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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 18.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of RobertClevenger
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S - 12oz bottle poured into tulip

A - Almost black, little to no light passing through, medium brown head, very little lacing

S - Slight dark chocolate, char

T - Chocolate, some bitterness that is reminiscent of dark bitter chocolate

M - Medium body, not too light, bordering on medium/heavy

O - Good beer, very little chocolate, more toasty malt, well balanced

RobertClevenger, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

MiWolfman, Jul 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

DrBobPierce, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

todesengel135, Jun 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

cdwil, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

mikefuski17, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Rizzy17, Jun 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

cbuckl14, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Astralplanes
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Astralplanes, Jun 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

ThatsThatDude, May 24, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

And decadent it is, especially with its early introductions- Atwater's chocolaty stout seduces the senses with an overwhelming chocolate aroma and a sweeter tone to support. But there's so much more to the ale- more that gives it identity and challenge along the way.

Strong bittersweet chocolate tones strike the olfactory senses and the initial palate with a mouth coating sweetness that's undeniably of bittersweet chocolate, hot cocoa and latte. Once the dark ale settles, it does so with brownie and fudge tones.

Wavering across the middle, its strong chocolate character lifts slightly and reveals the taste of caramel, cream soda, pipe tobacco and vanilla that supports the cocoa-rich overlay. Roasted walnut, strong columbian coffee and french toast follow to chase the taste down the hatch.

It's cola-like finish is a far cry from the promising upstart of lavishness, silkiness or velvety texture that the nose and early taste promises. Light, perhapse thin and on the verge of watering, the beer's structure falls flat and gives its taste a cola-like finish. And that's unfortunate because its upstart is so, so promising.

BEERchitect, May 19, 2014
Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mix a sixer. Poured from bottle to pint glass. 2/27

Pours very dark deep brown with scarce foam on top. Deep dark chocolate nose, malty and sweet. Taste is on the lighter side. Chocolate. Falls a little flat though and off the mark. Not enough bitter. Just ok.

KTCamm, May 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

crbnfbr, May 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

zbooks, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

amalburg, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

MikeWard, May 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

jduprey007, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle picked up at a shop in Port Huron; no 'bottled on' date marked on the label. Served well-chilled.

Pours a deep mahogany colour, not quite opaque as I can make out some reddish tinges under the light. Atop the liquid is seated one finger of frothy, light beige-coloured head that soon wilts into a soapy cap and collar. Modest lacing. The aroma is quite enticing, with lots of chocolate syrup in addition to notes of roasted malts, brown sugar and Bailey's liqueur. No complaints so far.

A little more balanced than the nose suggested; this is a fairly chocolatey beer, but not overbearingly so. A touch of roasted malt blends nicely with the milk chocolate and Hershey's syrup vibes. It dries out a little toward the finish, with some nutty notes and mild coffee and roasted cocoa bean. Milk chocolate in the aftertaste, lingering only briefly. A little thin-bodied, with moderate carbonation that provides a little more pep than I'd prefer from this sort of ale. Easy to drink rapidly, but not something I'd want to stick with all night. Improves greatly as it warms.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+. Atwater Brewery's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale delivers as advertised - anyone looking for an affordable, sessionable chocolate stout should consider giving this one a try. My only real complaint with this one is the weak mouthfeel, but other than that it's getting the job done. Tasty stuff; I'll have to keep an eye out for more Atwater products in the future.

thehyperduck, Apr 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

TrekkieChick, Apr 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

NeverSettle, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

smartassboiler, Apr 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

JosephRAD, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Sebas, Apr 17, 2014
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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