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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

iDrake, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of keithmurray
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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

keithmurray, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of downeyj4
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

downeyj4, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of waston
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

waston, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

thecheapies, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Burkbom23
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Burkbom23, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of louisianajones
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Just bought this from Crazy Bruce in Bristol CT as part of a mixed sixer. Aggressively poured into a Guinness glass.

This ale pours a nice dark brown, almost black, with very little head or lacing. Smell is chocolate first and foremost, a hint of bread, and not much else. Heavily, harshly carbonated. Taste begins as chocolate soda; the only clue I have that this is beer is at the finish, which is thin and watery with some nondescript beer flavor. The chocolate flavor reminds me of chocolate NECCO wafers. I've had chocolate stouts that were much better. This tastes more like soda than beer to me. Won't be drinking this again.

louisianajones, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

tommy5, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of timjim1327
5/5  rDev +37.7%

timjim1327, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of jrep21pr
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

jrep21pr, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of FinchSCF
3/5  rDev -17.4%

FinchSCF, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of rpandre2
4/5  rDev +10.2%

rpandre2, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

GRG1313, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of json83
4.93/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tastes very similar, if not exactly, like the Vanilla Java Porter that Atwater also makes. This flavor was great excellent - you can sense a medium coffee taste hinted with a vanilla creamer. I would rank this in my top 5 because it's such a great combination of everything intertwined together. I could drink this pretty steady. Est. 168 calories per bottle at 5.5% ABV.

json83, Aug 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

cistercian12, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of kizzram
4/5  rDev +10.2%

kizzram, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

chinchill, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of cet128
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

cet128, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Lanstrum, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +10.2%

buschbeer, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of bruindre
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

bruindre, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Dannynoonan123
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Dannynoonan123, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of APH
4/5  rDev +10.2%

APH, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The BA listing as American Stout does not seem correct. It is a unique chocolate ale, but it seems far from a stout.

The color is stout. Very black and opaque. The nose is a chocolaty ale. The taste is a light chocolaty ale. The chocolate flavor really dominates a bit too much, but I was in the mood for such a thing, and it really is refreshing.

It leaves a light stout like aftertaste, with chocolate.

Overall, this is not as good as it should be, but the misclassifying does not help. I guess you do have to call it something, and I don't know what it should be called. American dark ale with flavoring maybe.

schoolboy, Jul 19, 2013
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.