in the mood for such a thing, and it really is refreshing.

It leaves a light stout like aftertaste, with chocolate.

Overall, this is not as good as it should be, but the misclassifying does not help. I guess you do have to call it something, and I don't know what it should be called. American dark ale with flavoring maybe.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 23:55:51 | More by schoolboy
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CHickman

New York

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours motor oil black color with a nice 1 finger foamy brown head that faded extremely slowly, leaving decent lacing; the head was full of tiny bubbles and rather basic looking.

Smells of dark chocolate up front, so strong that the aroma hit my nose a few inches away from the glass; nose also consists of coffee, toffee, cocoa powder, roasted grains, light vanilla and powdered creamer. This smells more like a desert than a beer and is pretty nice to inhale.

Tastes just like it smells, with dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, cocoa powder, roasted grains, vanilla, powdered creamer, herbs, and a slight bitter flavor like a Starbucks coffee aftertaste. Really tasty, the vanilla and charcoal notes linger and trail off dry and leave a cocoa powder taste.

Mouthfeel is light, thin and watery, with very light carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter semi-dry finish.

Overall this was much better that I expected that it would be, with really enjoyable chocolate flavors and notes which mix well with the roasted malts, coffee and vanilla notes. An easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 04:39:35 | More by CHickman
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Wow, my hopes were high when I saw "dark chocolate" in the name. Huge sweet aroma. Chocolate and cocoa, strangely some moderate butterscotch. A nice buttery, oakey bourbon aroma shows up. Haven't smelled a stout anywhere near this one.

Appearance: Pitch black, opaque. Small light brow head. Decent retention, lots of lacing.

Taste: Dark chocolate syrup, vanilla and oak. Some floral and piney hops. Hops taste like a mild English style. Roasty coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Silky and creamy. Slick and oily, but finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: The "dark" chocolate seems a bit forced. I've had several other stouts with a more natural and better quality cocoa flavor. The aroma had my hopes sky high, but the taste didn't quite come though.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 00:03:09 | More by soulfly1492
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dorianmarley

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is rich black with brown notes. Head is thin and tan, with some lacing.

Nose is filled with sweet dark chocolate. There is also some roasted character.

Taste is very chocolately, but not sweet. There is some roastedness and maple. Not especially complex.

Mouthfeel is easygoing with light carbonation. Not a lot of body to back up the flavor.

Overall, this is a successfully drinkable chocolate ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 23:24:56 | More by dorianmarley
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Atwater Brewery Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale
12 oz. bottle, notched as bottled in December 2013
$1.99 @ Wegman's, Collegeville, PA

Appearance: Stout-like appearance with a brown-black body and tan head. Good head retention and very nice lacing.

Aroma: Cocoa, golden caramel, fudge, roasty, dark chocolate, sweet cream.

Taste: Chocolate and malt upfront. A distinct Hershey's syrup flavor as it warms. All of the flavors found in the aroma appear at some point. Roastiness. Light coffee. Its mild bitterness becomes firm and dry in the lingering finish with some residual roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: Interesting and somewhat complex. Not overdone with chocolate so you could have a few, just as if you were drinking a straight-forward stout. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:48:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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CloudStrife

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, split, and poured into a snifter. January 2012 notched on the label.

A: Gently poured this dark black beer, creating a minimal white head. Head remains as a thin film, but bubbles up upon swirling. Not too much lacing on the sides of the glass. Very little carbonation. When held up to the light, the beer is brown with a dark gold around the edges.

S: Very sweet chocolate. Hints of roasted chocolate malts, vanilla, and an alcohol tinge. Smells like a vanilla chocolate truffle. A bit of hops at the end.

T: Not as crazy chocolaty as I expected, judging from the smell. Taste of a lot of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and slight hops on the tongue.

M: Silky smooth palate. Low carbonation. A slight stickiness on the front of the tongue, and a little bit of an alcohol bite at the end. Very drinkable beer.

Overall one of the best chocolate ales I have had. This brewery has exceptional chocolate stouts, I am glad they transferred that knowledge to an ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 03:39:28 | More by CloudStrife
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BeerTwigs

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in a new bottle shop in MA. I hadnt heard much about it until I bought it.

A - Poured into a giant tulip. Dark black with thin white lacing.

S - Chocolate, Coffe, Fruit and Maple Syrup. A very sweet smell.

T - Really sweet with lots of chocolate and hints of coffee and syrup.

M - Moderate carbonation with medium to lighter body. The beer finishes pretty thin for how I thought it would.

O - A decent beer, I would recommend trying it once or twice after a meal. Definitely a fall to winter beer. I havent had many Atwater brews and this one doesnt turn my opinion either way.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 00:25:08 | More by BeerTwigs
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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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