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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

300 Ratings
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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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ThatsThatDude

New York

2/5  rDev -45.2%

05-24-2014 00:04:59 | More by ThatsThatDude
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

05-19-2014 05:30:37 | More by BEERchitect
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -6%

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.

05-17-2014 15:36:08 | More by KTCamm
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-14-2014 09:25:04 | More by crbnfbr
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-11-2014 05:58:29 | More by DaftPatrick
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zbooks

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.8%

05-09-2014 01:31:51 | More by zbooks
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amalburg

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-01-2014 22:44:48 | More by amalburg
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-01-2014 21:49:10 | More by MikeWard
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -11%

04-26-2014 12:00:47 | More by jduprey007
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

04-26-2014 03:30:50 | More by thehyperduck
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TrekkieChick

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +37%

04-22-2014 17:13:25 | More by TrekkieChick
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NeverSettle

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-19-2014 02:11:12 | More by NeverSettle
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-18-2014 03:18:25 | More by smartassboiler
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JosephRAD

Michigan

5/5  rDev +37%

04-17-2014 21:25:01 | More by JosephRAD
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Sebas

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-17-2014 14:29:25 | More by Sebas
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Markus98

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-14-2014 11:45:26 | More by Markus98
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jwerner23

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-09-2014 19:46:35 | More by jwerner23
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Davideo

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-06-2014 15:40:06 | More by Davideo
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joelmichaelcoffman

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-05-2014 18:52:14 | More by joelmichaelcoffman
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Dover

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-04-2014 11:56:14 | More by Dover
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Dovers

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-04-2014 11:56:04 | More by Dovers
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mgroothuis

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

03-23-2014 22:23:33 | More by mgroothuis
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Big thanks to Adam for gifting me this and other Michigan beers. the beer is near black (the lighting was low) with a small tan head. This beer is all about the chocolate. The scent and the flavor are rich, dark, chocolates. A hint of espresso bean, cocoa. medium bodied with a light sweetness. perhaps I was in a chocolate mood. This was delicious.

03-21-2014 02:28:12 | More by Huhzubendah
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campfirebrew

New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

03-16-2014 01:48:34 | More by campfirebrew
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AHeaston8

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-15-2014 06:45:31 | More by AHeaston8
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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