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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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83
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404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 17
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
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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3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint served on tap at california pizza kitchen bar novi ,mi

A: dark brown to black with a 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Slight lacing throughout
S: best part of the beer! Wow. chocolate and maple syrup up font with cocoa powder
T: rush of milk chocolate and heavy carbonation that doesnt stick around the pallet for long .. Finishes nice an clean very sessionable
M: watery ... Mostly laking the chewiness i expected with the name of the brew yet very quaffable and pleasant chocolatey taste
O: solid brew. Kind of like the bud light of american chocolate stouts . Liked it!

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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Photo of krustster
2.05/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

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3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.