Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 20
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012

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Ratings: 431 | Reviews: 103
Photo of bamba415
2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On draft - 5/20/15

Appearance - 3
Dark, but not quite opaque which is what I would expect for a brew described as a "decadent" stout

Smell - 3
Some chocolate and not much else

Taste - 1
Sweet fake chocolate. 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

Photo of Johnroby
2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fake chocolate taste I've tasted better from shock top

Photo of tmacaluso
4.76/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Outstanding brew from the Atwater brewery.

Photo of mchegash
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of dthrift3
5/5  rDev +35.9%
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.

Photo of PhilMiller
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of cserrato02
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of stadmo1
2.51/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Photo of MillerMan16
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an amazing brew. Easy drinker.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious chocolate ale. Tastes like a chocolate bar.

Photo of dryfly24
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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. I like.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.56/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one's a beaut. Had it in a snifter at a bar and at home from bottle to stout glass.

Both ways, the aroma is incomparable. Dark, bitter chocolate with a little coffee grounds on the nose. Every time I have one of these in front of me, I let it sit for several minutes just enjoy the aroma wafting from the glass. Do the people around me look at me sideways for breathing from the glass? Yup. But not after they get a sniff of this wonderful little brew.

The taste follows through, a nice stout feel more bitter coffee than in the smell. The best part is there isn't any taste of artificial chocolate that infects so many chocolate stouts.

One of my favorite stouts, period.

Photo of Halvey
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A must try for chocolate lovers.

Photo of Shanenkrat
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great smell and taste, recommend giving it a try.

Photo of merock1402
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate chocolate chocolate! Fun beer but not sure I could drink them all night

Photo of SamArsenau
4.97/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers

Photo of acostuhhh
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Magical things happen when you mix this 50/50 with their vanilla java porter. Tastes like ice cream.

Photo of Pegasus
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color, with a small tan head, which fades fairly quickly. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Vanilla and bitter cocoa are prominent in the aroma, along with cold coffee, spicy alcohol and wood.

Taste: Opens with a note of cold coffee, soon followed by bitter cacao, vanilla, wood. Later in the taste, caramel and nutty flavors appear. Towards the finish, the taste is rather sweet, somewhat like vanilla sugar wafers. The vanilla sugar wafer taste lingers on, along with a late wave of cold coffee.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nice, the taste does not quite live up to the lavish opening, but still, a nice dessert beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.


Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pick from a recent trip to western Pennsylvania. Atwater is not distributed to my state.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a; Black with clear copper highlights when seen through light. Finger thick tan head receded quickly to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild chocolate

t: Light chocolate with some bite from hops and carbonation. sweet to dry finish.

m: Light, occasional watery hints but mostly adequate body. Lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A very drinkable and quite tasty brew, although perhaps too lightweight to justify being called "Decadent." An enjoyable holiday time and/or colder weather beverage.

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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