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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 17.44%
Wants: 16
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Magical things happen when you mix this 50/50 with their vanilla java porter. Tastes like ice cream.

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3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.9/5  rDev +33.5%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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2.79/5  rDev -24%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.16/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.