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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 476
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 35.6%
Wants: 21
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/11/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, vanilla bean, and vanilla frosting aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate syrup, caramel, and vanilla bean flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice combination of chocolate and vanilla qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color (what else?) with a beige head that leaves a few streaks of lacing behind

Smell: Smells like a Hershey's dark chocolate bar - not the great depth of a quality chocolate but just a nice commercial chocolatey aroma

Taste: At the outset, the chocolate comes right through on the tastebuds but by mid-palate, the flavor starts to fade and is joined by a chalky/waxy taste; after the swallow, the flavors fade quicky and there is a husky quality to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Promise unfulfilled - after a very nice start, the chocolate was not sustained and ultimately the beer was a disappointment

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

And decadent it is, especially with its early introductions- Atwater's chocolaty stout seduces the senses with an overwhelming chocolate aroma and a sweeter tone to support. But there's so much more to the ale- more that gives it identity and challenge along the way.

Strong bittersweet chocolate tones strike the olfactory senses and the initial palate with a mouth coating sweetness that's undeniably of bittersweet chocolate, hot cocoa and latte. Once the dark ale settles, it does so with brownie and fudge tones.

Wavering across the middle, its strong chocolate character lifts slightly and reveals the taste of caramel, cream soda, pipe tobacco and vanilla that supports the cocoa-rich overlay. Roasted walnut, strong columbian coffee and french toast follow to chase the taste down the hatch.

It's cola-like finish is a far cry from the promising upstart of lavishness, silkiness or velvety texture that the nose and early taste promises. Light, perhapse thin and on the verge of watering, the beer's structure falls flat and gives its taste a cola-like finish. And that's unfortunate because its upstart is so, so promising.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Similar to my recent opining about Horny Goat, I wonder why I keep trying out Atwater beers, especially when I rarely find any real quality peeking out from beneath the piles of mediocrity and terribility (terribleness? hm, that one's recognized by Firefox's spellcheck, anyway...). Regardless of the reason, this stuff is in my glass, and it pours a deep, dark sienna topped by a finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose lives up to the name, bright, rich, downright decadent chocolate cake (that's chocolate cake topped with chocolate icing) filling both nostrils to the point that I fear for my blood sugar levels. The taste then proceeds to alleviate any such fears, as it waters things down considerably, though there's still some latent sweetness hanging around like the guy who just can't take the hint. The result is a strange astringency that slices the sides of my tongue in the way that a bad Highlands scotch can. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a weak, slick-ish feel. Overall, yet another Atwater beer (and yet another rich-chocolate beer) that falls flat on its bleeding face. Not only does the flavor profile break whatever promises made by the smell, but the overly thin body ruins whatever goodness could have come through in spite. Pass, to say the least.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I'm not expecting a whole lot from this beer, but could be interesting. I love how they have the month and year stamp on the bottom, it's just too bad they didn't actually stamp the date! What a waste.

An aggressive pour yields a small creamy 1/2 finger dark head that fades semi quickly, a little lacing, but most of the lacing is due to long legs on the sides surprisingly, I hope it's not too sweet. Absolutely pitch black, no light coming through this sucker.

Nose pretty much delivers what it promises, dark chocolate, and lots of it. Tons of dark chocolate and fudgey cocoa, an almost chewy oat chocolate mix, with some caramel and black malt notes, but that's about it, just chocolate.

Taste brings lots more chocolate, but seems like a watery chocolate taste, like making a thick hot cocoa but using water, and using too much water, a thin base of the beer. Dark chocolate in there, cocoa and a little fudge note, mild caramel note, as well as some toasty roasty notes, a bit of burnt roast as well. Mild bitter grassy hop comes through late, and that turns to bitter slight spicy hops on the finish, as it dries on the finish, a little powedered cocoa like I just emptied one of those Swiss Miss hot chocolate packs in my mouth and then drank water.

Mouth is lighter bod, lighter carbonation too, not as creamy as I expected it to be.

Overall, not too great. It has chocolate yes, but that's about all it has, and the mouth/body and base malt beer are just sooo thin and watery. It def could have benefited from some oats or creamy feel in general, or even just more body from the malts.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this from the 12oz bottle chilled in a stout glass, review from notes.

The color is black opaque with light beige head with small bead with ok retention and spots of lace stick. The smell has a lot of chocolate in the aroma like sweet baker's chocolate aroma roasty cocoa smell with light malt and yeast esters. The feel has medium body with semi-sweet body with medium carbonation and slightly dry finish with low alcohol and bitterness.

The flavor has a good cocoa flavor with mildly sweet taste and light toasted malt flavor with very light sweetness and yeast in taste. The cocoa carries a light woody accent w/ mostly dry flavor in the finish. Overall a pretty decent chocolate flavor, not as stout as it could be but it is certainly above average w/ enough cocoa to redeem the lack of malt somewhat.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose on this one is a very good advertiser. Unfortunately, the rest of the beer doesn't live up to things. Kind of chalky with cocoa or something. Doesn't mesh well with the beer at all. Meh. This is looking quite like a waste of money and something I don't want to finish.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola hue nearly black with ruby highlights, thin tan head texture seems a bit flimsy for a big chocolate stout. Aroma is sick with chocolate syrup, perfume laden caramelized sugars, with a hint of roasted coffee. It could induce diabetes just by smelling it, but seriously the perceived sweetness on the nose if off the charts think Hershey syrup. Flavor how does that sweetness the nose derives to the senses play out on the palate? Actually somewhat balanced think dry cocoa powder in a very much bitter dark roasted base stout, enough creamy bitterness with a bit of lactose and coffee roasts pleasantly blends the flavor into something much more enjoyable than the initial aromatics. Expansive creamy dark chocolate fades away to let the lactose milk sugars take stride, leaving a bit of an interesting creamy texture to the medium to full bodied stout. Carbonation level is natural and smooth on the palate finishes pretty clean with minimal acrid notes of acidity from the dark notes. Overall a complex stout that I was thinking was going to be a train wreck, ended up being pretty much a win in my book. Only 2.50 for a single definitely worth the experience but in truth I'm glad I didn't invest any more, it doesn't seem to be the type of beer that I would drink in number.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled January 2012. Pours slightly hazy dark brown color with a small 1 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, vanilla, cream, and a touch of herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and herbal hops. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Not as much chocolate in the taste as I was hoping, but there is a good flavor balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a nice, pleasant, and enjoyable brew from Atwater. Very smooth and drinkable as well.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle is notch dated March 2013.

Aroma: Chocolate! ... but more milk and medium chocolate and chocolate topping than dark chocolate. Hints of coffee and toasted grains.

Pours a dark reddish-brown, near black in the glass, with a small tan head that soon dissipates into a thin ring.

T: Sweet and chocolatey, as the nose suggests. Probably better categorized as a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Feels too thin. Light carbonation.

Overall: Delivers on the promised chocolate, but sweet balance, thin body, and a lack of complexity limit its appeal. Still, woth trying.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

More bottles from my latest Philly run. I am feeling adventurous today and may try to eradicate the bottle backlog that has been an albatross since school started back.

I got a cap of a finger of dense, deep-tan head with good retention from my pour. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing zero light penetration. Nose smelled like a liquid chocolate bar. I have to admit that I have been underwhelmed by some previous Atwater offerings, but this was showing real promise. Mouthfeel was thin, especially for a stout, but the taste was very chocolaty, although not what I would have expected from dark chocolate. Were they referring to the color? Hmmm. It was quite sweet, but still very chocolaty. Finish remained very sweet and this would be a dessert beer for me. Not bad, but not great, either.

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Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear black colored ale with a small brown colored head.

Smells strongly of chocolate. Big chocolate scent smells like a Hershey bar. Scents of sweet and caramel but mostly this is all chocolate.

Starts out sweet with a big chocolate taste with a capital C. Slight bitterness. Little bit of coffee and toasted grain but this is mostly just chocolate.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just a 4.5% chocolate beer. The chocolate here is so big it can't be natural, artificial scent and flavorings were used.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
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!!!!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- Bot. 6/13. Consumed 11/13.

A: Rich chocolate pour produces a modest, khaki head with a mildly good retention rate. Milky film lacing coats the vessel with a decent rate of coverage.

S: The freshest of cocoa powder arrives on the nose, probably the freshest of which i think i ever experienced. Rich wet chocolate, sweet, arrives with a big initial burst. Kit kat chocolate scent, fresh hot chocolate with a hint of marshmellow finishes things out.

T: The flavor was milky chocolate, cocoa powder, soft coffee. Flavor seems a bit thin when compared to the full robust nose and expecations of the label. Light coffee, somewhat bitter chocolate roast is followed by a slight mention of creamer.

M: soft and creamy, milky textured, with a light-medium body ahs some cocoa powder texture to it. Carbonation feels about right, doesnt get in the way of itself, but hardly is a figure of strong point.

O: Overall the nose is the best aspect here, fresh, strong and powdery, the flavor falls off a bit, decent but a bit disappointing when compared to the nose, and the mouthful is okay, but could of been more lush and full. Drinks more like a milk stout imho with a nice chocolate aspect.

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Photo of tone77
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
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?

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque deep brown with hazy amber highlights and a foamy half inch tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving no lacing.

Very sweet, low quality chocolate and vanilla dominate the aroma. Coffee and light roast malt notes finish the profile. I've never smelled something so chocolatey and sweet.

Flavor reveals notes of cola, with underpinnings of dark chocolate throughout, accompanying a lightly acrid roast malt body. Initially a little sweet, the finish is pretty dry, bitter, and charred.

Body is slick and moderate, with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth. Astringency mid palate is offputting.

Definitely chocolatey! A dessert of a beer. Would be more pleasant without that mid palate character and the cola notes. Too charred for my liking.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nearly black color with only a bit of light able to get through the brew. Upon serving there is a brown head that sits atop the brew. The head fades rather quickly leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma on this one is quite potent and can be sensed immediately upon serving. As might be expected for a chocolate porter the aroma is big and robust of dark chocolate mixed with some aromas of coffee and roasted malt. There are lighter notes of vanilla and caramel rounding out the aroma nice with the combination producing a very dessert like and delicious smell.

Taste – The taste begins, as the nose lets on, with a strong dark chocolate flavor as well as a nice roasted malt taste. While it begins big of dark chocolate it is much less sweet then what was originally expected from the nose. The flavor starts out with a little bit of sweetness with flavors of caramel and vanilla present upfront. These flavors largely persist to the end where they are joined by some lighter earthy hop tastes. Along with the hop, a rather strong coffee flavor come to the tongue bittering up the taste and melding with the rest to leave a slightly bitter and chocolaty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of it’s thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. A thicker body and lower carbonation level would have likely suited the dark chocolate flavors of the brew better.

Overall – Not bad, but from the nose I was expecting much more in the taste and the feel, which it fell somewhat short of. Worth a try, but not the best out there.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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. Medium to full bodied, good carbonation. I like.

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Photo of Suds
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is extremely dark, with reddish highlights when held to the light. The head is tan and fairly this. A brilliant chocolate and malt aroma dominates the beer. Reminiscent of a chocolate malted mild in the smell, it is an engaging and enticing aroma. The taste is balanced, and not as sweet as I expected. Flavorful. It has a mildly toasted and breads character, as well as the chocolate. Somewhat chalky. Full in body and good.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's snifter glass and consumed 6/2/2013. Seems to be dated January 2013, but there is also a notch under May 2013. Its probably January 2013.

Aroma: Weird, it definitely smells like thick chocolate fudge. Pure chocolate fudge. Not a very complex nose but definitely one of the more interesting ones I've had in a long time.

Colour: Pours a dark brown, nearly black body with a small <1cm tan head that dissipates into nearly nothing, leaving a small thin film at the center of the beer. If I just leave it in the glass and stare at it, it looks like it could be Hershey chocolate fudge.

Flavour: Not as chocolatey as the nose, and feels quite a bit watered down. But its definitely got a lot of cocoa in it, starting with a sweet chocolate flavour, transitioning to a mild roast maltiness that subsides into a cocoa bitterness. Interesting taste but overall it is watery and gets old pretty quickly; again not the most complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Feels thin bodied, OK carbonation. Finish is dry and a bit bitter from the cocoa finish. Aftertaste is mostly the bitter cocoa nibs and lingers a while. Nothing super special or great, definitely no heat behind this one.

Overall: Tasty, sort of a gimmicky beer that I probably won't buy a six pack of. That being said it was an interesting experience that got old a bit fast. The nose is definitely its strongest attribute but the thin mouthfeel and relative lack of complexity are definitely its weaknesses. That being said its not a terrible beer so if you're thinking about trying one in a mix-a-six, I definitely encourage you to try it.

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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