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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

274 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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krustster

Michigan

1.93/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I had low expectations for this one, based on Atwater's Vanilla Porter being such a disappointment, but once again I was drawn in by their sharp artwork and the promise of "decadent chocolate".

To my surprise, even with lowered expectations, I was still disappointed! This beer poured very cola-like in appearance, built a nice looking head that disappeared quickly. It's a nice color (but what beer isn't?) but pretty transparent despite its dark brown color. Not a big deal but this turned out to be an indication of things to come.

The nose was the strongest point. Rich chocolate with a touch of vanilla, no indication of malts or whatever but the overall impression I got was closer to a high-level rum than any beer I've tried. There's still a little bit left in my glass and I keep sniffing it even now.
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That was about it for the positives. Somehow all the wonderful chocolatey elements were strictly limited to the smell and none are evident in the taste. There's a slight malt character, with a the barest hint of the chocolate that was so "decadent" in the smell, and after that... nothing. It literally tastes like a watered down version of itself, or what I expected based on the intoxicating smell. Just bland, slightly sour, not decadent in the slightest. The mouth feel is similarly poor, just thin and weakly carbonated with no body. It really feels like drinking a Killian's or Bud that had slight chocolate flavor added. As it warms, instead of the flavor opening up, it just gets bland and kind of gross. I'd drink this over something like PBR but what's the point? If not for the delicious aroma, this beer would be a total waste of money. When you consider that a four pack of this costs the same as Founders Breakfast Stout or some of the excellent New Holland High Gravity Series (here in Michigan at least) there is absolutely no reason to buy this.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:20:31 | More by krustster
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-22-2013 01:52:23 | More by XmnwildX12
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-19-2013 04:40:05 | More by jsprain1
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a notched date of 03/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a one-finger head
S: Tons of milk chocolate, chocolate truffle & vanilla maybe with a hint of bourbon
T: Dark malt, some cocoa but lacks the complexity/intensity of the nose. Finish tastes a bit off
M: Medium-bodied, a touch thin
O: A decent beer for sure, worth trying especially for the nose but won't be added to the regular lineup

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 17:09:41 | More by ONUMello
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SFNC

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11%

11-16-2013 02:41:13 | More by SFNC
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Rons35

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-14-2013 00:09:17 | More by Rons35
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chewy6935

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-12-2013 03:14:00 | More by chewy6935
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TypsiYpsi

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-10-2013 21:33:40 | More by TypsiYpsi
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-07-2013 01:14:12 | More by Kunstman
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

11-04-2013 02:29:32 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11%

10-27-2013 16:18:35 | More by gr8zehaman
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carnoustie7

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

10-27-2013 16:17:39 | More by carnoustie7
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Brendog9

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

10-26-2013 02:28:45 | More by Brendog9
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nhirsch04

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11%

10-25-2013 21:08:14 | More by nhirsch04
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11%

10-20-2013 21:08:53 | More by crowsnest
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stuart3368

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-13-2013 03:01:15 | More by stuart3368
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.8%

10-12-2013 15:14:25 | More by NickyDee21
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spikechiquet

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-06-2013 00:54:57 | More by spikechiquet
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ianpstephens

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-28-2013 09:22:14 | More by ianpstephens
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iDrake

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-27-2013 00:14:31 | More by iDrake
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keithmurray

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - very dark brown liquid with an head

Smell - smell is very rich and sweet chocolate, reminiscent of Hershey's syrup

Taste - not as enticing as the smell would lead you to believe, the chocolate is there, but there isn't a lot of complexity going on here

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, body is coming in light for a stout, there is some hop bitterness at the back of this, but the flavor comes in tasting a bit artificial

Overall - this would serve as a good gateway beer for converting beer drinkers over to craft. For the seasoned palate, this may be a letdown. Okay beer that lacks the complexity or the heft of body that I normally associate with stouts.

Price Point - ~$2.25/12oz single

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 00:27:35 | More by keithmurray
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downeyj4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-20-2013 18:27:11 | More by downeyj4
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waston

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-18-2013 00:56:15 | More by waston
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 04:07:03 | More by WVbeergeek
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark and mucky chocolate brown. Looks like a porter. Head has a good earthy tan color.

Dark chocolate syrup, sweet roast, presence of lactose, caramel, and hints of French roast coffee. Sweet and indulgent.

Some attenuation comes between good bitter cocoa and dark chocolate flavors. Aided by a deep roast, barley grain reveals wort-y maltose and slight char. Caramel and demerara sugar notes come through, also. Happy that the sweetness is actually well job that is well-maintained.

Feels a tad thin. Nice whoosh feel from the tightly-wound carbonation. Gruff, in a good way.

Decent little beer. Good flavor. Worthy.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 17:17:29 | More by thecheapies
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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