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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale

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108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 488
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 34.77%
Wants: 22
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012

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Reviews: 108 | Hads: 488
Reviews by socon67:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a watery stout with cocoa powder added. Barely any smell but I do get cocoa powder. It doesn't taste bad just no depth or complexity. I would not call it dark chocolate, no bitterness at all. More like a thin hot chocolate made from a powder mix and water but it has carbonation. Still for the price it was drinkable and people that have never tasted a really good craft brew would be happy with it.

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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 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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of J2L
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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 RobertClevenger
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of far333
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of ryser2k
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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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 navband
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of aengleman
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CloudStrife
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of nhirsch04
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Ryanm1
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of aleric
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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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 DruC4
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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