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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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83
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412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.89%
Wants: 18
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012

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Ratings: 412 | Reviews: 97
Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhilMiller
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice very dark color with almost no carbonation from a twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Lots of vanilla and chocolate in the smell, and somehow it just smells sweet!

Taste is of course a nice dark chocolate and the vanilla, almost a root beer flavor midway and ending with a distinct tangy edge.

Feel is fine, a little thick as I'd expected from a chocolate stout, but the nearly flat carbonation level lowered my enjoyment.

Overall I would definitely try again, a solid enjoyable beer.

Photo of DougT
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cserrato02
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Great visual and aroma. Flavor is a little disappointing. It's not as smooth and it lacks body. However, chocolate flavor does come through nicely in the after taste.

Photo of sonnydeezy
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattleverenz
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BHansen214
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of srletend
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gotweid
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stadmo1
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Look and smell are excellent. Taste is disappointing. Lacks depth and is over carbonated. Two parts soda water and one part Hershey's syrup about sums it up.

Photo of MillerMan16
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an amazing brew. Easy drinker.

Photo of Winston3737
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich dark chocolate color and has a minimal tan head that fades to a thin edge layer quickly after the pour.
Aroma is rich and sweet milk chocolate with a bit of brown sugar and just hints of roasted malt. Nose is overwhelmingly sweet, almost too sweet like chocolate milk.
First sip reveals very fine tingly carbonation and a very smooth texture.
Flavor is some roasted malt and a bit of chocolate with some toffee and brown sugar finishing things off. The finish lingers with a chocolate milk sweetness. No hops or booze to be found on this beer. A very rich and malty brew that borders on cloyingly sweet.
I enjoy it but if you dont like chocolate forget this beer.

Photo of mwar
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: just like diet coke
S: very faint chocolate
T: dark chocolate lots of carbonation with a ssd light alcohol burn
F: bubbly
O: lots of carbonation almost like carbonated chocolate drink with slight vodka burn off

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious chocolate ale. Tastes like a chocolate bar.

Photo of dryfly24
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you want a true chocolate stout this is the one. Tons of true chocolate and caramel flavors coming though. Wonderful carbonated yet creamy mouthfeel. Nice thin head and lacing retained throughout. Really nice in a tulip glass on a winter day. Will pick up again when I can find it.

Photo of misternebbie
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Smells like a brownie or chocolate cake, tastes like it too. I like.

Photo of Bonis
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ohiovania
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BFDrums
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black, mid-tan head, short and fading quickly, with some lacing.

S - One of the strongest chocolate fragrance coming off this that I've ever found in a beer. Reminds me distinctly of Hersey dark chocolate syrup, with a hint of straight cocoa, as well. Fudge and brownie mix also present.

T - Follows the nose, but not as intense. The fact that this is still a beer is clearer in the taste, though it remains extraordinarily chocolate forward. Lacks hop elements, and also most roast characteristics of a standard stout.

M - Lacking the gravity I associate with stouts. No drying. A bit sticky.

O - It absolutely delivers on the name. Heavy chocolate eclipses most other characteristics. As an exercise of how to amplify chocolate smells and tastes, the exercise is interesting, but ends up feeling a bit one-noted. That is a significant detraction for a beer, even with the spot-on chocolate hit it delivers.

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.