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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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82
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310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 18.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012)
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle picked up at a shop in Port Huron; no 'bottled on' date marked on the label. Served well-chilled.

Pours a deep mahogany colour, not quite opaque as I can make out some reddish tinges under the light. Atop the liquid is seated one finger of frothy, light beige-coloured head that soon wilts into a soapy cap and collar. Modest lacing. The aroma is quite enticing, with lots of chocolate syrup in addition to notes of roasted malts, brown sugar and Bailey's liqueur. No complaints so far.

A little more balanced than the nose suggested; this is a fairly chocolatey beer, but not overbearingly so. A touch of roasted malt blends nicely with the milk chocolate and Hershey's syrup vibes. It dries out a little toward the finish, with some nutty notes and mild coffee and roasted cocoa bean. Milk chocolate in the aftertaste, lingering only briefly. A little thin-bodied, with moderate carbonation that provides a little more pep than I'd prefer from this sort of ale. Easy to drink rapidly, but not something I'd want to stick with all night. Improves greatly as it warms.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+. Atwater Brewery's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale delivers as advertised - anyone looking for an affordable, sessionable chocolate stout should consider giving this one a try. My only real complaint with this one is the weak mouthfeel, but other than that it's getting the job done. Tasty stuff; I'll have to keep an eye out for more Atwater products in the future.

thehyperduck, Apr 26, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of J2L
3.75/5  rDev +3%

J2L, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
Photo of RobertClevenger
3.65/5  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

RobertClevenger, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of ryser2k
4/5  rDev +9.9%

ryser2k, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

chinchill, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of aengleman
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

aengleman, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.83/5  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.

CloudStrife, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of nhirsch04
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

nhirsch04, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Ryanm1
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Ryanm1, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of aleric
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

aleric, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of DruC4
3/5  rDev -17.6%

DruC4, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

whatname, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of McMatt7
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Fav Atwater beer

McMatt7, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

socon67, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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!!!!

WoodBrew, Dec 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

mikefuski17, Jun 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

gr8zehaman, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Lanstrum, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

stuart3368, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

zonker17, Mar 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

timjim1327, Aug 31, 2013
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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
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