Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale | Atwater Brewery

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Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
atwaterbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ShanePB on 02-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
552
Reviews:
119
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
15.9%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
141
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 552 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of masonstorm
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Reviewed nitro version) Loved this beer, one of the best nitro beers I've ever had

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Photo of morebeergood
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alarmclock314
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TequilaTom
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate (surprise!) with a very thin and quickly dissipating head. Smells of rich dark chocolate and roasted malt. Quite a bit of vanilla as well. Unfortunately that's where the goodness ends. Very thin body, as I suspected from how quickly the head dissapeared. Too watery. And because of that, it is too under flavored. Put a little more in there and this could've been stellar, but it falls short and into the just ok category. Glad I tried it, but unless they come out with an improved or imperial version, I won't revisit.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

BOD 2/15. Pours deep dark brown. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and lacing.

Rich nose of sweet dark chocolate with cocoa overtones with a hint of roast deep in the background. The aroma is very similar to hot chocolate with marshmallows. World Class.

Light body with a texture thicker than water, but not by much. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair amount in the finish.

Compared to the nose, the flavor profile is rather disappointing. The richness of the aroma never materializes on the palate. You get a weak flavor that you can finally identify as a weak somewhat bitter chocolate right before the finish. Sweetness never really delivers either...just subtle hints. The finish has a subtle roast component.

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Photo of LisahAubergine
4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro Version has an awesome vanilla note!

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Photo of sdeese21
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells amazing; like chocolate syrup! Very thin mouthfeel makes me sad.

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Photo of A-Sox
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rojada1988
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HardyA
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NCStateAE
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had that beer last night. Excellent taste. No tanic aftertaste, in fact no aftertaste at all. Not too "chocolatey "...just right! A new fave!

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice opaque black. Light to little head. Very minimal lacing. Smells and also Tastes of dark chocolate and vanilla with light smokiness present. Very heavy on the vanilla and chocolate. A very light bodied brew, nothing strong or overwhelming yet so tasty that its awesome. Salute to you Atwater! Did it again.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a freshly opened chocolate bar wrapper. The taste is slightly more bitter but, still very sweet chocolate. A dessert beer for sure.

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Photo of Leo-Dean
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate smell, dark coca cola look with little carbonation but a bit of froth. Sweet smell, very sweet taste. Great beer for dessert and during dinner.

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Photo of drwatson32
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dirty the other one of them lol, it would be a fun time, but the front page of renegotiated and had a big time to be more than the Volvo

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Photo of JohnathanColeman
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with a cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head is cocoa powder colored and peaks at a finger's width. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Spotty lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Dark chocolate and heavy maple and molasses sweetness. Pancake syrup, anyone?

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolate notes, light malt roast and maple syrup. I like it, but there's not much else going on here.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with low carbonation. Smooth, but nothing special.

Overall - Not bad, but kinda simple and not much "dark chocolate" character. More so sweet and syrupy.

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Photo of laurapompeo
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Tilly
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black pour with a tan head!
Aroma? Well, huge chocolate, malt, coffee and malt.
Taste is right on the money with the aroma. Back taste of alcohol.
Mouth feel is velvety with a pleasant bitterness.
Very nice effort from Atwater.

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Photo of bamba415
2.06/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On draft - 5/20/15

Appearance - 4
Dark, but not quite opaque with some nice head that didn't last

Smell - 3
Some chocolate and not much else.

Taste - 1
Sweet fake chocolate. No complexity. Another reviewer mentioned Shock Top. That's what you are getting here.

Mouthfeel - 3
Medium bodied, not terrible but definitely not as robust as what I was expecting

Overall - 2
The taste really killed it. It was a real disappointment. As somewhat of a chocolate snob, this one just didn't do it for me. If you take to chocolate flavored candy, it may not be so bad . If not, but you do enjoy a rich chocolate stout on occasion, I'd pick up a Youngs which is widely available and very tasty

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Photo of Johnroby
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fake chocolate taste I've tasted better from shock top

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Photo of viers002
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 552 ratings.
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