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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.91%
Wants: 13
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

ahall313, Yesterday at 09:51 PM
Photo of Pegasus
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color, with a small tan head, which fades fairly quickly. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Vanilla and bitter cocoa are prominent in the aroma, along with cold coffee, spicy alcohol and wood.

Taste: Opens with a note of cold coffee, soon followed by bitter cacao, vanilla, wood. Later in the taste, caramel and nutty flavors appear. Towards the finish, the taste is rather sweet, somewhat like vanilla sugar wafers. The vanilla sugar wafer taste lingers on, along with a late wave of cold coffee.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nice, the taste does not quite live up to the lavish opening, but still, a nice dessert beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Pegasus, Yesterday at 01:42 PM
Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pick from a recent trip to western Pennsylvania. Atwater is not distributed to my state.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a; Black with clear copper highlights when seen through light. Finger thick tan head receded quickly to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild chocolate

t: Light chocolate with some bite from hops and carbonation. sweet to dry finish.

m: Light, occasional watery hints but mostly adequate body. Lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A very drinkable and quite tasty brew, although perhaps too lightweight to justify being called "Decadent." An enjoyable holiday time and/or colder weather beverage.

scotorum, Yesterday at 03:28 AM
Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

JohnBender, Monday at 04:48 PM
Photo of Renegawam
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Renegawam, Sunday at 10:17 PM
Photo of BBMuffins
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a similar color to root beer. A mostly opaque deep brown that hesitantly lets the tiniest bit of light in at the edges of the glass.

Smells very chocolaty, a little bit of a nutty essence, but mostly chocolate.

Tastes like what I expect club soda with chocolate syrup mixed in to taste like... as in... it's not good. I've definitely had worse, and this doesn't gross me out with it's flavor, but it's very plain and boring. It doesn't taste enough like chocolate, and the complexity is that I can literally taste the carbonated bubbles as much as the beer. This is lame.

A little thick, with a bit of tangy carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall, it's a very "OK" beer. It isn't quite remarkable in any way, and I think Young's Chocolate Stout beats this in most categories, even if it's a different style. If you're looking for a chocolate stout, definitely go with Young's over this one. If you're looking for something new to try, I recommend trying something else.

BBMuffins, Sunday at 02:35 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

a77cj7, Nov 20, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

zachgroves, Nov 20, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +11.3%

BeckyRytlewski, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of NoProblem
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

NoProblem, Nov 16, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +14.6%

Egotript, Nov 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

newbeeraday, Nov 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

malfunxion, Nov 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

If you want to drink a Hershey's bar, this is your beer. Very good for a novelty drink. Super chocolatey, although one of my friends tasted coffee (not an afficionado - probably the roasted malts). You aren't going to want to drink it all night. Order one for shits and giggles and then let it go... you've tried it. And you can tell all of your friends. Sort of like that banana bread beer.

TheRaven, Nov 11, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -28.4%

BendersGso, Nov 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

_Christina_, Nov 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

malprep, Nov 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

beornagain, Nov 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ALLISON01, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

oderus666, Nov 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

WSDUDE, Nov 07, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

lshuchart, Nov 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Most accurate label I've seen. Just smelling gives you a good idea how strong the chocolate flavor is, and actually drinking is a bit overwhelming the first time around.

dorlandenator, Nov 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ECT, Nov 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

It is what it says it is... delicious.

davey8402, Nov 02, 2014
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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.