Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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83
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370 Ratings
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 17.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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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4.93/5  rDev +34.7%
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.

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3.51/5  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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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

It pours dark black with a thin head that quickly disappears.
The smell hits you like a bag full of Hershey's Kisses and stays until the last sip.
The taste is slightly dry with plenty of roasty, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee.

The only thing that keeps this from being an outstanding beer is the mouthfeel. At the same time I've come to like it for the same reason. Like others have said, it's a little watery but comes off as refreshing to me and goes down great on a hot day. I think I may have stumbled on a "sessionable" stout. It may not satisfy the need for a nice, hefty, dessert beer but might cure the urge for stout on a summer day without the "big" beer commitment.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.