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:
556
Reviews:
122
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
15.9%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
143
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 556 |  Reviews: 122
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

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tmacaluso
4.76/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Outstanding brew from the Atwater brewery.

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Photo of KingTelephone
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craftbrew502
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Krisss
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TargaFlorio
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
Dark muddy red-brown. Totally opaque. About a finger of nice darker tan head.

Smell - 4/5
Extremely strong chocolate syrup aroma, with hints of coffee,

Taste - 3.5/5
Quite sweet. Chocolate syrup, coffee. Perhaps some roasted malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel - 3.25/5
Medium bodied, smooth and fairly creamy. Carbonation is light.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was better than I expected, considering it's from Atwater (they continually let me down), but still it was only a mediochre beer.

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Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

nice chocolate beer. first chocolate ALE I think I've ever had, and I'm not disappointed.
creamy milk chocolate taste and feel, with roasted nuts on the tongue. head is a one finger light tan that holds for a little bit with medium lacing. roasted malts on the nose. easy to drink. I may buy this again in the future when I'm sick of chocolate stouts...... which may be awhile. home state brew, detroit love.

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Photo of dthrift3
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My personal favorite from Atwater. Very silky smooth feel because of the low carbonation. Sweet dark chocolate aromas make the mouth water! Great taste from start to finish. Your typical sweet, not bitter, dark chocolate taste turns almost into a root beer-ish middle, and finishes smooth with more cocoa tastes. Wonderful beer from a wonderful town.

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Photo of jimpyle48
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jennypells
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhilMiller
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice very dark color with almost no carbonation from a twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Lots of vanilla and chocolate in the smell, and somehow it just smells sweet!

Taste is of course a nice dark chocolate and the vanilla, almost a root beer flavor midway and ending with a distinct tangy edge.

Feel is fine, a little thick as I'd expected from a chocolate stout, but the nearly flat carbonation level lowered my enjoyment.

Overall I would definitely try again, a solid enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DougT
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cserrato02
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Great visual and aroma. Flavor is a little disappointing. It's not as smooth and it lacks body. However, chocolate flavor does come through nicely in the after taste.

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Photo of sonnydeezy
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 556 ratings.
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