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:
555
Reviews:
122
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
15.9%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
142
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BHansen214
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of srletend
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gotweid
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stadmo1
2.51/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Look and smell are excellent. Taste is disappointing. Lacks depth and is over carbonated. Two parts soda water and one part Hershey's syrup about sums it up.

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Photo of MillerMan16
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an amazing brew. Easy drinker.

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Photo of Winston3737
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich dark chocolate color and has a minimal tan head that fades to a thin edge layer quickly after the pour.
Aroma is rich and sweet milk chocolate with a bit of brown sugar and just hints of roasted malt. Nose is overwhelmingly sweet, almost too sweet like chocolate milk.
First sip reveals very fine tingly carbonation and a very smooth texture.
Flavor is some roasted malt and a bit of chocolate with some toffee and brown sugar finishing things off. The finish lingers with a chocolate milk sweetness. No hops or booze to be found on this beer. A very rich and malty brew that borders on cloyingly sweet.
I enjoy it but if you dont like chocolate forget this beer.

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Photo of mwar
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: just like diet coke
S: very faint chocolate
T: dark chocolate lots of carbonation with a ssd light alcohol burn
F: bubbly
O: lots of carbonation almost like carbonated chocolate drink with slight vodka burn off

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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious chocolate ale. Tastes like a chocolate bar.

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Photo of dryfly24
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you want a true chocolate stout this is the one. Tons of true chocolate and caramel flavors coming though. Wonderful carbonated yet creamy mouthfeel. Nice thin head and lacing retained throughout. Really nice in a tulip glass on a winter day. Will pick up again when I can find it.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Smells like a brownie or chocolate cake, tastes like it too. Medium to full bodied, good carbonation. I like.

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Photo of Bonis
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ohiovania
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BFDrums
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black, mid-tan head, short and fading quickly, with some lacing.

S - One of the strongest chocolate fragrance coming off this that I've ever found in a beer. Reminds me distinctly of Hersey dark chocolate syrup, with a hint of straight cocoa, as well. Fudge and brownie mix also present.

T - Follows the nose, but not as intense. The fact that this is still a beer is clearer in the taste, though it remains extraordinarily chocolate forward. Lacks hop elements, and also most roast characteristics of a standard stout.

M - Lacking the gravity I associate with stouts. No drying. A bit sticky.

O - It absolutely delivers on the name. Heavy chocolate eclipses most other characteristics. As an exercise of how to amplify chocolate smells and tastes, the exercise is interesting, but ends up feeling a bit one-noted. That is a significant detraction for a beer, even with the spot-on chocolate hit it delivers.

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Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I'm not expecting a whole lot from this beer, but could be interesting. I love how they have the month and year stamp on the bottom, it's just too bad they didn't actually stamp the date! What a waste.

An aggressive pour yields a small creamy 1/2 finger dark head that fades semi quickly, a little lacing, but most of the lacing is due to long legs on the sides surprisingly, I hope it's not too sweet. Absolutely pitch black, no light coming through this sucker.

Nose pretty much delivers what it promises, dark chocolate, and lots of it. Tons of dark chocolate and fudgey cocoa, an almost chewy oat chocolate mix, with some caramel and black malt notes, but that's about it, just chocolate.

Taste brings lots more chocolate, but seems like a watery chocolate taste, like making a thick hot cocoa but using water, and using too much water, a thin base of the beer. Dark chocolate in there, cocoa and a little fudge note, mild caramel note, as well as some toasty roasty notes, a bit of burnt roast as well. Mild bitter grassy hop comes through late, and that turns to bitter slight spicy hops on the finish, as it dries on the finish, a little powedered cocoa like I just emptied one of those Swiss Miss hot chocolate packs in my mouth and then drank water.

Mouth is lighter bod, lighter carbonation too, not as creamy as I expected it to be.

Overall, not too great. It has chocolate yes, but that's about all it has, and the mouth/body and base malt beer are just sooo thin and watery. It def could have benefited from some oats or creamy feel in general, or even just more body from the malts.

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Photo of Goldndomer
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of walkinginplace
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrs3994243
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 555 ratings.
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