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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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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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 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 RobertClevenger
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S - 12oz bottle poured into tulip

A - Almost black, little to no light passing through, medium brown head, very little lacing

S - Slight dark chocolate, char

T - Chocolate, some bitterness that is reminiscent of dark bitter chocolate

M - Medium body, not too light, bordering on medium/heavy

O - Good beer, very little chocolate, more toasty malt, well balanced

Photo of far333
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown and opaque with ruby highlights and a beige head of frothy foam that settles quickly. Rich aroma of cocoa and dark malt. Flavors of sweet cocoa upfront, morphs to coffee and marshmallow, notes of cola. Dry and tannic, slightly puckery and talcy. Average beer.

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

Dark cola hue nearly black with ruby highlights, thin tan head texture seems a bit flimsy for a big chocolate stout. Aroma is sick with chocolate syrup, perfume laden caramelized sugars, with a hint of roasted coffee. It could induce diabetes just by smelling it, but seriously the perceived sweetness on the nose if off the charts think Hershey syrup. Flavor how does that sweetness the nose derives to the senses play out on the palate? Actually somewhat balanced think dry cocoa powder in a very much bitter dark roasted base stout, enough creamy bitterness with a bit of lactose and coffee roasts pleasantly blends the flavor into something much more enjoyable than the initial aromatics. Expansive creamy dark chocolate fades away to let the lactose milk sugars take stride, leaving a bit of an interesting creamy texture to the medium to full bodied stout. Carbonation level is natural and smooth on the palate finishes pretty clean with minimal acrid notes of acidity from the dark notes. Overall a complex stout that I was thinking was going to be a train wreck, ended up being pretty much a win in my book. Only 2.50 for a single definitely worth the experience but in truth I'm glad I didn't invest any more, it doesn't seem to be the type of beer that I would drink in number.

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle is notch dated March 2013.

Aroma: Chocolate! ... but more milk and medium chocolate and chocolate topping than dark chocolate. Hints of coffee and toasted grains.

Pours a dark reddish-brown, near black in the glass, with a small tan head that soon dissipates into a thin ring.

T: Sweet and chocolatey, as the nose suggests. Probably better categorized as a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Feels too thin. Light carbonation.

Overall: Delivers on the promised chocolate, but sweet balance, thin body, and a lack of complexity limit its appeal. Still, woth trying.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, split, and poured into a snifter. January 2012 notched on the label.

A: Gently poured this dark black beer, creating a minimal white head. Head remains as a thin film, but bubbles up upon swirling. Not too much lacing on the sides of the glass. Very little carbonation. When held up to the light, the beer is brown with a dark gold around the edges.

S: Very sweet chocolate. Hints of roasted chocolate malts, vanilla, and an alcohol tinge. Smells like a vanilla chocolate truffle. A bit of hops at the end.

T: Not as crazy chocolaty as I expected, judging from the smell. Taste of a lot of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and slight hops on the tongue.

M: Silky smooth palate. Low carbonation. A slight stickiness on the front of the tongue, and a little bit of an alcohol bite at the end. Very drinkable beer.

Overall one of the best chocolate ales I have had. This brewery has exceptional chocolate stouts, I am glad they transferred that knowledge to an ale.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decadent...it says it all in the name. I've never described a beer as decadent let alone ever heard of a brewery using it in one of it's naming conventions, but it's the perfect description for this brew.

Decadent chocolate. Pours a nightly black color into a glass with substantial dark brown head. You get an overwhelmingly strong caramely, maltly, chocolately smell eminating from the glass. One of the most potent smells, but intoxicating nonetheless. All the normal characteristics of a stout with a slight hint of hops in the brew.

Tart and chocolately on the palate, similar to tasting a dark chocolate made from extremely concentrated cocoa. Excellent beer, slightly sweet on the tounge with a dry finish. On the bottle it says it is made with actual chocolate and I can believe it.

Excellent brew. I recommend grabbing it, but to be enjoyed in limited quantities as they flavor might wear on you after one or two.

Photo of aleric
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Honestly, I bought this beer because I liked the typography of the label. Dark, barely translucent color like dark coffee. 1-finger tan head. Virtually no lacing after the head dissipated.

S - Chocolate syrup, cavendish tobacco and malt.

T - Syrupy dark chocolate with a coffee aftertaste. It's pretty good, but a bit muddled.

M - Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O - I had high hopes, so I am a little disappointed, but it was an interesting beer to try. This isn't a very drinkable beer by itself, but I feel like it would be a treat if it is paired well with something else. For some reason, ham with pineapple comes to mind as a good complement to this beer's flavors.

Photo of McMatt7
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Fav Atwater beer

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Atwater Brewery Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale
12 oz. bottle, notched as bottled in December 2013
$1.99 @ Wegman's, Collegeville, PA

Appearance: Stout-like appearance with a brown-black body and tan head. Good head retention and very nice lacing.

Aroma: Cocoa, golden caramel, fudge, roasty, dark chocolate, sweet cream.

Taste: Chocolate and malt upfront. A distinct Hershey's syrup flavor as it warms. All of the flavors found in the aroma appear at some point. Roastiness. Light coffee. Its mild bitterness becomes firm and dry in the lingering finish with some residual roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: Interesting and somewhat complex. Not overdone with chocolate so you could have a few, just as if you were drinking a straight-forward stout. Worth trying.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale is a very interesting beer. The beer poured an opaque black with thin off-white head that is leaving some lacing. The smell is unbelievable...sweet dark chocolate is pronounced. The taste has some chocolate....but would definitely want more...cocoa powder is present. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking....would really like a more creamy body. Overall thou it was amazing...thanks to my BRO IN LAW!!!!

Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of tone77
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate milkshake, sweet, some hints of vanilla. Taste is very chocolatey, roasted malts, some vanilla, sweet and tasty, lots of flavor here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality beer worth seeking out.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- Bot. 6/13. Consumed 11/13.

A: Rich chocolate pour produces a modest, khaki head with a mildly good retention rate. Milky film lacing coats the vessel with a decent rate of coverage.

S: The freshest of cocoa powder arrives on the nose, probably the freshest of which i think i ever experienced. Rich wet chocolate, sweet, arrives with a big initial burst. Kit kat chocolate scent, fresh hot chocolate with a hint of marshmellow finishes things out.

T: The flavor was milky chocolate, cocoa powder, soft coffee. Flavor seems a bit thin when compared to the full robust nose and expecations of the label. Light coffee, somewhat bitter chocolate roast is followed by a slight mention of creamer.

M: soft and creamy, milky textured, with a light-medium body ahs some cocoa powder texture to it. Carbonation feels about right, doesnt get in the way of itself, but hardly is a figure of strong point.

O: Overall the nose is the best aspect here, fresh, strong and powdery, the flavor falls off a bit, decent but a bit disappointing when compared to the nose, and the mouthful is okay, but could of been more lush and full. Drinks more like a milk stout imho with a nice chocolate aspect.

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 mountdew1
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice extremely dark opaque brown. Poured a practically non-existent head. Aroma was a very rich milk chocolate, slightly over sweet. Taste was a sweet chocolate up front before shifting to a slightly smokey flavor with a bit of bitterness. Felt ok in the mouth. A bit of chew, slightly thick, coated well, but no carbonation at all. Overall not bad, but a few notches short of what it could be.

Photo of ShanePB
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brand new 355 ml bottle of Atwater's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale. No ABV or style category that I could find, so we'll have to update the listing as necessary. Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep dark brown around the upper edges looking completely black sitting in the glass. A frothy, chocolate milk looking bubbly head formed and settled out rather quickly. Some spotty lacing can be seen, as well as small bubbles around the edges.

S: Buttercream, sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, cream and some milk qualities. Really this smells absolutely wonderful. It's not overly sweet smelling like you might expect but has a great bouquet of aromas coming off.

T: Very generic chocolate malts come first, in a crisp and clean fashion. These trail off quickly through the mid-palate and the burst of flavor comes towards the back of the palate. Huge dark chocolate, buttercream and espresso notes coat the mouth. It's a huge burst of flavor seemingly out of nowhere. The linger has more cream and hints of vanilla.

M: A bit thin and well-carbonated, but it gives it a nice feel. It's somewhat creamy and smooth although I would have preferred a bit more body. Without knowing the ABV and true style, this is mere guess work off potentially false expectations.

What a treat. I thought this was going to be a huge, sweet beer like the Southern Tier Blackwater series but this is quite the opposite. All the flavors of chocolate, cream and vanilla are present without the diabetic shock coming with it. Glad I got to try this one out, worth seeking out to try.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Atwater's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I heard about this beer a while ago and i' have been waiting for it show up since, so when I saw it on the shelf at my local store I knew I needed to pick up a bottle. The bottle was notched July 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty plain and pretty much the same as all their other beers, it's not that great looking. It poured a nice dark black color that only had a slight ruby hue at the bottom when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit lacing. I like the look of this beer, it's true to style and I have no complaints.

S- The aroma of this beer is dominated by chocolate aromas, at first I get a little bit of bitter chocolate then there's a huge Hershey syrup aroma that pretty much dominated the aroma of this beer. Towards the end I get some vanilla, cocoa powder, coffee, and a slight brown sugar like aroma that gives the aroma a pretty high amount of sweetness. I liked the aroma of this beer, the aroma is all about the chocolate, but it was a little on the sweet side.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma just a little more watered down, it starts off with a slight grainy roasted malt flavor that is quickly taken over by chocolate flavors, but they aren't as nice as they were in the aroma and seemed watered down with a slight bitter astringency to it. The taste isn't as sweet as the aroma lead to believe and I also pick up a s light maple syrup flavor. Towards the end I get a medium amount of astringent almost coffee like bitterness with a slight coffee like taste and some roasted grains, chocolate, and coffee on the aftertaste. This beer tasted ok, but the chocolate wasn't as full as it was in the aroma and everything didn't come together as well as it could have.

M- Pretty damn smooth, slightly creamy, watery, on the thin side of being medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, it was just too thin and that made it feel watery.

Overall I thought this was an ok and an average example of a Chocolate Stout, it was going in the right direction when it came to the aroma but when it came to the taste is felt like a watered down version of the aroma and that was a bit of let down. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, but the flavors would wear on me quickly so I think one would be enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and dominated by chocolate syrup, the appearance was also wasn't that bad. What I liked least about this beer is how watery it tasted and felt, this beer would be much better if the body was much thicker. I don't think I would buy this beer often, I would much rather have their Vanilla Java Porter, but it is worth trying once to see where you stand with it. All in all I thought this beer had a flavor that's pretty similar to Vanilla Java Porter, but the aroma was dominated by chocolate syrup, it was ok, but it's nothing I feel the need to drink again anytime soon. This was a decent attempt by Atwater but when it came to flavor and mouthfeel it fell short, better luck next time guys.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks pretty good. Pour is a bit thick and dark with a 1/2 inch of tan colored head.

S - Well it smells quite good mostly bakers chocolate, a touch of roast/coffee, and something that reminds me of tobacco.

T - Damn this is actually quite good. The chocolate flavors are mixed well with the roasty factors of the stout and mild tobacco leaves. Like a lighter version of the VJ imperial stout.

M - Medium and creamy actually goes down quite well.

Overall finally a beer from Atwater that I actually enjoyed! It's no Southern Tier Chocolat but it fills the need for chocolate flavored beer.

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 CHickman
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours motor oil black color with a nice 1 finger foamy brown head that faded extremely slowly, leaving decent lacing; the head was full of tiny bubbles and rather basic looking.

Smells of dark chocolate up front, so strong that the aroma hit my nose a few inches away from the glass; nose also consists of coffee, toffee, cocoa powder, roasted grains, light vanilla and powdered creamer. This smells more like a desert than a beer and is pretty nice to inhale.

Tastes just like it smells, with dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, cocoa powder, roasted grains, vanilla, powdered creamer, herbs, and a slight bitter flavor like a Starbucks coffee aftertaste. Really tasty, the vanilla and charcoal notes linger and trail off dry and leave a cocoa powder taste.

Mouthfeel is light, thin and watery, with very light carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter semi-dry finish.

Overall this was much better that I expected that it would be, with really enjoyable chocolate flavors and notes which mix well with the roasted malts, coffee and vanilla notes. An easy drinking beer.

Photo of SlickHick740
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As advertised.

Starts like a medium roast/nut-ale. Finishes with a hint of chocolate.

All in all I really liked the beer. It wasn't like washing down a bottle of chocolate milk but you do get a distinct flavor and smell of chocolate.

Good winter beer (or unless you live in Ohio, an early March beer when winter still has us firmly in its grass).

Was slightly disappointed with the ABV. At only about 5% it is fairly weak.

Was a big fan of the "bottled on" date at the bottom of the sticker. Got a fairly old batch (bottled Jan, 2014) but it was still good beer.

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 donkeyrunner
1.9/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My wife likes chocolate beer. I like my wife. So I bought her some chocolate beer.

Dark brown with a thick cocoa head. Collar retention dots my glass on it's way down.

Smells like maple syrup. I was expecting chocolate.

Tastes like maple syrup with strong bitter vegetable oil in back. Again, for some reason I was expecting chocolate. Chocolate syrup burps though.

This is terrible. I like maple syrup but a) I was expecting chocolate and b) that's a nasty back end. That's yucky two ways.

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.